August 11, 2019 Ninth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
Luke 12:22-40 "Why Are You Anxious?" Audio
Jesus talks about anxiety in today's gospel reading. But what makes us more anxious -- the items that Jesus mentions, or the fact that He mentions them?
August 4, 2019 Eigth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael P Walther
Psalm 25:4 "Jesus, Help Me Understand" Audio
Understanding flows from faith. It is the opposite of sinful pride. We pray to God for understanding, and He gives it.
July 28, 2019 Seventh Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael P Walther
1 Thessalonians 5:18 "Jesus, Help Me Give Thanks" Audio
This one often gets overlooked -- we pray for something to happen, and when it does we are happy, and simply go on about our lives.
July 21, 2019 Sixth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
Luke 10:38-42 "One Thing Needful" Audio
Often, to those who have been Christian for a while, the gospel kind of fades into the background, as if it were a normal thing. But then, in a reading like today's, it is portrayed so starkly that we wonder if we could be hearing it correctly.
July 14, 2019 Fifth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael P Walther
At first, believing might seem like an easy thing. But when the enemies of faith bear down upon us, we need a prayer to remain steadfast in our faith.
July 7, 2019 Fouth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael P Walther
All good things begin when we listen to God's word. One of the first things that word will do is to call us to repentance. How can we repent?
June 30, 2019 Third Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
Luke 9:51-62 Audio
James and John wanted to call down fire on a Samaritan village. Jesus rebukes them. What did they learn from that incident? What do we learn from it?
June 23, 2019 Second Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
Luke 8:26-39 Audio
This reading has many things that we probably have not encounted in our lives. But there is one thing I am sure we have all come across. What is it, and why is it so troubling?
June 16, 2019 Trinity Sunday Pastor Michael P Walther
"Jesus, Help Me Listen!" John 8 Audio
This is the first in a series of sermons entitled "Jesus, Help Me." In this first sermon, we know that we ask God for help in many situations. But do we listen to His answer?
June 9, 2019 Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
"Are You Bringing the Kingdom?" Acts 2:1-21, John 14:22-31 Audio
What we have happen on in Pentecost may not be what the disciples were expecting. But Jesus did talk about how He would manifefst Himself in the world.
June 2, 2019 Seventh Sunday of Easter Pastor Michael P. Walther
The ascension of Jesus assures us that He hasn't left us but is available to us now in an even better way.
May 26, 2019 Sixth Sunday of Easter Pastor Scott Adle
"Do You Want to Be Healed?" John 5:1-19 Audio
Jesus asks a question here in John chapter five. The answer appears obvious? But maybe it's not.
May 19, 2019 Fifth Sunday of Easter Pastor Michael P. Walther
Jesus prepared us for reality: In this world you will have sorrow because of its rejection of God. But your sorrow will be turned to joy through the work of the Holy Spirit and the truth that He teaches.
May 12, 2019 Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday) Pastor Scott Adle
John 10:22-30 Audio
We find the picture of Jesus as our Good Shepherd to be a comforting one. But is that picture too trite?
May 5, 2019 Third Sunday of Easter Pastor Michael Walther
The conversion of Saul reminds us how God can turn even the most ruthless opponent of the Christian faith. We should never give up hope of the transformative power of the Easter Gospel.
April 28, 2019 First Sunday of Easter Pastor Scott Adle
John 20:19-31 Audio
Thomas may have been wrong, but he wasn't all wrong. So, what did Thomas get right?
April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday Pastor Michael Walther
"Freedom From the Dominion of Death" 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 Text Audio
On Palm Sunday we talked about how Christ frees us from the dominion of sin. This Easter, we talk about how Christ frees us from the dominion of death.
April 14, 2019 Palm Sunday Pastor Michael P. Walther
"Jesus' Death and Resurrection Sets Us Free From the Dominion of Sin" Romans 6:4-6 Text Audio
Life is not an accident. We were meant to know and love God who made us. But sin destroys this and all of life. Jesus came to set us free from the terrible dominion of sin.
April 7, 2019 Lent 5 Pastor Scott Adle
March 31, 2019 Lent 4 Pastor Michael P. Walther
"Jesus Died for Prodigal, Promiscuous and Proud People" Luke 15:11-32 Text Audio
The Parable of the Prodigal Son shows us just how patient God is in His love toward all people no matter how stupid, disrespectful and irresponsible they might be. The parable also shows us how to avoid being pharisaical toward people like this.
March 24, 2019 Sanctity of Life Service Pastor Mark Surburg
Mark 10:13-16 Text Audio
Rev Mark Surburg preached for our Life Service this year. In his sermon he touched on various topics having to do with life, but has a special focus on the loss of life through miscarriage.
March 24, 2019 Lent 3 Pastor Scott Adle
The last two weeks we have looked at two of the opponents to God's word and work: the devil and the sinful world. Today we look at a third: ourselves.
March 17, 2019 Lent 2 Pastor Michael P. Walther
The world reacts to Christ with rage and unbelief. But just as Jesus endured, so can we: "Stand fast in the Lord, beloved."
March 10, 2019 Lent 1 Pastor Michael P. Walther
The temptation of Jesus shows us how He overcame the reality of evil for us so that we can now resist it and serve God.
