My Father’s House.

The year 2016 is behind us, and the year 2017 is before us here at St. Paul’s. What great things are in store for us. For 125 years we have always preached God’s Word. Think of the line of faithful that have been brought into Christian faith at the Baptismal font. Think of the lives…

Be at Peace

During the week, as I was writing this piece for the newsletter, it seems as if Jesus’ Church was under attack. Most notably there was a decision from the Supreme Court that made protection of life much harder. During times of stress we often ask ourselves why is the world so hostile to Jesus’ Church?…

Following Jesus

Jesus was never one to shy away from the truth. At one point He was approached by three men who thought that they wanted to follow Him. The first man wanted to follow Jesus so that he was in an important position and could work against people he didn’t like. Jesus told him, “Foxes have…

Forgiveness and Its Fruit

Jesus was at the house of a prominent member of the community. As He rested at the table a woman, known by the whole community as a sinner, came to Him in tears. Those around Jesus thought that Jesus should have sent her away because she wasn’t fit to be among proper society. It by…

Does God Care About Me?

You can see them walking toward each other on the road. There is a crowd of disciples and curious onlookers following a teacher. This group would probably be loud with answers and laughter. Going the other way there is a funeral procession. A widow who has already buried her husband is now burying her son….

Hosanna in the Highest!

“Hosanna, Hosanna!  Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna in the highest!” “Hosanna” is a Hebrew word of praise meaning, “save us now.” With this in mind, consider again those first hosannas on that first Palm Sunday.  I have no doubt that the people wanted saving, but saving from…

The Vineyard

As Jesus taught the parable of the vineyard found in Luke 20, several facets are very familiar. The idea of a field rented out for a share of the crop is one that is still used by many a landowner today. The idea of sending an agent to collect your rent isn’t an unusual one…

The Prodigal Father

One of those Bible stories that everyone knows is the Parable of the Prodigal Son. We all know the story. Ungrateful son demands his inheritance from his dad. He takes the money and blows it in a foreign land. Then when he has run out of everything He goes home expecting to be a servant…

The Battle

What comes to your mind when you think of a battle? The Gospel of Luke records a great battle. This is a battle between God and the Devil.  What kind of cosmic spiritual powers do the Lord of Life and the lord of death use against each other?  The weapons used in this great battle…

Do Whatever He Says.

Jesus first miracle was changing water into wine at a wedding in Galilee. Jesus was obviously in attendance at the wedding with His mother, who was somehow in charge of the wine. When they were running out she was worried about embarrassing the newly married couple so she found someone familiar to lean on and…