Monthly Archives: August 2015

August 31, 2015

Mark 11:12-14 Jesus’ cursing of the fig tree is an interesting event sandwiched between his triumphal entry into Jerusalem and his cleansing of the temple. Jesus, hungry, comes to the tree expected to find fruit even though it is out … Continue reading

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Pentecost 14B Sermon Audio

August 30, 2015 – The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost Click the link below for sermon audio. “Facing Trouble,” Pr. Mark Ryman, Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Asheboro, NC “Rough Waters,” Pr. Dieter Punt, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Troutman, NC

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August 30, 2015

Galatians 3:6-14 Luther, we all know, was the fire-starter of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, he posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the cathedral door at Wittenberg. He rejected the authority of the pope and church councils to determine … Continue reading

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August 29, 2015

Psalm 34:15-22; Joshua 22:21-34; Luke 11:5-13 Persistence is the key to our prayers, as Jesus informs us in today’s lesson from Luke’s Gospel. Often we are far too ready to give up when we do not get instant results from … Continue reading

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August 28, 2015

Mark 10:46-52 I tend to think Bartimaeus is rude. I peg him as one of those boisterous, disruptive characters who trample decorum. “Shhh, be quiet,” says everyone. But he shouts more loudly! Who does he think he is: ignoring the … Continue reading

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August 27, 2015

Mark 10:32-45 Jesus foretells his death and resurrection a third time. James and John want a piece of the glory, to sit on either side of Jesus in his glory. According to the Gospels, Jesus’ glory is the cross, his … Continue reading

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August 26, 2015

Mark 10:17-31 I knew a wealthy fellow, in a church I served, who accumulated just about all he desired for his personal enjoyment. Nevertheless, he continued buying more and more things. He found himself using up almost all of his … Continue reading

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August 25, 2015

Mark 10:1-16 As the twelve were seeking further explanation from Jesus concerning divorce, people began bringing children to Jesus so that he might touch them. Even as the disciples objected, they kept bringing the children to be touched and blessed. … Continue reading

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August 24, 2015

Mark 9:41-50 In Mark 9:41 Jesus tells us small acts of kindness to believers carry great rewards, and in verse 42 he tells us acts that lead believers to sin carries a severe punishment. When Jesus refers to little ones, … Continue reading

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Pentecost 13B Sermon Audio

August 23, 2015 – The Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost Click the link below for sermon audio. “An Insidious Plot,” Pr. Mark Ryman, Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Asheboro, NC “One With Christ,” Pr. Stéphane Kalonji, Reformation Lutheran Church, New Bern, NC … Continue reading

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