Sermons

What is preaching? St. Paul writes in Romans: “Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14-15)

Therefore our Lutheran Confessions state: “It is also taught among us that one holy Christian church will be and remain forever. This is the assembly of all believers among whom the Gospel is preached in its purity and the holy sacraments are administered according to the Gospel.” (Augsburg Confession VII:1-3)

Bread from Heaven Is Enough / Laetare 2017 / John 6:1-15

March 26, 2017
Laetare
John 6:1-15

Summary: Five-thousand men (with women and children) left everything behind and followed Jesus into the wilderness. They pursued Him to hear His every Word and receive His gifts. They were not concerned about food for the journey, shoes to make the distance, water for the desert, or even a blanket to sit upon.…

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Office of the Holy Ministry / Lent Midweek 4 2017

March 22, 2017
Lent Midweek 4
Numbers 27:18-23; 2 Timothy 1:6–14; Matthew 28:18–20
Catechetical Sermon on The Office of the Holy Ministry

Based on Luther’s On the Councils and the Church
American Edition of Luther’s Works, vol 41. p.143ff

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Holy Sacrament of Baptism / Lent Midweek 3 2017

March 15, 2017
Lent Midweek 3
2 Kings 5:1-14; Romans 6:3–11; John 3:1–16
Catechetical Sermon on The Holy Sacrament of Baptism

Based on Luther’s On the Councils and the Church
American Edition of Luther’s Works, vol 41. p.143ff

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“The Gift of Christ’s Victory” / Oculi 2017 / Luke 11:14-28

March 18, 2017
Oculi
Luke 11:14-28

In Name of the + Jesus. Amen.

There is no middle ground in the battle between God and devil, between flesh and spirit, and between church and the world. We imagine that we can straddle the fence, play both sides, or dabble as our mortal enemies are mostly harmless.

Two weeks ago Jesus showed us how there is no capitulation to the devil.

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Prepare for The Sunday of Christ, the Stronger One – Oculi (03/19)

Jesus Overcomes the Strong Man

Jeremiah was charged with speaking evil when he spoke the Word of the Lord (Jer. 26:1–15). So also, Jesus is accused of doing evil when in fact He is doing good. He casts out a demon from a mute man so that he is able to speak (Luke 11:14–28). But some said Jesus did this by the power of Beelzebub, Satan. Like Pharaoh of old, their hearts were hard (Ex. 8:16–24). They did not recognize the finger of God, the power of the Holy Spirit at work in and through Jesus.…

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“Everything in Christ” / Reminiscere / Matthew 15:21-28

March 10, 2017
Reminiscere
Matthew 15:21-28

In Name of the + Jesus. Amen.

It’s been a rough week. Just last Friday, my grandmother went to the hospital and on Tuesday she died. Everything changed in a matter of days and hours. We never know when death will come. Sometimes it is quick and sudden. Other times it is slow and excruciating.

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