Pastor Bjornstad’s Sunday Sermons


7th Sunday of Easter Sermon on Christian Suffering

7th Sunday of Easter is sandwiched between the Ascension of Jesus and Pentecost Sunday.  The epistle lesson is from 1 Peter.

1Pet. 4:12   Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 


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Epiphany 3 Sermon


Matt. 4:17   From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”


Matt. 4:18   As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.


Matt. 4:21   Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.


Matt. 4:23   Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.


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All Saints Sunday/Election Prayers

Many apologies for its length (25 minutes), but here are some thoughts on All Saints and the presidential election and on what the shape of our prayers ought to be:


All Saints Lection Reading:

Rev. 7:9   After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 

Rev. 7:13   Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 

Rev. 7:15   “Therefore they are before the throne of God,

and serve him day and night in his temple;

and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. 

16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;

the sun shall not strike them,

nor any scorching heat. 

17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,

and he will guide them to springs of living water,

and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

The Burden is Too Great

A sermon dealing with facing death as a Christian…  

Gen. 4:13  Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is more than I can bear.  14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” 


Foundations of Our Faith: Worship

Third sermon in the Foundations of Faith sermon series.  Click on the sound controller below.


False Prophets among Us

Jeremiah 23:16...29 (ESV)  

Thus says the Lord of hosts: "Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord.  17They say continually to those who despise the word of the Lord, 'It shall be well with you'; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, 'No disaster shall come upon you.' " 

28Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the Lord.  29Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?  

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Have No Fear Little Flock

Luke 12:22-40 (ESV)  

And he said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.  23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.  24Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!  25And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  26If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?  27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  28But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!  29And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.  30For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.  31Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. 

32"Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  33Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.  34For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 

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Christian Freedom

The Freedoms we have here in the United States are important and worth our careful attention and defense.  However the true Freedom that God gives us in Jesus Christ are far more precious.

Gal. 5:1   For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of wslavery. 

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Third Sunday of Easter

Rev. 5:1-14 (ESV)  

Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals.  2And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?"  3And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it,  4and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.  5And one of the elders said to me, "Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals." 

6And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.  7And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne.  8And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.  9And they sang a new song, saying,

"Worthy are you to take the scroll 

and to open its seals,

for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God

from every tribe and language and people and nation, 

10and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,

and they shall reign on the earth."

 11Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,  12saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!"  13And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!"  14And the four living creatures said, "Amen!" and the elders fell down and worshiped.




The Resurrection of our Lord

Luke 24:1   On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.  2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,  3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.  5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:  7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” 8 Then they remembered his words. 

Luke 24:9     When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others.  10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles.  11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.  12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. 



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