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Weekly sermons from Grace Lutheran Church, 195 Alvarado Avenue, Pittsburg, California, 94565


“Keep Your Eye on the Ball” 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 - (October 20, 2019 - 19th in Pentecost)
Oct 20 • 27 min
We continue our sermon series discovering our purpose in the overall mission of the church. Today, as we gather, our focus is on how the Church developed from the time it became legal (325AD) until the time of the Reformation. What became the focus of the…
“The First church Crisis” Acts 14:21-15:41 & 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 - (October 13, 2019 - 18 Sunday in Pentecost)
Oct 13 • 28 min
Continuing our series on Re-Discovering God’s Mission, we meet the first challenge that the Apostle’s encountered. A challenge between tradition (or personal preference as it is today) and Biblical Truth (God’s Word and command). When Jesus told the…
“God’s Mission : Our Mission” Acts 14:21-28 - (October 06, 2019 - 17th Sunday in Pentecost)
Oct 6 • 29 min
Re-disovering god’s mission is to rediscover your place, and your congregation’s place, in that mission. While churches are thriving, growing, have large numbers, many times, the impetus of size is what drives a congregation into ministry. Many people +…
“Go and Make Disciples?” Matthew 28:16-20 - (September 29, 2019 - 16 Sunday in Pentecost)
Sep 29 • 19 min
Last week we heard where the 12 Apostles journeyed to throughout the world. From Spain to India. From Ethiopia to Armenia. Today, we look at what is commonly known among Christians as the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:16-20 where Jesus tells the…
“Where Have All The Apostles Gone” Matthew 10:1-20 - (September 22, 2019 - 15th Sunday in Pentecost)
Sep 25 • 29 min
Rediscovering God’s Mission for our congregation - week 2: We look at the Apostles. As Jesus sent them out with “power and authority” even Judas was included. Matthew names the 12 apostles. Where did they go after Pentecost? We mostly hear about Peter,…
“Howling like a Beagle” Luke 15:1-10 - (September 15, 2019 - 14th Sunday in Pentecost)
Sep 15 • 21 min
Today’s Gospel talks about wayward, lost sheep. I don’t know about sheep, but we had a beagle once. Perhaps beagle is much more relatable to an urban society than a sheep. Beagles act like sheep, which makes the point as Isaiah prophecies about the coming…
“Eat Your Peas!!!” Luke 14:15-32 - (September 8, 2019 - 13th Sunday in Pentecost)
Sep 8 • 56 min
In this weeks episode, enjoy the whole service. The sermon, however, begins at minute 25:15 for those interested only in the message. EAT YOUR PEAS is something probably most of us heard from our parents. When commanded we begin to whine and negotiate…
“This Resurrection Life” Luke 14:1-14 - (September 1, 2019 - 12th Sunday in Pentecost)
Sep 4 • 20 min
When you think about the resurrection, do you always think in the future? Most people think of the resurrection as something that occurs on the Last Day, when our Lord returns to create a new heavens and earth for his redeemed. Why is it that we don’t…
“Not Peace, but a Sword” Matthew 10:34-42 - (August 18, 2019 - 10th Sunday in Pentecost)
Aug 18 • 21 min
What? Last week, we talked about peace, and Jesus said, “Do not be anxious; do not let your heart be troubled.” Today, Jesus tells us I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. Make up your mind. What can we make of this apparent turn about. Does Jesus…
“Don’t Worry; Be Happy” Luke 12:22-34 - (August 11, 2019 - 9th Sunday in Pentecost!!)
Aug 11 • 21 min
In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Fear not, little flock…” How easy it is to say these words, but how difficult it is to “feel” at peace. Jesus words seem unrealistic, fantastical, un-real. What with the mass shootings in Gilory, California; Dayton, Ohio;…
“You’re All Wet” Romans 6:1-14 - (August 04, 2019 - 8th Sunday in Pentecost - A Baptism Today!!
