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These sermons are from Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Des Moines, IA.

January 16, 2022

Signs Signs Everywhere Signs - Jan 16

Our world is full of signs. They tell us all sorts of different things. A lot of the time, they point us in some type of direction, they convey to us information. In John's Gospel, he calls the miracles signs. But what do these signs point to? 

Isaiah 62:1-5 | 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 | John 2:1-11

January 9, 2022

Burn the Chaff - January 9th, 2020

Isaiah 43:1-7 | Acts 8:14-17 | Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

December 26, 2021

Questions - December 26th

Mary pondered all this in her heart. It isn't the first time that we have heard those words. In fact, this is the third time that Luke has told us that Mary pondered something in her heart.  

We all have questions. God is big enough to handle our questions. What are you pondering in your heart? 

1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 | Colossians 3:12-17 | Luke 2:41-52

December 26, 2021

Do Not Fear - Christmas Eve 12-24

It feel as though we are being pushed and pulled by the river of time. There are times when it is calm and we like these times. Other times, it feels like a white-water river rafting experience.

Sometimes, we need to hear the angel's words to the shepherds, "Do not fear!" 

Isaiah 9:2-7 | Titus 2:11-14 | Luke 2:1-20

December 12, 2021

Unrecognizable - Dec 12

There are days that I look in the mirror and wonder who it is staring back at me. I look around and wonder what happened to this world. Some things have become unrecognizable. Good news is that God has something to help with that. 

 

Zephaniah 3:14-20 | Philippians 4:4-7 | Luke 3:7-18

November 22, 2021

Thy Kingdom Come - Nov 21

Pilate asks Jesus a question - Are you a king? But the next unasked question is - if you are a king, where is your kingdom. We look around this world and we can question the kingship of Jesus. And that is why we pray - Thy Kingdom Come. 

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 | Psalm 93 | Revelation 1:4b-8 | John 18:33-37

November 15, 2021

Falling into Grace - Nov 14

Today's Gospel lesson tells us about some terrible things that were to come. Jesus tells the disciples about wars, famines, and earthquakes to come. We can focus on those - it is easy to do that - but what if, instead of focusing in on those things, we focus on something different?

Daniel 12:1-3 | Hebrews 10:11-25 | Mark 13:1-8

November 8, 2021

Where they going…Where they been… Nov 7

We all have stories we tell ourselves about where we came from and who we are.  We have our origin stories and more importantly we need destination stories - stories about where we are going.  

Isaiah 25:6-9 | Revelation 21:1-6a | John 11:32-44

November 2, 2021

The Days Are Surely Coming - Oct 31

Reformation Sunday is a day when we can forget the role of the Holy Spirit in the Reformation. We sing songs like A Mighty Fortress is Our God and say good job Brother Martin for setting into motion the Reformation. But the prophet Jeremiah and Ezekiel also looked forward to reformation. The days are surely coming when reformation is no longer needed. 

Jeremiah 31:31-34 | Romans 3:19-28 | John 8:31-36

 

October 25, 2021

Who told you? - Oct 24

How did we come to faith? How did we hear the stories of the faith? What part did we have in ensuring that we heard about Jesus? 

Jeremiah 31:7-9 | Psalm 50 | Hebrews 7:23-28 | Mark 10:46-52