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Sermon by Vicar Chris Tiews, 07/26/2009

“And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. And there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away.” Mk 8:8-9

He was charismatic. He had a way with people. He was fascinated by religion.

But, as his childhood acquaintances later recalled, he was also obsessed with death.

A voracious reader—even as a child—he had studied Joseph Stalin, Karl Marx, Mahatma Gandhi, and Adolf Hitler, noting carefully their various strengths and weaknesses.

In order to create his own Utopian society, he would blend all of these philosophies into a deadly brew and establish a society in which all races would be united—in which everyone would be equal.

A fine goal indeed.

But there was a tiny catch ….
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The Great Shepherd

Sermon by Vicar Chris Tiews preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Owasso on 07/19/2009

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Pastor M. Beecroft, 07/05/2009

It does not take much to be liable to the hell of fire. Sweet, gentle Jesus says anger, insults and name-calling are sufficient to condemn one to hell. He says such behavior constitutes a violation of His commandment, “You shall not murder.” Here Jesus stands the Pharisees on their heads. They thought they had kept the commandment simply because they had not murdered another person. They would go to great lengths to make sure they were compliant with this commandment. If there was an opponent to eliminate, they had others do their dirty work so they remained clean. They used the Romans to carry out Jesus’ death sentence, preserving themselves for the high holy Sabbath of Passover. As such, they did not personally murder and so considered themselves innocent by the letter of the Law. At least this is what they supposed. Their righteousness, however, was only imagined. Jesus makes this quite clear in our Holy Gospel. …
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Sermon by Vicar Chris Tiews, 07/12/2009

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved—it is the power of God” (1 Cor 1:18).

Elijah–one of the greatest Old Testament prophets.

Yet after experiencing one of the most amazing miracles the Lord had ever worked, Elijah had his back to a wall.

He was running for his life.

Just a few days earlier, the Lord had demonstrated who was really boss in the huge showdown between Elijah and the four hundred and fifty prophets of the idol Baal at Mount Carmel.

The false prophets had foolishly danced around the altar for hours, hoping that non-existent Baal would acknowledge their offering. Needless to say, nothing happened.

But when it was Elijah’s turn to present an offering to YHWH at the altar, fire came hurtling down from the sky.

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