Aug 5 • 19 min
Today we are celebrating the baptism of Ryan Alan Weaver. He wants to be sealed with the Holy Spirit and receive the blessed assurance that God the Father is his true Father, and that God the Son, Jesus Christ, is indeed the brother that has redeemed him…
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” - Luke 10:25-37 - (July 14, 2019 - 5th Sunday in Pentecost)
Jul 15 • 21 min
“Won’t you be my neighbor?” Was a question (and song) made famous by Mr. Rogers at the beginning of his children’s program, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. This phrase has become popular in parodies, mocking, and making fun of its childlike innocence. In the…
“Free For All” - Galatians 5:1, 13-25 - (July 07, 2019 - 4th Sunday in Pentecost)
Jul 7 • 21 min
In his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul talks about freedom. Being free, living free is what happens in freedom. You don’t HAVE freedom; you live in freedom, just like one lives in a king-dom, or feels like a star in star-dom. Freedom means that you have…
“Nowhere to run … Nowhere to Hide” - 1 Kings 19:9-21 (June 30, 2019 - 3rd Sunday in Pentecost)
Jun 30 • 27 min
the great prophet Elijah is hiding in a cave. He is hiding from King Ahab who wants to cut off his head for defeating his 450 prophets of Baal and then killing them. King Ahab and Queen Jezebel want Elijah’s head and all the prophets of the true God.…
“I Love Jesus. Yes, I Do! I Love Jesus. How ‘Bout You!” - John 8:12-59 (June 16, 2019 - Trinity Sunday)
Jun 18 • 25 min
Jesus is revealing who He is, who sent Him, what His mission is, that He must die and rise from the dead. The Pharisees challenge Him and cry blasphemy. But, there were some Judean (Jews) who believed in Him. Jesus addresses them, and as He continues…
“Earth, Water, Wind, Fire” - Acts 2:1-21 (June 9, 2019 - Pentecost Sunday)
Jun 9 • 18 min
We celebrate the gift and work of the Holy Spirit. After Jesus’ ascension into heaven, the promised Holy Spirit was gifted to the disciples. It is through God’s Holy Spirit is twofold; (1) we recognize that we are broken and in need of a savior for we are…
“Jesus Prays for You and Me” John 17:20-26 - (June 2, 2019 - 7th SUNDAY After Easter)
Jun 2 • 19 min
Before Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus prayed for his disciples. As a part of that prayer, Jesus prays for us as well. He prays for all those who will come to believe in Him as their Lord and Savior through the witness of the Apostles. He prays…
“Come In And Know Me Better, Man” Ephesians 1:15-23 (May 26, 2019 - 6th SUNDAY After Easter: ASCENSION)
May 26 • 16 min
“Come in and know me better, man” is a line taken from A Christmas Carol. It is the invitation of the Spirit of Christmas to Scrooge on his journey through the night examining the past, the present and his inevitable future. While Charles Dickens…
“Now You Don’t See Me; Now You Do” - John 16:12-22 (May 19, 2019 - 5th SUNDAY After Easter)
May 19 • 20 min
We know that a magician is someone who entertains people through deception; presenting to them something that defies logic or the natural. A card that floats from one hand to the other or a person sawn in half and then comes out of the box whole. He might…
“Walking on the Road to Emmaus” Luke 24 - (May 12, 2019 - 4th SUNDAY After Easter)
May 17 • 17 min
The Road to Emmaus is a familiar story where Jesus encounters Cleopas and another disciple walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. The resurrection had happened that morning and they were walking - perhaps back home. for them, everything was over. Comparing the…
“The Prodigal Son” Luke 15 - (April 28, 2019 - 2nd SUNDAY After Easter)
Apr 28 • 20 min
I believe that for everyone, there are times in which we wish that someone would come and search for us; that someone would seek us out where we are at. Perhaps our pain and suffering, conscience, loneliness, depression has become such a torment that we…
“LIFE” - John 20:1-18 (April 21, 2019 - Easter Sunday)
Apr 23 • 22 min
Christ is Risen! He is risen, indeed! This is the appropriate response form the congregation on Easter Sunday morning. Christ’s resurrection is the only reason Christianity is what it is. Christians are all those who confess Christ as their Savior. those…
“SUFFERING” - John 19:12-19 (April 14, 2019 - PALM SUNDAY)
Apr 14 • 19 min
Palm Sunday marks the end of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. It begins with the ride of Jesus on a donkey, from the Mount of Olives into Jerusalem. There were other revolutionary leaders who were hailed as Messiahs, who also rode from the Mount into…
“OBEDIENCE” Matthew 26:36-46 (April 7, 2019 - Fifth Sunday in Lent)
Apr 7 • 16 min
