A vision you can count on

(I preached this sermon for All Saints Day – November 1, 2020. It is in response to two readings – Revelation 7:9-17 and Matthew 5:1-12. You can find the full recording of the service on the church website – ststephenlc.org.) As many of you know, I have a long...
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Prayer for October 30, 2020

Prayer for October 30, 2020: Please pray with me. God who is king of kings and Lord of Lords, you are all powerful. But how many of us think of that as being an extension of human power? You aren’t a super human. Our version of power is not...
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Prayer for October 29, 2020

Prayer for October 29, 2020: Please pray with me. God of unity, you are a God who brings people together. We divide and separate of our own accord, sometimes over you though. But it is not you that causes the division, it is us. Why do we get caught...
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Prayer for October 28, 2020

Prayer for October 28, 2020: Please pray with me. God of calm, you bring order out of chaos. But your order is not like human order. While we think of order as equal to being in control, your ways are different. Too often we lose sight of this. We...
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Prayer for October 27, 2020

Prayer for October 27, 2020: Please pray with me. God of mercy, why do we have such a difficult time with this title of yours? Why do we have a difficult time receiving and giving mercy? Why are we inclined to harshness and judgement? Why are we more concerned...
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The days are surely coming…

(I preached the following sermon on Oct. 25, 2020, Reformation Day. It was in response to Jeremiah 31:31-34.) A couple of weeks ago, I included part of a synod council report from Pastor Richard Jorgenson, our Synod Director for Evangelical Mission, the person who focuses on new mission as...
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Image is Everything…

(I preached this sermon on Sunday, October 18, 2020. It was in response to the Gospel Matthew 22:15-22. You can find the entire service including the sermon on this link.) In 1989, the camera company Canon released one of the most memorable commercials ever made.  It featured a then 19-year-old...
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Prayer for October 15, 2020

Prayer for October 15, 2020: Please pray with me. God of grace, God of mercy, you hold us in your tender care. Lead us down the path of righteousness. Set us on the path of discipleship. Empower us to live as you would want us to live. And when...
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