September 12, 2010
Text: Luke 15:1-10

I heard about a man driving southbound on the interstate. His cell phone rang and he picked it up to the frantic voice of his wife saying, “Barney! I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on 294. Be careful!"

Barney says, "Hey, it’s not just one car. It’s hundreds of them!"

You see, Barney was the one heading in the wrong direction and he didn’t even know it. I wonder if the same thing could ever be said about us.

One sign that you’re headed in the wrong direction spiritually is that you’re doing stuff that you know is wrong and you don’t care. I know the Bible says that sex outside of marriage is wrong, but I don’t care. Or I know that the Bible says that we are supposed to love our enemies, but my roommate is driving me bonkers!

A second sign that you’re headed in the wrong direction is that you can see the faults of other people, but you can’t see your own. It reminds me of the man who went to the doctor. He said, “I’m worried about my wife. Her hearing is getting worse all the time.”

September 5, 2010
Luke 14: 25-35
Title: The Benefits Are Worth the Cost.

One fine sunny day, a hog and a hen sharing the same barnyard heard about a church’s program to feed the hungry. The hog and the hen discussed how they could help. The hen said, “I’ve got it! We’ll provide bacon and eggs for the church to feed the hungry.” The hog thought about the suggestion and said, “There’s only thing wrong with your bacon and eggs idea. For you, it only requires a contribution, but from me, it will mean total commitment!” You see, all that the hen had to do was give up a couple of eggs, but the hog was expected to lay down his life.

Today’s sermon is about discipleship. Are you just going to make a contribution, like the hen, or are you going to lay down your life, like the hog? First, let me ask you this: Do you ever think of yourself as a disciple of Jesus Christ? The word “disciple” means “pupil, student, one who learns.” So a disciple of Jesus Christ is not simply someone who generally approves of Jesus and thinks you should have Christmas and Easter off work. Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.” So a disciple of Jesus Christ is someone who holds to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

July 18, 2010
Text: Luke 10:38-42

The title for today’s message is: “Don’t Just Do Something! Sit There!”

I was standing in the Detroit airport a couple of years ago when a man came up to me and asked me if I had the time. I
read my watch and said, “It’s 3:42.” And the other pastor who was my traveling companion, chuckled and remarked
that it used to be that when someone asked you the time, a person would say, “Oh, it’s a quarter till blank or a half past
such and so.” But now, we say, “It is 3:42” or “8:51.” With the advent of the digital watch, our measurement of time has
become so precise. We ration out our minutes one by one.

In Africa, I heard a saying. They say that Africans have time, but they have no watches, while Americans have watches,
but have no time.

Do you ever feel that way, like you have no time? Or like you’re short on time? Or there’s never enough time? Of
course, that’s not really true, is it? You have exactly the same amount of time today as you had yesterday. You have
exactly the same amount of time as I do or anyone else. In fact, you have all the time there is. No one could possibly
have more time than you have. My point is that the problem really is not that there’s not enough time in the day. The
problem is what we choose to do with the time we have.

August 15, 2010 
Luke 1:46-55

By my count, there are 132 shopping days left until Christmas. You’ve still got plenty of time to do your shopping and your planning and baking. But don’t put it all off till the last minute. Today is August 15 and according to the Church calendar, August 15 is the date assigned to commemorate Mary, the mother of Jesus. I want to take a moment and explain why we’re doing this.

There are a lot of Roman Catholics in Elmhurst. Some of you perhaps grew up in the Roman Catholic Church or have relatives who are Roman Catholic. Whenever Lutherans and Roman Catholics get together to talk about religion, the subject of Mary eventually comes up. Many Protestants avoid talking about Mary altogether which can probably be attributed to an overreaction I call Romo-phobia.

July 11, 2010
Text: Luke 10:25-37

Nine days ago, around 7 a.m., here in Elmhurst, a prominent local doctor shot his wife in the face and then turned the gun on
. The couple had four children, two of whom were at home at the time of the shootings. It’s been all over the local news but I first heard about it from my son because one of the daughters goes to his school.

You have to have ask yourself, how does something like this happen? This man appeared to have everything. He was 52
years old with a beautiful family, four children, a highly respectable career as a pediatric heart surgeon. He was teaching at a
medical school in Wisconsin and living in an affluent neighborhood. As a pediatric heart surgeon, there is no doubt that he was
responsible for saving the lives of hundreds, perhaps thousands of children.

From the outside looking in, I would say that this man had a perfect life. But things are seldom as they seem.
Now, I’m not recounting this story so that we can feel ourselves superior to these poor people. I am not here to pass judgment.

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