Today we reach the las Sunday in Lent by interviewing John, the beloved disciple of Jesus. HE was in the Garden of Gethsemane the night Jesus was betrayed. He and Peter and James fell asleep while Jesus was praying. He encourages us to meet crossroads in…
“DECLARATION” - Luke 22:54-62 (March 31, 2019 - Fourth Sunday in Lent)
Apr 4 • 21 min
Peter, a disciple of Jesus, denied knowing Jesus three times during the night before Jesus’ crucifixion. Although a leader among the disciples, and a person who confessed Jesus as the Messiah, he is remembered by most for this denial. We interview him…
“COMPASSION” - Luke 22:47-51 (March 24, 2019 - Third Sunday in LenT)
Mar 24 • 21 min
This morning we interview Malchus, the high priest’s guard whose ear Peter cut off in the garden of Gethsemane. the interesting thing about this story, is that Jesus is in the middle between two powers in this world. The first, his own disciple Peter, a…
“JUDGMENT” - Matthew 27:11-26 (March 17, 2019 - Second Sunday in Lent)
Mar 17 • 11 min
The person we attribute as most responsible for Jesus’ sentencing during His passion is Pontius Pilate. A Roman governor of Judea, Pilate was disdained by the Jews who were a constant problem for him, he was place on report to Caesar because of them. He…
“BETRAYAL” - John 13:21-30 - (March 10, 2019 - 1st Sunday in Lent)
Mar 11 • 17 min
Judas is known for his betrayal of Jesus. Accepting 30 pieces of silver to turn over Christ to the Jewish authorities for crucifixion betrayed the trust that he was given as treasurer of the disciples. At times, the tendency is to turn Judas into the…
“KING DAVID: AN INTERVIEW” - Psalm 51 (March 6, 2019 - ASH WEDNESDAY)
Mar 7 • 14 min
Tonight is Ash Wednesday. This period of 40 days is called LENT; a time in which we focus on our need for salvation. It is a time of repentance and preparation before God to reflect on our mortality and to remind us of our waywardness. We follow Jesus and…
“Outgrow Your Faith!?” - Philippians 4:12-13 - (March 3, 2019 - Transfiguration/Confirmation Sunday
Mar 3 • 14 min
We all grow up from childhood. We grow emotionally, physically, mentally and socially without trying and without thinking about it. Nothing can stop this from happening. It is a natural process that happens in all creatures. it is a part of our…
“Remember Whose You Are” - Luke 6:27-38 (February 24, 2019 - Epiphany 7)
Feb 24 • 17 min
Throughout Epiphany Jesus has been revealing who He is to those around Him. Through power and authority, He has been healing, casting out demons, and forgiving sins … miraculously. Not that the miracles are his point, nor are they proof of his…
“My Faith is Running on Empty” - 1 Corinthians 15:1-20 (February 17, 2019 - Epiphany 6)
Feb 17 • 20 min
My faith is running empty. So should yours! in his letter to the Corinthians, Paul takes issue with a problem Christians were having about the tension between what was preached and the proof of that word. this tension exists for us too. For example, to…
“Fishers of People” - Isaiah 6:1-8; Luke 5:1-11 (February 10, 2019 - Epiphany 5)
Feb 10 • 26 min
Luke’s story of a miraculous catch that Jesus did brought a new calling to Peter and the disciples. But the question is…what exactly was the miracle? If not the two boatloads of fish, then what? Listen to why Jesus did this and why Luke includes it in his…
“Faith, Hope and Love” 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13; Luke 4:31-44 (February 3, 2019 - Epiphany 4)
Feb 4 • 19 min
Paul says that these three remain “faith, hope and love” but that the greatest of these is “love.” Why is that, do faith and hope fail at times? Is he referring to God’s love, or to human love? This 1 Corinthians passages is a well known passage to…
“The Elephant In The Room” - Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-65, 8-10; Luke 4:16-30 (January 27, 2019 - Epiphany 3
Jan 27 • 24 min
In Luke’s Gospel, there is an elephant in the room. You know, when everybody in a room knows there is an issue but nobody wants to talk about it? Our two texts (Nehemiah and Luke) help to understand what is going on in this synagogue where Jesus was…
“Pretty, Pretty, Princess” - Isaiah 62:1-5 (January 20, 2019, Epiphany 2)
Jan 20 • 19 min
Sometimes, fairy-tales help us understand imagery that is brought out in the Bible. One theory is that Biblical stories were so powerful in the history of storytelling, that they also influenced cultural fairy-tales. “Mirror, mirror on the wall…” shows us…
“Buried in Baptism” - Isaiah 43:1-7; Luke 315-22; Romans 6:1-11 - January 13, 2019 - Baptism of Jesu
Jan 13 • 22 min
the church calendar of readings marks today as the Baptism of Jesus Sunday. In the season of Epiphany, Jesus’ Baptism marks the beginning of His ministry which ultimately takes Him to the cross. But, His Baptism was not just a “showpiece” for everyone to…
