Weekly sermons from Grace Lutheran Church, 195 Alvarado Avenue, Pittsburg, California, 94565
"I Want to know what love is" - Matthew 22:34-39 - (October 25 2020, 21st Sunday in Pentecost)
Love your neighbor as yourself. Nothing could be simpler. Easy-peasy, right? Maybe the Ten Commandments really were better than this simple, shortened summary. What was Jesus thinking? Until we even consider this command, we have to consider what love is. A funny question perhaps. Do our emotions define love, or does God define love?
"A TAXING SITUATION" - Matthew 22:15-22 - (October 18 2020, 20th Sunday in Pentecost)
Few opportunities in Scripture lend themselves to talk about politics and religion. But, it is an election year so I think our gospel for today is particularly apropos. According to our constitution, we are instructed not to mix politics and religion. In Jesus’ day, however, this question of separation was particularly difficult
"Rejoice…..always?" - Philippians 4:4-13 - (October 11, 2020, 19th Sunday in Pentecost)
Philippians 4:4-13 - REJOICE IN THE LORD, ALWAYS!!!!!
What? How is rejoicing even possible today. From COVID-19 to unreliable political leaders, violence, insecurity, lack of authority, personal depression, etc. ALWAYS? Seriously? What is St. Paul getting at? How is this even possible? Join in.....
"Preparing for the NEXT" - Jeremiah 52:31-34 - (October 04, 2020, 18th Sunday in Pentecost)
Rev. Michael Lange, president of the California, Nevada & Hawai'i District of the LCMS, is our guest preacher. His message focused on Jeremiah 52:31-34. A promise of hope. There is always a NEXT step and NEW DAY with God.
"Living in the larger plan of God" - Romans 16:1-27 - (September 27, 2020 - 17th Sunday in Pentecost)
We conclude our study of Romans with the final chapter. To the naked eye it's merely a list of catch-all greetings from Paul to certain individuals in the congregations of Rome. Are they important? Is there any historical significance to these otherwise unknown people of the first century church? These unsung heroes of the faith are the reason the Christian Church is here today. We are indebted to their witness of Christ even as they were lead to martyrdom. Find out more about these fascinating individuals as we dig into their lives.....and ours.
"Living in light of Christ’s eternal rule" - Romans 14:1-12 - (September 20, 2020 - 16th Sunday in Pentecost)
This morning, Paul’s words to us are strange. Strange, in that he joins two very different things together. In just a few short verses, Paul moves from talking about food to talking about the return of Christ.
Paul begins by talking about eating. Not eating as in partaking of the Lord’s Supper but eating as in consuming daily food. Some Christians in Rome are eating only vegetables and others are eating all things, without any discrimination. This matter is so small and so specific that scholars today have trouble understanding it. It seems there was an argument about whether or not Roman Christians should keep Jewish food laws. Could they eat meat that was not kosher? If in doubt, should they abstain from meat all together? So, on the one hand, Paul is writing about something small and temporal. He is delving into the details of our daily dishes.