Hope Lutheran Sunbury

We all have our different stories, but on Christmas we're reminded that our stories find their fullness in His story. 

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We finish with our look at the letter to the church in Laodicea. 

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In this sermon we recall how the season of Advent began, with a prayer from Isaiah and in this sermon we close out the season by remembering that Jesus is and was the answer to that prayer. 

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The story of Ruth reminds us that Jesus came to be the Savior for outsiders and the Redeemer of all. 

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The letter to the church of Laodicea. 

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Are you troubled by a sinful past?  Rahab's story reminds us that God's grace is far greater than any sinful past or present sins with which you struggle. 

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We tend to get bogged down in the daily grind, but the season of Advent reminds us that we are called to live with eternity in mind. 

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The church in Philadelphia wasn't large or powerful, but it was faithful. 

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Tamar's story isn't a pretty one, but it is true and from her story we can learn about the Savior who came from her line. 

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From Isaiah's prayer in Isaiah 64, we can learn to pray boldly, expectantly, and to wait patiently for the Lord to act. 

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The letter to the church in Sardis. 

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In Matthew 25 Jesus speaks of the final judgement, with the sheep being received into the eternal kingdom, but the goats cast into hell.  So, what's the difference between sheep and goats? 

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The letter to the church in Thyatira. 

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Why in the world would the God of the universe entrust His things to people like us?  What are we to do with these "talents?" 

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What is Jesus' message to the church in Pergamum? What does that message mean for us today? 

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In this world of danger and hardship, Christ invites you to come into His church and there find your home. 

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500 years ago the world was changed forever when the 95 Theses were published.  But with all of the changes, the message of the Reformation, the message of the Bible, and the message that the world needs to hear today hasn't changed...and it's still all about Jesus. 

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When Jesus' enemies tried to trap Him with a questions, he turned the tables on them and forced them to consider what they owed to God.

What do we owe the government?  What do we owe to God? 

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In Philippians 4, Paul reveals "the secret" to a life of joy and peace.  What is it? 

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The letter to the church of Smyrna. 

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So often in this life, we're judged based on our performance. However, the Christian life is not a performance driven life in which we must live up to God's standards in order to be valued by Him, but rather a gospel given life. 

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Sometimes people say "God's not fair!" Is that true?  If it is true, is that a bad thing? 

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Forgiving someone who has really hurt you can be difficult, yet we're called to do just that.  How can we forgive someone when it is hard to do?  Why would we want to? 

In this sermon we consider Jesus' teaching in Matthew 18:21-35 and the account of Joseph as he forgives his brothers. 

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In Matthew 18, the disciples wanted to know "who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"  However, Jesus taught them far more, especially about what the life of a disciple of Jesus should look like. 

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We begin our study of the book of Revelation by introducing the book, giving some historical background, and sharing some tools to help better understand this challenging book. 

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What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word "worship?" Is it singing? Does it involve things that happen on Sunday mornings?  Those are both ways in which worship happens, but in Romans 12 we learn that worship happens far more throughout the rest of the week than on Sunday morning. 

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The recent solar eclipse reminded people just how amazing the sun and moon really and got people looking up into the heavens for the first time in a long time.  Similarly, we often take God for granted and forget just how amazing He truly is.  But in the last verses of Romans 11, we're reminded just how amazing the Triune God truly is and that he is worthy of our awe and worship. 

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The interaction between Jesus and the Canaanite woman is a challenging text, but one from which there is a lot to learn. 

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The account of Jesus (and later Peter) walking on water is often misunderstood and misused, but it's also an important and powerful account when rightly understood. 

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With five loaves and two fish, Jesus fed about 5000 men, plus women and children, and caused there to be enough left over for each disciple to have a basket full of food.  What can we learn from this event?  What does it mean for us today? 

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In the midst of suffering it can be difficult to trust that God can work all things for good, yet that's exactly what the Bible promises for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. 

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When we Christians are worn out by the battles and struggles of this life, God has good news for us the sustain us. 

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People today seem  more confused than ever about who they are and what they are supposed to do, but knowing God as our Father gives us an identity and helps us understand what we are to do with our lives. 

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If you have ever really tried your best to live for the Lord, but found yourself still falling into sin, or if you've ever really tried to live without sinning, but still failed, then St. Paul's message in Romans 7 is exactly what you need to hear.  

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It's easy to believe the Bible or celebrate the words of Jesus when they agree with what you already think or what you want to believe.  But what about the times when it is hard?  What about the times when God's Word contradicts what you believe or think? 

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Every Reformation event in the history of God's people has involved a return to the Word of God and in the New Testament era, a right understanding of who Jesus is and what He has done.  That's still the case today. 

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No matter what kind of a relationship you have or had with your earthly father, knowing God the Father is a true blessing. 

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We don't tend to talk nearly as much about the Holy Spirit as we do about God the Father or God the Son.  Why is that?  Who is the Holy Spirit?  What is it that He does? 

