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Charles Fredrickson
San Antonio, Texas - USA
Blog from an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) pastor who served as a missionary in Nagoya, Japan and is now looking for a church to serve.
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Sermon preached at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection on August 18, 2019 based on the Hebrews 11: 29 -12:2. Picture Mount Everest. Earth’s highest mountain rises 29,029 feet above sea level. The first known to conquer... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ramblings
Sermon based on the Gospel text from Luke 12: 32-39. Preached at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. This question, is not about the President of the United States; Twitter — love it, hate it or just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon presented at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection on August 4, 2019. Moment of silence for El Paso and Dayton in aftermath of mass shootings. Prayer: Gracious Lord who loves us so perfectly, help us to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon presented at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection based on Luke 11. In the movie Sister Act when the main character Sister Mary Clarence arrives at the convent at their first dinner, Sister Mary Patrick invites... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Luke 10: 38-42. Manuscript basis for sermon preached at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. Some sisters have a unique bond, a special relationship. Some sisters can be the best of friends, encouraging one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at Ramblings
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We may know our next-door neighbors. But how about the people two doors down? Or three? Or four? For example, we live a condo with three other units of similar size in one building. We know them all and have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon preached at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection based on Romans 5. I understand about indecision. I don’t care if I get behind. People livin’ in competition; All I want is to have my peace of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at Ramblings
One day, a priest from the local Roman Catholic Church and a pastor from the local Baptist church were standing by the side of the road holding up a sign that read, “The End Is Near! Turn yourself around before... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon preached at Hope Lutheran on May 19 based on Revelation 21: 1-6 In 1917, a poem by an anonymous author appeared in the Hobo News. Called “The Hobo’s Last Lament,” it relates the last words of one of those... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon based on the Acts: 9: 36-43 and the story of Dorcas/Tabitha A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… let’s say 100 years ago, and not so far way, in this nation. One hundred years ago and... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon preaching at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection based on Acts 9: 1-20. Nine years ago, Sean Maloney was doing well. He was the executive vice president of a technology firm and next in line to... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon presented at Hope and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Exactly 50 years ago, a rumor began to fly around the world: “Paul is dead.” The year was 1969, and many people were convinced that a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon preached at Hope Lutheran based on the first reading: Isaiah 43: 16-21 Occasionally, human beings experience a breakthrough. We discover or have a personal insight into our lives, the lives of others, our families our world. Other breakthroughs impact... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at Ramblings
As many know, when we are reading or listening to the Bible some of it seems strange until a life experience opens a new way of viewing what had before been ignored. Something passed over or not understood until a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Luke 9:28-36 for Transfiguration Sunday at Hope Lutheran Church. On July 20, 1969, the world became a very different place. Astronaut Neil Armstrong hopped off the ladder of the lunar module Eagle and put the first footprint... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon shared at Hope Lutheran Church based on 1 Corinthians 15:12-20. “For Sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” Supposedly, that’s one of the shortest stories ever written. It’s an example of something known as “flash fiction.” “For Sale: baby shoes. Never... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon shared at Hope Lutheran based on 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. Legacy living. As we live in a wealthy nation where our first thoughts turn to our economy; we usually think of legacy as something financial. We can leave financial assets... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon presented at Hope Lutheran based on Luke 4: 21-30 One observation among many tourists to our nation is this: many Americans have a love affair with a quintessential condiment found in many refrigerators and tables --- ketchup. Keen foreign... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Luke 4: 14-21 shared at Hope Lutheran Church. It wasn’t too long ago that we here in Texas were watching Hurricane Harvey slamming into the gulf coast, the Rockport/Victoria area and then swerving over to do major... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon preached at Hope Lutheran Church based on the Gospel, Luke 3. When we adopted our two daughters, we spent a lot of time on their names. We wanted names to fit their Chinese/American identity and were not too long.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon presented at Hope Lutheran Church on January 6, 2019 based on Matthew 2: 1-12. Here we are in transition. Last year you and I experienced some changes with the retirements of both Pastor Bill and Music Director Vicky during... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon presented at Hope Lutheran Church on December 23, 2018, 4th Sunday of Advent based on the Gospel Luke 1: 46-55. Recently, I had an interesting experience that I have not had in a long time. We were invited to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Zephaniah 3:14-20 and Luke 3:7-18 shared at Hope Lutheran Church. “Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light; the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.” That line is from the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon shared at Hope Lutheran on Sunday, December 9th based on Philippians 1: 3-11. How are the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City and the Ajuda National Palace in Lisbon, Portugal related? All are unfinished, incomplete,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon preached at Hope Lutheran based on Mark 13: 1-8 “What do you know?” The standard response of course is “not much ---you.” Today’s lesson is a reminder to us as Christians that we live on a need to know... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Ramblings