Marriage and Children

Pastor Simek The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost at Hope, Jerseyville 10/7/18 “Marriage and Children” Sermon Text: Mark 10:2-16 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. Marriage, divorce, and children. Those are the topics of the Gospel reading for today. They are topics you’ve probably heard me talk or preach about before and you are going to hear it again today because with these readings we are given there is just simply no way around it. Marriage, divorce, and children can seem like hobby horse topics of the church that we repeat over and over again, harping on them without ever stopping, but the Bible deals with them a lot because they are topics that are so prevalent, for them thousands of years...

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Questions and Answers

Pastor Simek The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost at Hope, Jerseyville 9/23/18 “Questions and Answers” Sermon Text: Mark 9:30-37 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. So, I understand that I’m weird. I know that I am a kind of a nerd. I get that not everyone would consider spending hours reading the Bible and talking theology a good time, and that’s fine. But, can we at least agree that going on a road trip with Jesus as he opens up the Scriptures and teaches us how it all points to his death and resurrection would be an incredible opportunity? Or maybe just an evening or over the course of dinner to have Jesus explain to you how his death and resurrection is for your salvation and delivers you from...

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Deadly Serious

Pastor Simek The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost at Hope, Jerseyville 9/16/18 “Deadly Serious” Sermon Text: Mark 9:14-29 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. There are some days when worship is a very light-hearted, joyous affair. Most of the Easter season is this way. Other times, worship is much more somber and serious, like most of Lent and especially Good Friday. Today, the weight of the Gospel reading makes for a weighty, heavy, serious worship service, especially for me as the father of a son. Today, we hear of a boy possessed by a demon, a boy who cannot speak, who has seizures that cause him to convulse violently, foam at the mouth and grind his teeth. Today, we hear about a boy who has been...

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The Whole Armor of God

Pastor Simek  The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost at Hope, Jerseyville 9/2/18 “The Whole Armor of God” Sermon Text: Ephesians 6:10-20 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. I give thanks to God that I have never been in a physical war. I can barely imagine being overseas in battle in World War I or II, in the trenches facing death everyday with bombs and cannons going off and bullets whizzing by your head. Or being in Vietnam where the enemy and death could have been behind any bush or tree. Or being in the Middle East where any car could be a threat, any person a suicide bomber, any step on a land mine and its all over. Thanks be to God for the peace that this nation does have. But just because we are...

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The Forbidden for Forgiveness

Pastor Simek  The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost at Hope, Jerseyville 8/19/18 “The Forbidden for Forgiveness” Sermon Text: John 6:51-69 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. Cannibalism. This was one of the accusations that was thrown at the early Christian Church as they confessed to eat and drink the body and blood of Jesus in the Lord’s Supper. Cannibalism is defined as the eating of the flesh of an animal by another animal of the same kind, or a ritualistic eating of human flesh by a human being. It almost seems to fit and be an accurate description of our practice of eating the body and drinking the blood of Christ in the Supper. If all you heard were the words and the confession without ever...

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“Bread of Life”

Pastor Simek  The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost at Hope, Jerseyville 8/5/18 “Bread of Life” Sermon Text: John 6:22-35 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. Victory. Gospel victory. The Gospel prevailing and winning the victory at every turn in the face of every opposition. Jesus feeding 5,000 men and additional women and children with just a few loaves of bread and a few fish. That is a man I want to follow. But why do we follow him and what are we seeking and wanting by following him? In the Gospel reading today, the answer is bread. They met a man who fed thousands with very little. They ate their fill of the loaves and were satisfied last night, but now it’s breakfast, maybe lunch time, and they...

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