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Sermons by “The Rev. Dr. Kristine Blaess”

Being blessed through the struggle

This is the grace of it: It is exactly to the empty-hearted, the empty-handed, the desolate, that God comes. It is exactly into our exhausted, depleted selves, that he comes. In the half-light of morning, Jesus comes to us – his own face wrecked and his own feet limping from the suffering of his crucifixion, but bearing in his love the power of the resurrection, for us.

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A Lesson about Soil from the Master Gardener

Jesus invites us into introspection about the soil of our lives. Where do we receive his Word, and where do we not? The good news is that Jesus never tires of tending the soil of our lives and preparing us to put forth the harvest of his Kingdom.

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On reciprocal wounds and the call to wholeness

Without all of us being whole, none of us are whole. When we are disconnected from ourselves or from other people, there is a wound. Writer Wendell Berry gives the insight that actually it is two wounds, reciprocal wounds that are the record of how the severed parts once fit together. This is true of our personal lives, of our family lives, of our community life, and of our national life.

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Nativity on fire

The scorch marks in our lives remind us why we need and why we trust in a savior who is more than a babe lying in a manger. The fires in our lives and the fires in our cities remind us why we need and why we trust in a savior who, at the end of his life, came to us through fire of the cross.

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Christian friendship and its witness to the world

We are meant to live together with a distinct quality of life, with God-given and God sustained unity, because God wants the world to know that he has sent his beloved son Jesus to the world to save the world. God wants the world to know that he loves them even as much as he has loved Jesus.

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What does the revolution look like?

Jesus brings forth new life, new freedom, a new creation, not by reforming the status quo, but by rupturing them from within, by shaking the foundations and putting our lives on entirely new foundations – Kingdom of God foundations. 

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Blindness and sight, fire and light

One might think that finally seeing Jesus, being released from the darkness of sorrow, rejoicing in him as Lord and God, would be the beginning of the happiest time in the disciples’ lives. We might be tempted to think that for us, finally seeing Jesus in a new way, rejoicing in him as our Lord and God, would be the beginning of the happiest years of our lives. And it is. But the life of faith is also a deeper mystery than that. It is not only joy. It is also fire and light. Because the life of faith, just as it brings joy, also brings fire.

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Finding Living Water in the Desert

God’s will is not for you to suffer forever. God’s will is to pour out water upon you in great rushing streams – the water of life that will wash you and refresh you. God will slake your thirst with the joy only he can satisfy.

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The Voices of Temptation

Scripture and the promises given us in baptism help us fend off the voices that would split us from God. You are God’s child, his beloved, one in whom he delights.

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Planting and Watering in God’s Kingdom

God is calling us to be fellow-workers with him in his Kingdom, but how? As we discern together as a congregation, we take time to receive God’s revelation, to prayerfully seek interpretation of the nudges we receive from God, and with the corporate wisdom of the community, to determine the application.

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