Author: laceduplutheran

Prayer for September 22, 2020

Prayer for September 22, 2020: Please pray with me. God who softens hearts, boy do we need you. While we face multiple things that have exposed our brokenness – a pandemic, climate catastrophes, racial injustice, and economic problems – we still ignore another deep problem, our stubbornness. How much...
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Do you get angry?

(Here’s my sermon that I preached yesterday. You can find the full service on our church website – www.ststephenlc.org). A 2015 Psychology Today article titled: “Anger’s Allure: Are you Addicted to Anger?” offers a fascinating look at anger.  The very first sentence caught my attention – remember, this was written...
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Prayer for September 21, 2020

Prayer for September 21, 2020: Please pray with me. Patient God, you are very patient with us. And by us, I mean all of humanity throughout time. Very patient. Thank you for you patience. We can be very trying as you know. We can be very stubborn too. And...
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Prayer for September 16, 2020

Prayer for September 16, 2020: Please pray with me. God of forgiveness, thank you. In our confession, we speak words that scare us – that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. Humans don’t like this – we want to believe we can free ourselves. But...
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Sin

Martin Luther defined sin as the turning inward on oneself. I think that’s a pretty good definition. When we turn in on ourselves, we turn away from God and from everyone else. By Luther’s definition, sin is narcissistic in nature, which is pretty fitting actually. When we talk about...
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Forgiveness

(I preached this sermon on Sunday, Sept 13, 2020 in response to the Gospel reading – Matthew 18:21-35 – where Jesus tells Peter to offer forgiveness 70 times 7 times. You can see the entire service or skip to the sermon by visiting www.ststephenlc.org) Chris, a man in his...
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Prayer for September 14, 2020

Prayer for September 14, 2020: Please pray with me. God of forgiveness, thank you. Thank you for giving us forgiveness. Thank you for not basing forgiveness on whether we earn it or not. We’d all be screwed if you did. Change our hearts because of your forgiveness – melt...
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Prayer for September 10, 2020

Prayer for September 10, 2020: Please pray with me. God of grace, you grant us the privilege of grace and mercy. We didn’t earn these things. You give them to us anyway. And they are a privilege. A privilege that comes with responsibility. When you give us grace and...
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Let's talk about privilege

Let’s start with a definition. Lexico.com defines privilege as, “A special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group.” So what does that mean? It means that a privilege doesn’t automatically mean you are better off. It could though. A privilege could be...
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