Martin Luther explains the 3rd petition of the Lord’s Prayer saying that God’s will is done when he breaks and hinders the evil plans of the devil, the world, and our sinful flesh. In these last weeks of the church year our lessons focus on these enemies of ours. And today we are looking especially […]
The writer to the Hebrews says that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses – the “saints” who have gone before us to heaven. But what do saints look like? Do they looks like heroes? Statues? Holy people? As we look around us at the saints of our own church we get an […]
“I am the church, you are the church, we are the church together.” That’s how a children’s song puts it, and it is more true than we usually realize. Take a look in the mirror. That’s what the church looks like. Sinners… and saints.
What are the most powerful words in the world? They begin, “Dear Lord Jesus…” Going to God in prayer is a powerful thing to do, and a powerful thing to teach. Pastor Wentzel helps families think about how to teach prayer at home.
I suspect you have noticed how easy it is to tear someone down. Our little constant criticisms can pick away at others piece by piece. But the opposite is equally true, and even more than equally true. God has given us words to speak to build up others. To give hope. To give courage. To […]
Ruth and Naomi are a good example of a problem we often face. When people attempt to comfort us, they offer words of reassurance – promises. But are these a real source of comfort? Or are they only words? Does God have something more to give us?
Click on the > icon above to listen. Jesus offers a tough choice. He says that we cannot serve both God and money. Of course, at first that seems easy. After all, we don’t serve our money, do we? Or… do we? Once we look at it for a moment we realize that we’ve spent […]
Click the > icon above to listen to the sermon. How do churches grow? In Acts 6 it says that the word of the Lord “increased” and many people came to faith. How does that happen? We might attribute it to many things – especially things that we hope we can buy, like a great […]
Click the > icon above to listen. Jesus poses an impossible situation. He tells his followers that they must do a clearly impossible thing. At the Sermon on the Mount he told his disciples that they must love their neighbors as themselves. But here, on the way to Jerusalem, he tells them something even harder, […]
Click on the > icon above to listen. It sounds easy to just pick a lower seat in order to get a higher place. But humility is not just a strategy. It’s not just a way to maneuver ourselves into a more advantageous situation. Humility is recognizing where we really belong, who we really are, […]
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