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Devotions for the Week of January 29, 2017

Meditation for the Week of January 29, 2017 And [Jesus] said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. Luke 4:24 Jesus’ first sermon in His hometown did not go over well.  The people could only think of Him as Joe and Mary’s boy, who was decent enough with a hammer, […]

Devotions for the Week of January 22, 2017

Meditation for the Week of January 22, 2017 “Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’”  Mark 1:14-15 When Jesus began His earthly ministry, the first thing He says […]

Devotions for the Week of January 15, 2017

Meditation for the Week of January 15, 2017 “On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus […]

Devotions for the Week of January 8, 2017

Meditation for the Week of January 8, 2017 “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for December 18, 2016

Sermon Advent 4 2016 December 18, 2016 Matthew 1:18-25 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.  The meditation for this morning is on the Gospel Lesson previously read. Can you imagine being in Joseph’s position?  Here you are delighted to have a wonderful pious […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for Christmas Day 2016

Christmas Day 2016 December 25, 2016 John 1:1-18 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we mediate upon the Gospel lesson especially these words: No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for January 1, 2017

A Carved-in-the-Flesh Gospel: A Sermon for the Circumcision & Name of Jesus by revena40 In my book, a great New Year celebration involves snacks, games, and watching at least part of one of those countdown shows. And, of course, no New Year celebration is complete without my traditional New Year’s pizza. But that’s not all […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for December 24, 2016

What is the World to Me? A Sermon for the Nativity of Our Lord by revena40 The Incarnation of our Lord is a glorious and essential doctrine of the Christian faith. Christ would have this doctrine sustain your faith against the untiring fury of the evil one. And so we need to take great care […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for December 22, 2016

Be Faithful unto Death- A Sermon for the Festival of St. Thomas, Apostle by revena40 The liturgical calendar absolutely refuses to let us forget the meaning of the Savior’s birth. Whether it’s any number of the Holy week texts we’ve already heard this Advent or the suffering of His followers, which were highlighted last week […]

Devotions for the Week of January 1, 2017

Meditation for the Week of January 1, 2017 “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.”  Matthew 2:10 In the entire Bible, there is no greater expression of joy than right here in this verse: the Magi rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.  Two words for joy are used and the adverb “exceedingly” […]

Devotions for the Week of December 25, 2016

Welcome!  Meditation for the Week of December 25, 2016 Is. 9:2–7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11–14; Luke 2:1–14 (15–20) And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David […]

Devotions for the Week of December 18, 2016

Welcome! Meditation for the Week of December 18, 2016 Is. 7:10–17; Psalm 24; Rom. 1:1–7; Matt. 1:18–25 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for December 11, 2016

A Blessed Death: A Sermon for Gaudete by revena40 Sermon audio here. Chapman University recently undertook a survey of the greatest fears of the Average American.[i] They identified close to 100 fears, a list which included clowns (which, to my surprise, were all the way at the bottom of the list), zombies (which, despite being fictional, actually ranked higher […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for December 11, 2016

December 11, 2016 Matthew 11:2-15 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate on the Gospel Lesson previously read.  Amen. The kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.  To continue in our theme for this […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for December 7, 2016

On Brilliant Idiots and Singing: A Sermon for the Commemoration of St. Ambrose by revena40 “The days are evil,” says tonight’s epistle. All too easily do we forget the world in which we live is corrupted by the dreadful curse of sin, which affects every aspect of our lives and this creation. But it’s what we know, […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for December 7, 2016

Evangelism & Advent: A Sermon for the Festival of St. Andrew by revena40 My kids are always very interested in when Advent begins. As a pastor, I’d like to think it’s because they have a profound awareness of their sins and they’ve been longing for this penitential season. And while they have shown some theological interest in […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for December 4, 2016

December 4, 2016 Matthew 3:1-12 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning our meditation will be on the Gospel Lesson previously read. Last week, we spoke about our Lord’s return at the end of time, and the need to be ready because […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for December 4, 2016

