Listen to this Advent Voice

Text: Luke 3:1-6          Advent 2           December 9, 2018

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar – When Pontius Pilate was governor Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene – during the high priesthood Annas and Caiphas, the word of God came to John, son of Zechariah, in the desert. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: 

“A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.’” 

Dear Christians,

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Watch and Pray

Text: Luke 21:25-36      Advent 1             December 2, 2018

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will begin anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these thing happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

“I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

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The Almighty King Comes For Us

Text: Revelation 1:4b-8         Christ the King        November 25, 2018

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us, and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father – to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.

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Christ Will Appear a Second Time

Text: Hebrews 9:24-28      Last Judgment          November 11, 2018

For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Dear Christians:

If you hit your thumb with hammer, it will hurt. If you are pregnant, you will have a baby. With certain actions, you get certain consequences that you simply cannot avoid.

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Marriage as God Intended It

Text: Genesis 2:18-24          Pentecost 20        October 7, 2018

Dear Christians,

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? This is saying that we sometime use to point out the paradox of life. We know that life exists, but where does it originate? With the “chicken and egg” question, you know that both exist, and that each one produces the other, but both cannot happen at the same time. It seems like an unsolvable riddle.

However, any farmer would be able to tell you that if you want to get into raising chickens, you better have at least one rooster and one hen. Life is actually perpetuated from the sexual genders of male and female. Eliminate one of the genders and you will soon have an extinction of the species. This in turn brings about the next question: How did we get the different sexual genders for male and female in the first place?”

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Jesus for All and All for Jesus

Text: Mark 9:38-50           Pentecost 19            September 30, 2018

“Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.

“And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, were ‘their worm does not die, and fire is not quenched.’ Everyone will salted with fire.

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Who is the Real Jesus?

Text: Mark 8:27-35          Pentecost 17               September 17, 2018

Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”

But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

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Be Strong in the Lord

Text: Ephesians 6:10-20      Pentecost 15              September 2, 2018


Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. 

Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

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Glory vs. Grumbling

Text: Exodus 16:2-15          Pentecost 11               August 5, 2018

In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”

Then the LORD said Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”

So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that it was the LORD who brought you out of Egypt, and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us? Moses also said, “You will know that it was the LORD when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD.”

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Leave it to Jesus

Text: John 6:1-15          Pentecost 10            July 29, 2018

Feeding of the 5,000

Dear Christians:

Food is a necessity of life that most Americans don’t really worry about. Our abundance of crops and livestock make us one of the best fed nations in the world. The shelves are full in our grocery stores. There is no rationing. And about the only food lines you will find around here are at the Lutheran potluck dinner.

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