Sermon: The Genealogy of the Messiah

How many days until Christmas? Anybody counting? That is a long time to wait. If you were cool like the Dutch, you could celebrate Sinterklaas this coming Tuesday and open your presents then. It is probably different depending on where you are in life, but as a kid Christmas seemed to take forever to get…

Sermon: Jesus, Immanuel

[The following sermon is from a series on the Apostles’ Creed. It might be helpful to read the creed and the exposition in the Heidelberg Catechism (Q26), which were recited corporately prior to the sermon] We confess our faith every week because Christianity is being steadily colonized by a false religion. This confession is an…

Sermon: The Revelation of Jesus Christ

The revelation of Jesus Christ – these are the opening words of the book we know as “Revelation” or “the Apocalypse of John.” In these next several weeks, we will be listening to God speak through this incredible (and often confusing) book. But before we hear about lambs and living creatures, jasper, carnelian, and emeralds,…

Sermon: Agape

I love Pastor Olga. I also love books, video games, and mac & cheese. I use the same word, ‘love’, for all these things, but I don’t mean it in the same way. It would be unhealthy and more than a little disturbing if I loved mac & cheese in the same way I love…

Sermon: Embracing Justice

As we continue to open our ears and our hearts to God’s word though the prophet Micah, I invite you to turn with me to Micah, chapter 3. Micah 3, beginning in verse 1. Micah is in the Old Testament, one of the minor prophets. If you are in Nahum or Habakkuk you have gone…

Sermon: Idolatry

As we prepare to hear God’s word from the book of Micah, I want to offer a word of clarification and a word of warning. First, clarification. Micah is a prophet and therefore the book of Micah is a book of prophecy. As we study Micah, we will find that some of his words refer…

Sermon: Grace and Truth

Please pray with me: Father, may your Word be our rule, Your Holy Spirit our teacher, and the glory of Jesus Christ our single concern. Amen. These are the very words of God from the book that we love: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He…

First Glance: Esther 3

Then the king’s secretaries were summoned on the thirteenth day of the first month, and an edict, according to all that Haman commanded, was written to the king’s satraps and to the governors over all the provinces and to the officials of all the peoples, to every province in its own script and to every…

Sermon: The Mirror of the Law

I invite you to open your bibles with me to Galatians, chapter 3, beginning in verse 19. Galatians 3:19-29. Galatians is in the New Testament – Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians.  Galatians 3, beginning in verse 19. Before we hear God’s Word this morning, please take a moment to pray with me. Father, may Your Word…