Thursday, February 28, 2008

Last night, Pastor Peter Ward of Faith Lutheran Church in Ottawa, IL continued our series, "This Is Most Certainly True." He talked about the Lord's Supper and what Scripture teaches us about this sacrament. It can be heard or downloaded at

Monday, February 25, 2008

Yesterday, I delivered the third message of our series, "From Their Own Lips." We looked at the words of the religious leaders as was on trial before them, "We have heard it ourselves from his own lips." They clearly heard and understood the claims of Christ, that he is the Son of God. It can be heard and downloaded at

I accidentally dated our children's message wrong, but you can also hear it at

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Last night, as I was preaching out in Wheatland, Iowa, Pastor Chuck Sampson of Newark Lutheran Church was with us. He continued our series, "This Is Most Certainly True", with a message about Baptism. It can be heard or downloaded at

Monday, February 18, 2008

Yesterday I delivered the second message of our series "From Their Own Lips." In it, we looked at the statement made by the wife of Pontius Pilate to her husband, "Have nothing to do with that innocent man." She was right that he was innocent. Not only was he innocent of any crime that would make him deserving of death, he was completely innocent; he was without sin. And it was his innocence that made him the only acceptable sacrifice for our sin. This message can be heard or downloaded at

Our children's message for this week can also be heard, at

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Last night, Pastor Dana Coyle of Freedom and St. Petrie Lutheran Churches in rural Ottawa, IL, continued our series of messages "This is Most Certainly True." He addressed the topic of sanctification, and what this means in the life of the believer. It can be heard and downloaded at

Monday, February 11, 2008

This week I started a series of messages that will take us through the Sundays of Lent. This series is titled "From Their Own Lips." We'll be looking at statements made by those involved in Jesus' death and their significance.

The first statement was made by Caiaphas, the high priest. He said it was better that one man die than for the entire nation to perish. This message can be heard and downloaded at

This week's children's message can be heard at

Friday, February 08, 2008

Last night, we started our Lenten services a day late due to a winter storm. On Wednesday nights, we'll be hearing a series called "This Is Most Certainly True: A Survey of the Lutheran Distinctives." Myself, along with five other AFLC pastors will present this series of seven messages.

The first, delivered by me last night, addresses the topic of justification and the assurance of salvation. What we find in Scripture is that we're saved through faith alone in Jesus, and we remain in the grace of God through faith alone. This message can be heard or downloaded at

Monday, February 04, 2008

We live in a society where people of many different beliefs coexist, each claiming to be the source of truth. In a world like this, how are we to know that the Christian faith, that the teaching of the apostles, is true? In 2 Peter 1:16-21, Peter tells us we can trust their message because they were there and saw everything first hand, and because of the prophetic word. This message can be heard or downloaded at