March 3, 2019 Transfiguration Pastor Scott Adle
We often think that what is wrong in the world is the vices. But could it be virtues instead? How could that be?
February 27, 2019 Evening Prayer Pastor Michael P. Walther
"After graduating summa cum laude from God's school of leadership, Joseph gave his brothers a little course in the same."
February 24, 2019 Seventh Sunday After the Epiphany Pastor Michael P. Walther
Love your enemies. Follow the Golden Rule. Speak with the goal of forgiveness. Remember that God will give back what you have given.
February 17, 2019 Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany Pastor Scott Adle
These last two weeks we have heard people with problems approaching the Lord. How does He answer them?
February 10, 2019 Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany Pastor Michael Walther
The false gods during Old Testament times, like Baal, were gods of tolerance and pleasure. But what did they actually lead to? How does this compare with the God David worshiped?
February 3, 2019 Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany Pastor Aaron Mueller
Paul describes love in 1 Corinthians 13. But what does Paul mean by love, and what do we mean by that word?
January 27, 2019 Third Sunday After the Epiphany Pastor Michael P. Walther
When some people hear God's word, they love it. When some hear it, they hate it. Why?
January 20, 2019 Second Sunday After the Epiphany Pastor Scott Adle
The gospel reading today involves a wedding feast where Jesus turns water into wine. John tells us that this is the first of Jesus' signs Now, of all the things to be done in the world, why would Jesus do this as the first sign?
January 13, 2019 Second Sunday After Christmas Pastor Michael Walther
Why does God say to Israel that He knew them by name? The reality is that our salvation is a deeply personal salvation.
January 6, 2019 Epiphany Pastor Michael Walther
In our gospel reading, we hear of some people who seek the Christ, while others try and suppress Him. How do we do this in our own lives?
December 30, 2018 First Sunday After Christmas Pastor Scott Adle
Simeon and Anna stick out in the gospels because they recognize Jesus to be the Christ, they see Him to be salvation, consolation, and redemption for God's people.
December 25, 2018 Christmas Pastor Scott Adle
"What Do You Like About Christmas?" John 1:1-14
The question "What do you like about Christmas?" finds many answers from young and old. Yet many people leave out the basic reason to like Christmas
December 24, 2018 Christmas Eve Pastor Walther
The reality of Christmas begins with creation, the restoration of that fallen creation, and the hope of the new creation.
December 23, 2018 Fourth Sunday in Advent Pastor Scott Adle
Luke 1:39-56 Audio
Elisabeth and Mary celebrate the child in Mary's womb because they know that He will save God's people from their enemies.
December 16, 2018 Third Sunday in Advent Pastor Aaron Mueller
Anxiety seems to be high at this time of year -- or, for many, at many times in life. What does Paul say in Philippians have to say about our anxieties?
December 9, 2018 Second Sunday in Advent Pastor Scott Adle
In this gospel reading we hear about John the Baptist. What does John say? Does it mean anything for us today?
December 2, 2018 First Sunday of Advent Pastor Michael P. Walther
Beginning with the Sacrifice of Isaac I show what worship really means. I also explain some of the physical elements of worship: The Altar, Cross, Baptismal Font, and Pulpit.
November 25, 2018 Last Sunday of the Church Year Pastor Aaron Mueller
Jude 17-25 Audio
Jude mentions "scoffers" in his letter. What does he mean by this, and what does it look like in the church?
November 22, 2018 Thanksgiving Pastor Michael P. Walther
"How God Helps Us to Be Thankful" Luke 17:11-19 Text Audio
Why are we sometimes unthankful? How can God help us to be more thankful?
November 18, 2018 Twenty-sixth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
"Good Ending" Mark 13:1-13 Audio
I think most people (even too many church people) think the End of the world is a bad thing. The Scriptures beg to differ.
November 11, 2018 Twenty-fifth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael P. Walther
"How God Helps Us Help Others" 1 Kings 17:8-16 Audio
We are in a world full of violence and tragedy. The world offers many solutions, but, tragically, leave out the only real one. The God of Elijah supplies it.
November 4, 2018 All Saints' Day Pastor Scott Adle
"All Saints" Matthew 5 Audio
The Kingdom of God will only be populated with saints. So, who are the saints? How do you define "saint"? How does Jesus define it?
October 28, 2018 Reformation Sunday Pastor Michael P. Walther
Sometimes people think the devil is winning in this world. Not so! Sin is short-lived, and corruption soon follows. But the Gospel is eternal beginning with God's creation and ending with His salvation.
October 21, 2018 Twenty-second Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
"Who Wants to Be Rich?" Mark 10:23-31 Audio
There is a lotto going on that will make the winner extremely rich. Many of us would like those winnings. But what does Jesus say about wealth?
October 14, 2018 Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Aaron Mueller
"Good Teacher" Mark 10:17-27 Audio
The rich man who runs up to Jesus makes a remark about Jesus being good. Jesus responds by saying, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone." So, what does being good look like?
October 7, 2018 Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael P. Walther
God has given us many blessings in creation, marriage, and children. These blessings also have a tremendous impact on the way we live our lives.
