You Are Blessed

Audio recording of Pastor Hinkle’s sermon on Matthew 5:1-12 delivered January 29, 2017

Pastor Hinkle refers to a collection of news articles about Christians suffering persecution. You will find the articles he’s collected here.

The Dead WILL Rise

Luke 20:27-39 Jesus Answers the Sadducees

Americans are confused and skeptical about eternal life and the promised resurrection of the dead, but Jesus taught plainly about both. This lesson follows All Saints Day to give pastors the opportunity to do the same.

There’s A Change Coming

For Lazarus the great reversal was a great blessing; for the rich man who had ignored him it was the greatest of catastrophes.  Are you looking forward to the day when everything changes or are you blocking out the warnings? Will this sermon make you uncomfortable or give you hope and encouragement?

You can read the account of the Rich Man and Lazarus here.

Christ Against the Darkness

The Reverend Leif Camp of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria (in Russia) spoke at St. Paul Lutheran Sunday, July 24, 2016. We thank him for permission to share his sermon on Colossians 2:6-19 with you.

The Most Important Thing You Have to Do Today

Audio Sermon on Luke 10:38-42

I wish I knew why so many of the things that demand my attention RIGHT NOW!! are unimportant. One thing I do know is that I have to make time for those that are really important. Most important of all is time with God’s Word. But you knew that, right?  I invite you to spend some time listening and reflecting with me on the implications of this simple truth.

Here is the prose poem referenced in the sermon:

The time to hear is now

  • before your ears grow dull so you cannot hear
  • before you eyes are dimmed so you cannot see
  • while your mind is sharp and your memory is good.

Now is the time to hide the Word of God in your heart, that it may be a comfort to you when you are old and death is coming up the walk.

Now is the time to serve

  • while you still have your strength
  • before things that you used to do without thinking become difficult
  • before it hurts to get up and every step is painful.

Now is the time to hear and to serve.

  • Both are important, but hearing is more important than serving
  • for faith comes by hearing
  • and hearing gives direction to our service.