Monthly Archives: October 2014

October 31, 2014

Hosea 4:11-19; Acts 21:37-22:16; Luke 6:12-26 Man, I was really hoping for good Lutheran texts, today; after all, it is Reformation Day. Where is the opportunity to sling around a few “solas,” some “justification by grace through faith – apart from works … Continue reading

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October 30, 2014

Acts 21:27-36 While at the NALC Convocation we heard from The Voice of the Martyrs. Christians are being persecuted across this world. Raoul Plus tells of a 13-year-old boy who was martyred during the Boxer Rebellion in China. On being … Continue reading

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October 29, 2014

Hosea 3:1-5; Acts 21:15-26; Luke 5:27-39 I fondly recall a time in my ministry a decade ago when a man would not come worship with us because he did not have the clothing he felt would be acceptable in a … Continue reading

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October 28, 2014

Luke 5:12-26 We know from Scripture that the religious leaders taught that a person’s illness, birth defect, or handicap was a direct result of sin—either theirs or their parents’. In Luke 5:19 a paralyzed man is lowered through the roof … Continue reading

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October 27, 2014

Luke 5:1-11 I have been in an argument when I said, “What will it take for you to believe what I’m saying?” When you are trying to convince someone about anything, there has to be a turning point that will … Continue reading

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Pentecost 20A (Reformation Sunday) Sermon Audio

October 26, 2014 – Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost Click the links below for sermon audio. “The Liberating Power of the Truth,” Pr. Stéphane Kalonji, Reformation Lutheran Church, New Bern, NC “Quicksand Versus Solid Ground,” Pr. Dieter Punt, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, … Continue reading

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October 26, 2014

James 3:1-13 Like many others, the story of my becoming a pastor revolves around the urging of many teachers. Early on, it was a teacher who recognized a hint of giftedness in me. Another nurtured my faith, and yet one … Continue reading

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October 25, 2014

Acts 20:1-16 Not that many years ago, going to church was an all-day affair. Folks assembled for Sunday worship, shared a meal, and then fellowshipped with each other until it was time to go home. No one worried about how … Continue reading

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October 24, 2014

Luke 4:31-37 The text for today’s meditation is difficult for many to accept. Several years ago, a woman I knew abruptly withdrew from the church because this text appeared in a Sunday Gospel reading. She never wanted to hear anything … Continue reading

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October 23, 2014

Esther 7:1-10; Acts 19:11-20; Luke 4:14-30 We often hear about the spirit of an age. In all times, there seems to be a prevailing influence in a culture. It is usually connected to the most powerful or at least the loudest … Continue reading

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