September 30, 2018 Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
"Overstatement, or Understatement?" Audio
When Jesus said to cut off a hand or foot, did He mean it? Is Jesus simply overstating things to make a point . . . or understating them?
September 26, 2018 Midweek Worship Pastor Michael Walther
"Do Christians Have to Go to Church?" Luke 10:40-42 Text
Less than twenty percent of Christians worship regularly in America. What does God think of this? What should you think of this?
September 23, 2018 Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael Walther
Both the epistle reading from James, as well as the gospel reading today have thoughts on how we think and speak about ourselves. How does our pride factor in to our faith?
September 16, 2018 Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
Mark 9:14-29 Audio
In Mark 9, Jesus heals a boy who had been possessed by a demon. That's how we all remember the story. But the story is not that simple.
September 12, 2018 Evening Prayer Pastor Michael P. Walther
This is an important question that tempts us to question God's justice or to create alternative ways of salvation. But God's word does give us some help.
September 9, 2018 Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael P. Walther
There are many different kinds of strength that we have been given and that we seek in life. But there is only one that will never fail us.
September 2, 2018 Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
"Minor and Major Points" Mark 7:14-23 Audio
These gospel readings from Mark 7 lately may sound a little academic -- "Who cares about washing hands, and what can or cannot be eaten?" We've never really had to deal with these issues. So does this chapter have anything to say that applies to us?
August 26, 2018 Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael Walther
If Jesus says that the traditions of men may be bad, where do we find certainty? Where do we find the truth?
August 19, 2018 Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Aaron Mueller
Ephesians 5:18 Audio
Paul talks about not being filled with wine, but rather being filled with the Spirit.
August 12, 2018 Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael Walther
"The Son of God in the Flesh" Text Audio
What did Jesus mean when He said that He gave His flesh to eat? How does He give it, and what good does it do for us?
August 5, 2018 Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
"Too Little is More Than Enough" John 6:22-35 Audio
Jesus is able to feed multitudes with what appears to be too little. We heard that a few weeks ago with the Feeding of the 5,000. We hear about it also when Jesus talks about the Bread from Heaven.
July 29, 2018 Tenth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael Walther
"The Flood and the Rainbow" Genesis 6-9 Audio
God is a God of judgment and salvation. We see this in the story of Noah and the ark, as well as when we look at the rest of the scriptures.
July 22, 2018 Ninth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Aaron Mueller
Mark 6:30-44 Audio
The disciples return from the short mission Jesus had sent them on. How does what they did connect to you, and what you do?
July 15, 2018 Eighth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Anthony DiLiberto
"The Beheading of John the Baptist" Mark 6:14-29 Audio
Anthony was recently ordained, and has been called to be a misisonary in Puerto Rico. Here he reflects on what a pastor is called to preach and teach, as he looks at the career of John the Baptist.
July 8, 2018 Seventh Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael P. Walther
Some people today are amazed that Christians still believe in such things as creation, that the Son of God became man, died, rose and is coming again. But Jesus was amazed that anyone would not believe. Why?
July 1, 2018 Sixth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
"Only Believe" Mark 5:21-43 Audio
An emergency comes up in our gospel reading today - a 12-year old girl is on her deathbed. How does Jesus respond? Not by running. Not by hurrying. What's going on here?
June 24, 2018 Fifth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Aaron Mueller
Mark 4:35-41 Audio
A great storm, sailors afraid they are going to drown, a man sleeping in the boat who needs to be awaken, and he is the one who can calm the storm -- which bible story are we talking about? How does it fit with our gospel reading?
June 17, 2018 Fourth Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael Walther
Paul talks in the epistle reading about leaving to be with Christ and how that is better. The Scriptures are forthright about death and dying, and what that means for Christians.
June 3, 2018 Second Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael Walther
"Our Rest in Christ" Deuteronomy 5:12-15 Audio
The Third Commandment deals with the Sabbath, with rest. Pastor Walther discusses what the commandment menas, and how it points to Jesus.
May 27, 2018 Trinity Sunday Pastor Scott Adle
"Never Alone" John 3:1-17 Audio
"Why the Trinity?" is one of those questions that pops up in regard to God. For Trinity Sunday we look at that question, and ask what the Trinity does mean for us.
May 20, 2018 Pentecost Sunday Pastor Aaron Mueller
John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 Audio
Why is Jesus leaving? This is a question the disciples must have had. Jesus answers that question, and speaks of sending the Holy Spirit.
May 13, 2018 Seventh Sunday of Easter Pastor Michael P. Walther
Many people are resistent, even upset by this teaching. But the truth is that no other religion teaches a "way of salvation." They all teach a way of getting to heaven (or something like that) by moral effort. Only Jesus teaches that we are saved by the free gift of His moral effort.
May 6, 2018 Sixth Sunday of Easter Pastor Scott Adle
"Commands and Rules" John 15:9-17 Audio
Jesus says in our reading today, "You are my friends if you do what I command you." The world hears that, and it confirms what they thought about Christianity. Many Christians may hear that and wonder how that fits with Christianity at all.
April 29, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Easter Pastor Michael P Walther
God told Philip to "go near" and he "preached Jesus" to the Ethiopian. This is how God has saved us and is still saving this world.
