Sermons

I Have Risen from the Dead!

Speaker: Pastor David P. Kolander
Text: Colossians 3:1-4
Service: Easter Sunday

 

  

Because of the One I died with
Because of the One I will live with

Obviously we are here today at this beautiful worship service on this wonderful day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but who does the opening verse of our lesson tell us also has been raised from the dead? St. Paul says, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ…” This may sound strange to us when we first hear it, but this worship service is also an Easter celebration of your and my resurrection from the dead. On this great festival of the resurrection of our Lord, let’s see what it means that each and everyone of us is able to say just as much as Jesus Christ our Lord – and why it is so important that each and everyone of us is be able to say just as much as Jesus Christ our Lord – “I have risen from the dead!”



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One Stricken by God

Speaker: Pastor Philip Casmer
Text: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Service: Good Friday (Tenebrae)

 

  

Nathaniel sat in the pool of shade under the fig tree and stared up at his friend. Philip stood panting, hands on knees, dusty, and stared back expectantly. Nathaniel squinted out into the sun, breathed in the pregnant silence and tossed back, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” He meant that it was a backwater probably (like one of those little 300 person towns you pass in middle-of-nowhere Wisconsin), but maybe his voice carried a hint of Jewish resignation - memories and stories in a long history of messiah-posers who had been unfulfilling and messiah-promises still unfulfilled. Philip was excited about the Messiah, this Jesus, but something would really have to attract a Jew like Nathaniel - and Nazareth wasn’t it.



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We Have A Great High Priest

Speaker: Pastor Jason Free
Text: Hebrews 4:14-16
Service: Good Friday (Afternoon)

 

  

Once a year it would happen. Once a year he would bathe himself, put on special clean linen garments, and prepare himself for a day of blood. He would take one young bull for himself and his family, slaughter it, and offer it to God as a sin offering. He would then take a goat – one of two picked for this special day – and slaughter it. This goat would serve as a sin offering for the people. It was bloody work – much of which happened behind a curtain where only he could go and only on this special day.



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This Lamb Is Not Too Big!

Speaker: Pastor David P. Kolander
Text: Exodus 12:1-14
Service: Maundy Thursday

 

  

I need a Lamb to pass over me.
I need a Lamb to have a meal with me

When hosting a meal for a large group of people there are many things to be concerned about, but what is almost always one of the biggest concerns – and maybe even the biggest concern -- that a host or hostess may have? Will I have enough food? I imagine that you yourself may have had the experience of having leftovers left over for days and days on end rather than risk having people left out at the serving table.



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Something To Hold On To

Speaker: Pastor Philip Casmer
Text: Philippians 2:5-11
Service: Palm Sunday

 

  

A psychologist tells the story of a patient who one day brought to a session an envelope marked “Do Not Discard”. She brought it because she needed direction - what to do with it. The envelope contained a promotional offer which she was not interested in, but the envelope dictated TO HER "Do Not Discard." Most people would ignore that demand, but she was confused. The instruction "Do Not Discard" meant do not discard, period. The psychologist went on to tell a number of other stories of how people just couldn’t let things go - couldn’t purge their homes or their garages, they hoarded items - held on to everything.



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This Is Jesus, The Prophet

Speaker: Pastor Philip Casmer
Text: Matthew 21:1-11
Service: Lent 5 (Midweek)

 

  

As you stood at the foot of Jesus’ cross again tonight, did it cross your mind again? Who is this man, this Jesus? Likely not in the way the Pharisees asked it, with their mocking or their selfish demands that Pilate remove the sign that proclaimed what they didn’t want to acknowledge. Likely not as those passing by horrified. Likely, you and I asked as those who respect God’s Word, who wonder at the complexity of this Savior (God and Man together), who know the depths of personal sin and see its judgment - don’t we ask what this means? So that we know it better ourselves? Who this Jesus is - and what exactly God is saying to us through him?



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Things Have Changed

Speaker: Pastor Jason Free
Text: Romans 8:11-19
Service: Lent 5 (Sunday)

 

  

Things have changed. Have you noticed? Do you notice the changes that are constantly happening around you and to you? I'm one example of change that has happened to you. I doubt many of you, 8 months ago, were expecting a new pastor at Christ the Lord. What else has changed for you in the last couple of years, months, weeks or even days? Have you moved? Do you have grandchildren, children? Are you in high school instead of grade school, or graduate school instead of college? A job change? A career change? Retirement? Maybe your life has changed because someone has left it? Things change and will continue to change. There is no stopping it. Good or bad things do not, and will not, remain the same.



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And Also With You...

Speaker: Pastor Philip Casmer
Text: Romans 8:1-10
Service: Lent 4 (Sunday)

 

  

This morning, we did again that thing we’ve done thousands of times. It goes like this: I say, “The Lord be with you.” And you say back…[Congregation] “And also with you.” When was the last time you actually thought through your “and also with you”? It’s on p.6 this morning in the bulletin, a part of the service called the “salutation”. And from of old, the intent of that salutation was that God’s people greet one another with more than just “good morning”. God’s people greet each other with an astounding truth. As we move into anticipation of receiving God’s Word, I get to remind you that “The Lord [is] with you” - right here, right now. And then, as people, you speak that same reminder to me that “Also with [me]” is the Lord present - right here, right now. What a way to greet one another! What a profound thing to be able to say! The Lord himself is with us in this worship service - for our comfort and encouragement.



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Not So With You

Speaker: Pastor Jason Free
Text: Matthew 20:17-28
Service: Lent 3 (Midweek)

 

  

“Not so with you.” You will think different. You will act different. You will be different. “Not so with you.” What do you think the disciples thought when Jesus said this to them? Here they were all twelve of them bickering, fighting, and acting like a bunch of children over who gets the front seat on the eternal van ride with Jesus in heaven. “Not so with you.” Four words. Jesus spoke four words to remind these twelve men, his disciples, his chosen, that they were just that, chosen by him to be his followers; to be different. But what led up to this moment? First, a request.



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It's Always Daylight Saving Time...

Speaker: Pastor David P. Kolander
Text: Ephesians 5:8-14
Service: Lent 3 (Sunday)

 

  

Does last Sunday’s beginning of Daylight Saving Time already seem like a distant memory to you, or does it bring back all kinds of frustrating reminders of how tired you were and how unwilling you were when the alarm clock said, “Wake up!”   I myself had a bit more frustrating experience than normal last Sunday morning, because while I was still fast asleep there was this blare of a beeping sound I had never heard before, which for a minute or two I thought would just fade away and could be ignored, until I wondered if it might be a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector, so I stumbled out of bed only to find that the alarm clock on the bathroom counter, which  I did not even know until that moment was an alarm clock, for some reason was beeping for all the world to hear – and telling me that it was 2:32 in the morning.   I still haven’t come to a conclusion as to why that alarm was ringing at 2:32 in the morning, but what I do know is that that alarm clock was basically saying, “No matter what time it is, it’s time to wake up.”   And so I was pretty much awake – and I would have been awake under those circumstances, daylight saving time or not.



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