"fear" Tagged Sermons

The Kingdom Belongs to the Children

The Kingdom Belongs to the Children Today, we are talking about Jesus and the Storm. Usually, when we think of Gods and thunderstorms, we associate a God who uses God’s power for destruction. Just think of Zeus, who is usually depicted with a lightning bolt in his hand, because Zeus might at any moment decide to lash out against humanity and punish us earthlings with a strike of lightning and thunder. All the more notable is it that Jesus uses…

Pentecost – and what it does to the guys with the big sticks.

Pentecost – and what it does to the guys with the big sticks. Jesus is dead and the apostles are in panic mode. They have barricaded the door because they are afraid that talking about God’s love and grace would anger the neighbours. Many neighbours, way back then as well as today like God to be as angry as they are. And because most neighbours don’t like to be told that they’re wrong, and because God will send you to hell…

Christian Love, – what does that even mean?

Christian Love, – what does that even mean? Jesus gave us a new commandment. To love each other. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it. We know what love is, don’t we? The funny thing is that in general evil deeds are never done, because the perps consider themselves to be evil. NO, they think they are usually convinced they are acting out of love. Even Private Schicklgruber, – you might want to google that name, did what he did out of…

Doubt is the eternal twin of faith.

Doubt is the eternal twin of faith. Many People want to have prove for the existence of God, like in a science lab where peer reviewed numbers can quantify what we know about the physical universe. This is not gonna happen. Every theologian and philosopher who set out to prove the existence of God, proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the exercise is futile. Faith cannot be proven, faith can only be experienced. Faith is about living it,…

Passion Sunday; Christ’s Death is an Act of Love

Passion Sunday; Christ’s Death is an Act of Love The Palm Sunday sermon is about the passion of Christ, his suffering and his dying, which resulted in his resurrection of Easter. As everything that God does, Jesus death is an act of love. Jesus descends to the dead as the Apostle’s Creed says, not to have a well-deserved day off until the resurrection, but to throw open the Gates of the underworld and to free all people from their graves…

Angry Old Man in the Sky

Angry Old Man in the Sky, – presumably with a white beard. Gone are the good old days when I could scare you with God’s wrath into doing what I say. (big pastor sigh) These were the good old days when God used to get really grumpy when you didn’t give him the right amount of attention, but instead danced around a golden calf. Today it’s all about Grace, which is a free gift; and God’s Love for you, which…

Do not be afraid!!!

Do not be afraid!!! The church year comes to a close this Sunday as we celebrate Christ the King Sunday. Again we have completed another cycle in the life of the church. And my message for this day is simple. No matter what life throws at you, sickness, loss, catastrophes, IRS agents, or Zombie apocalypse, – Do Not Be Afraid! True peace and happiness is found in your relationship with God in Christ.   That is why Christ is King.…

The US Military and the 10 Bridesmaids (5 bright & 5 foolish)

The US Military and the 10 Bridesmaids (5 bright & 5 foolish) It is Veterans day Sunday and we think about our military. We do that by reflecting on a story that seems to have very little to do with the military. 5 foolish bridesmaids don’t have their lamp oil ready when they are called to light the way of the bridegroom to the house of the bride. We have to be ready to take care of our soldiers like…

Taxes!!!

Taxes!!! Nothing gets Americans more worked up than the topic of taxes. Who can impose what taxes on whom and what happens with the money? This topics has always been the bone of contention since the Pharisees asked Jesus whether one should pay taxes to the emperor or not. Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA. Please check out our video ministry 1517 Grace Guerrilla https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv2aB-i9zHPqgh3NjUJ5-lg

Working Together

Working Together All to often do we hear stories of economic life which are based on unlimited greed and hostile take-overs and laissez-faire capitalism and wars of competition and powerful monopolies, limiting your and my ability to make a living, and concentrating all economic power in the hands of very few. – But this is not how God intends people to live and work together. The word economy comes from ‘oikonomia’, Greek for management of the household. A well managed…
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