April 22, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Easter Pastor Aaron Mueller
1 John 3:16-24 "Love Each Other" Audio
Saying that we love someone may be different than actually loving them, although it should not be. John calls us to love in deed and in truth.
April 15, 2018 Third Sunday of Easter Pastor Michael P Walther
What would is the world like without Easter? What impact does Easter have on your personal life, family life, and on the world?
April 8, 2018 Second Sunday of Easter Pastor Scott Adle
The Easter Response John 20:19-31 Audio
"He is risen indeed!" is how we respond to the announcement of Jesus' resurrection. For some reason, however, that doesn't seem to be the response of those on the scene. Why not? Why do we respond the way we do?
April 1, 2018 Easter Sunday Pastor Michael P Walther
"You will show me the path of life. In Your presence there is fulness of joy." What does Jesus' death and resurrection mean for our lives?
March 25, 2018 Palm Sunday Pastor Scott Adle
John 12:12-19, Matthew 27:45-56. Audio
What does it matter to us that some Jews claim Jesus as their king? Why does His proclamation of 'Peace' mean anything to us? Why is it good news?
March 18, 2018 Fifth Sunday in Lent Pastor Michael Walther
"To Serve Rather Than to Be Served" Mark 10:45 Audio
Ambition -- we regard ambition as a good thing. We want success in life. But the bible also warns us that ambition can be a problem. How do we sort it out?
March 11, 2018 Fourth Sunday in Lent Pastor Scott Adle
"Loved So" Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-21. Audio
The Israelites were in need of some saving, so God responds in a unique way. What situation do we find ourselves in, and what is God's answer?
March 4, 2018 Third Sunday in Lent Pastor Aaron Mueller
1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 Audio
Foolish and weak -- that's how the apostle Paul describes the message of the gospel, the people hearing that message, as well as himself, the deliverer of that message. So how is that going to save people?
February 25, 2018 Second Sunday in Lent Pastor Michael Walther
Psychologists tell us to focus more on the the good than the bad. That is helpful. But God provides more than that. His solution to the problem of worry is to focus on the ultimate good of His justification and salvation.
February 18, 2018 First Sunday in Lent Pastor Scott Adle
"Every Good Gift" James 1:12-18 and Mark 1:9-15 Audio
How do we get good gifts? What kind of god supplies them?
February 11, 2018 Transfiguration Pastor Michael Walther
"This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him!" So instructs the Father in heaven. How do we listen to Jesus?
February 4, 2018 Fifth Sunday After Epiphany Pastor Aaron Mueller
Mark 1:29-39 Audio
In Mark one we see Jesus on a mission -- announcing the kingdom, and calling people into it. But how does that continue today?
January 28, 2018 Fourth Sunday After Epiphany Pastor Scott Adle
"A Prophet Like Moses" Deut 18:15-20 and Mark 1:21-28 Audio
Moses tells of a prophet who will come after him, who would speak the word of the Lord. Jesus comes preaching and teaching with authority. How does "authority" sit with us?
January 21, 2018 Life Sunday Service Pastor Christopher Esget
"The Glory of God is a living man" John 7:37-39 Audio
The Southern Illinois District put on a special service for Life Sunday 2018. We invited the LCMS's 6th Vice President, Rev Christopher Esget to preach.
January 21, 2018 Third Sunday After Epiphany Pastor Michael Walther
Jesus began to preach the gospel message of repentance and forgiveness. He also called His first disciples to do the same. The calling of the four fisermen teaches us what it means to believe the gospel, to be called, and to leave our nets.
January 14, 2018 Second Sunday After Eiphany Pastor Scott Adle
"Do Not Be Deceived" 1 Corinthians 6:9-20 Audio
Paul warns in his letter to the Corinthians: Do not be deceived. We'd like to think to imagine that our temptations would be different from people who lived so long ago, but look at the list Paul provides -- it sure sounds familiar. How do we cope in a deceitful world?
January 7, 2018 Epiphany Pastor Michael Walther
The magi show us that there is no conflict between the Bible and science. We also have a "star" to follow. Finally, we have presents for Jesus.
December 31, 2017 First Sunday After Christmas Pastor Aaron Mueller
December 24, 2017 Christmas Eve Pastor Michael Walther
Have you ever wondered where "B.C." and "A.D." come from? They come from the Son of God, who came in the fullness of time to redeem us from our slavery to an empty and unspiritual world.
December 24, 2017 Advent 4 Pastor Scott Adle
"Backstory" Luke 1:26-38 Audio
We all love the Nativity scene at Christmas. But why do we love it? What is actually the good news about the Nativity scene?
December 17, 2017 Advent 3 Pastor Aaron Mueller
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Audio
These verses in 1 Thessalonians five tells us how we are to live -- and they don't hold back. The section ends by telling us how we live -- and it doesn't hold back either.
December 10, 2017 Advent 2 Pastor Scott Adle
"What Sort of People?" 2 Peter 3:8-14, Mark 1:1-11 Audio
The epistle reading for today asks this question: What sort of people ought we to be? It's an important question that we often ask ourselves in different ways. As with most questions, there are wrong answers. What do the Scriptures say about what we ought to be?
