Reformation Day is All Hallow's Eve

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Pastor's Newsletter Article - Oct 2013

             We close out the month of September with the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. What a great opportunity for us to be reminded of our Doctrine of Angels, that they are ministering spirits sent by God to serve us, who are to inherit salvation. (Heb 1:14)

             That brings us then to the month of October. And on the last Sunday of October we’ll be feasting again as we celebrate the Reformation, the restoration of the Gospel to the church, the good news that through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we’ve got the forgiveness of sins, and life, and salvation.

             There’s another day that’s celebrated at the end of October too, called Halloween. For many, this day is dark and full of evil. There’s the notion that we should avoid all references to this evil day and night. What should we as Christians do with Halloween?

St. Michael and All Angels

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Text Rev. 12:7-12


            There’s a battle going. Not unlike the battle described in our text. But that battle was in heaven. And the battle we’re involved in is right here on earth.

I am Telling the Truth. I am not lying!

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I am telling the truth! I am not lying!

Text: 1 Tim 2:1-15 (emphasis v. 7)


It might seem kind of weird that I’ve taken a very small portion of our text to emphasize. And not just a small portion, but it’s actually in parentheses. It’s sort of an extra thing, an appendage. But that’s what I want to talk about today. I want to talk about… “The Truth”.

Sermon Pentecost 15 Remember...those who spoke to you the word of God

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Text: Heb 13:1-17 (v. 7) “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”


            During the 3 ½ years that I’ve been the pastor here at Zion, and I’m not sure why, but especially during the last couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to people about some of the previous pastors here at Zion, and about how they faithfully proclaimed the word of God


            Some of the names that came up just this last week included Kreitzer, Harms, McLachlan, Kothe. I know there are more. And if there’s a pastor that I didn’t mention that comes to your mind, I want you to think of him.

September 2013 Newsletter Article

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The Bible IS the Word of the Lord

           A number of years ago I attended the funeral of a friend who had died. When it was time for the pastor to read the Scripture lessons he preceded each reading with “Listen for the Word of the Lord.”

             I was puzzled by that statement, and I spent the next several minutes trying to figure out what he meant by it.

             Then it dawned on me.

Sermon Pentecost 6 -The Burden of Freedom

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Text: Galatians. 5:1, 13-15, with a reminder of verse 1 where the Apostle Paul says: “For freedom Christ has set us free.”

         Later on this week we’ll be celebrating the 4th of July, "Independence Day." It's a very special day in this country, a day in which we celebrate our freedom as citizens of the United States of America, in my opinion, the greatest country in the world. But, one of the things that can never be forgotten is that the freedom we enjoy as citizens of this country… is not free. It has to be bought and paid for.

Prisoners Of Our Own Device - Sermon Pentecost 5

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Text: Is 65:1-9; Galatians 3:23-4:7; Luke 8:26-39


            I believe in Demons. Evil spirits. Minions of Satan, sent out by him to do his will. They’re real. And they want to accomplish nothing… but your destruction; your temporal destruction, AND your eternal destruction.

Sermon Pentecost 4 "YOU... are the man!"

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Church year date: Pentecost 4, Proper 6C

Calendar date: 6/15-16/2013

Text: 2 Sam 11:26-12:10, 13-14 (emphasis 12:7) – Where Nathan the prophet, David’s pastor, says:

“You… are the man!”        

            What?! What are you talking about, Nathan? You’ve just told me the story of a truly despicable character; someone who has no pity at all for those less fortunate than himself; a rich man who would actually steal a poor man’s pet, have it cooked, and serve it to his guests.  And now you tell me that’s a description of me? Seriously Nathan, what’s this all about?