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A Holy Net: Sunday February 10, 2019 Luke 5:1-11

God chooses Isaiah, Paul and Peter, in spite of their failures and inadequacies. In the same way God pronounces grace upon our lives. And sends us up as holy nets to catch people, whether we want to or not.

Gospel: Luke 5:1-11

Jesus’ teaching of God’s word has begun to draw great crowds. For Simon, James, and John, Jesus’ teaching inspires hospitality, then obedience, and then risk. After Jesus’ creative power is revealed, fear and amazement lead these three fishermen to leave everything behind in order to become apostles.
1Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” 5Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. 7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” 9For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” 11When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

 


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Reformation Sunday: Where the Past, Present and Future Collide John 8:31-36

Reformation Sunday: Where the Past, Present and Future Collide John 8:31-36

Reformation Sunday is not just about what happened way back when. It is also a reality that speaks to s on this day in this moment. The Reformation is also about our future as we say in the ELCA: Always being made new. 

Gospel: John 8:31-36

Jesus speaks of truth and freedom as spiritual realities known through his word. He reveals the truth that sets people free from sin.
31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

 

Are you good enough? Sunday October 14, 2018 Mark 10:17-31

Are you good enough? Sunday October 14, 2018 Mark 10:17-31

Are you good enough? We try hard to manage this text because it is so clear and so uncomfortable. in the end we rely on God’s grace while we listen for God’s call to sacrificial living. 

Mark 10:17-31

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.'” 20He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”
28Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age — houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions — and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

 

Called to Protect the Vulnerable: Mark 10:2-16

Called to Protect the Vulnerable: Mark 10:2-16

This gospel seems to be about divorce, but that only points us where we need to look. In. reality this text has more to say about protecting the vulnerable. This is what Jesus does and how Jesus calls his followers to live.

 

Gospel: Mark 10:2-16

Jesus announced and enacted in history the new reality of God’s surprising activity. These two stories demonstrate this new reality: Women and children are accepted and valued, not dismissed as inferior to adult men.
2Some Pharisees came, and to test [Jesus] they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 5But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
10Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

13People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

You are what you eat. Sermon for Sunday August 19, 2018

You are what you eat. Sermon for Sunday August 19, 2018

In this world you have to work hard and earn your way. And if you don’t measure up, if you don’t have the right insurance or a high credit score then forget it.

God works differently, giving us Jesus because of our faults, flaws and failings. Jesus, the bread of life, so we can eat and be satisfied.

Self-Made Christians? Not really a thing. Sunday July 22, 2018

Self-Made Christians? Not really a thing. Sunday July 22, 2018

People like the idea of self-made fortunes, but that is not really based in reality. In the end everyone needs support, encouragement and help from someone. This is also true for our lives of faith. There are no self-made Christians. All the followers of Jesus have been given the gift of faith as it comes to them passed from one generation to the next.

This is actually a great strength of the faith because it grounds us in relationships; with one another and with God.

Seeing beyond fear…A Sermon for Sunday July 15, 2018

Seeing beyond fear…A Sermon for Sunday July 15, 2018

Herod is fearful of losing face. Everyone is fearful of Herod. With so much fear in the gospel and so much fear in our world, how do Christians, followers of Jesus respond?

How can you be born from above?

How can you be born from above?

Jesus tells Nicodemus he must be born from above. If there is one thing we know for certain about birth it is this: Being born happens to you. Like it or not you cannot choose to be born and you cannot choose your parents.

God chooses us and chooses to bring us to new birth through the gift of baptism.

Easter Sunday April 1, 2018 And Peter…

Easter Sunday April 1, 2018 And Peter…

Jesus is not only the one who suffers with us, but he is the one who redeems our suffering. Jesus is the one who can and does bring life in the face of death. He did this for Peter, the denier, when Peter is singled out among the disciples. In the same way it could just as easily be your name there.

Thanks be to God for those saints we encounter who help us see the good news and the hope of the resurrection in our lives every day.

 

What were you thinking God? Christmas Eve 2017

What were you thinking God? Christmas Eve 2017

What were you thinking God? Sending us Jesus who says things lie forgive 70 times 7 times? And what about all the ways Jesus seems silent when we need him most?

The promise though is not that we get what we want, but that we get what we need.

Finally, what we need is the gift the angels announce to the lowly shepherds: A gift of great joy to all people. And those angel messengers continue coming into our lives. They may not have wings and halos, but they do come offering comfort and gifts of love that say, “I know you and care about you.” (Which probably does not include gift cards.)

The greatest gift of all Jesus: coming to bring comfort and peace.

Maybe God did have it right all along.

 

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