December 3, 2017 Advent 1 Pastor Michael Walther
"Eagerly Waiting for Jesus" 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 Text Audio
The Bible tells us that just as Jesus was born, lived, died, rose and ascended into heaven - He will also return on the Last Day. This last event in the life of Jesus challenges us to repentance and encourages us in faith.
November 26, 2107 Last Sunday of the Church Year Pastor Aaron Mueller
"Judgment of Works" Matthew 25:31-46 Audio
When we come to parts of the Scriptures that speak of the judgment, we see the Judge pointing to our works. What do we have to say about that, if we say we are justified by faith? Where do these works come from?
November 19, 2017 24th Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael Walther
The Parable of the Talents shows two different reactions to what God gives to us, two different reactions to God Himself. What are the temptations we face today, and how do/should we respond to them?
November 12, 2017 23rd Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
"The Bridegroom Comes!" Matthew 25:1-13 Audio
"Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like . . ." Jesus puts this parable in the future. What does that future look like? When is that future? What should be be doing?
November 5, 2017 All Saints Day Pastor Michael Walther
"Persevering Through Persecution" Matthew 5:10-12 Audio
In this sermon Pastor Walther talks about three different forms of persecution we all face in this world, as well as four prayers for us during those times.
Octorber 29, 2017 Reformation Day (Observed) Pastor Aaron Mueller
"An Eternal Gospel" Revelation 14:6-7 Audio
October 22, 2017 20th Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Adle
"Fear and Love" Matthew 22:15-22 Audio
The Pharisees and those who approach Jesus in our gospel reading today clearly do not fear Him. Are there ways in which we do not either?
October 15, 2017 19th Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Walther
Jesus tells a parable about a wedding feast. What does this parable tell us about God's desire for us?
October 8, 2017 18th Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Mueller
Matthew 21:33-46 Audio
Jesus tells another parable involving a vineyard in today's gospel reading. Where do we fit in these stories that Jesus tells? Where does Jesus fit?
October 1, 2017 17th Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Walther
"Hold Fast the Word of Life" Philippians 2:13-18 Audio
There are many different statuses and classes in society today, just as there were in the ancient world. But where do Christians find their status in life?
September 24, 2017 16th Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Adle
Matthew 20:1-16 Audio
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, like most of Jesus' parables, speaks about God working in ways we do not. But that doesn't stop us from thinking we can figure God out.
September 17, 2017 15th Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Mueller
Genesis 50:15-21 Audio
"You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good." How could both of these be true at the same time?
September 10, 2017 14th Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Walther
There are many good things that we can learn about the way God approaches crime. By God's grace we can be part of the solution to the problems of crime rather than part of the cause.
September 3, 2017 13th Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Adle
"On Picking Up Crosses" Romans 12:9-21 and Matthew 16:21-28 Audio
Picking up crosses is not easy. Paul describes some of the Christian life in Romans chapter 12. What don't we like about it?
August 27, 2017 12th Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Walther
How does the world affect our thoughts and desires, and how does the renewing we receive through faith differ from these?
August 20, 2017 11th Sudnay After Pentecost Pastor Mueller
Matthew 15:21-28 Audio
In the gospel reading, we come across a Jesus who might not remind us of the one we heard about in Sunday School. But is He really that much different from the one we know in our own lives?
August 13, 2017 10th Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Walther
Job was being put to the test by Satan. When Job begins to question God and to contend with Him, God directs Job to the unfathomable mysteries of creation.
August 6, 2017 9th Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
In the first half of Matthew chapter 14 two feasts take place. We look at a few of the differences.
July 30, 2017 8th Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
Jesus uses His parables as pictures of how His kingdom works. This week we hear a few more. How do they fit with the world, and how people act?
July 23, 2017 7th Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael P. Walther
The Bible teaching of only one way of salvation is a comfort to some and a consternation to many. But there truly is only one way of "salvation." There are many ways of "rewards."
July 16, 2017 6th Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael P. Walther
Isaiah encouraged his own people and us not to be indifferent or even to despise God's word. It is the source of life for all.
July 9, 2017 5th Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
In our gospel, Christ thanks the heavenly Father that He hides things from some, but reveals these things to others. Why would God do that?
July 2, 2017 4th Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Aaron Mueller
Matthew 10:34-42 Audio
In our reading, Jesus says something that people would normally consider outlandish, "Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me . . ." What could He mean by such a thing?
June 25, 2017 3rd Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael Walther
Matthew 10:1-4 Twelve Men Who Changed the World, Pt 2 Audio
The second part of Pastor Walther's look at the 12 apostles, this time featuring several of the more recognizable ones.
June 18, 2017 2nd Sunday After Pentecost Pastor Michael Walther
The beginning of Matthew chapter 10 gives a list of 12 men whom Jesus picked to be apostles. Let us look at what we know about these men, and what Jesus calls them to.
June 11, 2017 Trinity Pastor Scott Adle
Peter preaches the resurrection of Christ on Pentecost Sunday -- but not in a way that we usually think about it.
June 10, 2017 Trinity Pastor Todd Wilken
Matthew 28:16-20 Audio
June 4, 2017 Pentecost Pastor Aaron Mueller
John 7:37-39 Come to Me and Drink Audio
We have many desires and needs in this life. We recognize that Jesus fulfills spiritual desires and needs, but what about other, more basic desires and needs?
