130602 Luke 7:1-10

Sermon Text: Luke 7:1 – 10

Sermon Theme: Oh, for a Faith that Will Not Shrink!

When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue." So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel." Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.

This is the Word of the Lord.

We watch news reports on television, and we are tempted to react by saying, "I have lost all faith in mankind!" A friend or loved one let us down in some way, and we tell the person, "I have lost all faith in you!" When something bad happens to us personally, we find ourselves asking "Why me, Lord?!" and we are concerned that we are losing our faith in our Savior-God. Two weeks ago, we in the Christian Church celebrated the Festival of Pentecost. We were reminded from God's Word that it is God the Holy Spirit who uses the powerful Word of our God to place in your heart and mine faith in Jesus Christ as our one and only Savior from sin. Today, as we look at an event in the ministry of our Savior recorded for us in Luke chapter 7, we join along with the author of the hymn we just sang and pray: Oh, for a Faith that Will Not Shrink!

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130526 Romans 8:14-17

Text: Romans 8:14-17
Theme: We Believe In The One True God

In the rhythm of life there are certain events that come around only once a year, and we are happy when they do. Up to a certain age we look forward to our birthday. We count down the days to Christmas. We anticipate the "alleluias" of Easter morning. There will be lots of smiles on students' faces (and teachers' faces too) next Friday because it will be the last day of school.

There are other annual events, however, that don't cause the same kind of excitement. We don't look forward to them. We might even dread them, days like April 15th (tax day) or the yearly job performance review or our annual health exam.

This morning we observe another one of those once a year occasions in the church year. Today is Trinity Sunday, traditionally the one Sunday every year we confess our faith using the words of the Athanasian Creed. I wonder if your feelings about this ancient creed are anything like the member of my previous congregation who came out of church on Trinity Sunday a few years ago and said to me: "I'm glad that's over."

The Athanasian Creed is a bit long. That's true. The language of the Athanasian Creed can be a bit confusing (by the way, I encourage you to read the background information on page 6 of the service folder to get a better understanding of and a deeper appreciation for it), but it has stood the test of time and it stands as a witness to the timeless truth we celebrate today.

We don't believe that there are many gods like the Hindus do. We believe that there is only one God, but not the same way the Muslims or the Mormons do. With St. Athanasius, with St. Paul, along with billions of living saints around the world...

WE BELIEVE IN THE ONE TRUE GOD

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130519 Psalm 51:10-13

Sermon Text: Psalm 51:10-13

Sermon Theme: O Holy Spirit, Hear Our Pentecost Prayer!
1. Thank – You for Bringing Us to Faith
2. Help Us Live for You

Have you ever felt like you were forgotten? Most likely your parents didn't leave you behind someplace (although I have heard of this happening from time to time). But have you ever felt like you were all alone? Maybe friends went out together and didn't invite you to come along with them. Maybe no one stopped to visit with you or called you on the phone for days, maybe even weeks. Maybe you didn't get even one card on your birthday. Yes, at certain times we may feel like we have been forgotten. In our worship services this weekend, we have the opportunity to talk about the One whom some have referred to as "the forgotten person of the Trinity." Listen now as I read for you from the Psalm appointed for this Pentecost Sunday. As I read this section of God's Word, note what David has to say about God the Holy Spirit. We read from Psalm 51, verses 10 – 13:

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.

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130512 Proverbs 31:10-31

Text: Proverbs 31:10-31
Theme: The World's Greatest Profession

Forbes magazine recently came out with a list of the top ten jobs for 2013. They are (in reverse order): industrial engineer, mechanical engineer, web developer, sales representative, network administrator, human resources specialist, computer systems analyst, market research analyst, accountant. And the number one job for 2013 is: software developer.

This list was compiled on the basis of recent job growth in these fields, the potential for getting a job after graduation and, of course, starting salary. These criteria explain why the list is weighted so heavily toward technology. They also explain why domestic engineer (aka mom) didn't crack the top ten.

I don't know of any universities that offer a bachelor's degree in motherhood. Becoming a mom doesn't require years of specialized training. Being a mom does mean putting in long hours of work without receiving much in the way of tangible rewards, and yet there is no more rewarding job on earth.

Read more: 130512 Proverbs 31:10-31

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