In 2003, a hiker performed "self surgery." He cut off his arm to save his life. Seemingly, in this Gospel reading, Jesus calls us to do "self surgery" as well. What REALLY does He mean when He calls us to "cut off" a hand or foot, or to "tear out" an eye if one of these causes us to sin? We consider these questions in this service. Sermon title is "Surgery on One's Self" based on Mark 9:38-50.
What is THE "greatest sin" that we who are created of God might embrace & engage in? Is it "having children?" (Yes, one person suggested THAT!) Might it be "pride" or "theft" or "sins of the flesh" or something else? We'll consider the answer to this question in today's devotion.
In this sermon based on Mk 7:31-37, we discuss how the disciples are much like the so-called "woke" college faculties & students who seek to disenfranchise some groups from their rights on campus. We'll also see who ELSE gets in on that self-centered "action." The sermon title is: The Greatest IS the Least!
"No Place for Politics" was the quote of Pope Francis in a news story in the Chicago Tribune yesterday. Where or When does the Church have not only the right, but even the obligation to speak up and get involved in an issue that is prominent in the contemporary world? We'll discuss that question in this week's midweek devotion.
In today's devotion, we'll consider what - EXACTLY - this thing of "repentance" is. There are 3 parts to our definition. We explore each part together, and... we'll see the wonderful ending for the repentant Christian!
Zion's school students, faculty, & staff come together to hear God's Word of grace during their midweek chapel service. Pr. Craig Meissner of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Steger, is our guest pastor today.
In this service we observe Holy Cross Day. Within that, we also consider the "cost" along with the "gain" that Christians of all eras realize. The sermon title is The Foolishness of the Cross based on 1 Cor. 1 & John 12.
We once again worship the Lord who has released the prisoners "with anxious hearts." Listen to hear how an owl with its incessant hooting on my boyhood farm ties in with our sermon based on Isaiah 35:4-7.