May 28, 2017 7th Sunday of Easter Pastor Michael Walther
The modern world doesn't really believe in the devil and sin. However, Peter in our reading today (as well as Jesus) take them seriously. So how do Christians deal with the temptations that we know surround us? Peter says: "Resist him, firm in the faith."
May 21, 2017 6th Sunday of Easter Pastor Scott Adle
The bored Athenians are only interested in novelty. In our readings both Paul and Jesus respond by bringing up what is rather old, but never loses its relevance.
May 14, 2017 5th Sunday of Easter Pastor Aaron Mueller
John 14:1-14 The Way Audio
Jesus says that He is "the way." What does He mean by that?
May 7, 2017 4th Sunday of Easter Pastor Michael Walther
How do shepherds come to us? How do we recognize them? There are many voices out there today, all of them declaring things that they say will help you. It can be confusing. What does Jesus have to say, and how do we follow?
April 30, 2017 3rd Sunday of Easter Pastor Scott Adle
Cleopas and another disciple have left Jerusalem, and, it would appear, Christianity. But Jesus meets them on the way and does a bible study with them.
April 23, 2017 2nd Sunday of Easter Pastor Aaron Mueller
Acts 5:29-42 and John 20:19-31 Audio
There is quite a change in the mindset of the disciples between when they first heard of Jesus' resurrection, and what we see in Acts, chapter five. What could have brought this change about?
April 16, 2017 Easter Sunday Pastor Michael Walther
After Jesus died, the powers that put Him to death conspired to keep Him dead. His tomb was sealed and guarded. But those efforts were soon undone when the angel rolled away the stone, the soldiers became like dead men, and the angel sat on the stone.
April 9, 2017 Palm Sunday Pastor Michael Walther
The Centurion at the Cross confessed Jesus to be the Son of God when He saw the way this righteous man suffered. Jesus' righteous suffering and death saves us from our sins. Our own righteous suffering helps to save people as well.
April 2, 2017 Lent 5 Pastor Aaron Mueller
John 11:1-45 Audio
Superheroes are popular in our culture for a variety of reasons. However, we do recognize that superheroes have some limits. Jesus is more than a superhero.
March 26, 2017 Lent 4 Pastor Michael Walther
John 9 "Opera Dei" Audio Text
The healing of the Man Born Blind shows us the compassion of Jesus and the much needed correction to the common quid pro quo or karma approach to God.
March 19, 2017 Lent 3 Pastor Scott Adle
Another week where we hear about a confusing conversation someone has with Jesus. Why might conversations with Jesus be that way?
March 12, 2017 Lent 2 Pastor Michael Walther
Abraham was called out his country to the Promised Land. What “countries” might Christians today be called to leave as God leads us to the place where He wants us to be?
March 5, 2017 Lent 1 Pastor Scott Adle
The gospel is like some of the fairy tales and stories we heard as we grew up, but there are differences too.
February 26, 2017 Transfiguration Pastor Aaron Mueller
2 Peter 1:16-21 Audio
February 19, 2017 Epiphany 7 Pastor Michael P Walther
The wisdom of the world avoids the problem of sin. The wisdom of Christ confronts and cures the problem of sin.
February 12, 2017 Epiphany 6 Pastor Michael P Walther
Some of our feelings and desires are good and some are bad. How do we know the difference, and how do we contend with bad feelings and desires?
February 5, 2017 Epiphany 5 Pastor Aaron Mueller
Isaiah 58:6-8 and Matthew 5:13-20 Sermon for Epiphany 5 Audio
Some people say that poverty is the fault of those who are lazy and make poor choices. Others say it all the result of oppression by the elite. What does God's word say, and how can God help us to help the poor?
January 29, 2017 Epiphany 4 Pastor Michael P Walther
Micah, who lived 700 years before Jesus, said he lived in an "Evil Time." When the world around us is turning away from God, we have the opportunity to speak the truth in love and to do the truth in love. God will give us the grace to do this!
January 22, 2017 Epiphany 3 Pastor Aaron Mueller
1 Corinthians 1: "What Makes a Good Sermon" Audio
What are the principles by which we decide that a sermon is good? Sermons, as Paul said, should proclaim Christ, crucified and risen.
January 15, 2017 Epiphany 2 Pastor Scott Adle
Twice in our reading John calls Jesus the "Lamb of God." That may not be our first thought when we think of Jesus, but why might that be the case?
January 8, 2017 Baptism of Our Lord Pastor Michael Walther
Grace is no excuse for sin. Rather, we are baptized into Christ and thus raised to a new life. Our old self is crucified. We are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
January 1, 2017 New Year's Day Pastor Aaron Mueller
Galatians 3:23-29 Audio
December 25, 2016 Christmas Day Pastor Scott Adle
Why, out of all of the things that God has created, does He pay attention to man? Yet God becomes man. This is a mystery of the faith.
December 24, 2016 Christmas Eve Pastor Michael Walther
There are good words and there are bad words. When Jesus was conceived, the Word became flesh - God became flesh - to bring forgiveness and salvation into this world through His word.
