Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for March 12, 2017

March 12, 2017 John 3:1-17 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, especially those famous words “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for March 8, 2017

The First Commandment: A Sermon for Wednesday of Invocabit, 2017 BY REVENA40 on MARCH 8, 2017 • ( 0 ) The Ten Commandments You shall have no other gods. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit […]

Rev. Aaron Richert’s Sermon for March 5, 2017

Competing Voices Genesis 3:1-21 1st Sunday in Lent March 5th/6th, 2017 St. John Lutheran Church, Fraser, MI The most recent data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the average American spends almost 3 hours a day watching television.[1] That’s over 20 hours each week spent absorbing information, worldview, and perspective from the world around […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for March 5, 2017

Satan’s Tasty Treats: A Sermon for Invocabit BY REVENA40 on MARCH 6, 2017 • ( 0 ) Holy Gospel: St. Matthew 4:1–11 1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for March 5, 2017

March 5, 2017 Matthew 4:1-11 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, the temptation of our Lord Jesus.  Amen. Hopefully you’ve never heard someone say that being a Christian is easy.  Certainly, as we reflect upon […]

Rev. Aaron Richert’s Sermon for Ash Wednesday 2017

Whoever Confesses Me Matthew 10:32-33 Ash Wednesday March 1, 2017 St. John Lutheran Church, Fraser, MI Jesus said, “Whoever confesses me before men, I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven.” The word ‘confess’ comes from a Greek word that could be literally translated as ‘same-speak.’ To confess means to speak the […]

Rev. Aaron Richert’s Sermon for February 20, 2017

Holy People – Sermon for Feb. 19/20 Posted on March 2, 2017 Holy People Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18 7th Sunday After Epiphany February 19th/20th, 2017 St. John Lutheran Church, Fraser, MI We seem to be living in the midst of a cultural identity crisis. I realize that we are often victims of what some have called the “tyranny of the […]

Rev. Eric Anderson’s Sermon for February 28, 2017

Sight without Eyes: A Sermon for Quinquagesima, 2017 by revena40 Holy Gospel: St. Luke 18:31–43 31 Taking the twelve, [Jesus] said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 32For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for February 26, 2017

February 26, 2017 Matthew 17:1-9 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. This last week, I was doing some work in the house and I had the TV turned onto PBS.  As, I […]

Rev. Eric Anderson’s Sermon for February 19, 2017

Good Dirt: A Sermon for Sexagesima, 2017 by revena40 Holy Gospel: St. Luke 8:4–15 4 When a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to [Jesus], he said in a parable: 5“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for February 19, 2017

February 19, 2017 Matthew 5:38-48 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. “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for January 29, 2017

January 29, 2017 Matthew 5:1-12 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate on the words of the Gospel Lesson, especially these: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” What does it mean to […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for February 5, 2017

February 5, 2017 Matthew 5:13-20 Grace, mercy, and peace be yours from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate on the Gospel Lesson previously read, especially these words: “You are the light of the world.” As we look around at the world, it’s certainly easy to get […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for February 7, 2017

The Fear of the Lord: A Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord, 2017 by revena40 Holy Gospel: St. Matthew 17:1–9 1And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for February 12, 2017

February 12, 2017 Matthew 21:23-37 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. “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse.”  As Moses speaks the words of our Lord […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for February 12, 2017

Don’t Gaze at Your Navel: A Sermon for Septuagesima, 2017 by revena40 1“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3And going […]

Rev. Aaron Richert’s Sermon for February 12 & 13, 2017

Spiritual People – Sermon for Feb. 12/13, 2017 Posted on February 14, 2017 Spiritual People 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 6th Sunday After Epiphany February 12th/13th, 2017 St. John Lutheran Church, Fraser, MI Are you a spiritual person? Most people in our world today would answer yes to that question. Most people consider themselves spiritual, but many […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for January 15, 2017

January 15, 2017 John 1:29-42a Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  The sermon text for this morning is the Gospel Lesson previously read. I was on Facebook this week and saw a post from someone who made a comment about the church, which […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for January 22, 2017

Naked and Empty-Handed: A Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany BY REVENA40 on JANUARY 22, 2017 • ( 0 ) Holy Gospel: St. Matthew 8:1–13 1When [Jesus] came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. 2And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 3And Jesus stretched out […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for January 22, 2017

January 22, 2017 I Corinthians 1:10-18 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate upon the Epistle Lesson previously read, especially these words: “the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for January 21, 2017

Do Whatever He Says: A Sermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany BY REVENA40 on JANUARY 21, 2017 • ( 0 ) Holy Gospel: St. John 2:1–11 1On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3When the wine ran out, the mother […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for January 8, 2017

January 8, 2017 Matthew 3:13-17 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate on Baptism and the Baptism of our Lord in the Gospel Lesson just read. Baptism means death.  That being said, when we consider death, we should do so […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for January 8, 2017

Light in the Least Likely of Places: A Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord by revena40 St. John says Light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the Light.[i] We don’t mean to; the trouble is we often fail to recognize the darkness for what it is. Like someone […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]