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I am Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (LC-MS) in Lebanon, MO for 12 years. I'm married to Cheryl and have been blessed with 5 children.

Friday, November 7, 2014

All Saints Day Sermon - Hope vs Control at Life's End, MP3

There comes a time  in life where we lose control.  This is certainly true when we near life's end.  We as Christians have something more than control.  We have Christ and the sure and certain hope we have in Him.  When we lose control we know that our hope remains undiminished.  Control is based on our own power.  Hope is based in the promises of God in Christ Jesus.

This sermon springs from some thoughts I picked up from a recent Break Point commentary.  I highly recommend the program.  If you would like to listen to the sermon click the link below:

Click this link for MP3 sermon 

I AM HAVING TROUBLE with a loop on my iPAD.  The audio works fine if I hit the download symbol on the iPad however.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Confirmation Homework for 5 October

For homework pick any two commandments to talk about with your parents.  Answer this question:  "What beliefs do people have in our country that are contrary to this commandment?"
Write down your answers.  

FYI - The commandments test will happen either the second or third Sunday in October.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Confirmation Homework for 21 September 2014

1.  This Sunday (21 September) Mr. Smith will be teaching confirmation class.

2.  Click here link to download homework.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Confirmation Class

Pastor will not be able to teach confirmation this Sunday - 6 April.   Below are 2 links so that parents (or other related adult) can do the class at home with their children.  One link is a worksheet.  The other link is Pastor's audio instruction.

This will also cover the make-up class that was to take place 2 April.  Please have children turn their work sheet into the "pastor" box this Sunday.

Remember Sunday school is part of confirmation and it would be much better if parents attended with their children.

Click for Worksheet

Click for Audio

Friday, March 21, 2014

"Passion" A Poem


In blood and prayer our LORD bent the knee
Before the High Priest He would not plea
So to Herod and Pilate He went
Unflinching because He, the Father had sent

Jews purged
Romans scourged
Men drove the nails
God's love never fails

"Why have you forsaken" and "it is finished" He cried
How can it be that God by men has died?
The cross could not capture His hands and feet
By His passion for sinners our need did He meet

By Pr. David Oberdieck

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sermon Audio, 4th Word on the Cross

Click here for audio sermon.

Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”  And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, began saying, “This man is calling for Elijah.”  Immediately one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink.  But the rest of them said, “Let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him.” New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. 1995 (Mt 27:45–49). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Winter Weather Update

We will be having both services this Sunday, but confirmation is cancelled.  Please be safe.  If there is freezing rain the parking lot will be slick.