Scripture Matthew 17:1-9 (click for full reading) “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Devotional THE VIEW FROM HERE? (Click on the title above to listen to the sermon) You remember the scene in the movie The Wizard of Oz when the little dog Toto pulls back the curtain to reveal that the Wizard is nothing but an ordinary man. Hope is turned to despair and fear is turned to anger as Dorothy realizes the Wizard does not have the power to get her back home. What do we learn about our Lord when the curtainRead More →

Scripture  Matthew 5:38-48 (click for full reading) “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” Devotion A NEW LAW (Click on the title above to listen to the sermon) We like things to be fair.  Don’t we? We give trophies for participation. We give gifts of equal value. Because we want things to be fair. So the eye for an eye law that Jesus speaks of today makes sense to us.  For that matter, So does the phrase “love your friends and hate your enemies.” It’s easy to loveRead More →

Scripture Matthew 5:21-37 (click for full reading) “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.     –Matthew 5:23-24 Devotion RECONCILIATION (Click on the title above to listen to the sermon) The thought of working in the garden seems so far off right now. We are in the midst of a very cold season here in Minnesota. But imagine the sunshine, the warm air, and the soil beneath your fingers. HaveRead More →

Scripture Matthew 5:13-20 (click for full reading) “You are the salt of the earth.  But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”   —Matthew 5:13 Devotion I AM THE WHAT? (Click on the title above to listen to the sermon) I believe that each of us would like our lives to make a difference in this world and not just for ourselves. Nobody hopes that someone will stand up at your memorial service and say, well, he sure worked hard to be successful. SheRead More →

Scripture Luke 2:22-34 (click for full reading) “Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon … It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.” Devotion BUCKET LIST (Click on the title above to listen to the sermon) There are many, many things we are supposed to “do” before we die. Type in “before you die” into a google search and you’ll get 1.2 billion results.  Billion. (One of which is actually a website called “before you die” that tells you things you have to do before you kick the bucket.)Read More →

Scripture 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 (click for full reading)  “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18 Devotional CHURCH FIGHTS (Click on the title above to listen to the sermon) Professor David Lose reminds us that Jesus called ordinary people right in the middle of their ordinary lives to be in relationship with the ordinary people all around them and through that did extraordinary things … and he still does. Even so, church squabbles over issues big and small have caused untold numbers of faithRead More →

AVERAGE ANDREW (Click on the title above to listen to the sermon) Everyone knows about the Apostle Peter’s powerful preaching and Saint Paul’s brave missionary adventures establishing churches. How could we ever forget about the wilderness profit we call John the Baptist? Even Thomas is remembered, if only for his doubting. But Saint Peter’s little brother Andrew is one of the disciples easy to overlook.  Maybe Andrew is really the disciple best equipped to lead the way for those of us who care about the community of faith today. Andrew doesn’t have a big name like Peter, James, John, Matthew, Mark, Luke, or Paul. ButRead More →

ORDINARY LOVE (Click on the title to listen to the sermon podcast) In this message Pastor Chad spoke about the life and work of Nelson Mandela. In his autobiography, “The Long Walk to Freedom” Mandela wrote, “The Church was as concerned with this world as the next: I saw that virtually all of the achievements of Africans seemed to have come about through the missionary work of the Church.” But Nelson Mandela’s mission in South Africa seemed like a failure as he spent 23 years in prison. Pastor Chad says in this message that, “so often in the bible and in our world, what appearsRead More →