Time, Talent, and Treasure

Time, Talent, and Treasure, Colossians 4:3, 5-6; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Matthew 25:14-30, Stewardship Sunday, November 25, 2018 ************************************************************ If a genie popped out of a bottle and offered to grant you one wish, would you wish for more treasure, more talent, or more time? Let’s do a quick survey to find out our answers. The three […]

A Lot to be Thankful For

A Lot to be Thankful For, Deuteronomy 8:1-10, Luke 17:11-19, Thanksgiving Eve, November 21, 2018 ************************************************************ It’s a pretty safe bet, that the Gospel reading for this evening is very familiar to all of us. It is the traditional lectionary Gospel reading every year for Thanksgiving. And tonight, like last year, and the year before that, […]

Endure to the End

Endure to the End, Mark 13:1-13, Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28), November 18, 2018 ************************************************************ As we approach the end of the Church Year, we are pointed toward the future, the end, when our Lord returns visibly in glory to deliver His people. The Church eagerly awaits for Jesus’ public, visible return, praying fervently that […]

Trust God

Trust God, 1 Kings 17:8-16, Mark 12:38-44, Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27), November 11, 2018 ************************************************************ The season after Pentecost is coming to an end. The exuberance and excitement that we experienced just a few short months ago, on the Day of Pentecost, is now giving way to a season of prolonged waiting for the […]

All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day, 1 John 3:1-3, All Saints’ Day (observed), November 4, 2018 ************************************************************ When someone we love dies, it’s often a tremendous shock. We witness the funeral, the burial, and nod at all the good wishes from friends. Then, mostly we are numb. How can we go on living without that person? They may have been […]

Things Are Falling Apart

Things Are Falling Apart, Psalm 46, Reformation Sunday, October 28, 2018 ************************************************************ During a transatlantic flight the captain came over the intercom and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m delighted to be your pilot for today. I can tell you the flight is going well. Nevertheless, I have to tell you about a minor inconvenience that has […]

In God We Trust

In God We Trust, Mark 10:23-31, Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost  (Proper 24), October 21, 2018 ************************************************************ Martin Luther is known to have said that your God is the person or thing which you trust to do you the most good. There is a terrible thing which happens in the world today. People succeed. They get rich, […]

What Must I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?

What Must I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?, Mark 10:17-22, Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23), October 14, 2018 ************************************************************ How come it is, that when a new baby enters the world, it seems that he or she is the center of the universe? I’ll tell you why! Because for a short time, the world does […]

The Rest We Share

The Rest We Share, Psalm 62:1–8, 2018 LWML Sunday Sermon by Rev. Ken Hennings LCMS Texas District President (edited), ************************************************************ Social media has brought more information to our electronic devices than ever before. These media feeds give us instant news with live interviews of people experiencing any number of situations in their lives. Some of this […]

Bread of Angels

Bread of Angels, Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16- 24-29, Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21), September 30, 2018 ************************************************************ People who idolize the past think fondly about the good old days, and more often than not, just mumble, grumble, and complain about the present. They conveniently forget all the bad of the good old days and only remember […]