God Surprises Us with Heaven, Here on Christmas Eve

Click here to go to our online recording of our Christmas Eve service. Whenever heaven greets earth, this becomes a time of fresh beginnings. Tonight, heaven’s splendor hides and holds back, cloaked in the trappings of peasant birth! Rife with visions, long foretold; let your heart dream those dreams of old. Deep in the bashful […]

Philippians 4:4-7: Rejoice

Watch the service and sermon here. In parallel with Lent, Advent pulses with penitential underpinnings, preparing the unprepared for Christ’s coming. Not only His birth, but His return to reign over His creation and Church. So, this preparatory season encourages you and me to consider our sin—the reason Christ came into our world. Yet, such […]

Luke 10:25-37: Inherit Eternal Life?

Love God and love your neighbor. What could be simpler? You can condense the entire Law of God in one word: Love. Is God’s Law that simple? Not when the lawyers are done! A lawyer, an expert in the Torah, came up to Jesus to test Him. That was his first mistake. Test Jesus, and […]

Mark: 10:2-16: The Disaster of Divorce, the Blessedness of Being a Bride

“Did God say?” So, the serpent slunk into Eve’s ear. Isn’t this the original seed of uncertainty and distrust Satan plants in us before he contradicts something God says? Today, the Evil One still succeeds in further seducing us, continuing the ruination of losing God’s image. Should we find ourselves surprised when others doubt and […]

Amos 5:6-7, 10-15: Brooding in Rebellion

In the eighth century BC, the people brood in rebellion. Though everything appears fine, Israel’s foundations crack in one place and crumble in another. Underneath an external veneer of strength lurks a coming catastrophe. After King Solomon’s death, a once-united country splits in two, Israel up north and Judah down south. The environment is rife […]

Joined to Christ: Betty Krause’s Funeral Sermon

In the beginning, God spoke light into being, calling forth day and night and time itself into existence. Soon, God separated the water from the land and made plants to bring forth fruit. The sun, moon, and stars, God gave for signs and seasons. The air, soil, and oceans soon moved with birds, fish, earth-bound […]

Mark 4:35-41: Jesus Stills the Storm

Jesus Stills the Storm No one’s life should be a ship, floundering adrift in faithless fear. Did God not create us for wonder, joy, hope, and love, to marvel at the mystery of existence? In our original sinlessness, divine beauty surrounded us as we grew in God’s wisdom, brightening the world in which we lived. […]

Genesis 7-9, 1 Peter 3, John 3: Roger Getz’ Funeral Sermon

In 1949, a new child entered the world, Roger Getz. Typical of many in Missouri, he grew up in a small town, Flat River. Now, this may mean nothing to you. Perhaps, this might help. In January 1994, Flat River, Elvins, Esther, and Rivermines merged to form Park Hills, eight miles south of Bonne Terre. […]

Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30: Chrestos to Christos to Kerdos

Under house arrest in Rome, Paul can no longer travel. In earlier days, he twice journeyed to Philippi, disembarking at the port of Neapolis. Now, trekking overland, the closer he approaches the city, the more Latin signposts speckle the landscape. Upon entering, wherever Paul turns, Roman Temples and Latin inscriptions fill the eye. The city’s […]

Matthew 18:21-35: 70 x 7

“Up to seven times,” Peter blurts out, stipulating how many times somebody should absolve another.  The Jewish rabbis of his day said someone met this obligation after forgiving three times (Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 86b-87a).  With more than double what these religious men expect, Peter considers himself most charitable.  Why Jesus didn’t mention the offender repented […]