Monthly Archives: December 2015

December 31, 2015

1 Kings 3:5-14 In today’s reading, Solomon is visited by the Lord in a dream, and the Lord is asking Solomon what he would like as a favor from God. God is pleased with his answer, and honors his request … Continue reading

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December 30, 2015

John 4:46-54 Our text from John’s gospel this morning proves once more that earthly status and influence cannot overcome the evils that befall humanity. All people, no matter who they are, or the amount of their wealth, are vulnerable when … Continue reading

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December 29, 2015

2 Samuel 23:13-17, 2 John 1-13, John 2:1-11 The signs of the Messiah were outlined in Jewish tradition. One of those signs was abundance. As Isaiah proclaimed: “The LORD of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on … Continue reading

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December 28, 2015

Matthew 18:1-14 On this Feast of the Holy Innocents, as we contemplate those infants put to death by Herod, the Church prays for the unborn and their parents. We hear Rachel weeping for her children. But what if today’s Rachel, … Continue reading

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Christmas 1C Sermon Audio

December 27, 2015 – First Sunday After Christmas, Year C Click the links below for sermon audio. “A Last Word,” Pr. Mark Ryman, Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Asheboro, NC

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December 27, 2015

1 John 5:1-12; John 13:20-35 The world gets upset with us because we declare that Jesus is the only way of salvation. This was not the church’s idea. It was God’s. He revealed to us his plan to forgive and … Continue reading

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December 26, 2015

Acts 7:59-8:8 Jesus hung on a cross in unimaginable anguish and cried out “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Today, we hear similar words from Stephen as he was being stoned to … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Sermon Audio

December 24, 2015 – The Nativity of Our Lord, Year C Click the links below for sermon audio. “God Is With Us,” Pr. Mark Ryman, Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Asheboro, NC

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December 25, 2015

John 1:1-14 Since the beginning, light has been a sign of life and hope. As God spoke, light burst forth and shattered the darkness. Imagine the first Christmas morning, the first hint of sunlight glimmering through the dawn. Its warm … Continue reading

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December 24, 2015

Isaiah 7:10-14; 1 John 4:7-16; Matthew 1:18-25 “Here’s your sign.” was comedian Bill Engvall’s punchline to a stupid question asked by a not-so-bright person. For example: an eighteen wheeler gets stuck under an overpass and the policeman asks the driver: … Continue reading

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