"love" Tagged Sermons

God’s Love – Agape! – Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Agape is God’s never-ending love for all humans. Go out and share this love with your neighbors! God’s love is a love that is so deep and so freely given that it defies human understanding. There is no human equivalent to agape, divine love. Divine love is such a challenging concept that it even requires its own word; Agape. A love that is not human, not transactional, not marred by contradictions. But it is that love that helps us through…

Love changes the World – Mark 5:21-43

Love changes the World – Mark 5:21-43 Love makes alive. Love turns zombies into humans. Fear has never changed anything for the better. Fear turns humans into zombies. The Christian life is about love and grace. It is about inspiring people to follow the example of Jesus, whose love was so great that he changed the world. Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA. Check out our video ministry 1517 Grace Guerrilla https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv2aB-i9zHPqgh3NjUJ5-lg

Strong as a Lamb

Strong as a Lamb – Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 The readings chosen for today are just a small excerpt of the vast body of Scripture which tells us that God’s power is not the power of war and domination, but of peace and universal well-being. The Hebrew Bible, in Christian tradition called Old Testament, as well as the New Testament, is full of the gospel truth of God’s love, grace and peace! When Jesus trains his disciples and sends them out…

The Language of Love

The Language of Love – Genesis 11:1-9, Acts 2:1-21 My dog Shadow and I are very much tuned in to each other. We know how the other is doing most of the time. There are many ways to communicate with people and animals, and words is just one of them. Words can be very useful, insightful, and beautiful, don’t get me wrong! I love reading books, I love writing sermons. Nothing is better for intellectual engagement than words. But with…

Jesus guides us to a life of love and compassion.

Jesus guides us to a life of love and compassion. Today, we will look into the third and last part of the sermon on the plain in the Gospel of Luke. Here, Jesus teaches us some of the most important values and attitudes which define Christian life. As followers of Jesus, we build a deep foundation of love and compassion within ourselves, so that these values become strong enough to guide our everyday actions. Rev. Kristin Luana Baumann, sermon, Holy…

Love your Enemy – an Old, New Way of Life

Love your Enemy – an Old, New Way of Life America has an anger problem. – The tone of our political discourse; the disproportional amount of gun violence in this country, and the surge in reports of sexual violence witness to that. We, as disciples of Jesus, need to make sure, that we do not fall into the anger trap as well. Instead, we shall work on following Jesus, when he says: Love your enemy, become merciful, even as your…

God’s Disconcerting Love for All – John 11:32-44

God’s Disconcerting Love for All – John 11:32-44 The concept of a loving God gives rise to more questions than answers. Even the strongest faith is accompanied by doubt, because bad stuff happens to good people. Nevertheless, since 2000 years Christians do their best to trust God’s love. We embrace our finitude and the pitfalls of life in the hope of resurrection and new life. Where Jesus went, we will follow. We will end our journey on this planet and…

What should I do to inherit eternal life?

What should I do to inherit eternal life? What should I do to inherit eternal life? This question has been in the hearts and minds of many people of faith over the centuries. No wonder, that when we hear it, we immediately start pondering: Yes, what should I do? In this sermon, I will examine this question from the perspective of Lutheran theology. We will look into the concept of sin as a condition of life, and of grace as…

The Power of Prayer?

The Power of Prayer? Sermon series on the Letter of James. 4 of 4. In prayer, we strengthen our relationship with God and also with each other. While understandable, especially with little children, that we ask God for things we want to have, wish fulfillment is not at the core of prayer. We are not trying to persuade God to act according to our will, we are trying to open ourselves up to God, so that God may transform us…

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…

Easter: My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout!

Easter: My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout! Yes, the Romans were able to kill Jesus. But they could not stop him. Jesus resurrected. Jesus came back to life. Hatred and cruelty and violence can destroy many people. But they cannot destroy the principles of hope, faith, love and justice for which Jesus stands. These principles reside in every single one of us, as we are made in the image of God. God has planted these seeds in us,…

Where is your North?

Where is your North? Every Sunday, we examine Scripture through the lens of Jesus Christ, who is the true North for us. In listening to and discerning scripture, we recharge our moral compass, so that we can always find North among all the competing voices which try to distract us from our true purpose and our true calling. Many voices vie for our attention: “Success!” “Security!” “Money!” “Fun!” “Power!” All of them claim: “I am North. Follow me!” But no, your…