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November 21, 2021

 

Mark 13: 24 – 37

 

The Coming of the Son of Man

24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

 

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

 

No One Knows That Day or Hour

32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

 

The Last Sunday Of The Church Year Sermon: "The Last Day"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 14, 2021

 

Mark 13: 1 – 13

 

And as Jesus came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings?  There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

 

And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?”  And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray.  Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead may astray.  And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed.  This must take place, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines.  These are but the beginning of birth pains.”

 

“But be on your guard.  For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them.  And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.  And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.  And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death.  And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.  But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”

 

Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost Sermon: "The Temple"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 7, 2021

 

Mark 12: 38 – 44

 

And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. The will receive greater condemnation.”

 

And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box.  Many rich people put in large sums.  And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.  And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box.  For they all contribiuted out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

 

Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost Sermon: "Blessed"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 31, 2021

Reformation Sunday

 

John 10: 31 – 36

 

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”  They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone.  How is it that you say, ‘You will become free?’”

 

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.  The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

 

Reformation Sunday Sermon; "The Work Of God"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 24, 2021

 

Mark 10: 46 – 52

 

And they came to Jericho.  And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside.  And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.  But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”  And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart.  Get up; he is calling you.’  And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.  And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?”  And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.”  And Jesus said to him, “Go your way, your faith has made you well.”  And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

 

Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost Sermon: "Son Of David, Have Mercy On Me"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 17, 2021

 

Mark 10: 23 – 31

 

And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”  And the disciples were amazed at his words.  But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God!  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”  And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?”  Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God.  For all things are possible with God.”  Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.”  Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.  Buit many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

 

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost Sermon: "All Things Are Possible With God."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 10, 2021

 

Mark 10: 17 – 22

 

And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.  You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’”  And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.”  And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”  Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

 

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost Sermon: "Enter The Kingdom Of God"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 3, 2021

 

Mark 10: 2 – 16

 

And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”  He answered them, “What did Moses command you?”  They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.”  And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.  But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.  Therefore a man shall leace his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two are no longer two but one flesh.  What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

 

And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter.  And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”  And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them.  But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.  Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not to enter.”  And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

 

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost Sermon: "Hardness Of The Heart"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 26, 2021

 

Mark 9: 38 – 50

 

John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”  But Jesus said, “Don not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.  For the one who is not against us is for us.  For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.”

 

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.  And if you hand causes you to sin, cut it off.  It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.  And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off.  It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell.  And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out.  It is better for you to enter the kingom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where the worm does not die and the fire isnot quenched.’  For everyone will be salted with fire.  Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its asltiness, how will you make it salty again?  Have salt in your self, and be at peace with one another.”

 

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost: "You Belong To Christ"