Deliver Us from Evil: A Sermon for Populus Zion by revena40 Sermon audio here. We tend to think of Advent as being a time to prepare for Christmas. Christmas, then, becomes a celebration of Christ’s birth. The problem with this is it reduces Christmas to a historical event and puts our focus on the past. But Advent isn’t […]

Devotions for the Week of December 11, 2016

Welcome! Meditation for the Week of December 11, 2016 Is. 35:1–10; Psalm 146; James 5:7–11; Matt. 11:2–15 Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”  And Jesus […]

Devotions for the Week of December 4, 2016

Welcome! Meditation for the Week of December 4, 2016   Is. 11:1–10, Psalm 72:1–7; Rom. 15:4–13; Matt. 3:1–12 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  In the Gospel lesson for this this Second Sunday of Advent, we see John the Baptist and his preaching.  Now, John the Baptist is often considered quite the […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for November 27, 2016

Make Jerusalem Great Again! A Sermon for Ad Te Levavi Everything was going according to plan. Christ, the Son of David, had finally come to Jerusalem. Surely it was only a matter of time before this heir to David’s throne would take His rightful place in the capital city, overthrow the Romans, and restore the […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for November 27, 2016

November 27, 2016 Matthew 24:36-44 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate on the Gospel Lesson previously read. With this Sunday being the first Sunday in Advent, as I think I say every year, we are turning our attention from […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for Thanksgiving 2016

Living Doxologies: A Sermon for the Day of Thanksgiving by revena40 Today our Lord invites you to come to Him in prayer with thanksgiving. In return, He promises you the gift of peace. In today’s epistle, St. Paul writes: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for November 20, 2016

Leitourgia Divina adiaphora non est: A Sermon for the Last Sunday of the Church Year by revena40 Today we celebrate the final Sunday of the Church Year and the last chapter of the story of salvation: the Last Day, when Christ will raise the dead and make all things new. He compares that Day to a wedding […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for November 13, 2016

You’re Not A Good Person: A Sermon for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Trinity by revena40   In today’s Holy Gospel, our Lord gives us a preview of the final judgment, the separation of the sheep from the goats, the righteous from the wicked. The first thing we should notice is that our Lord doesn’t describe one group […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for November 6, 2016

All Saints’ Day November 6, 2016 Rev. 7:9-17 Grace, mercy, and peace to you, from God our Father, and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate on the First Reading from Revelation. Well the week is finally, here.  This week we finally have the election that so many of us […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for November 5, 2016

Christ’s Peculiar Children: A Sermon for the Festival of All Saints There’s a popular series of books out right now about Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children. The children are peculiar because they can do things no one else can do. The main character, Jacob, can see things no one else can see. Miss Peregrine […]

Devotions for the Week of November 27, 2016

Meditation for the Week of November 27, 2016   And he [the thief on the cross] said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  And he [Jesus] said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”              Luke 23:43                                     While we still have one month […]

Devotions for the Week of November 20, 2016

Meditation for the Week of November 20, 2016   “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”           Philippians 4:6-7                                     […]

Devotions for the Week of November 13, 2016

Meditation for the Week of November 13, 2016   “For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.  Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.  As for you, brothers, do not grow […]

Devotions for the Week of Nov. 6, 2016

Meditation for the Week of November 6, 2016   [Jesus said,] “But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where He calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.  Now He is not God of the dead, but of […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for October 30, 2016

October 30, 2016 John 8:31-36 Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate on the Gospel Lesson especially the words, “the truth will set you free.” The truth will set you free.  Those words are not exactly unfamiliar in our culture, […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for October 23, 2016

October 23, 2016 Luke 18:9-14 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate on the Gospel Lesson previously read, the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, or as it has also been called the parable of the Pharisee and […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for October 23, 2016

Doormat Theology: A Sermon for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity by revena40 nolaw_sign-32Satan has sometimes infected the church with what we might call “doormat theology.” The logic goes like this: since we, as Christians, are supposed to be loving and forgiving, that means we should, like a doormat, let people walk all over us. Now […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for 10/16/16

