120708 Psalm 30:4-5

Text: Psalm 30:4-5

Theme: Three Things You Need When Attending a Christian Funeral Service
1. A Box of Tissues
2. A Bible
3. A Hymnal

Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

It's safe to say that most people don't like funerals. In general, people don't like to think about their own death, or the death of a loved one. At times, it is difficult for us to attend the funeral of someone, even someone who by God's grace was able to call themselves a Christian. Today we want to spend a few minutes talking about how we may prepare ourselves to attend the funeral of a fellow believer in Christ. Based on God's Word before us from Psalm 30 we will note three things you need when attending a Christian funeral. You will need a box of tissues, a Bible and a hymnal.

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120624 Pastor Schultz-Farewell Sermon

Do you remember the nursery rhyme, "Mary Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells, and pretty maids, all in a row"? It sounds like a lovely child's poem, but when it was written in the late 1500's it was a cryptic satire for Mary queen of England, the queen they called bloody Mary. She was a staunch catholic, trying to re-establish Catholicism in England by force and fear. Her garden in the poem refers to the gravestones of those she executed for daring to hold on to the Protestant faith.

What does this have to do with our lesson?  Jesus tells a parable about a garden and the seeds sown in it. He describes the real way His kingdom grows - not by force, like Mary and others before and after her have tried. It grows not by political pressure, nor by worldly attraction, nor by psychological gimmicks. "Jesus, Savior, Son of God, how does your garden grow?"  Let's find out.

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120617 Psalm 51a

Sermon Text: Psalm 51a (verses found on page 86 in CW)

Theme: Rejoice in the Unfailing Love of Your Savior-God!

This past week we held our annual Vacation Bible School and Soccer Camp. It was an opportunity for the young people to learn and to practice their soccer skills. It was a chance for all of us out at the park to enjoy some time together, during the beautiful days that the Lord blessed us with this past week. But, most importantly, it was a time for all of us to hear once again the basic message of God’s Word; that message of Law and Gospel; of sin and grace. For our sermon this weekend, I would like us to spend some time focusing on the basic message of God’s Word as we find it in the verses from Psalm 51 that we sang just a few moments ago. So that you have those verses in front of you, you may want to open to page 86 in the front part of our red hymnals. Psalm 51 is known as one of the “Penitential Psalms” of the Bible. King David wrote this Psalm after he committed his sin with Bathsheba, and later confessed that sin to the Lord’s prophet Nathan. What David writes in Psalm 51 not only applies to him and his life, but it is a Psalm that each one of us here this morning could have written. So, as you and I spend some time looking at this portion of God’s Word together, as you apply this portion of Psalm 51 to you own life, REJOICE IN THE UNFAILING LOVE OF YOUR SAVIOR-GOD!

 

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120603 Isaiah 6:1-8

Sermon Text: Isaiah 6:1 – 8

Sermon Theme: Stand Before the Throne of the Triune God

1. Trembling, Because the Triune God is Holy

2. Rejoicing, Because the Triune God is Merciful

As I begin, I want you to think of someone famous that you have always wanted to meet, but have never had the chance. Now imagine that the person you just thought of is here. How would you feel? Would you be excited? Would you rush up to talk to that person or get their autograph? How would you feel if, instead of an altar, there would be a throne up here; and the one who was sitting on that throne was God himself? Most likely there are a lot of people who would probably say, “Why, that would be wonderful! To be able to see God in person! To be with him and to talk with him and to put my arms around him! What a great experience that would be!” Or would it? Before we get too caught up in all kinds of “warm fuzzies” about what standing in the presence of God would be like, maybe it would be good for us to listen to someone who really did spend some time in the presence of God. In God’s Word before us this morning, we have the account of Isaiah’s experience before the throne of the Lord Almighty. It is here that Isaiah catches more than just a passing glance at God. The one-and-only Triune God offers his prophet the opportunity to see him in his glory and majesty. Today, you and I have a chance to join with Isaiah and STAND BEFORE THE TRHONE OF THE TRIUNE GOD.

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