December 18, 2016 Advent 4 Pastor Scott Adle
Matthew begins with a genealogy, and for all of those men and women listed, we can also list their faults and failures. But then God becomes man.
December 11, 2016 Advent 3 Pastor Michael P. Walther
James 5:7-11 "We Count Them Blessed Who Endure" Audio Text
John the Baptist was the greatest prophet. Yet he had his moment of doubt. Jesus helped him to endure by assuring him of the blessings of His word. God also enables us to endure temptation and persecution through His blessings.
December 4th, 2016 Advent 2 Pastor Aaron Mueller
Isaiah 11:1-10 Audio
November 27, 2016 Advent 1 Pastor Michael Walther
Matthew 21:9 "The Lord Comes to Save" Audio
November 24, 2016 Thanksgiving Pastor Michael P. Walther
Shallow thankfulness comes when we forget about God and the great things He gives us. Paul teaches us to meditate on divine assets that will inspire us to be thankful.
November 20, 2016 Last Sunday of the Church Year Pastor Aaron Mueller
Malachi 3:13-18 Audio
November 13, 2016 Pentecost 26 Pastor Scott Adle
Jesus tries to cheer us up by letting us know that the End of the world is coming. We were made to stand before the Son of Man when He returns.
November 6, 2016 All Saints' Day Pastor Aaron Mueller
Revelation 7:9-17 Audio
October 30, 2016 Reformation Day (Obs) Pastor Scott Adle
Lutherans on Reformation Day love to talk about justification. As sinners, we also like to justify ourselves whenever we hear the word of God. But God is both just, and the justifier.
October 23, 2016 Pentecost 23 Pastor Aaron Mueller
Genesis 4:1-15 Audio
October 16, 2016 Pentecost 22 Pastor Scott Adle
"Will the Son of Man find faith on earth?" This may sound like a question with an obvious answer. I think we might ponder this in regard to the parable Jesus tells today.
October 9, 2016 Pentecost 21 Pastor Aaron Mueller
2 Timothy 2:1-13 Audio
October 2, 2016 Pentecost 20 Pastor Michael P. Walther
If you've ever wondered, "What is going on with this world?" then you should read the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk. He felt overwhelmed by the faithlessness and wickedness of the world, and he cried out to God for answers. God responded by calling Habakkuk and all of us to faith.
September 25, 2016 Pentecost 19 Pastor Scott Adle
When we hear a story, we may read into it things that aren't there. These reactions may say more about us than the story. The story that Jesus tells this week is a time when that may happen.
September 18, 2016 Pentecost 18 Pastor Michael P. Walther
Jesus wants His disciples to avoid the temptation to "money-loving." He does this by teaching us to seek first the spiritual blessings God gives and then to use the material blessings to "make friends."
September 11, 2016 Pentecost 17 Pastor Michael P. Walther
We always have a temptation to solve the problems of sin and immorality with the Law - study it more, emphasize it more, etc. But Paul shows us how to use the Law "lawfully" by using for repetance and then emphasizing the Gospel.
September 4, 2016 Pentecost Pastor Aaron Mueller
August 31, 2016 Martyrdom of John the Baptist Pastor Scott Adle
Mark 6:14-29 "What Did You Go Out to See?" Text
How do you view John's death? Should he have just kept his mouth shut?
August 28, 2016 Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
Does a party involving the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind sound like a good party to you? If not, you may be in trouble.
August 21, 2016 Pentecost Pastor Michael Walther
Only faith in Christ, not familiarity with Christ, saves. True faith is repentance, forgiveness, and new life in Christ. Familiarity is about trying to be good.
August 15, 2016 Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
The church has different answers than the world, but also different questions. "What time is it?" is a question Jesus hints at in Luke 12.
August 8, 2016 Pentecost Pastor Michael P. Walther
The three goals of this sermon are to show that: 1. We live in a material and spiritual world. 2. Much of the spiritual world is bad. 3. The Holy Spirit leads us to the good spiritual world through God's word in Christ. Keywords: Trinity
July 31, 2016 Pentecost Pastor Aaron Mueller
July 24, 2016 Pentecost Pastor Michael Walther
Genesis 18-19 "From Gomorrah to Golgotha" Text
This sermon teaches us that God is merciful. However, when men persistently reject His word, rush to sin, and rage in unbelief, He steps in to judge. Nevertheless, God has always provided salvation from judgement through His Son, Jesus.
July 17, 2016 Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
Luke 10:38-42 "One Thing is Needful" Text
When you read the gospel reading where one woman is scrambling around to do all sorts of stuff, while the other appears to be doing nothing, which one do you expect to be praised? Why doesn't God see it the same way?
July 10, 2016 Pentecost Pastor Aaron Mueller
July 3, 2016 Pentecost Pastor Michael Walther
Galatians 6:9-10 "Doing Good to All" Text
The goal of this sermon is to help people believe that freedom comes from the good God has done for us in Christ to free us from sin. As we believe and do good, that freedom is preserved and given to others.
June 26, 2016 Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
Luke 9:51-62 "No Looking Back" Text
Jesus says, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God." What would we possibly look back for?