Running a Race in a Suit of Armor: A Sermon for the Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity by revena40 weary-knight Sermon audio here. If you’re overconfident, it doesn’t matter how strong or skillful you are or how lopsided the score is. The one who’s overconfident always loses. Solomon says pride goes before destruction and a haughty […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for Oct. 16, 2016

October 16, 2016 Luke 18:1-8 Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate upon the Gospel Lesson previously read, the parable of the Persistent Widow. Think of your enemy.  Who is it?  Who is your enemy who deserves retribution, who deserves […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for Oct. 9, 2016

October 9, 2016 Luke 17:11-19 Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  The text for our meditation this morning is the Gospel lesson previously read, especially these words, “When he saw them he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And […]

Devotions for the Week October 30, 2016

Welcome! We Worship Every Tuesday at 10:30 am  Meditation for the Week of October 30, 2016 …“I am hard pressed between the two.  My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.“…                                                                                               Philippians 1:18-30 What do you think heaven will be like?  There are some who think that if you […]

Devotions for the Week of October 16, 2016

 Welcome! We Worship Every Tuesday at 10:30! Meditation for the Week of October 16, 2016 “Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite.  They made an appointment together to come to […]

Devotions for the Week of October 8, 2016

Welcome! We Worship Every Tuesday at 10:30! Meditation for the Week of October 9, 2016 “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.”       Isaiah 53:5 A mother decided one day to test her young […]

Devotions for the Week of October 2, 2016

Welcome! We Worship Every Tuesday at 10:30!   Meditation for the Week of October 2, 2016   “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”                         Acts 2:1-13   In the above verse, what […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for October 2, 2016

How Jesus Would Moderate a Presidential Debate: A Sermon for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity by revena40 Sermon audio here. Even the best, most brilliant answers are completely worthless if you’ve misdiagnosed the problem. The best cancer medicine in the world is useless for treating depression. Today’s Holy Gospel shows us that we often misdiagnose our problems. And […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for October 2, 2016

October 2, 2016 Luke 17:1-10 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate on the Gospel Lesson previously read. The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  Increase our faith.  Or the word could mean give faith to us.  It […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for September 25, 2016

September 25, 2016 Luke 16:19-31 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate upon the Gospel Lesson, especially these words, “They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.” What is Abraham, or really Jesus through the mouth of Abraham […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for September 25, 2016

Deeper Magic from Before the Dawn of Time: A Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity by revena40 Our Lord once told His disciples that one who teaches God’s Word is like a very wealthy person, who brings out of his treasure things that are both old and new.[i] The Scriptures are like a mine fine, filled […]

Devotions for the Week of September 25, 2016

Meditation for the Week of September 25, 2016   Note: Psalm 23 has been a source of strength and comfort to many Christians throughout the ages.  In our FHP Devotions for the month of September we will be praying our way through this Psalm.     Reading: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all […]

Rev. Aaron Richert’s Sermon for September 19, 2016

Eager to Maintain the Unity Ephesians 4:1-6 17th Sunday After Trinity September 18th/19th, 2016 St. John Lutheran Church, Fraser, MI What excites you? What gives you that Christmas morning feeling? What gets the anticipation coursing through your veins? I remember both as a basketball player back in the day, and as a coach in the […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for September 18, 2016

Dismembering the Body of Christ: A Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity by revena40 The basic idea of today’s parable is this: don’t take the best seat for yourself. If you do, you risk being moved down to a lower place when someone else comes to claim it, and then you’ll be embarrassed in front of […]

Devotions for the Week of September 18, 2016

Meditation for the Week of September 18, 2016   Note: Psalm 23 has been a source of strength and comfort to many Christians throughout the ages.  In our FHP Devotions for the month of September we will be praying our way through this Psalm.     Reading: Thou preparest a table before me in the […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for September 11, 2016

September 11, 2016 Luke 15:1-10 Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate on the Parables of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin.  Amen. Today is the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks to hit the World Trade Center and the […]