Monthly Archives: August 2015

August 23, 2015

2 Samuel 13:1-22, Romans 15:1-13, & John 3:22-36 Today, instant gratification is marketed as: “drug of choice, who doesn’t want…?” Scripture teaches us to be content; God provides all we need. To persist in wanting and coveting opposes God. Our … Continue reading

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August 22, 2015

Mark 5:21-43 The audacity of it all! An unclean woman, dared to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment. Jesus was not sure who it was that touched him. When he found out, she was not chastised; she was not assaulted. … Continue reading

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August 21, 2015

Mark 9:14-29 Unbelief is as much of a choice as belief is. What makes it, in many ways, more appealing is that whereas to believe something requires some measure of understanding and effort, not to believe doesn’t require much of … Continue reading

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August 20, 2015

Mark 9:2-13 How often do we hear the words of Jesus, yet fail to listen to him? How many times do we wrestle with our earthly existence and forget that Jesus showed us the way? In reality, it happens all … Continue reading

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August 19, 2015

Mark 8:34-38 Jesus asks, “Who do you say I am?” Peter rightly answers, “You are the Christ.” Following Peter’s confession, Jesus immediately begins teaching his disciples that he will suffer many things, be killed and after three days will rise … Continue reading

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August 18, 2015

Mark 8:22-33 Sometimes I struggle to understand God’s word and this particular scripture plagued me for many years. However, after reading Bonhoeffer’s “Discipleship” a light went off for me. Bonhoeffer reminds us that the operative word here is “must.” Christ … Continue reading

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August 17, 2015

Mark 8:11-21 Where will the money come from? We need more volunteers. Our church attendance is too low. We do not have enough. Such are the doubts and fears of a congregation focused not on Christ, but on the struggles … Continue reading

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Pentecost 12B Sermon Audio

August 16, 2015 – The Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost Click the link below for sermon audio. “Be Careful Not to Starve Your Soul,” Pr. Stéphane Kalonji, Reformation Lutheran Church, New Bern, NC “Persistence in the Way,” Pr. Dieter Punt, Holy … Continue reading

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August 16, 2015

2 Samuel 6:12-23 Luther explained the Ninth Commandment by saying, “We should fear and love God that we may not craftily seek to get our neighbor’s inheritance or house, but help and be of service to him in keeping it.” … Continue reading

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August 15, 2015

Mark 8:1-10 Today in Mark’s gospel, we read of the Feeding of the 4000. The Greek participles translated as taken and given thanks and the verb broke are in the aorist tense, expressing decisive acts, whereas the verb gave is … Continue reading

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