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Sermon by Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 11/23/2010

And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land he has given you” (Deu 8:1)

The day after tomorrow we will once again give thanks to our Lord for the Mayflower, for the pilgrims, and for Squanto who helped the pilgrims survive that first winter on the coast of Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts.

We will thank our Triune God for a time of family reunions, for the hours many of us will be able to spend with our loved ones.

And we will thank Him for tables that—even in times of economic uncertainty—for many of us will be bending under the weight of roast turkey and pumpkin pie.

But as we move beyond eating and drinking with friends and family, there are some in our congregation for whom this particular harvest is probably one of the most difficult seasons in their lives.

In fact, if you are struggling with major turmoil in your life—relational struggles, maybe uncertainty or termination of your job, serious health issues, addictions—you might even look at those around you and feel a certain disconnect.

How can I be thankful when all I see around my life is chaos?

Why in the world is God humbling and testing me this way?

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Sermon by Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 11/21/2010

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God.

And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

As you know, today marks the last Sunday of the Church Year.

And as this Church Year draws to a close, in our lectionary readings the history of the world draws to a close as well.

According to Scripture, how will the world end?

Will global warming melt the polar ice caps and cause us all to drown?

Will we perish in a nuclear Armageddon or will the earth be hit by a giant asteroid?

Or will everything go to heck in a hand basket on December 21, 2012, with all kinds of natural disasters, as prophesied by the Mayan Longcount Calendar and the History Channel?

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Discussion of the Trinity 25 Pericope by Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 11/21/2010

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Sermon by Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 11/14/2010

I, I am he who comforts you. Who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass, 13 and have forgotten the LORD, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth?” (Isa 51:12-13)

As the sanctuary was slowly filling, there was a there was tension in the air.

Even though many of the people had been in this room hundreds of times, today there was something uncomfortably and noticeably different.

Even as they were still taking their seats, the congregation could not keep their eyes off that long object covered by the white funeral pall.

Just a few days earlier that loved one—now lying so still and so cold—was living, and loving, and laughing.

And now?

The men from the funeral home no longer referred to that person by name.

Now it was simply a body in a casket.

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With All Saints Day still fresh on our minds, we contemplate this morning, are death and tragedy—natural?

Are they normal? Are they even permanent?

This morning’s Gospel lesson reports on two events—the young girl who dies before Jesus can reach her, yet who is miraculously raised from the dead, and the woman with the discharge of blood whom our Lord heals.

But as we reflect on today’s entire pericope—the message jumping out at us is not one of grief…

It is not one of doom and gloom.

Rather, it is one of encouragement.

I, I am he who comforts you.

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Bursting into the Lord’s inner circle is a man who has just experienced possibly the greatest tragedy that could afflict anyone:

His own flesh and blood—his own child—has just died.

Any other father would be crushed by hopelessness.

But not this father…

Look at his posture: he is kneeling!

Have you ever knelt before anyone…before a doctor, before a judge?

A person only kneels and begs for mercy if they still have a glimmer of hope that their horrible situation might yet be turned around.

That person would not kneel if everything were hopeless.

As such, the ruler is flinging himself at the mercy of our Lord, in hopes that Jesus will turn this situation around and work a miracle.

Why would he have such hope?

That child is dead! So just deal with it!

Death is natural, normal, and permanent!

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Discussion of the Trinity 24 Pericope by Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 11/14/2010

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Depression

Information about depression by Co-Founder and Executive Director of Abba’s Family Robert Althoff

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Sermon by Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 11/07/2010

“Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away” (Mt 22:19-22)

As we approach the end of the church year, the themes in our Gospel lessons focus on “big picture” topics.

As such, the core message this morning is not one of the many miracles of Christ.

Rather, today we will discuss a key teaching of Christ, namely that there are two completely different realms on this earth and that you and I are citizens of both.

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