Sermons

Sermons

“Preaching is the living and contemporary voice of one who interprets in all the Scriptures the things concerning Jesus Christ.  In fidelity to the readings appointed for the day, the preacher proclaims our need of God’s grace and freely offers that grace, equipping the community for mission and service in daily life.”

-Use of the Means of Grace, Application 9a, Principles for Worship, p104.


An Unbreakable Embrace

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on October 13, 2019 •Ruth 1:1-17• It was a little over 20 years ago when I enrolled in Hebrew at Luther College to fulfill my foreign language requirement. Truth be told, I had no idea what I was getting into. The class was taught by a man named Richard Simon Hanson. He was a very wise man who as it turned out looked a lot like Yoda. I always imagine him saying: “Speak in Hebrew you will.” Professor Hanson was fluent in some seven or eight languages and said he could get himself around a dozen more. The man was brilliant, though his teaching style was a little unorthodox.

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It's not personal - it's God's work

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on October 6, 2019 •Deuteronomy 5:1-21; 6:4-9• Spend anytime around religious folk and you are bound to hear the phrase: a personal relationship with God. Some would say this phrase captures the essence of what it means to be Christian — the goal we should all seek to attain. Others however would disagree pointing out that this phrase is nowhere in the Bible. Nowhere does Jesus say the goal is to have a personal relationship with God. And they’re right. It is not there. But here’s the thing — the word “trinity — well that isn’t in the Bible either and we appear to have no issue with that concept. So maybe we ought to give this a little more thought.

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God of presence

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on September 29, 2019 •Exodus 1:8-2:10, 3:1-15• Before we jump into this week we have some ground to cover. So baton down the hatches and hang on, friends. This is a story of epic portions and you are libel to get sick from the speed we will use to cover last week to today.

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Wrestling with self

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on September 22, 2019. •Genesis 32:9–13, 22-30• I wasn’t supposed to have an opponent for my first wrestling match of high school. The school we were competing against didn’t have anyone in the 100 pound weight class. Truth be told I was thankful. I thought it was my lucky day. Instead of having to wrestle, all I had to do is walk to the middle of the mat and allow the referee to raise my hand and I could claim victory in my first match. But as it turned out — luck was not on my side.

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Throwing out the shoes

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on September 1, 2019 •Deuteronomy 15:1-2,7-11; Luke 15:11-32• This week I read about an orphan who wanted nothing more in the world than to belong to a family. Finally, his opportunity came. He was eight years old and a family wanted to adopt him. Introductions were made, papers were signed, and just 6 days after his eighth birthday he left for his new home. He took with him his hope and his possessions – the old worn and torn clothes he was wearing and a single soft toy.

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