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Look Up: Sermon Advent 1 Sunday December 2, 2018: Luke 21:25-36

Endings will come in this life. Bad things are going to happen. The question is to if but when. More importantly how do we respond as people of faith? In the gospel reading Jesus invites us to "look up." And in scripture when God's people look up, good things happen.

Gospel: Luke 21:25-36

God will fulfill God’s purposes and, already, hidden signs of that fulfillment abound. On that great day there will be dismay, perplexity, confusion, and terror, but God’s people shall be given strength to stand boldly and receive God’s promised redemption.
[Jesus said:] 25“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
29Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
34“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

 


Past Sermons

Hard truths and hopeful visions: A Sermon for August 26 2018

Hard truths and hopeful visions: A Sermon for August 26 2018

The world is filled with hard truths we all learn like: You can do everything right and still fail.

We turn to Jesus for words of comfort and sometimes we hear hard words from him as well: Let the dead bury the dead and more. 

Peter reminds us Jesus remind the one who has the words of eternal life. Peter helps us see this promise. This is also the promise written into the walls of Lutheran Church of the Master through the stained glass. This images of glass and stone speak the good news of resurrection to us.

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.

Why are you here? Sermon for Sunday August 12, 2018

Why are you here? Sermon for Sunday August 12, 2018

Why are you here? Because you are fed? Because you chose to be here? Or maybe it was because you were drawn to worship by God? We would like to think it is our idea, but maybe more significantly we are all brought to faith and brought to worship by God. This is a holy gift.

The Promise of Enough: Sermon for Sunday August 5, 2018

The Promise of Enough: Sermon for Sunday August 5, 2018

God gives us what we need, but that is not always what we want. Still, it is always enough. Even when it comes to us as manna, and we do not even really know what it is.

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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