June 19, 2016 Pentecost Pastor Aaron Mueller
June 12, 2016 Pentecost Pastor Michael Walther
Luke 7:36-50 "Who Will Love Him More?" Text
The goal of this sermon is to help people believe that everything that is good in this life begins with forgiveness.
June 5, 2016 Pentecost Pastor Scott Adle
Luke 7:11-17 "Responsible" Text
The widow in 1 Kings 17 knows who to talk to when her son dies. The widow in Luke 7 soon finds out.
May 29, 2016 Pentecost Pastor Aaron Mueller
May 22, 2016 Trinity Sunday Pastor Michael Walther
1 John 4:1-4 "Test the Spirits" Text
This sermon has three goals: 1. To show that the world is not just materialistic. It is also spiritual. 2. That the spiritual is not always good. 3. That the Holy Spirit leads us in the good spiritual life through the word of God in Christ.
May 17, 2016 Graduation Pastor Scott Adle
Matthew 7:24-27 "More Than Knowledge" Text
The students learn lots of facts and skills, but ultimately we want to pass on something more than that -- we want to burden them for life.
May 15, 2016 Pentecost Sunday Pastor Aaron Mueller
Acts 2:1-21 "Who Is the Holy Spirit, and What Does He Do?"
May 8, 2016 Easter Pastor Michael Walther
Psalm 133 "Unity in Faith, Family and Church" Text
Unity can be both good and bad. God provides the unity that is good for us and for the world.
May 4, 2016 Ascension Pastor Scott Adle
Luke 24:44-53 "Undemocratic" Text
Democracy may be the way modern nations run their countries, but it is not the confession of the church. The confession of the church is, "Jesus is Lord."
May 1, 2016 Easter Pastor Scott Adle
John 5:1-17 "Healed By Jesus" Text
In this chapter, John tells us of a man healed by Jesus. The fact that Jesus did the healing caused a ruckus.
April 24, 2016 Easter Pastor Aaron Mueller
April 17, 2016 Easter Pastor Michael Walther
Acts 20-17-35 "Practical Guidance for Shepherds and Sheep" Text
In one of Paul's last sermons, he teaches pastors how to be pastors and sheep how to be sheep.
April 10, 2016 Easter Pastor Scott Adle
John 21:1-14 "What You See and What You Hear" Text
In the life of faith, what you see and what you hear don't always appear to line up. Go with your ears.
April 3, 2016 Easter Pastor Aaron Mueller
March 27, 2016 Easter Sunday Pastor Michael Walther
John 3:16 "Is God There? Does He Care?" Text
This sermon explains John 3.16 in light of the Apostles' Creed.
March 25, 2016 Good Friday Pastor Scott Adle
John 18-19 Text
March 20, 2016 Palm Sunday Pastor Scott Adle
Luke 23:26-49 "Confessors of the Faith" Text
Many generations have heard the word of God. Sadly, many have turned away. All who are confirmed (as well as all who confess the creed) are called to stand in the faith in the midst of the temptations of the world.
March 13, 2016 Lent Pastor Michael Walther
"Why Do People Reject Jesus, and What Does God Do About It?"
March 6, 2016 Lent Pastor Aaron Mueller
February 28, 2016 Lent Pastor Michael Walther
1 Corinthians 10:1-13 "Standing Fast In the Lord." Text
Paul points to the example of the Israelites who believed as they left Egypt but later became rebellious in the wilderness. When we face hardships, Jesus is our "way of escape" in order to endure them.
Febrary 21, 2016 Lent Pastor Scott Adle
Luke 13:31-35 "Citizens" Text
Our most important citizenship is not what it says on our passports. Nor are the rights conferred by the citizenship of a nation the greatest benefits we have. No, our most important citizenship is heavenly.
February 14, 2016 Lent Pastor Michael Walther
"How Can We Be Sure of, and Secure In, Our Salvation?"
February 7, 2016 Transfiguration Pastor Aaron Mueller
Hebrews 3:1-6 and Luke 9:38-46
Jesus revealed Himself as the Son of God on the Mount of Transfiguration. God the Father said that we should "listen to Him."
January 31, 2016 Epiphany Pastor Scott Adle
Luke 4:31-44 "With Authority" Text
Jesus revealed Himself as the Son of God when He spoke with ultimate authority.
January 24, 2016 Epiphany Pastor Michael Walther
Psalm 19 and Luke 4:16-30 "Rejection and Rage; Reception and Relief" Text
As in the hometown of Nazareth, there are many people today who will not listen to Jesus or believe in Him. Not only that, they rage against Him. But "there is great reward" in listening and believing in Jesus.
January 17, 2016 Epiphany Pastor Aaron Mueller
John 2:1-11 "The Wedding at Cana"
Jesus' first miracle shows a glass of wine can glorify God.
January 10, 2016 Epiphany Pastor Michael Walther
Luke 3:21-22 "ID (The Baptism of Jesus)" Text
Why are we so concerned about identification today? Answer: Because evil loves to stay anonymous. God loves identification and has given us the best identification in baptism.
January 3, 2016 Christmas Pastor Scott Adle
Luke 2:40-52 "Telling the Story" Text
The people of God are supposed to tell the story. This is not optional, and it is not extraneous to our "real" lives. The story is how God works.
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