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The sermon podcast of Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.


  • From Fear to Faith

    From Fear to Faith

    10/05/2020 Duración: 21min

    Jesus' famous words "I am the way, and the truth, and the life" were spoken in the midst of a time of great fear... a time like we are experiencing now.

  • The Lord is My Shepherd

    The Lord is My Shepherd

    06/05/2020 Duración: 29min

    The words of Psalm 23 are very familiar to most Christians--maybe too familiar.  In this sermon we slow down to linger over the words of this familiar section of Scripture and consider what they meant to David... and what they might mean to us today.

  • Walking Beside Us Still

    Walking Beside Us Still

    28/04/2020 Duración: 18min

    During this special sermon, reference is made to the picture to be found at the following link:  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Supper_at_Emmaus,_by_Rembrandt.jpg

  • Doubting Thomas

    Doubting Thomas

    21/04/2020 Duración: 20min

    If there is one person we sympathize with in Scripture it is Thomas.  We have all been zealous for God at times and at other times had our doubts.  How are we all like Thomas?  What is Jesus' reaction to Thomas?

  • Into Our Fear

    Into Our Fear

    12/04/2020 Duración: 18min

    In 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic is the center of our focus.  What good amid this is the Easter proclamation?

  • Our God or the God

    Our God or the God

    07/04/2020 Duración: 16min

    When faced with a choice, why did the crowd ask for the release of a murderer rather than a man who raised the dead and taught the love of neighbor?  Would we do otherwise?

  • Suffering, Evil, and a Good God

    Suffering, Evil, and a Good God

    31/03/2020 Duración: 25min

    If God is all-powerful and all good, why does He permit suffering and evil in the world.  It is an important question that philosophers and theologians have largely answered to their satisfaction, but it still afflicts us... especially if we aren't familiar with those disciplines.  Let's explore this topic together in the light of God's Word.The video referenced in this sermon can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrrSZboiKNU

  • Our God in the Midst of Pandemic

    Our God in the Midst of Pandemic

    24/03/2020 Duración: 15min

    What does it mean to have a god?  How we answer that question will tell us a lot about our relationship with Jesus, even if we have professed Christianity for any years.  How do we answer the question?  Let's find out together...

  • Encountering Christ in Worship

    Encountering Christ in Worship

    16/03/2020 Duración: 19min

    Why do you come to worship?  Do you encounter Christ when you come? If not, why not?  John's Gospel story gives us some clues.

  • How Long to Fulfill a Promise?

    How Long to Fulfill a Promise?

    09/03/2020 Duración: 24min

    How long do you give someone in your life to fulfill a promise before you assume they never intend to do so?  In his second letter, Peter says, "the Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness," but at times it feels like He is.  How do we have hope that God will accomplish His purposes, even when the process seems painfully slow?

  • The Vocabulary and Process of Evil

    The Vocabulary and Process of Evil

    03/03/2020 Duración: 13min

    How does evil work?  How do we become what we despise and engage in what we deplore.  "Temptation" is a word used by advertisers to draw us in... how do we learn to see it as what it is and resist it?  Jesus teaches us today.

  • Called in Conscience

    Called in Conscience

    28/02/2020 Duración: 12min

    That people should be free to worship--or not worship--God according to their conscience is not an Enlightenment idea... it has its roots in the teachings of Christ.  As Lent begins, we are called in conscience back to the living God.

  • Peters Transfigured Journey

    Peter's Transfigured Journey

    26/02/2020 Duración: 13min

    We have all had experiences that have forever changed us.  How did the Transfiguration of Jesus change Peter?  How should it change us?

  • Jesus Gives Clarity to These Things

    Jesus Gives Clarity to These Things

    18/02/2020 Duración: 17min

    "That depends on your interpretation."  Have you ever heard this?  So much of what we read in the Bible seems unclear or open to a broad range of interpretation.  In His "Sermon on the Mount," Jesus takes pains to make clear much of what we might misinterpret.

  • With Righteousness Exceeding

    With Righteousness Exceeding

    11/02/2020 Duración: 14min

    How are we to have righteousness exceeding that of even some of the most pious and religious people who have ever lived?  What is Jesus really asking of us?

  • Blessed to Obey

    Blessed to Obey

    03/02/2020 Duración: 16min

    Most religious visions instruct us to obey some law, god, or set of principles in order to live a blessed life.  As Jesus begins his most famous sermon, He begins by blessing those who hear Him, demonstrating that Kingdom who arrival He is announcing operates in a different way.

  • Fishing is a Team Sport

    Fishing is a Team Sport

    27/01/2020 Duración: 17min

    Our picture of fishing is someone sitting peacefully, apart from the hustle and bustle of life... alone.  But that is not how people fished in Jesus' day.  What does this mean for our understanding of Jesus' call to be "fishers of men?"

  • What Do You Seek?

    What Do You Seek?

    21/01/2020 Duración: 13min

    All of us are seeking something; it gets us out of bed in the morning and motivates us all day long in the things we do.  What are you seeking?  If you found it, would it satisfy you?

  • Behold the Mystery

    Behold the Mystery

    14/01/2020 Duración: 14min

    Jesus' ministry made some things clear for His followers, but others remain shrouded in mystery; this is a good thing, for it leads us to contemplate Christ more deeply.  Jesus' baptism is one of the most misunderstood events in His ministry.  What was its meaning?  What does it mean for us?

  • See, Say, and Surrender

    See, Say, and Surrender

    07/01/2020 Duración: 16min

    To what does the Lord call us?  What is our purpose here and now?  Deacon Michael explores this topic as we enter a new decade.

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