The Scripture lessons for January 29 were Micah 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 and Matthew 5:1-12. Pastor Roskowic focused on the Epistle lesson and began by telling us an old Chinese parable. The moral, or point, of the parable was good can come out of bad and that we find or experience in life what we look for.
As Pastor Roskowic shared the parable, several thoughts and old sayings ran through my head: Continue reading “Sermon Reflection – January 29, 2017”
The Scripture lessons for January 22were Psalm 27:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 and Matthew 4:12-25. Pastor Krause focused on the Old Testament lesson asking the question: “Whom shall I fear?” (Ps 27:1)
In order to help us identify fears we might experience, Pastor Krause told a fictitious story of a little boy he named Billy and a big bully of whom Billy was afraid. Pastor then finished Psalm 27:1 with King David’s response to the above question. David writes: “The LORD is the stronghold of my life.” Continue reading “Sermon Reflection – January 22, 2017”
The Scripture lessons for January 8 were Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12 and Matthew 2:1-12. Pastor Krause began his message having us imagine a terrible storm and then imagine a new day, a new dawn after the storm. Pastor Krause likened what he had had us imagine to what the Israelites were experiencing in our Old Testament lesson. Our Old Testament lesson paints a picture of a new day, a new dawn for the Israelites.
Isaiah 60:1-2 Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
Israel had come through the storms and was now to experience a new day. The light of God’s favor had come and God’s glory was to be seen and known.
Continue reading “Sermon Reflection – January 8, 2017”
The Scripture lessons for January 15 were Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 and John 1:29-42. Pastor Roskowic focused his message on the Gospel lesson for the day, particularly upon verses 29, 36 and 42:
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
42 And he brought him to Jesus.
Pastor Roskowic made much of the fact that John the Baptist through God’s revelation recognized and proclaimed Jesus to be “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!” Continue reading “Sermon Reflection – January 15, 2017”
The Scripture lessons for January 1 were Numbers 6:22-27; Galatians 3:23-29 and Luke 2:21. Pastor Roskowic focused his message around the theme of “What’s In a Name?” both Jesus’ name and subsequently our family name – the name Christian. He also focused his message around the theme of “amazement.”
Pastor Roskowic began by expressing just how “amazing” it is that almighty God would choose to come to us by being born as a baby. As I reflected upon this amazing fact my mind turned to three passage of Scripture: Continue reading “Sermon Reflection – January 1, 2017”