Sermons

Over the years I have prepared a number of sermons, often as a transcript. I don't plan to post my entire archive, but the ones that are mostly complete transcripts I may post here for your encouragement.

Freedom In My Heart

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Freedom in my Heart. What does it mean to have freedom? How often we take our freedoms for granted. What is freedom, how can we experience it, and what can we do to protect it? Let us open God’s word, and do a little study on the meaning of freedom. I call this section:

The Word of Freedom

Our only freedom is found in Christ.

An End

Here is a message I prepared almost a year ago, and preached at the Stearns church on April 2, 2016. I found it in my files this week, and it has brought back a flood of memories. In January, I had conducted the funeral service for David Hickman, and not even a month later, another friend of our church had also passed away. At the time, my father, who had been battling prostate cancer, had taken a turn for the worse, and though he was optimistic, we knew he didn't have long to live. (My father passed away 6 months later, on October 29)

What If?

The following is a sermon written for the new year. I preached this message in Stearns and Monticello on January 14, 2017. You can hear an audio recording of the message here.

A well-known story circulated the Internet a few years ago. It went something like this:

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The Story of the Word, Part I

This past week, we spent some time canoeing and camping at laurel lake. As we laid in our hammock stretched out between the trees, and listened to the endless calls of the birds and the forest, I was amazed by the number of different calls made by one humble bird: the crow. I never realized how many different calls that one bird could make. Some are low, soft notes, as though they are casually talking to one another. Others are loud, raucous warning calls. When an osprey disturbed their nesting site, you should have heard the cacophony of noise coming from the flock of angry crows!

An End

In Genesis 5, we read the following:

This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.  And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight hundred years; and he had sons and daughters. So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.

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