160508 Revelation 22:12-17, 20

Text: Revelation 22:12-17, 20

Theme: How Thirsty Are You?

I would like you to think back to a time when you were really, really thirsty. Maybe you had just competed in a sporting event, and you couldn't wait to have a drink of something to quench your thirst. Maybe you had been working hard out in the yard on a hot and steamy day, and you couldn't wait to quench your thirst with a nice tall glass of ice, cold water.

In God's Word before us today in Revelation chapter 22, we hear our Savior talking about water. But the water the Savior is offering to you and me is not the same as the water that comes out of our faucets at home. No, Jesus says in the words of our Second Lesson, "Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life." This is the same water spoken of in Isaiah 55, where we read in the opening verse, "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost." It is the same water Jesus talked about with the Samaritan woman at the well when he told her, "Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." So, as we focus on the water of life offered by our living and ascended Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, a question for you and me to answer today is: HOW THIRSTY ARE YOU?

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160424 1 Corinthians 13:1-7

Text: 1 Corinthians 13:1 – 7

Theme: Are You a Love Reflector?

Perhaps something like this has happened to you: You are driving along at night, and up in the distance you see a very dim light. At first you aren't able to tell what it is, but as you get closer and closer the light gets brighter and brighter. Finally you realize that what you saw were the reflectors on a bike. In God's Word before us this morning from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, you and I are encouraged to be reflectors; to reflect brightly in our lives the love that we enjoy from our Savior-God. So the question for each one of us to consider this morning is this: Are YOU a Love Reflector? Listen now as I read again for us from the Second Lesson appointed for our worship this morning. I will be reading the first 7 verses of 1 Corinthians chapter 13:

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160417 Psalm 23

Text: Psalm 23
Theme: A Sheep Looks At Psalm 23

There are a lot of perks being a pastor...besides the fact that you only have to work one day a week. In all seriousness, being a pastor can be challenging, but most pastors would be quick to tell you that they are also on the receiving end of many, many blessings.

For one, we get paid to do what God has called every Christian to do, to study God's Word and grow in God's Word and share God's Word. It is our privilege to preach and teach and administer the sacraments. And then there are the people we serve. I am often amazed by and grateful for the generosity of God's people.

As a child growing up in a parsonage I can remember walking onto our front porch and finding a flat of green beans or freshly picked strawberries left there just because, just as a small way for someone in the congregation to say "thank you."

I had one of those experiences a couple weeks ago when I opened my office door and found something on my desk. It wasn't a basket of fresh produce. It was a book. It was this little volume called "A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23." A member had left it for me along with a little note.

I had heard of this book, but I had never actually read it. So I did. I read it in anticipation of this day. As Pastor Schmidt pointed out at the beginning of the service, the fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally known as Good Shepherd Sunday. The lessons, hymns and prayers for today all revolve around the Good Shepherd theme.

What makes this book unique is that it was written by an actual shepherd. W. Phillip Keller approaches the psalm from the perspective of someone with years of experience watching over flocks. And as we continue I hope to share with you a few of his insights. But I don't want to take it too far because not too many of us can relate to Keller. Most of us have never set foot on a sheep ranch. And very few of us have any real experience working with a flock of sheep.

We may not know what it feels like to be a shepherd, but I think we can relate to sheep. So let's approach the psalm the way King David did, from the viewpoint of a sheep...

A SHEEP LOOKS AT PSALM 23

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160410 Psalm 67:1-7

Sermon Text: Psalm 67:1-7
Sermon Theme: Pray That Many More Know The Risen Savior!

I would like you to think about what you include in your prayers on a regular basis. Perhaps you spend a lot of time in prayer for yourself, for a member or members of your family, or for a friend or neighbor. Lately, maybe you have prayed for our nation and those who are either in leadership positions already or who are seeking to become leaders of our country. But, how often do you pray a specific prayer that more and more folks come to know Jesus; that more and more people are led by God the Holy Spirit to believe in our risen Lord as their one and only Savior? The encouragement that you and I receive from Psalm 67 today is to do just that. PRAY THAT MANY MORE KNOW THE RISEN SAVIOR! Listen now as I read for us God's Word as recorded in Psalm 67:

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear him.

This is the Word of the Lord.

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