Choose Kind

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In this sermon, based on Luke 6:17-26, I look at Jesus teaching of blessings and woe, set in the context of a world where things are broken. By the grace of God we are blessed, loved, and forgiven. We encounter woe as we turn away from God’s path of love and kindness.

I preached this sermon on the occasion of my 10th Anniversary at St. James Lutheran Church.

Pray Always - Week Three - Pray For Your Church

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Pastor Walt preaches a three-part series on prayer.


Week three, based on Luke 4:14-21 (the start of Jesus’ public ministry in Luke’s gospel), looks at the need for prayer for the sake of the church and its ministry.

 

Week two, based on John 2:1-11 (the wedding feast at Cana), looks at praying during times of need for ourselves and others.

Week one, based on Luke 3:21-22, looks at the role that prayer can play in the life of the Baptized.

WEEK THREE: Threshold Advent Sermon Series

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“Threshold” is a three-week, Advent sermon series based on Isaiah. Called the “fifth” gospel by some prominent early Christians, the book of Isaiah is a perennial favorite during the season of Advent. It’s poetic prophesies help us to understand and anticipate the Christ who comes to us. The inspiration for this series comes from a trip to Chaco Canyon that I took some years ago. This remote world heritage site in northwestern New Mexico is home to ruins of an ancient civilization that thrived over seven hundred years before European settlement on the continent.


week three: Leaving the Threshold

This sermon is based on Isaiah 52: 7-10. In it, I describe the light of Christ that shines ahead of us and brings us the promise of renewal and hope. unsettling and disorienting nature of going through a transition time. Isaiah envisions that God will bring about new life and renewal. As Christians, we are inspired by glimpses of God’s action to lean with our living in the direction of peace.

 

week two: Going Through the Threshold

This sermon is based on Isaiah 35: 1-10. In it, I describe the unsettling and disorienting nature of going through a transition time. Isaiah offers hope and promise that God will bring about new life and renewal. As Christians, we are invited to travel in the path of Jesus - following Christ’s teachings as we navigate our thresholds.

 

week one: Approaching the Threshold

This sermon is based on Isaiah 11:1-9. I identify “Threshold Moments” as times of transition in life where our spirits are tested. Knowing that God is with us as we approach and enter thresholds we have hope.

WEEK TWO: Threshold Advent Sermon Series

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“Threshold” is a four-week, Advent sermon series based on Isaiah. Called the “fifth” gospel by some prominent early Christians, the book of Isaiah is a perennial favorite during the season of Advent. It’s poetic prophesies help us to understand and anticipate the Christ who comes to us. The inspiration for this series comes from a trip to Chaco Canyon that I took some years ago. This remote world heritage site in northwestern New Mexico is home to ruins of an ancient civilization that thrived over seven hundred years before European settlement on the continent.




week two: Going Through the Threshold

This sermon is based on Isaiah 35: 1-10. In it, I describe the unsettling and disorienting nature of going through a transition time. Isaiah offers hope and promise that God will bring about new life and renewal. As Christians, we are invited to travel in the path of Jesus - following Christ’s teachings as we navigate our thresholds.

 

week one: Approaching the Threshold

This sermon is based on Isaiah 11:1-9. I identify “Threshold Moments” as times of transition in life where our spirits are tested. Knowing that God is with us as we approach and enter thresholds we have hope.

Week ONE: Threshold Advent Sermon Series

DSC_0058.JPG

“Threshold” is a four-week, Advent sermon series based on Isaiah. Called the “fifth” gospel by some prominent early Christians, the book of Isaiah is a perennial favorite during the season of Advent. It’s poetic prophesies help us to understand and anticipate the Christ who comes to us. The inspiration for this series comes from a trip to Chaco Canyon that I took some years ago. This remote world heritage site in northwestern New Mexico is home to ruins of an ancient civilization that thrived over seven hundred years before European settlement on the continent.


week one: Approaching the Threshold

This sermon is based on Isaiah 11:1-9. I identify “Threshold Moments” as times of transition in life where our spirits are tested. Knowing that God is with us as we approach and enter thresholds we have hope.