“Star Light; Star Bright” - Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12 (January 6, 2019 - Epiphany Sunday)
Jan 7 • 24 min
Today is Epiphany Sunday. Epiphany means “light.” We celebrate the arrival of the Magi to the manger of Christ who is the light of the world. Stars have always been a part of magic, ancient mythology, worshiped millennia ago, and worshiped by some today.…
“Christ Our Guide” - John 14:1-6 (December 23, 2018 - Advent 4)
Dec 24, 2018 • 22 min
In total darkness it is difficult to see where you are going. Darkness usually frightens people. they can’t see where they are going; they might not know what lurks in the shadows. There is also spiritual darkness: doubt, losing joy or the experience of…
“Our Living Branch” - Isaiah 11:1-10; Col. 2:6-10, John 15:1-5 (December 16, 2018 - Advent 3)
Dec 18, 2018 • 19 min
“From the stump of Jesse” Isaiah prophecies. King David, descendant of Jesse, was given the promise by God, that the Messiah would be born in the lineage of David. But, David, and his ancestors committed all sorts of grave sins…. Yet, God was faithful to…
“Our Shepherd” - John 10:11-18 (December 9, 2018 - Advent 2)
Dec 9, 2018 • 19 min
In this second Sunday of Advent we celebrate another name of Jesus: The Shepherd. Shepherds were common int he Middle East as sheep were very important to commerce and life itself. Jesus calls himself the Shepherd which makes us…the sheep. discover some…
“The Potter” - 2 Corinthians 4:7 (Advent 1 - December 2, 2018)
Dec 3, 2018 • 16 min
Advent is the beginning of the Church years. It is a time when we focus on the historical coming of Christ as a child, but also a time of repentance and preparation for His return at the end of all time to establish His kingdom with a new earth and new…
“The Real Heaven, It’s Not What You Think” - (November 25, 2018)
Nov 25, 2018 • 24 min
What Scripture says about the end of the time, and the heaven that is waiting for those who believe shows that the idea of heaven by the general public is way off base. We explore just how Scripture teaches us the beauty of a new world and a new heaven so…
“Thanks for Nothing” - Luke 17:11-9 (Thanksgiving Eve)
Nov 22, 2018 • 17 min
In our society today, we glory on having an abundance of “things.” Many times, people believe that the amount of what they have is the blessing, instead of simply having what they do have. People today easily say, “I am so thankful for…” but they leave…
“What Happens When You Die…” - 1 Thessalonians 4 (November 18, 2018)
Nov 18, 2018 • 29 min
This is a hot topic in today’s society. Amazon and You Tube have tons of videos and books written on “experiences” of near death, or coming back from death. How should we interpret these? While you can’t deny a personal experience, you can call into…
“”Something for Nothing” - Mark 12:38-44; Hebrews 9:24-28; 1 Kings 17:8-16 (November 11, 2018)
Nov 11, 2018 • 19 min
Most people know that they there is no truth to the statement, “something for nothing” even though we wish that is how it were. In reality, we get what we pay for; we get what we deserve for the effort made. But, when we pray, do we expect our investment…
“Free Willy…” - Romans 3:19-28 (October 28, 2018)
Oct 28, 2018 • 19 min
Today is Reformation Sunday. On this day, in 1517, Martin Luther challenged the Roman Catholic Pope to a debate on the abuse by the Roman church on the forgiveness of sins. Our text in Romans talks about being free through Christ; something which is…
“You’re Young & You’re Restless” - Hebrews 4:1-16 (October 21, 2018)
Oct 21, 2018 • 15 min
In the world of digital and social media is a new type of restlessness and anxiety that occurs in young people. But it does not only affect young people. The restlessness is caused by boredom and the drive to be on social media is because of boredom. But…
“It’s Never Enough…” - Mark 10:17-22, Hebrews 3:12-19 (October 14, 2018)
Oct 14, 2018 • 15 min
The Rich Young Ruler who came to ask Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life was dumb-founded by Jesus’ answer. In fact, he sadly walked away form Jesus. He had kept the commandments that Jesus listed off, but failed to realize he was his own…
“Pay Close Attention!” - Hebrews 2:1-10 (October 7, 2018)
Oct 10, 2018 • 20 min
“Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it” (Hebrews 2:1). These words from today’s Epistle are spot-on. In a culture that is quickly drifting away from the values we once held sacred, it’s imperative…
“An ‘Ordinary’ Christian” - Mark 9:38-50 (September 30, 2018)
Oct 2, 2018 • 19 min
