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Sermon by Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 02/20/2011

Do you come from a large family?

Perhaps you have a large number of children, grand-children or even great-grandchildren?

If so, how do you choose birthday gifts for your family?

Do you say, “Susy was really nice to me this past year”?

She is good in school, too. So I’m going to get her the most extravagant present I can afford…”

And then do you say,

“But I have a real problem with Little Jimmy. He messes up constantly and anyway, what’s with that spiked blue hair and those weird clothes?

All he’s getting from me for his birthday is a handshake and best wishes…”

That is probably not the way you chose birthday gifts for your family.

You probably prefer to do something like this:

You give every family member a gift of approximately the same value.
That might be a certain dollar amount, or maybe you make or cook something for them.

In this way, your family receives birthday gifts of the same value.

This is based on your generosity, not on their relative worthiness or unworthiness.

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Discussion of the Pericope for Septuagesima Sunday by Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 02/20/2011

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Sermon by Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 02/13/2011

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Discussion of the Pericope for the Transfiguration by Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 02/13/2011

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Sermon by Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 02/06/2011

“At harvest time I will tell the reapers, ‘Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn’” (Mt 13:30).

Many, many years ago I served in the German Navy and was stationed on a destroyer.

When you are at sea, sometimes for weeks or months on end, probably the number one thought on any sailor’s mind is, “How many more days till we get to port and I can get off this tub?”

Can you imagine the frustration if something or someone messes up your next shore leave plans?

What if some of your fellow crew members ignore midnight curfew while you’re in port?

These guys return to the ship some three and a half hours late, swaying and wobbling as they stagger on board…

And because of the infraction of this group, the captain declares that the next shore leave is canceled for the entire crew.

Everyone suffers because of this small group of perpetrators.

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