Hope Lutheran Sunbury

Based on John 1:1 and Hebrews 1:1

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Silence and darkness in small doses are quite pleasant, but to live in total silence and darkness would be terrifying, especially if it is spiritual silence and darkness.  On Christmas, we remember that Jesus came as the Word made flesh and the light of the world so that we could hear God's voice and be led by His light. 

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God has spoken to us through His Word, but some of the things in His word are difficult for us to believe.  In this message, you can hear about a sign given by God that reminds us that we can always trust God's Word. 

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Children experience pure joy at Christmas, but what about adults?  How can we find that sheer joy at Christmas again? 

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What does Paul mean when he says that that he says that he "became all things to all people?"  How similar are people in the church today to the Israelites who wandered in the wilderness.

We consider these and much more in this study. 

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The account of John the Baptist helps us to see that God loves to work through weakness.

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What do we mean when we pray "Thy Kingdom Come?"

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The appearance of John and the place where he was baptizing helped to communicate some important things about John.  It can also be helpful in our lives to have reminders of what God has done for us and to what we have been called through faith in Christ. 

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Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.  This a main theme found in chapter 8 and 9 and is helpful for us today in deciding what to do and what not to do with our Christian liberty.  We cover that and a lot more in this study. 

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This world is broken and filled with broken people. How do we deal with that brokenness?  Will things ever get better? 

In this message we consider the prayers of "Lord, have mercy" and "Come, Lord Jesus" as cries of faith that we can be praying as we live in this broken and sinful world. 

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How can we know God's will for our lives? What does it look like to live a life for the Lord?  How can you know what it is that God is calling you to do?  Those are some of the questions we tackle in this study. 

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These are the most important questions in life; Who is Jesus? What has Jesus done.  Find out whyJesus riding into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday helps us to answer those questions. 

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In Luke's account of the crucifixion of Jesus, we find a very different kind of King.  But just who is this King Jesus?  We learn just who He is from today's reading from Colossians.

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Does it really matter how we use our bodies?  Is marriage really that big of a deal?  What about Christians who are unmarried?  We cover all of these topics in this study. 

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Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament and already, 430 years before Christ's birth, many had started living as if they didn't believe that the Messiah was coming.  Today, many Christians struggle to live as if they believe that Jesus is coming again on the last day.  Find out what this section of Scripture tells us about waiting expectantly for Christ's return. 

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On All Saints' Day we have the chance to remember dearly loved Christians who have died, are with the Lord, and are awaiting the resurrection.  We can also rejoice that we have been made saints through the blood of Jesus. 

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We are called to judge one another! That's not a message you are likely to hear from very many people these days, but it is the truth in the church. Find out what that looks like and why Scripture admonishes us to judge one another.

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As we celebrate the Lutheran Reformation, it's appropriate to consider what the Reformation was all about.  In this sermon, we answer the question "What's the Reformation all about" by examining the account of Jesus and Zacchaeus. 

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What is a congregation to do if a member is involved in persistent, willful sin?  We discuss that a lot more in this class session.  

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In this session we study chapter 4 of 1 Corinthians. 

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It can be discouraging when we pray for something, but it seems as if God isn't answering our prayer.  In these verses, Jesus encourages His people to keep on praying and not to lose heart. 

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Note that only the first half of the class is on the recording due to the battery dying in the recording device. 

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In the book of Ruth we get a glimpse of the mercy of God and how He included unexpected individuals in the earthly family tree of Jesus. 

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Unfortunately the audio didn't catch the first part of the sermon, so it is printed below.

Grace and peace be to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Today I had the pleasure of baptizing Miles into Christ Jesus and today, for the sermon, I've prepared a letter to Miles, but truly it is a letter to all who are baptized.  It is based on today's Old Testament and Gospel readings.  So, even as I read this letter to Miles, please hear in it the message for yourselves.

Dear Miles,

You have been baptized into Christ! Oh happy day, all your sins are washed away! You've received the gift of the Holy Spirit, faith in Jesus, forgiveness of sins, adoption into the family of God, and the covering of Christ's righteousness.  You have been buried with Jesus in His death and raised with him to new life!  And because of Jesus you now need not fear death, because in Him you have the victory over death! 