A description guide for themes on the Gospel given by our church organization makes the distinction between preachers and parishioners by calling parishioners ‘ordinary’ Christians. I take issue with that because Jesus does not make that distinction…
“Bringing Darkness to Light” - 1 John 1:5-10 (September 23, 2018)
Sep 24, 2018 • 18 min
the Apostle John uses imagery such as DARK and LIGHT to talk about identifying who is the true Christian and who teaches the truth about God. But rather than remain vague with these terms, he goes deeper into a confession of faith that is based solely on…
“Confess, Old Man…” (confession and absolution) (September 16, 2018)
Sep 16, 2018 • 24 min
Monty Python had a skit called the Spanish Inquisition in which people were forced to “confess…” and then subsequently tortured with comfy cushions and feathers. The word “confess” and “confession” have make us feel uneasy and is misunderstood. But…
Baptism - “Signed, Sealed, Delivered. I’m Yours!” (September 9, 2018)
Sep 9, 2018 • 17 min
Jesus commands, “Go make disciples baptizing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and teaching to obey all I have commanded you.” Carrying out the commissioning, the Apostles did exactly that. Paul teaches that Baptism is a washing through…
The Lord’s Supper (September 02, 2018)
Sep 2, 2018 • 23 min
The Lord’s Supper, also known as the Sacrament of the Altar, or Communion, is where our Lord meets us one on one in his outpost int he Kingdom. Everything that goes on inside a Christian congregation is where his power and glory and promises are made.…
For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory…. (August 19, 2018)
Aug 19, 2018 • 24 min
This closing to the Lord’s Prayer blesses and glorifies God. It shows who is in control in this world, and who leads the Christian in spiritual warfare. In the prayer we ask for all we need to live our lives in the world, and reminds us in this closing…
But Deliver Us From The Evil One - John 8:31-44 (August 12, 2018)
Aug 12, 2018 • 20 min
The true mark of Christians is their confession of faith. We confess that there is only one God, who has created us, who has redeemed us from our failure to live as he created us, who sanctifies us in the true faith. This confession is our mark that gives…
Lead Us Not Into Temptation - Romans 7 (August 5, 2018)
Aug 6, 2018 • 24 min
Temptation is a daily struggle for all human beings. Christians, however, are more aware of struggling between what it is to live as God’s children, and to be tempted to follow something else. In this sermon, we look at why the petition is so necessary…
Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive… - (July 29, 2018)
Aug 6, 2018 • 29 min
“And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” This is a difficult petition to pry. We err when we think that God only forgives us when we forgive others. to do so, would mean that we control God’s free forgiveness for those…
The Law and the Gospel - Amos 7 (July 15, 2018)
Aug 6, 2018 • 23 min
A special detour from the Lord’s Prayer sermon series because SOYL (School Of Young Leadership) students were with us at Grace studying Law and Gospel. Scripture can be divided into Law and Gospel. Understanding how the law and the Gospel function in the…
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
Aug 6, 2018 • 22 min
“On your marks, get set, go…” The second sermon in the series on the Lord’s Prayer. Being on our marks, means that our firm foundation is the true God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our Savior, who forgives and grants eternal life. As in a race, we…
Thy Will Be Done - John 15 (July 1, 2018)
Aug 6, 2018 • 25 min
This petition in the Lord’s Prayer is typically misunderstood by Christians and non-Christians alike. what is the Will of God? How can we know it? The prayer, however, asks us to “live” it - not just know it. How do we confuse God’s will thinking it is…
The Mark of the Christian - 1 John 2:20-27 (June 24, 2018)
Aug 6, 2018 • 20 min
In his letter to Christians, St. John writes that the only true Christian is the one who confesses Jesus Christ come in the flesh, to suffer, to die and to rise from the dead for the salvation of mankind. Confessing Christ is the confession of the only…
You Shall Not Take God’s Name in Vain - Exodus 19 (June 17, 2018)
Aug 6, 2018 • 23 min
This sermon focuses on three things given in the second commandment: 1. what was God’s intention in the creation of the world 2. why was the commandment necessary and what does it say about us. 3. what are God’s promises to all mankind in this commandment…
Jesus, Our Good Shpeherd (April 22, 2018)
Aug 6, 2018 • 23 min
Jesus is our Good Shepherd. He knows us and He cares for us. No wolf will steal us from Him and no other shpherd can take us away from Him