121111 Malachi 4:1 - 2

Text: Malachi 4:1 – 2
Theme: Where is Jesus?
1. He will Come Again
2. He will Judge

Once again we are in that season of the Church Year known as "The End Times Season." During our worship services for the next three weeks, God's Word will focus our thoughts on the fact that the end of this world as we know it will come when Jesus, the King of kings and the Lord of lord, returns as the Judge of all mankind. Do you ever find yourself doubting whether Jesus will come again? After all, it has been 2,000 years since he walked on this earth! In a recent on-line poll that I saw, 2/3 of those who responded said they doubted The Day, known as Judgment Day, would ever take place.

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121104 Revelation 14:6,7

Revelation 14:6,7 * November 4, 2012 * Reformation * Pastor Pagels

In the name of Christ Jesus, dear friends:

Today we are celebrating Reformation Sunday, but when did reformation begin? The date generally accepted by Lutherans (and the reason we are celebrating this festival this weekend) is October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther posted the Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.

There are others who prefer a different date, June 25, 1530, the day when a group of German princes presented Emperor Charles V with the Augsburg Confession, a document that defined and defended the teachings of the Lutheran church.

If you don't like either of those choices, how about 1514? That was when Luther had his so-called "tower experience," when the Lord led him to realize that the righteousness that matters before God is not the righteousness that individuals bring to God by obeying the law. Instead, the righteousness God demands is the righteousness God himself gives through faith in Jesus Christ.

When did reformation begin?

Read more: 121104 Revelation 14:6,7

121028 Mark 10:35 - 45

Sermon Text: Mark 10:35 – 45

Sermon Theme: "Do You Want to Be Great?"

35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. "Teacher," they said, "we want you to do for us whatever we ask." 36 "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked. 37 They replied, "Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory." 38 "You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said. "Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?" 39 "We can," they answered. Jesus said to them, "You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared." 41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Read more: 121028 Mark 10:35 - 45

121021 Ephesians 6:18-20

Ephesians 6:19-20 * October 21, 2012 * Pentecost 21 * Pastor Pagels

In the name of Christ Jesus, dear friends:

It happened a couple weeks after I had accepted the call to serve at St. Matthew's. I was at a high school football game when I ran into a member from my former congregation, St. John's, Wauwatosa. He had heard that I had taken the call. He told me that his family would miss me and my family. And then in an attempt to lighten up the conversation a little he said: "Well at least you can reuse all your old sermons now."

I want you to know that I didn't take this call so that I could recycle all my old sermons, but I would like to make an exception today. I would like to reuse the text and theme from the first sermon I ever preached as a pastor. I am a little older and a lot grayer now, but thirteen years after my ordination into the public ministry there is one thing that hasn't changed.

Read more: 121021 Ephesians 6:18-20

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