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 By Joe Greiner    Religion    April 12, 2021 

Sermonette: Blindness

I was watching a movie the other day based around World War I. In it, the main character was blinded for a few weeks after a passing exposure to mustard gas. This explained why, in the apex moment of the movie, the character had to be guided by his...

 
 By Joe Greiner    Religion    April 5, 2021

Sermonette: Joe's Kidney and Paul's Body

As of April, I am 15 months, and 26 months, removed from surgery on my right kidney. Long story short, the plumbing out of my kidney was kinked, and my right kidney was filling, but not draining. To have the issue resolved, I needed specialized...

 

Sermonette: Jesus as the Compassionate Creator

Think for a minute about your answer to this question – What is the most shameful thing you’ve done? This week I want to revisit a passage I recently studied in my time with the Lord. After spending some significant time in the Old Testament, I...

 

Sermonette: Contentment in Christ

How many times in the last week would you say you were completely content? I know my answer isn’t what I’d like it to be. These past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind for me. Having graduated in December, I recently accepted a job out of...

 

Sermonette: An Honest Chat

The spiritual difficulties I’ve gone through have usually come in waves of struggle. Something like this: getting better—same struggle—getting better, etc. I usually don’t talk about it until I have it all sorted out, and feel like I...

 

Sermonette: Yielding My Perceived Rights

Kids these days, they’re so entitled. What a classic line from parents. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’ve even said this, which is funny—because recently I’ve been hit with the conviction that I’m entitled. I live like I have the right to ce...

 

First Lutheran Lenten series explores "Boundless" theme

First Lutheran Church kicked off the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday service on February 19 at 6 p.m. This year Ash Wednesday was approached much differently than in years past to assure the safety...

 

Sermonette: I Deserve God's Wrath. You Do Too.

If I were to ask you, “how would you explain the central message of Christianity?” how would you respond? The gospel, put simply – Jesus living the perfect life and dying for our sins, so that we can have eternal life with God – isn’t...

 

Sermonette: February 22, 2021

Without even saying, “be not afraid,” the familiar and beloved Ecclesiastes 3 addresses fear head on.  I think this is the reason Ecclesiastes is so beloved. Because it’s true. It’s true that half of life is suffering, and half is joy. It...

 

Sermonette: February 15, 2021

Fear can be a positive protective measure, and fear can morph into something destructive. When fear overwhelms us (2020 anyone?), we often tend to isolate ourselves, curving more and more inward. Scripture tells us the last thing we should do is to...

 

Sermonette: February 8, 2021

How have you experienced fear? What paralyzes you? What keeps you up at night? Psychology would tell us that fear is a natural defense mechanism, and can keep us from danger. We all have experiences where our fear kept us safe, avoided a dangerous...

 

Sermonette: February 1, 2021

There are 365 times in scripture that we read the words, “Be not afraid.” I’ve never gone through and counted them, so don’t quote me on it, but a simple concordance search confirms: there’s about that many. The remarkable part is to whom...

 

Sermonette: January 25, 2021

Quite a few years ago, about 20-25 years ago when living in Colorado, the lottery jackpot there reached an unheard of level. I don't recall the exact amount but I think it was getting close to $10 million dollars. A huge amount for a lottery back in...

 

Sermonette: January 18, 2021

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving might not be a good sport for you. If at first you don't succeed, you are probably headed toward a career as a cable TV news reporter. Silly jokes to be sure, but they do bring up an important point. A new beg...

 

Sermonette: January 11, 2021

A Happy and Blessed New Year to you. I've got a question for you. How many of you made a new year resolution this year? I have another question. How many of those resolutions are still being kept? My guess is not very many but hopefully I'm wrong....

 

Sermonette: January 4, 2021

Greetings dear friends in Christ. Here we are, another year has come and gone. I truly hope the year 2020 was a good one for you and your families. No, I'm not joking about that. Yes, I know what this past year was like for many of you, but I still...

 

Living on Purpose: Embracing hope

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday, but I must admit that it did not seem like a normal Christmas. Yes, we sent out cards and decorated the tree, but there was something strange about the atmosphere. The signs of the virus are everywhere,...

 

Sermonette: Dec. 28, 2020

Then Job answered the LORD and said: I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be hindered. I have dealt with great things that I do not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know. I had heard of you by...

 

Sermonette: Dec. 21, 2020

When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and...

 

Sermonette: Dec. 14, 2020

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace...

 

Sermonette: Dec. 7, 2020

"But when you have eaten and are satisfied, you must bless the LORD, your God, for the good land he has given you. Be careful not to forget the LORD, your God, by failing to keep his commandments and ordinances and statutes which I enjoin on you...

 

Sermonette: Nov. 30, 2020

My recent days have been filled with planning for Advent, the church season that begins on November 29 and continues for four Sundays. Advent is a time of preparation and waiting for the Christ child to be born at Christmas. Our Advent theme this yea...

 

Sermonette: Nov. 23, 2020

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 118:1 I have been sitting here in front of my computer for over an hour, and the only thing I have typed is the...

 

Sermonette: Questions vs. Answers

“I don’t have any.” “None.” “I think I understand, so no questions.” These were some of the answers I got on “Sermon Note Forms” recently turned in by our 7-8 grade Confirmation students. The prompt was as follows: One question I...

 

Sermonette: November 9, 2020

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? John 3:16 is always a top pick, as is Psalm 23. Other top picks include Micah 6:8, Isaiah 41:10, Hebrews 11:1 and Philippians 4:7. Each verse, in fact all of Scripture, is chock full of promise and grace. I...

 

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