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7-11-21 Trinity 6

July 11, 2021
God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. In pride the sinful man imagines that he is a competent judge of righteousness. Such an attitude allows a man to excuse his words said in anger, no matter how spiteful or cruel, because they were, by his judgement, just and fit the occasion and humbled whatever fool he had to deal with. But the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.…

7-4-21 Trinity 5

July 4, 2021
There’s a beautiful irony in our Gospel lesson, an irony that wonderfully pictures for us the Christian life. Peter, James, and John make their living, provide for themselves and their families, by catching and selling fish. And they’ve caught none. That’s a problem. Then Jesus comes and they catch so many that their boats begin to sink. So their prayers have been answered. Here’s wealth. Here’s earthly security. Here’s everything they need for house and…

6-27-21 Trinity 4

June 27, 2021
Dear Father in heaven, Fill your people with your Holy Spirit, that we may call on you as Father and adore the mercy you have shown us in Your Son. Grant us so to live every day of our lives by your mercy and so teach us to show mercy to others. Of ourselves we are but mean and selfish sinners, but by your mercy you have made us sons of the Most High. Make…

6-20-21 Trinity 3

June 20, 2021
God is merciful, and He deals with us in mercy. This is what Jesus teaches us with this set of parables. First, Jesus shows us that His Father loves us and is merciful, even though we are sinful. He does not want to hold a sinner’s transgression against him, but He desires to receive him back as a son. Second, Jesus shows us that every son of God must also be merciful to his brothers,…

6-13-21 Trinity 2

June 13, 2021
It was the Sabbath, and Jesus was at one of the most awkward dinner parties the world has ever seen. The Pharisees and other important people were watching Jesus carefully, and for no good purpose. Jesus, for his part, healed a man with dropsy, which was a scandal to those who thought it was unlawful to expend such energy on the Sabbath. Jesus then rebuked the puffed up guests who sought the places of honor,…

6-6-21 Trinity 1

June 6, 2021
Dearest Jesus, Make us neither rich nor poor. If you give us riches, give us the heart to use them for your church and for our neighbor. If you give us poverty, keep from us all coveting and make us content with your provision. Give to us your Church the love with which you have loved us, who, being rich, made yourself poor for us, that we may find our riches in you. Remove from…

5-30-21 Holy Trinity

May 30, 2021
Jesus says that no one will see the Kingdom of God or enter into it unless he is born again, born from above. This of course assumes that this is the great goal of mankind, to see or enter into the Kingdom of God. And this is a remarkable thing. Because the Kingdom of God is not synonymous with heaven. It’s natural to assume people want to live forever, especially if given the choice between…

5-23-21 Pentecost (Confirmation)

May 23, 2021
Dear friends in Christ, especially you, Hunter and Debbie and Adam and Layne and David and Zana and Preston, grace to you and peace from God the Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. Let us pray: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, you prayed in the garden that not one of your disciples should be lost. Grant this to us today. Look in your boundless pity upon these young men and women, for…

5-16-21 Exaudi

May 16, 2021
This past Thursday was Jesus’ Ascension. He prepared us for his Ascension by giving us the hope of seeing him again, by comforting us with the promise of the Holy Spirit, and by giving us the gift of praying in his name. This week in the brief time between Jesus’ Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we hear about the Holy Spirit’s testimony and the persecution that will follow. “But when…

5-9-21 Rogate

May 9, 2021
Jesus uses two different words for asking in our Gospel lesson. They get translated the same in English, as “ask,” but the two words are worlds apart. “In that day you will ask nothing of me, Jesus says, Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name, He will give to you.” So Jesus says it’s only when you have nothing to ask from Jesus, that you can ask anything…
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