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March 2016

INRI: PROPHESIED| ORDINARY| UNFATHOMABLE| UNIVERSAL

As a kid, I remember staring at a placard crookedly placed on a makeshift Lenten cross in the front of my home church. I wondered, ‘What does INRI mean?’ INRI are the initials of what was written above Jesus’ head as he hung on the cross. It was customary to place the criminal charges above the crucified as a way to warn the people, “This is what happens to you if you do ______________.” It was written in three languages so that every passerby got the message:...

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See the Big Picture Through the Eyes of Moses

Sermon on Maundy Thursday, March 24, 2016 by Pastor John Qualmann based on Exodus 12:21-30; You have to love listening to someone who is old enough to have seen it all but young enough to tell a great story. That was Moses. He grew up in a palace with a life of privilege; at some point he realized that his birth family was a part of a whole nation enslaved. Identifying with his people and not the Egyptians, he tries to single-handedly right the wrongs of 400 years.  At age...

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Enjoy Your Palm Sunday Peace

Sermon based on Luke 19:37-40 by Pastor Joel Heckendorf at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI.             “Glory to God in the highest and peace to all people on earth!”  Oops, I guess that’s Christmas.  Today’s Palm Sunday.  I should be saying, “Hosanna!  Hosanna in the highest!”  Yes, “Hosanna,” i.e., “Lord save us” is the most common Palm Sunday lyric.  Any...

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Contrast: True and False

Midweek Lenten sermon by Pastor John Qualmann, based on Luke 22:66-71.     So have you watched it yet? The whole nation is talking about it. It’s a real-life murder mystery, filled with courtroom drama with a touch of conspiracy theory thrown in.  It’s all from our backyard, just an hour away. I’m referring, of course, to the Netflix show “Making a Murderer.” In just two and half months it has grabbed the nation’s attention. In...

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We Preach Christ Crucified

Sermon by Pastor Michael Otterstatter, guest preacher from Martin Luther College, MN; based upon 1 Corinthians 1:22-25.   “Upon the Cross Extended” (CW 113)”  “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (CW 125)  “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” (CW 345)  Drawn to the Cross” (CW 387)  We now find ourselves in that season of the Christian Church Year in which the cross of Christ is brought into special focus.  Hymns like the...

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