Sermons on “Matthew”

Kingdom Stories

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

The Kingdom of heaven is like………..

How would you finish that sentence?

How would you finish that sentence today in the context of your own joys and struggles as you, along with all of us here today, try and figure out what God is up to in our lives and in our world.

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Devoted to God

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, grace and peace to you from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen

Who or what is the master of your life?

What in your life demands greatest devotion? What demands your devoted time, thought, and efforts?

Unfortunately, worry has been my master at many times. I have devoted far too much time and thought to worries. The weight of worry is heavy.

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Blessed Are You

I have a little plaque hanging in the entry from our garage into our house.  This piece of hallway is the staging area for essentially all our departures and arrivals. It’s where we dump coats and shoes, where we rally up to make sure everyone has put socks on, and where I frequently mitigate transition meltdowns from kids, dogs, and sometimes even myself.

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Away with you, Satan

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, grace and peace to you from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” Jesus was led by the Spirit to be tempted. In the Lord’s Prayer (that Jesus teaches his disciples) we pray that God will lead us NOT into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

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The Beloved

You know how it works when someone asks you if something is a threat or a promise, right?  Like if you get really mad at someone and you snap at them, “If you don’t knock it off, I will leave right now” and they snark right back, “Is that a threat or a promise?”  Oh, the days are surely coming when my children will use such a line against me, just as I used it against my mother before me.

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Two Men and the Magi

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

We are three weeks into the gospel of Matthew and Joseph, husband of Mary keeps showing up.

Two weeks ago, on December 23rd Pastor Torgerson preached about the birth of Jesus told from the perspective of Joseph. Pastor Torgerson spoke about Joseph as a righteous man and how by doing the right thing, Joseph expressed righteousness in a new way.

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God WITH Us

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace to you and merry Christmas! Wow… that was a long list of names. Did you stay awake?
At times I’ve been tempted to skip over these genealogy sections, but there is something rich there. This is how Matthew introduces Jesus to the readers and there is rich history. Other stories from Star Wars to Lord of the Rings look to family histories.

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A Righteous Man

           There’s hardly a part of the Christmas story that I don’t like.  Angels and shepherds, magi and stables, words of wisdom and stories of wonder – it all plays out in this powerful cosmic story that we get to hear again and again every year.

Even the stories that lead up to the Christmas story fill me with joy and amazement.  I’m always especially drawn to the story from Luke 1 about how Mary finds out she’s pregnant with Jesus. 

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Do Not Worry

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, grace and peace to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Do not worry… Man, that is a tough one for me. How about you?

There is seemingly so much to worry about, isn’t there? Usually, being told NOT to worry doesn’t seem to help much either.

It is helpful for me to look at this reading and being told NOT to worry in the same way parents are instructed to navigate behaviors with toddlers. (Yes, I am comparing myself to a toddler.)

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