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Feeling empty?  Jesus offers living water to fill you up and when He does, that living water will make a difference for you and those around you. 

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Being on Noah's ark wasn't necessarily always pleasant, even if it was God's means of salvation.  What can we learn from God's saving of Noah through the flood? What does it have to do with baptism and the Church? 

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Stephen was a fantastic man whose life was cut short when a crowd reacted in a violent way to Word of God.  It was a tragic event, yet through Christ Stephen came out with the victory. 

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Why was Peter able to preach God's law in such a way that those listening were "cut to the heart?"  And then, what healing did Peter have to offer them?  

Peter's message was the same message we need to hear today and the same message others need to hear as well. 

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How did Peter and the other Apostles go from men who ran away or denied Jesus to men who boldly confessed faith in Jesus as the only way of salvation, even in the face of the same council who had see to it that Jesus was crucified?  How can we be bold like the Apostles? 

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Jesus rose from the dead!  Fantastic! 

But why is this good news for you?  What does it mean in your life? 

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In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul writes about a mystery revealed and tells us about the comfort we can find in the resurrection of Jesus. 

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Just what is Good Friday all about?  It's about Christ our substitute acting in love so that we can be reconciled with God. 

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There are many reasons Jesus gave the Lord's Supper to His church and on this Maundy Thursday we focus on just one of those; the Lord's Supper as it relates to the New Covenant. 

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The events of Palm Sunday are amazing, but they are even more amazing when we see them from God's big picture perspective. 

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Shortly before being betrayed, arrested, tortured, and crucified, Jesus spends time praying for His people...including you. 

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Most of this sermon is structured like a story...a parable. It's the story of a stone, which represents a single Christian, and the stone's place in Christ's Church and as His Holy Temple. 

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"Prophesy to the bones" God told Ezekiel.  But what good could it do?  They were long since dead? Yet, he did proclaim God's message and amazing things happened. 


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How often to we look at people, but we don't actually see them? 

In this gospel reading, many people looked at the man born blind, but only one actually saw Him. 

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In John 4, we see Jesus break through social boundaries and reach out to a very unlikely person; a Samaritan woman.  As we find out more about the situation, there are even more surprises.  

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What does it mean that God's Word speaks of the Church as "The Household of God?" 

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In John 3, Jesus has a conversation with Nicodemus about how to enter the kingdom of God.  In that chapter we get that well-known verse of John 3:16, which is known as the gospel in a nutshell.  However, there's a lot more gospel in this chapter than just that one verse. 

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What does it mean that the Church is called "The Bride of Christ?"

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Why did God give Spiritual gifts?  What was their purpose in the early church?  Do such gifts continue to exist today?  What role does love play in using the gits God has given us?

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Jesus was tempted by Satan after 40 days and 40 nights of fasting.  What is this event all about?  What does it mean for us today? 

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Psalm 51 is a great Psalm of repentance and the background leading to the writing of the Psalm shows just how merciful God truly is. 

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Peter thought he understood who Jesus was, but it was soon clear that he had a lot yet to learn.  In the transfiguration of Jesus we too are reminded that before we speak about Jesus we need to listen to Him. 

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What does God's Word say about "Spiritual Gifts?"  Why did God give these gifts?  How do they relate to the church? 

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In the second part of the sermon on the mount Jesus used the law of God to show us just how sinful we truly are. Why does Jesus do that?  

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In this culture of death we need to be reminded of how much God loves human life so that we can love and value the lives of others as God does. 

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Jesus said, "You are the salt of the earth" and "You are the light of the word."  About whom was He speaking and what did He mean?  Could it really be true that YOU are the light of the world and the salt of the earth? 

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We examine the various teachings on the Lord's Supper that are commonly found in churches today as well as what God's Word actually tells us about the Lord's Supper. 

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In Matthew 5:1-12 you can find the beatitudes, but many have misused this section of the Bible and turned it into the "Be-Attitudes."  Find out how much better it is when we rightly understand this section of the Bible and what it means for us. 

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In this world of darkness, we need the light of Christ to shine. 

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What is the Lord's Supper? Why is it such a big deal? What is given in the Lord's Supper?  We answer these questions and a whole lot more in this study. 

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What does it mean that Jesus is called "The Lamb of God?"  What does it tell us about Jesus and why is it good news for us? 

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Men and women are different and God has given different roles to husbands and wives.  In this section, we are reminded again by St. Paul that selfish sin is at the root of the issues between husbands and wives and how much better things are when we live according to God's good order. 

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The visit of the Wise Men (or Magi) reveals something very important about Jesus. 

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What does the Bible mean when it talks about "fellowship?" What is the importance of true fellowship when receiving the Lord's Supper?  Are there times when we should not have fellowship with others? 
We cover those questions and more in this study. 

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The start of a new year often brings optimism, yet we know that there will still be the same kinds of problems in 2017 as occurred in 2016.  But in Luke 2 we find a man named Simeon who shows us where to find true hope that will not disappoint. 

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