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Pentecost 17C (Lk 15:1–10)

September 11, 2016
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

Jesus saves sinners. If He saved you, then you’re a sinner. If He had to save you, then there’s nothing you could’ve done or said about it. If that’s the case, and it is, then His death is all that counts for saving sinners, for saving you. It all begins and ends with Jesus. He’s the Alpha and the Omega, after all. He does everything to save you. He dots all the i’s and crosses all the t’s. He leaves no stone unturned. Nothing is left unfinished. Continue reading

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Loretta Bargmann Funeral (Jn 10:22–30)

September 10, 2016
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He’s your Good Shepherd. He’s Loretta’s Good Shephered, and that’s not, He was Loretta’s Good Shepherd, but He is Loretta’s Good Shepherd, even now. He cares for His sheep. He loves them. Each of them is His own. They are His, and He is theirs. They’re special to Him, His treasured possession. They’re unique. He knows all of His sheep, and He knows all of the unique, special, and sometimes quirky ways that they are His sheep. He gifts them with their abilities: like being able to design the house you grew up in or still live in now. He’s always there for His sheep. He doesn’t leave them or forsake them. They’re His sheep and He the Good Shepherd. Nothing can change that, not even death. Whether alive or dead, whether in this life or the one to come, Jesus’ sheep remain His sheep. And

NOT EVEN DEATH TAKES A SHEEP FROM JESUS’ HAND. Continue reading

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Pentecost 13C (Lk 12:49–53)

August 14, 2016
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

The world likes to tell us that Christianity is all about peace and love—full acceptance and praise of everyone no matter what they do, say, or choose. That’s what JESUS taught—the thinking goes. Maybe we get lulled into that sort of thinking too, but then Jesus says this: “Do you think that I have come to give peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” Wait, come again? Continue reading

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Pentecost 12C (Lk 12:22–34)

August 7, 2016
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

The lilies of the field. Contemplate the lilies of the field. The free flowers that just grow. They don’t care if they’re in a field, on the side of the road, or even in your vegetable garden. Those flowers don’t work. They don’t punch a clock. They don’t get up early or go to bed late. They don’t have hard times, lose their jobs. They just grow and glorify God Who made them in all different colors and styles. So glorious that not even King Solomon in all his glory was decked out like one of those little wild flowers! Continue reading

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Pentecost 12C (Lk 12:22–34)

August 7, 2016
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

There are lots of things that are in short supply in the world or even in your world! From food to money, health to safety, happiness to just general ease of life—not everyone has these things around the world. Maybe you don’t either! But what is there enough of? There’s enough of it to go around to everyone so that everyone can have enough—actually more than enough to go around! Worry. Endless anxiety. But Jesus draws our eyes away from our worry to the lilies of the field. He draws our eyes there, to just one of those little flowers, and He wants us to learn from the lily how to grow. For with that one little flower, a flower that has more glory and beauty than Solomon in all his riches and power and wisdom, a flower that’s here today, gone tomorrow—yes, Jesus uses that flower to show us something far better than anything in all creation. Jesus shows us, tells us:

THE FATHER’S GIVING HIS KINGDOM AWAY—TO YOU! Continue reading

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