Sermons by “Pastor Aune”

Tough Choices

I received my daily text message devotional yesterday and this is what it said; “when we choose deliberately to obey God, then He will tax the remotest star and the last grain of sand to assist us with His almighty power.”[1] Oswald Chambers said this.

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Looking Ahead

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

It is difficult to look ahead when you are walking in darkness or living in the darkness.

This was certainly the case for the people of Israel. More specifically the people of the southern Kingdom of Judah. In our biblical time line there are now two Kingdoms; one in the north called Israel and one in the south called Judah. Isaiah was a prophet to the southern kingdom of Judah.

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A Permanent Reformation

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

The Martin Luther love fest has reached its apex and across the country Lutheran Churches of all varieties are celebrating the beginning of the protestant reformation begun by Luther when he posted his 95 theses on October 31st, 1517. Which by the way you can read on the poster right outside the office door.

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A Generous Spirit

I love reading the psalms.  I love that they tell the full story of what it means to be human.  They describe our joy in God’s creation, our hope for safety and joy, and even our deepest despair and fear.  But it’s not even just that the psalms are the most honest and human book of the Bible.  It’s also that they’re written in Hebrew!  I love Hebrew.

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Speak Lord, I’m Listening

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

This morning’s text is a call story. The call of the boy Samuel. It is the first in what will be a series of these call stories that we will hear in the next few weeks.

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God’s Not Done

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

There are a lot of really great stories in the bible and part of what I like the best about these stories is that they reflect what life is really like.

What life is really like is a difficult thing to convey to 15 year olds. Like the ones who are here this morning as part of Augustana’s confirmation class of 2017. Is it even possible for a 15 year old boy or girl to know what life is going to really be like when they are 25 or 45 or 65? Probably not.

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From Chaos to Creation to Rest

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace.

If you found yourself getting lost in today’s reading its ok. A whole chapter of the bible is a lot to take in. Much like creation itself, right. How does one take it all in or even begin to understand how it all works and all the things that are in creation.

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Peace…Prayers

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

I would be hard pressed to remember a worship service that I have either attended or been a part of that didn’t include prayers. Often called the prayers of the church or community prayers, they are the voice of all those gathered in Jesus name in a worship setting, asking God to be present and involved in the life of individuals, the community, the church as well as the events in our world that impact our lives either directly or indirectly.

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What Jesus Means to Me

The seeds for today’s sermon were sown from a book Ingrid Rasmussen [our second intern] recommended we read together. The book is “This Odd and Wondrous Calling”. It was written by two pastors, an older male pastor and a younger female pastor, and is their reflections on what being a parish pastor is like. It is a very good book and I ask all our interns to read it.

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