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Sermon by Rev. Christopher Hall – 3/29/2013

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Sermon by Rev. Christian Tiews – 06/10/2012

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Sermon by Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 04/08/2012

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Bible Study – Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 11/06/2011

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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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Homily by Rev. Mason T. Beecroft, 09/19/2010

In the summer of 1990, I interned with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. Clackamas County is large, stretching from east Portland to Mt. Hood. The first part of my internship involved riding on patrol with a deputy named Bill. He worked swing shifts from four in the afternoon until two in the morning. I spent two months with him. When you sit in a car with someone for that long and at those hours, you to get to know a person well. We quickly became friends and enjoyed our time, sharing a good number of laughs. Now Bill worked quite a bit of traffic, and took more DUI’s than any other deputy in the county. In his time there, he had also seen some remarkably horrific accidents. From time to time, as he patrolled, he would mention to me a wreck that had taken place at this place or another. At the time, I had never seen a dead person other than at a funeral. Once he learned that fact, he made it his personal mission to get me to a fatal accident. He thought it was important. And, of course, I was curious. One night a call came over the radio at the end of the shift. There was a fatal accident on 224 on a stretch of highway called the Carver Curves. We responded. Bill wanted me to see a fatality. As we pulled up to the scene, we noticed the car had taken on an electrical pole head-on. The pole and wires were down. The car was totaled and there was a dead man in the driver’s seat. I must admit it was a bit surreal. I sat there looking at this man, who only minutes before was driving home, and now was without life. There was no breath, no heart beat, no nothing. He just sat there, a corpse, slumped in a wrecked car, with sheriff deputies, paramedics, firemen, and a college junior shaking their heads in pity. Drunk, he had collided with an electrical pole, and now was dead, with no apparent hope. And his family was left to mourn this sudden, tragic loss.

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Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 05/09/2010

“God our Savior…desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all.” (1 Tim 2:3-6)

For centuries, people have been looking for solutions to minimize the effects of Father Time on their bodies.

How have some tried to get rid of facial lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet?

They have been using milk, lotions, cucumbers slices, astringents, moisturizers, creams, sheep fat, or bees’ wax.

Some have even injected a chemical called Botox under their skin, which numbs their nerves and prevents them from moving their facial muscles.

In a nutshell, you could say that we humans have always been looking for the Fountain of Youth and Eternal Life.

Needless to say, these potions and lotions have been nothing but a mirage on the Yellow Brick Road to the Land of Ahs.

Recently, however, scientists have discovered the supposedly most effective method yet of reducing and banishing the lines and wrinkles caused by a lifetime of facial muscle contraction.

Tropidolaemus wagleri—more commonly known as the Temple Viper—is a species of snake found in Malaysia.

The venom of the Temple Viper is incredibly potent because it blocks the neurotransmitters in the victim’s nervous system.

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