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Sermons by “The Rev. Dr. Kristine Blaess”

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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Catching Glimpses of God’s Kingdom

God has always chosen people at particular times and in particular places to be like mid-wives for the Kingdom of God.  God’s intention is that all people — all of creation — will be made new, made whole. And God’s intention is that this will happen, not as he waves his arm from a distance and fixes what is broken, but as he comes close to us.  Christ was born as a human, and we share his good news of new life with one another. 

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To whom do we belong? 

This is where the urgency and joy of our life together comes from:  We are people who belong. We belong to Christ, and we belong to one another.  We are people in whom new life is being born.  So we have stories to tell – stories of our own healing, restoration, and reconciliation – stories to tell to those who are yearning for new life.

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Seeing through a telescope 

We join in praying together that God will enlighten our hearts.  We pray that, seeing God’s vision for the renewal of all things, he may teach us to engage with his power more deeply.  

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Thirsting for God’s Presence

Whether we have ever sought a sign from the Lord or not, here it is: in Jesus, God took on flesh and hung on the cross so we could have new life with him.  

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Putting on the Armor of Light

St. Paul bids us to put on the armor of light, which is the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is urgency to this moment, because the night is far gone and the day is near.

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Christ, the crucified King

When Jesus came as the Messiah, he came not as a king crowned in glory and military might.  Rather, Jesus is the King who overcame the power of sin and death through his own death on the cross.  This is why the salvation of the world looks like forgiveness, love, and joy.

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Our Witness is Joy Overflowing

When Jesus teaches his disciples about the end times, he promises that he will give his disciples words and wisdom when they are called upon to testify.

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