Sermons in “It's Not in the Bible”

God is Faithful

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

In doing a little research for this morning’s topic in our sermon series of things not in the bible I learned an interesting bit of trivia about Star Trek. In a sermon Rev. Mark Schaefer preached he said “that in over 79 Star Trek episodes and 6 movies, no one ever actually says, “Beam me up, Scotty.” [1]

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This Too Shall Last

Beloved in Christ, grace and peace to you from God our Creator and our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

As you consider things that people think are in the Bible but aren’t, you may not consider “this too shall pass” as one that isn’t very harmful. Indeed, it is not in the Bible – it’s a phrase that has a few different possible attributions, but has been around for many hundreds or thousands of years.

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Blessed to be a Blessing

It is important this morning at the beginning of this sermon to define two different things; the Gospel is the first thing and the second is Prosperity Gospel which is the topic for today’s focus in our sermon series of things not in the bible.

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Christmas in July

You may have noticed that our text for today is one that we usually read at Christmas, and that our hymn of the day is a Christmas hymn. And there is, I promise, a reason for that. Today begins our sermon series titled “Not in the Bible,” which is a continuation of the same series that began last summer. There are so many things that have been so closely associated with Christianity that aren’t actually in the Bible–and it’s good for us to step back every once in awhile, do some research, and take a realistic look at our sacred text.

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I Choose You

This morning is the last Sunday in our sermon series; it’s not in the bible. We hope you have found the series interesting, informative and we trust the topics have made you reflect on your faith and how you understand it.

Today’s theme, you must accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, is one Pastor Torgerson and Aaron were eager to give me to preach on. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s my age.

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Left Behind

I have already been told several times this past week that people are excited to hear a sermon about the rapture. I can honestly say that it’s the first time in my experience as a preacher that someone has actually told me in advance that they’re excited to hear a sermon. But that level of interest and anticipation points to the curiosity and concern about the very subject we’re talking about today: the rapture.

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How’s Your Love Life?

When we meet a friend, it’s pretty common to say: Hi – how are you?

But do we really want to know?

The most frequent, and most desirable answer to that question is:

Good, how are you?

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Mary Magdalene, Apostle and Example

When I was 18 years old, a life-long church-going Lutheran, graduating from high school and heading to college, you could have asked me what I know about Mary Magdalene and it would have sounded a little something like this: she hung around with Jesus, she was at the crucifixion, she was at his tomb and discovered he was raised from death, and she was a prostitute.

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Help Who Now?

Today we begin our five week series “It’s Not In the Bible,” with the phrase “God helps those who help themselves.” Now before you whip out your Bibles to prove me wrong… hear me out. Not to discourage you from reading your Bibles I mean that’s the whole goal of this series, but I digress. If you are in the group that genuinely believe this concept is Biblical you are far from alone.

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