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David Coffin

David Coffin is pastor of Elgin/Highland Lutheran Parish in Elgin, Iowa. David is a graduate of Ferris State University with a BS degree in printing. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Ohio) and his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Winebrenner Seminary. He enjoys bike riding and working with small group ministries. He also eats lots of pizza, so he needs to ride the bike.
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Emphasis Preaching Journal

Reflecting our story -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, John 6:25-35 -- David Coffin -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2016
Imagine a family sitting down at the table around the Thanksgiving meal.
Response to mystery -- 2 Kings 2:1-12, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, Mark 9:2-9 -- David Coffin -- Transfiguration Sunday - B -- 2015
Well, the “cat is out of the bag”!
Glorifying God in difficult times -- Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 5:5-10, John 12:20-33 -- David Coffin -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2015
Today’s texts afford the preacher an opportunity to identify which difficult times people in our con
So that you may come to believe -- Acts 4:32-35, 1 John 1:1--2:2, John 20:19-31 -- David Coffin -- Second Sunday of Easter - B -- 2015
The challenge for those who preach from the lectionary every year is that we have the “Doubting Thom
Word of new life -- Acts 1:15-17, 21-26, 1 John 5:9-13, John 17:6-19 -- David Coffin -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - B -- 2015
This is one of the final weeks of the Easter season, which entails new life in some form.
Life-giving power -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- David Coffin -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2015
One of the ongoing discussions within any denomination or non-denominational ministry is the use of
Religion that is pure -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- David Coffin -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2015
The dog days of a hot August summer have been upon us.
Tradition reworked -- Jeremiah 31:31-34, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36 -- David Coffin -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2015
It finally has happened!
Alert level of hope -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- David Coffin -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
The tension is thick at a particular workplace, church, nonprofit organization, or community group w
A time to step back -- Ecclesiastes 3:1-13, Revelation 21:1-6a, Matthew 25:31-46 -- David Coffin -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2015
New York Times columnist David Brooks has written a book titled The Road to Character
Confronting sin's power -- Jeremiah 31:31-34, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-38 -- David Coffin -- Reformation Sunday - A -- 2014
A fifty something father comes home after a long twelve-hour day at work to his wife, who remains un
The nature of faith -- Genesis 22:1-14, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42 -- David Coffin -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2014
A single mother and her child are living with her parents.
New light in darkness -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- David Coffin -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
A group of younger workers are seated next to one another at a workplace where they have to deal wit
Pound of flesh demanded -- Acts 2:14a; 22-32, 1 Peter 1:3-9, John 20:19-31 -- David Coffin -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
It is the time of year for the last push of demands before the summer season beckons upon the horizo
Long-term ascension assurances -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- David Coffin -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2014
Nobody thought this day would happen. The longtime department supervisor was retiring.
Kingdom ambiguities -- Genesis 29:15-28, Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 -- David Coffin -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A -- 2014
So a person believes they have gotten a job or are active in a community that calls itself "Christia
Coming off the sidelines -- Exodus 3:1-15, Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28 -- David Coffin -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2014
A certain congregation has many problems as they survey the community where they exist grows more se
By what authority? -- Exodus 17:1-17, Philippians 2:1-13, Matthew 21:28-32 -- David Coffin -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2014
It is the first week of classes at a small college or university in the 1970s and 1980s in Midwest A
Mature thanksgiving faith -- Deuteronomy 8:7-18, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Luke 17:11-19 -- David Coffin -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2014
It is Thanksgiving or any one of the winter holidays, and certain couples who have no children are c
When does a house become a home for the holidays? -- 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16, Romans 16:25-27, Luke 1:26-38 -- David Coffin -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014
Many people make Advent preparations in hopes that they will be able to celebrate their hard-earned
Spirit of purpose -- Genesis 1:1-5, Acts 19:1-7, Mark 1:4-11 -- David Coffin -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - B -- 2014
It is way past Christmas and New Year's celebration times.
Fork in the road: emptiness or fulfillment -- Isaiah 55:1-9, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9 -- David Coffin -- Third Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
About this Third Sunday of Lent, Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday are memories for those in the broader
Words of new life -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- David Coffin -- Easter Day - C -- 2013
In our community most people have to go back to school or work on the Monday after Easter Sunday.
Who do we let in? -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- David Coffin -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
The cry goes out in either the church council or congregational meeting: "We need more people to com
Christ's ministry continues -- Acts 2:1-21, Romans 8:14-17, John 14:8-17 (25-27) -- David Coffin -- Day of Pentecost - C -- 2013
I believe it happens in every congregation.
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Let the floods clap their hands;
    let the hills sing together for joy
 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
    to judge the earth.
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In the mid-1960s, a popular song declared, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It's the only thing that there's just too little of.”1 It was an era of both national and international unrest. And the American landscape was reeling from the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and opposition to both. Amidst headlines so marked by unrest and division, therefore, the sentiment of the song struck a chord with an American audience. 
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Acts 10:44-48
Prejudice is always wrong. Nat King Cole is a well-known artist who was the first African American to host his own national television program. In 1948, he purchased a beautiful home in an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood. When the local neighborhood association confronted him and informed him it didn’t want any undesirables to move in, Cole responded, “Neither do I. If I see any coming in here, I’ll be the first to complain.” He lived in that house until his death in 1965.


John Jamison
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (vv. 9-12)

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Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we pretend to love but fail to care.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
Lord, have mercy.


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One evening, when I was 26 years old, beleagered by guilt for acknowledged sins, I was deep into an hour-long prayer of repentance. In despair, I grieved that I had broken the commandments and that I was not worthy of God's love.

Near me lay the Bible, unused and unfamiliar. I had never, ever read from the Bible. Yet my hands reached out and took the Bible to open it. I knew not where, nor why. But my hands knew the way. They opened to John 15:9-11 and as my eyes began to read, my mind knew the meaning with clarity. My eyes read verse 10 first:
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Theme of the Day
God's love brings us together.

Collect of the Day
It is noted that God has prepared great joy for those who love Him. Petitions are then offered that such love may be poured into the hearts of the faithful so that they may obtain these promises. Justification as a reward for our deeds (love) is communicated by this prayer.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 98
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