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Sermon for Invocabit – 1 Samuel 17:40-51; Matthew 4:1-11

Still needs a bit of editing and condensing, but here’s the raw material for Sunday. Beloved saints in Christ: David must have looked pretty puny next to Goliath. How silly he must have looked with his five smooth stones and … Continue reading

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Reminiscere – Matthew 15:21-28

If only more people prayed like Jacob: After wrestling with God from dusk till dawn, he says: “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Jacob refuses to let go of God until he receives a blessing. He … Continue reading

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Who sinned, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

Here is a meditation I wrote for Wittenberg Academy today based on the words of St. John 9:1-23.  In the name of Jesus. Amen. “Rabbi, who sinned, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” Who sinned, this … Continue reading

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Sermon for Thanksgiving Eve Vespers

Thanksgiving 2008 Text: Deuteronomy 8:1-10 Rev. Paul L. Beisel A child who receives discipline with thanksgiving is a child who understands its value and its need. Wise is the child who sees discipline as a gift, who takes it with … Continue reading

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Homily for All Saints’

Jesus once compared the Kingdom of Heaven to a mustard seed. Though it is the smallest of seeds, when it is planted, it grows and becomes a tree large enough for birds to build their nests. To our eyes, the … Continue reading

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What Kings And Prophets Longed To See–Homily for Trinity 13

Here is an excerpt from my homily for tomorrow: Isaiah longed to see the son of the Virgin about whom he prophesied, but he did not. He longed to see the root of Jesse and the Suffering Servant, but did … Continue reading

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Sermon for Holy Trinity Sunday (June 3)

Sermon for Holy Trinity SundayText: St. John 3:1-15 Dearly beloved in Christ: Who is God? Or, perhaps a better question would be: Who is your God? In His larger catechism, Martin Luther defined “God” in the following way: A god … Continue reading

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