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Ash Wednesday “God’s Name is Love”

Ash Wednesday “God’s Name is Love”

Ash Wednesday “God’s Name is Love” George Martin (3/1/2017—Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa MN) We have a curious set of readings: The Old Testament prophet Joel saw a day of darkness and gloom on the horizon. The Lord was declaring to God’s people, “Return to me.” But come with fasting, with weeping and mourning. Know, Joel said, that you return to your God who is gracious and merciful. Then we heard Matthew using the version by Eugene Peterson in…

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What the World Needs Now

What the World Needs Now

What the World Needs Now Sermon for Epiphany 6, Feb. 12, 2017 Based on Matthew 5: 21-26 The Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa MN Pastor George Martin The title of my sermon is “What the World Needs Now” — what I’m going to talk about isn’t love. If you can please turn off the song in your heads. I like to tell you that the sermon was one where all the pieces just flowed together, but that wasn’t the…

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Salty Christians

Salty Christians

Salty Christians Sermon for Feb. 5, 2017 Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa MN Matthew 5:13 Pastor George H. Martin What did Jesus mean when he said “You are the salt of the earth.” Salt as you know can be used to flavor food. Or you can salt a piece of steak before it’s grilled and it will make the texture of the steak easier to chew. Up here we salt our roads and sidewalks. For centuries people salted meat…

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What Does It Mean to Be a Disciple January 22, 2017 Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa MN Pastor George Martin Based on Matthew 4:12-23 This past Wednesday morning, at our church’s text study group, I asked “What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?” There was silence around our table. They looked to me for an answer, but I was looking to the 12 or 13 around the table. At the moment I just couldn’t think of…

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“Our Jewish Story”— Sermon for 1 Christmas

“Our Jewish Story”— Sermon for 1 Christmas

“Our Jewish Story” Sermon for January 1, 2017 —1 Christmas Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa, MN George Martin In our tradition our new year is a month old. Christians started the church year on the first Sunday of Advent. This day (January 1st) is called the first Sunday after Christmas. Even thought the commercial world doesn’t know it, Christmas continues for us. It’s almost better this way. My concession to this being a new year is that I created…

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“Out of Darkness, Into Light” —Christmas Day Sermon 2016

“Out of Darkness, Into Light” —Christmas Day Sermon 2016

“Out of Darkness, Into Light” Christmas Day 2016 Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa MN The Rev. Dr. George H. Martin So here we are on this wonderful Christmas morning—for many of us a time of joy and celebration. If we had some of the events happening in our world on our mind, however, we might say these are dark and dangerous and fearful times—if not directly for us—nonetheless for the millions of refugees, those living a day to day…

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Luke’s Story of the Nativity in a Different Light (Christmas eve 2016)

Luke’s Story of the Nativity in a Different Light (Christmas eve 2016)

Luke’s Story of the Nativity in a Different Light The Rev. Dr. George H. Martin Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa MN Dec. 24, 2016 at 6:30 pm With us this evening we have many quests. I invite you to sign our guest book as you leave letting us know where you’re from. And if leave us your email address or your mailing address we’ll send a word of thanks for being with us. But we won’t sell or give…

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“Holy Land, Holy Times, Holy People”—Sermon Advent 1 (11/27/2016)

“Holy Land, Holy Times, Holy People”—Sermon Advent 1 (11/27/2016)

Holy Land. Holy Times. Holy People George Martin A sermon for Advent 1: Nov. 27, 2016 Lutheran Church of the Cross On this first Sunday in Advent, which is a new year in the church calendar, we take our first steps toward our celebration of Christ’s birth. Our lessons though have no hints of this story. None. No visit of an Angel to either Joseph or Mary. No angels even. No little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee…

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The World Did Not End on Wednesday — Sermon for 11/13/16

The World Did Not End on Wednesday — Sermon for 11/13/16

The World Did Not End on Wednesday Sermon for November 13, 2016 Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa MN George Martin Tuesday at the staff meeting, Kari, our office manager, asked me if I had a sermon title for Sunday. I said I did. Make it “The world did not end on Wednesday.” And it didn’t. But I still want to talk about the idea that our political landscape was marked by apocalyptic thoughts coming from many different sides of…

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“That We May Be Free” (Reformation Sunday—10/31/16)

“That We May Be Free” (Reformation Sunday—10/31/16)

That We May Be free! (A Sermon for Reformation Sunday, Oct 30, 2016) Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa, MN George Martin Soon after I accepted your call in late July to be your interim senior pastor, I received something from Andy Smith about the preaching schedule. He mentioned that we be keeping our own celebration of Reformation Sunday on October 30, and even though we were supposed to join with the other churches on October 16 we couldn’t do…

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