Sermons by “Intern Eric Nelson”

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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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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Expect God

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

This healing does not go as expected.

Naaman, this brief character of the Old Testament, gets mentioned in Luke 4 as Jesus is stating how prophets are not accepted in their hometowns. Naaman was as outsider, yet this is the one individual Elisha cures of leprosy. Naaman then worships the Lord and Elisha forgives his sins, sending him in peace.

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