The Sermon on the Plain
Sermon / February 17, 2019

Luke 6:17-26 The Gospel we heard today begins on a level place, sometimes called the Plain. Earlier in this chapter, we heard that Jesus had gone to a mountain to pray, and had called his disciples, whom he also designated his Apostles. As would become the norm, a large crowd gathered around Jesus. He taught them, and he healed them. In fact so many were trying to touch him that power came out from him and he healed all of them. This was a wonderful time for the Apostles. They have been called to attend him, to learn from him, and to be commissioned to take this message to the whole world. When Jesus came to the level place, you might say he ‘leveled’ with his disciples. He began to speak about blessings and curses, or woes. Let me ask you a question. Do you feel blessed today? I bet you do, and I do, too. I am blessed with my somewhat good health, a wonderful wife, a great extended family, and a church family that I love. We tend to think of blessings in the place we are, or the things we have. We are blessed because we are…

Fishing for people
Sermon / February 10, 2019

Luke 5:1-11 I am not much of a fisherman. I have tried a few times, and while I enjoy being on the water, in a boat, with someone who is a good fisherman, I have a hard time seeing the joy in it. I have a couple of friends who really enjoy it. One has taken me out for the day, and I almost caught one fish. I enjoyed the company anyway. There is a lot of stuff needed to be a successful fisherman. There is the all important rod and reel, the hooks, and of course the bait. While I was in Malawi, each morning on the beach nearby our lodge on Likoma Island, I saw the fleet of fishermen come to the shore. They fish at night with lights to attract the fish, and they use nets, much like Simon, James, and John. At day break they bring in their catch and sell to the buyers who greet them on the beach. I was told that a lot of money changes hands on the beach every day. Today we heard about how Jesus encountered these simple fishermen. He got into Simon’s boat and began to teach the crowds….

Make love your aim
Sermon / February 3, 2019

1 Corinthians 14:12b-20 This is an exciting day! Today we get to welcome a new Christian into our fellowship. And this is a wonderful time of year to do just that. We have just recently celebrated the birthday of Jesus, and his baptism, and his revelation to the world. Baptism is the sacrament of New Birth, that cleanses us from the stain of original sin, and regenerates us into the new life in Christ Jesus. In addition to the Baptism, I will seal our newest Christian with the Holy Spirit, and mark her as Christ’s own forever. The Spirit of Christ will come to dwell in her spirit, and her name will be written in the Book of Life. With the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ comes with the gifts of the Spirit. St. Paul addressed the Corinthians in the words we heard today from the 14th chapter of the first letter. The first verse of this chapter reads, “Make love your aim, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts…” When we make love our aim, in everything that we do, we do so in the Name of Christ. The Love of Christ is our guide. As we hear at…