• Michael Walther

    Contributing sermons since May 18, 2011
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Michael P Walther
Collinsville, Illinois 62234
618 344-3151

About Michael
  • Education: I graduated from Greenville College in 1980 with a degree in chemistry. I also served as a Marine Reservist throughout college. I graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1984. I received an STM degree from the same institution in 1998. Perhaps more important has been my ongoing personal study of the Hebrew and Greek Bibles, theology and whatever else I can find worthwhile to learn.
  • Experience: I have served in three places: St. John's Lutheran Church, Beemer, Nebraska; Kearney State College Lutheran Campus Ministry, Kearney, Nebraska; and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Collinsville, Illinois. I've been a part-time instructor at Concordia Seminary 2006-2008. I love God, His Word, and the opportunity to serve His people. One of my goals in life is to be able to read the New Testament in Greek and the Psalms in Hebrew.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: I enjoy reading sermons as far back as the early church fathers. I am always amazed at the common thread of truth that is in most of those sermons.
  • Family: My great-grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Germany. He served as a pastor in the midwest. My grandparents were both Lutheran school teachers. My parents were Lutheran school teachers in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. I am married to Carol, and God has blessed us with five children.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Preach both the Law and the Gospel. Always connect everything to Christ, the cross, and the resurrection.
  • Books that have had an impact: The Book of Concord, 1580; CFW Walther's (no relation) Law and Gospel
  • Hobbies: I love music and play the piano, guitar, banjo, and a little fiddle and accordion. I enjoy fixing and repairing around the house. I especially enjoy flying. I received my pilot's license in high school.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: I once served as a vacancy pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Bancroft, Nebraska. They had a very old fashioned pulpit that was elevated to the level of the balcony. One the boards in the floor of the pulpit was missing. While I was preaching I accidentally got my boot stuck in that hole. So I spent the last half of the sermon both preaching and trying to figure out how I was going to get my boot out of there.
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  • The Right Things Really Matter

    Contributed on Oct 10, 2011
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    This sermon addressed the problem of anxiety and answers with the blessings that God gives us in His Gospel.Introduction

    Introduction A writer from the last century said, “Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained” (Arthur Somers Roche). All of us will someday have to face some form of very serious more

  • Crossbearing

    Contributed on Aug 29, 2011
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    Christians bear their crosses as Christ bore His for them.

    Crossbearing Matthew 16:21-28 NKJ From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. 22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, more

  • Lord, Save Me!

    Contributed on Aug 8, 2011
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    Jesus and Peter walk on the water and show us how our fears are overcome by God's grace.

    "Lord, Save Me" Matthew 14.22-33 Introduction Brian Simo is a race car driver, and most of you have probably never heard of him. However there is one thing about him with which you are probably familiar. In 1985 he created the “No Fear” clothing line and found an idea that more

  • Resident Evil

    Contributed on Jul 29, 2011
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    Based on the Parable of the Weeds, this sermon examines how Satan works within the church and how the church overcomes.

    Resident Evil Matthew 13.24-43 Introduction Jesus prepares the disciples and the church for troubles that lie ahead. The Bible tells us that Satan attacks the church constantly. We usually think of those attacks coming from the outside as Peter said, “The devil prowls about like more

  • God's Word Gives Life

    Contributed on Jul 11, 2011
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    God assures us of the power of His word to accomplish what He wants... Especially our salvation.

    God’s Word Gives Life Isaiah 55.10-12 Many of the farms in the state of Nebraska are right on the edge of the fertile plains that receive enough rainfall to produce abundant crops. Some years the yields can be a little lower simply because they are not blessed with as much rain as other more

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  • The Mind Is Like Silly Putty

    Contributed on Oct 10, 2011
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    THE MIND IS LIKE SILLY PUTTY "The peace of God which passes understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4.7) Our minds are wonderful creations of God. But did you know they need to be guarded? When I was a boy I used to play with Silly Putty. You could do a more

  • Kabash

    Contributed on Aug 29, 2011

    KABASH Micah 7:19 He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea. I love the Hebrew word for "subdue." You may have actually heard it before. It is the word "kabash." Looking ahead to more

  • Jesus Loves Me

    Contributed on Aug 8, 2011

    JESUS LOVES ME "Jesus Loves Me" is one of the most well-known Christian hymns. This hymn was originally a poem that was included in a novel. The poem was spoken to a dying child to bring them comfort. A musician later added the music, and since 1860 it has become one of the most well-known more

  • Lessons From A Banana Tree

    Contributed on Aug 8, 2011

    LESSONS FROM A BANANA TREE I once learned an interesting lessons from a retired pastor who grew banana trees in his backyard. Bananas will grow in our hot and humid Southern Illinois summers. But the season isn't long enough for them to produce much fruit. Some people tried to overcome this by more

  • A Church Moves On

    Contributed on Jul 29, 2011
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    A CHURCH MOVES ON "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12.21). A church that was already struggling financially suffered a loss of $5,000 which one of its members had embezzled. This put the church in even greater peril because of its difficulty in meeting more