Sermons on “1 Corinthians”

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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In the One Spirit

In today’s reading, the Apostle Paul assures us that “to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit”. So why is it that when I see others with their gifts of miracles or prophesy or even speaking in tongues, I wonder if I’ve got anything the Spirit can use? Maybe you’re the same. We hear other people pray or praise, sing or speak, reach out into the community or reach deep within themselves and we evaluate ourselves based on their abilities and callings. We believe we fall short. We compare, and as I’ve heard it said, when you compare, you despair.

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Of First Importance

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

I just want to say that I agree with everything Doug said earlier. Except the part about the flyover and the fireworks. Thank you Doug for sharing this important story.

One of the challenges of ministry, of being a pastor, and really for anyone who works on a church staff, is that it seems like you never finish the job. It is the very nature of ministry and it is something you have to come to grips with.

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Love Endures All Things

A couple of months ago, in February, I was at Target and passed by the aisle of greeting cards. Because it was February, all of the Valentine’s day cards were out in full force, and if you squinted, the rack looked like a whole sea of red and pink. Most of the cards had hearts and flowers on them, and some of them even had this verse from 1 Corinthians on them.

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The Same Mind and the Same Power

There was a time in my life when I didn’t know the difference between Minnesotan, Norwegian, and Lutheran. I did not realize that church basement potlucks were not a third sacrament. I knew I had friends in my hometown who were Catholic and Methodist, but surely they were the minority, because really, how could you be from Minnesota and not be Lutheran?

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