Sermons by “Pastor Torgerson”

Gentleness And Self-Control

Paul wrote the book of Galatians in a little bit of a panic.  He loved the people of Galatia, which would today be central Turkey.  He formed a church there and moved on, as he typically did in his ministry.  But then he heard that after teaching them about the all-inclusive love of God, the wideness of the Spirit, the life-saving promises of Jesus Christ, some other teachers came in.  Those teachers told the Galatians that Jesus wasn’t enough. You had to do something to get God to accept you. For those misleading the Galatians, that thing was circumcision.

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Together

Nearly 20 years ago, Harvard political scientist Robert D. Putnam published the book “Bowling Alone”[1].  In it, he examines the steady decline in American social capital.  Social capital refers to the connections between people and the things they do for each other.

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Meditate On It Day And Night

Sometimes when we read scripture in worship, we don’t always get the context and we feel a little left out. Let me try and help with that. 

Moses is the great leader of God’s people.  He is the one God called to lead the Hebrew slaves out of bondage in Egypt.  Moses guided the people through the Red Sea into the wilderness.  Moses brought the law from God to the people to show them a new way of free living.

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Training in Godliness

In high school, I was a runner.  I ran on the cross-country team and did some middle-distance running in track.  I ran in true team and at sections.  I trained regularly.  I knew all the drills and work-outs.  I had a favorite pair of spikes and rotated my training shoes.  I ran a lot, but more than that, I thought of myself as a runner.

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Sharing the Gospel

“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.”  I pray that you each have someone in your life who, every time you think of her, you thank God.  We are not Christians alone.  We are Christians in community.  We need each other to be held accountable, to be encouraged, to give us cause for thanks, to call us to praise of God.

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My Lord And My God!

Three months ago, at the beginning of January, when things outside felt very much like they do today, I preached on the first chapter of John’s gospel.  Jesus is calling disciples, but Nathanael, full of doubt and disdain, says, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46a). 

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Witness And Denial

I like Peter a lot.  I don’t like him because he’s brave and bold, perfect and aspirational. I like him because he’s real.  I like him because he falls over all the time.  I like him because I identify with him.

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The Light Of The World

Our confirmation students provided the theme for our Lenten services this year.  They fill out confirmation credit sheets, reflections on their service, learning, or worship experiences.  They also get to ask questions on these sheets.  So many of them asked such good questions that Abby, our youth director, started to gather them up in categories.

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The Resurrection And The Life

    Lazarus is dead.  He’s so dead that he’s wrapped up and in the tomb.  Death is so real you can smell it.

            And Jesus has the guts to say: “I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”  Well, do you?

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The Woman’s Testimony

Maybe you’ve heard the same version of this story that I heard.  Jesus meets a sinful woman, sets her straight, and once she’s clean and pure and ready to bear witness to the rest of her town, he uses her to his glory.  We know she was a sinful woman because she’s coming to the well at full noon.

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