121128 Isaiah 11:1-5, 10

Text: Isaiah 11:1-5, 10
Theme: Oh, Come, O Root of Jesse
"Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel" is probably the most familiar Advent hymn in our hymnal. Because of its popularity at this time of year, the song is sometimes lumped together with traditional Christmas carols like "Joy to the World" and "Away in a Manger" and "Silent Night."

The title brings to mind Isaiah's prophecy: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means, 'God with us'" (quoted in Matthew 1:23). Seven hundred years after Isaiah wrote them down, those words came true. God's Son was born into the world. We know that. We hear Luke's account of Jesus' birth every year. Many of us can recite those verses from memory. As a result, the season of Advent may seem like little more than a warm up. Advent is something we have to get through to get to the good stuff of Christmas.

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121125 Revelation 1:4 - 6

Text: Revelation 1:4 – 6
Theme: Who is This King That We Worship?
He is Jesus Christ:
1. Who Loves Us
2. Who Freed Us From Our Sins
3. Who Made Us to Serve Him

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

A couple of weeks ago, when we celebrated "Last Judgment Sunday", I asked the question "Where is Jesus?" We talked about how many people are tempted into thinking that Jesus will never come again as the Judge of all mankind. Based on God's Word, we answered that question assured that there is a Day when Jesus, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, will come again; and, yes, he is coming as THE JUDGE of everyone. So today, as we conclude another Church Year by celebrating "Christ the King Sunday", I would like to ask another question: "Who is this King that we Worship?" Based on God's Word we will see that Jesus Christ is our King, who loves us; who freed us from our sins; and who made us to serve him.

Read more: 121125 Revelation 1:4 - 6

121122 Psalm 118:1

Why are we here today? I'm not looking for an explanation that details the historic gathering of the Pilgrims and Native Americans in the early 1600s. I'm not talking about the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving dinner, the turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. As Americans we celebrate Thanksgiving about this time every year. But why?

The history of Thanksgiving Day in the United States is as old as the country itself. Our first President, George Washington, suggested that it would be a good idea to observe a day of national thanksgiving.

A number of states acted on his wishes, but it wasn't until 1863 that Thanksgiving became a national holiday. In the middle of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln set aside the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. In 1941, Congress established the formula we still use today. And so for over seventy years now, Americans have been sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner on the fourth Thursday in November.

That little history lesson tells us why we are here today, but it doesn't explain why we are here today. After all, Thanksgiving is a not a religious festival. Thanksgiving is not a part of the church year either. Thanksgiving is a secular holiday celebrated by Jews and Christians and atheists alike. If Thanksgiving is not a "religious" holiday, then why do we come together to give thanks in God's house?

Read more: 121122 Psalm 118:1

121118 Matthew 6:33


The following Sermon was written by Pastor Clark Schultz of Lakeside Lutheran High School.

Matthew 6:33
"Where is your focus?"
I. First look at what's important (33a)
II. Then look at what's provided (33b)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Every heard of the name Karl Robert Kahles? I am surprised! Especially at this time of the year, many of you have used or at least seen (pun intended) his product. KAHLES invented the riflescope as we know it today. In fact, his company produced their first riflescope in 1898. His company would later go on to produce other products such as binocululars for both the military and commercial use. One could say his company helped bring things into focus. That idea of focus is what brings us here today.

What do you focus on first in your life? What's in the mirror? Is it the bank accounts? Is it your upcoming vacation? Today, Jesus' words show us what we want to Focus on in our lives. It is not something we focus on for the first 5 minutes after church and then forget about it all week. It is something that we continually look for in our lives– it's something of utmost importance. Jesus is going to help us answer the question today, Where is your focus We will want to: I. First look at what's important; and II. Then look at what's provided.

Read more: 121118 Matthew 6:33

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