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We explore themes such as maturity, spirituality, and wisdom as understood by the world and as revealed by God. 

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We examine chapter 1 as Paul begins to address the problems of the church in Corinth, especially looking at the issue of divisions in the church.

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Some of the parables of Jesus are quite clear and easy to understand; this is not one of those.  What do we do with the parable of the dishonest manager?  What does it mean for us today? 

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Jesus didn't come to save the "good," but sinners. In Luke 15 Jesus tells two parables; the lost sheep and the lost coin. Through these parables He makes it clear that He has come to save sinners. 

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Onesimus was a runaway slave who came to faith in Jesus.  The freedom he came to know through the gospel then led him to willingly return to the master from whom he had run away.  Find out how the gospel sets you free for serving in your vocations. 

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At first glance, Hebrews 13 seems like a random bullet point list of laws for the Christian. But in truth, Hebrews 13 caps off this wonderful book and builds on all that has been laid out in the chapters leading up to chapter 13. When we humble ourselves and understand the greatness of Jesus, we're led to do the very things spoken of in Hebrews 13. 

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Christians will face difficult times and often find themselves asking "why?" "Why am I going through this? Why is God allowing this?"  In Hebrews 12 we are reminded why we can still live with confidence and where we can find comfort in the midst of such difficult times. 

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When God's Word says something that is difficult for us, it's tempting to find a messenger who claims to speak for God and tells us what we want to hear.  That's what was happening in Jeremiah's day.  But the saints of Hebrews 11 lived, instead, by faith and trusted God's Word even when it was difficult. 

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(Please note that unfortunately the first 30 seconds or so of the sermons is missing) Being baptized into Christ is an event and reality that shapes the life of the Christian.  In Colossians 3 we get to hear from Paul what it looks like to live from your baptism and the difference it makes when we do. 

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Baptism is far more than a symbol, it is God's work of creating a new reality by uniting us with Jesus Christ.  Find out why these three words, "I Am Baptized" can be comforting, inspiring, and energizing.

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Luke 10:1-20 (ESV)

Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two

10 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two[a] others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

Woe to Unrepentant Cities

13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.

16 “The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

The Return of the Seventy-Two

17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

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Luke 24:44-53 (ESV)

44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and[a] forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed withpower from on high.”

The Ascension

50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.

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John 10:22-30

22 Then came the Festival of Dedication[a] at Jerusalem. It was winter,23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish;no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[b]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

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"From Suffering to Love" 4/10/16

Hope Lutheran Church in Sunbury, Ohio

4/10/16 - Kevin Eichhorn, Director of Youth Ministries, is filling in during our call process.

John 21:1-14 (ESV)

Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

21 After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciplesdid not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards[a] off.

When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.


  1. John 21:8 Greek two hundred cubits; a cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters


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Luke 24:1-12 (ESV)

The Resurrection

24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold,two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they werefrightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words,and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

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"When Our Hour Comes" 3.20.16, Hope Lutheran

Hope Lutheran Church in Sunbury, Ohio

John 12:20-43 (ESV)

Some Greeks Seek Jesus

20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were someGreeks. 21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and toldAndrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up

27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me fromthis hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. 34 So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law thatthe Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”

The Unbelief of the People

When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. 37 Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, 38 so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

“Lord, who has believed what he heard from us,
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

39 Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,

40 “He has blinded their eyes
    and hardened their heart,
lest they see with their eyes,
    and understand with their heart, and turn,
    and I would heal them.”

41 Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him.42 Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not beput out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

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Hope Lutheran Church in Sunbury, Ohio

Luke 20:9-20 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10 When the time came, he sent a servant[a] to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!” 17 But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written:

“‘The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone’?[b]

18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”

Paying Taxes to Caesar

19 The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and sent spies, whopretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.

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Luke 13:31-35

Lament over Jerusalem

31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32 And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. 33 Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35 Behold,your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say,‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

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"Sticking to the Plan" 2.15.16 Sermon

Luke 4:1-13

The Temptation of Jesus

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry.The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written,

“‘You shall worship the Lord your God,
    and him only shall you serve.’”

And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written,

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    to guard you,’

11 and

“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

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Luke 9:28-36

The Transfiguration

28 Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white.30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure,[a] which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make threetents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One;[b] listen to him!” 36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.

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