Sermons by “Pastor Aune”

Salvation is Provided

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

Do you like history? I like history. It is interesting and challenging.

It helps us to understand who we are and why we are the way we are. It doesn’t matter if you are talking about your family history or the history of the city in which you live, the state in which you live or the country in which you live. There is always something to be learned.

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Appointed to this Task

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food.

Are you a little confused as you listened to the reading today?

I know what you are thinking – what is this all about? A food fight?

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First Century Fake News

When the women who had gone to the tomb return to the disciples and shared with them what they had seen and heard they received a less than positive response. This is how Luke tells the story – and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

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Fishing from an Empty Boat

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2 he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore.

There are interesting and important details in the first couple of verses of today’s reading.

Jesus notices two boats pulled up on shore, the fishermen were out of the boats and they were washing their nets.

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Vulnerability and Repentance

Whenever I read this story from Luke 3 I’ve always been curious as to why people would go out into the wilderness to be yelled at by John the Baptist. That is what it feels like to my 21st century preacher ears. It feels angry, like a street preacher yelling over the crowds.

“You brood of vipers. Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance.” Those are harsh words and to be honest with you I am tired of harsh words.

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Yet Even Now

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

I think one of the hardest things to do as a human person is to go back to someone you love, care about and respect to admit your guilt.

As a child I hated having to tell my parents I screwed up or had disappointed them in some way. And there were times I didn’t, especially if I didn’t get caught.

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The Way Forward

[A piece of paper is slowly being torn in front of the microphone]

Did you hear that?

That is the sound of disobedience to God’s Word.

That is the sound of a heart that has been hardened by sin and self-pride.

That is the sound of a heart that has lost its way.

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Merciful Remembrance

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

All Saints Sunday just might be the most important Sunday of the church year except for Easter.

It surely is a day that is closely connected to Easter because of common themes;

Death and life;

Sorrow and joy;

Despair and hope.

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A House Full of Promise

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

We have moved a long way from last week to this week in the biblical time-line.

Last Sunday we heard the story of Hannah and how she gives back to God her most precious possession, a son born to her after her lament and her pleading to God for that gift.

It is truly a remarkable story of giving and trust.

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