1. A multi-day workshop for pastors to hone the Craft of Preaching
  2. The Church follows the admonition to “love your neighbor” because it is their identity in Christ Jesus.
  3. God does not just allow suffering; He sends it in order that He might strengthen and deliver us. And all of our suffering finds its meaning in the suffering of Christ Jesus.
  4. The laments of the Hebrews called upon the LORD God to remember His people who are suffering, be faithful and deliver them.
  5. The LORD sends His Son who targets those who are trampled and downtrodden. He comes for all, but He specifically includes the less fortunate.
  6. The LORD God declares He Himself will shepherd His sheep. He will seek them out. He will rescue them. He will save. He will gather them in. In other words, the Good Shepherd will take care of His own sheep.
  7. These words direct the people of God how to live in their identity as God’s children. We would say, this is the reality of our baptismal identity!
  8. All of this is interesting and useful in preparing a sermon, however, there are no explicit words of Gospel in this text. How does one preach without shoe-horning the Gospel into the message, perhaps in an inappropriate or confusing manner?
  9. As is often the case in Scripture, creation is about a renewed, restored, and redeemed relationship with the Creator.
  10. The real presence of the LORD does not pop-up unannounced when Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper—it has been a theme from the days in the Garden of Eden when He walked and talked with His people.
  11. We want to control things and we desire to partner with God in all manner of things, but of course, the LORD is in control. He takes care of things and He does not need our help in these matters.
  12. There is no meaning, life is all vanity, if one is not in relationship with God. Keep life simple: trust in God and enjoy the life He has given.

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