Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Christ returned as we sit here this morning, worshiping him? Perhaps, just maybe as we gaze into heaven he will now appear. Perhaps, just maybe in this service we shall see him as he is, as we sit with him in the heavenly realms.
Almost 500 years ago, the world was turned upside down—not with a weapon of mass destruction but with an instrument of mass instruction—a man’s pen.
It was a once-in-a lifetime experience. There’s really no other way to describe it. This was definitely something you don’t see everyday. In fact, only three men were permitted to see it at all.
Martin Luther and the Roman Catholic Church disagreed about many things. But there was one thing they actually agreed upon: the ideas of Galileo. Galileo was an Italian scientist who supported the theories of an earlier scientist, Nicolaus Copernicus.
In Walt Disney’s Aladdin, we’re introduced to a poor street rat, a boy who is down on his luck. Aladdin feels like he has no choice but to steal to eat. One day, Aladdin unknowingly meets the princess in disguise.
Curious, aren’t you? Curious where this sermon is going to go just from the title, right? Maybe you’re not expecting to learn much, but isn’t that because of who the speaker is?
More, better, bigger, and faster in this world does not bring rest, peace, joy, or serenity. None of those things deal with the real reason for the gloominess in our lives. Trying to treat our gloom with those things is like trying to cure the flu with a band-aid.
No one has ever accused me of being a morning person. I’m certainly not a good example of the ideal person to meet first thing in the morning. But I also know that i’m not the worst.
Aren’t you glad it’s over? Last night, we left another year behind us. It was a doozy, wasn’t it? A year marked by racial violence, terror attacks, an unprecedented election that demonstrated the national division in our country.
Eastside Evangelical Lutheran Church and School
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Madison, WI 53704