Feasts, Kings, and the Assumptions We Carry

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October 11, 2020 Text: Matthew 22:1-14 Deacon Alex Benson Grace, peace, and mercy are yours through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. This parable of Jesus is what some might call “a little extra.” To be “extra” is to be over the top, too much, a lot to handle. Jesus often told these parables, or stories, […]

Forgiveness and Freedom

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 18:21-35 Deacon Alex Benson Grace, peace, and mercy are yours from our God who is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Amen. Matthew and I have been playing a lot of board games since this pandemic started. I’m sure our relationship dynamics while playing these games could be […]

The Hiddenness of the Kingdom of God

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8th Sunday after Pentecost Heart River Lutheran Church July 26, 2020 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 I like butterflies. It’s easy to notice a glorious Monarch butterfly as it glides slowly by, illuminating the light of the sun in the glow of its magnificent wings. And there are a few other butterflies that also get some recognition: […]