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What to Expect from this King

Pastor Robert Fleischmann - Christ the King Sunday - Sunday, November 20, 2022

Text: Luke 23:35-43

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The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

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I Lack Nothing!

Senior Vicar Christian Willick - The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, October 23, 2022

Text: Luke 18:18-30

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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Dear fellow children of God, “What is it that you need?” Some years ago I set out on a quest to ask this question to my close friends, to find out how to be a better friend to them and meet their needs. Perhaps what comes to mind first when you hear this question are the basic “needs” of life, like food, water, clothing, shelter. And while those answer the question I suppose, what I was getting at with my question for them was a bit deeper. “What is it that makes your life whole, that fills that missing piece?” As a result, the answers I got back were all quite deep too. One friend said satisfaction, the feeling that what he did mattered and made a difference to people. Another friend said her close relationships, the ability to share things about her life with certain people in a way she wouldn’t with just anybody. But there was one other friend, no matter how hard I pushed her, who kept coming back with this same answer: “I lack nothing.” She was in effect quoting the words of Psalm 23: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want,” that is, “I lack nothing.” I told her yes, I guess that’s true from a spiritual perspective, but what about physically, emotionally, interpersonally—there has to be something you need? But she would not change her answer.

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How Beautiful!

Senior Vicar Christian Willick - The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, September 25, 2022

Text: Romans 10:8-15

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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Our sermon text is the second reading, Romans 10:8-15: But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

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The Semblance of Legality

Pastor Tom Kneser - Midweek Lent 5 - Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Text: Luke 22:66

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Brothers and sisters in Christ,​ Did you ever stop to count how many trials Jesus had to endure on that last day of his life? In reality it was SIX! There was the pre-trial hearing before Annas, while the Sanhedrin was being assembled. Then there was the parade of false witnesses before that Jewish assembly. Next came the one in the verse I just read. After that he was handed over to Pilate who sent him to Herod who then sent Jesus back again to Pilate who finally gave the command to have Jesus crucified. And through all of them no impartial jury would have ever been convinced that Jesus was guilty.

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What to Remember When You Are Seized with Remorse

Pastor Ben Wessel - Midweek Lent 4 - Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Text: Matthew 27:3,4

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“I shouldn’t have done that.” But you did. Nobody forced you to. You made the choice. You took that extra trip to the buffet when you knew your stomach was plenty satisfied. But it looked so good and smelled so good and you really wanted to try it. And then your satisfied stomach was overstuffed, and you had indigestion and you didn’t feel so good. “I shouldn’t have done that.” What do you call that? Regret, I suppose. It’s that realization that you really shouldn’t have done what you did.

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Hands of Self Preservation (Pilate)

Rev. Dr. Mark Braun - Midweek Lent 6 - Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Text: Matthew 27:15-26

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15 Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. 16 At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him. 19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.” 20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed. 21 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor. “Barabbas,” they answered. 22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!”  23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” 24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” 25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!” 26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified (Matthew 27:15-26).

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Hands of Misguided Zeal: Peter

Pastor Steven Pagels - Midweek Lent 3 - Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Text: John 18:4-11

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Of course, it was Peter. Of the four Gospel accounts that record what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane on Maundy Thursday, only John identifies Peter as the disciple who grabbed his sword and gashed the right ear of the high priest’s servant. But if John would have omitted that little detail, if the disciple who was responsible would have gone unnamed in all four Gospels, if you would have been left to guess the identity of the guilty party, is it possible that your initial reaction would have been: “That sounds like something Peter would do”?

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Which Son Are You?

Pastor Rich Gurgel - The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, October 11, 2020

Text: Matthew 21:28-32

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This Sunday’s gospel takes us to the most tragic context surrounding a set of Jesus’ parables. If we don’t understand what went wrong in the hearts of those listening then, we are in grave danger of repeating that same tragedy. If we repeat what happened here, we will forfeit our place in the kingdom of God. That’s why Jesus’ parable before us today begs to ask each one of us: “Which son are you?”

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Great Faith Clings to a Great Savior

Christian Willick, Seminary Student - The Seventh Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, July 19, 2020

Text: Matthew 15:21-28

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My dear brothers and sisters, in the name of our true brother Jesus Christ. Before the national health crisis shut down most public events, there was a musical on Broadway called Dear Evan Hansen. It features a high school boy who attempts suicide by jumping out of a tree, but manages only to break his arm and must now deal with the return to his heartbreaking life as an outcast. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. The reason I’ve heard of it is because a song from it came up on my YouTube feed. Now I don’t know all the algorithms that YouTube uses to suggest videos for me, or how much of my personality they could possibly know, but what I do know is that they got it right. That song spoke to me.

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The Warrior Faces Satan's Ally, the World

Pastor Aaron Robinson (Fairview) - Midweek Lent 6 - Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Text: John 18:38

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“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.”  What is real? We understand what is around us with our five senses. We have learned to know the shape and use of many things. You sat down in the chairs because you know they are real. We even step onto airplanes that we believe will fly. But there is a limit to what we can know. You came here today for another truth you cannot see but you believe. You learn that truth from the Bible—God’s Word.

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