Sermons

Trinity 1 (Lk 16:19–31)

June 18, 2017
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

Jesus is quite the story teller. He’s a poet of parables. He’s a master craftsman with His captivating characters, powerful prose, and vivid imagery. He tells them for one reason, and one reason alone: “that seeing they may not see and hearing they may not understand.” The Lord Jesus suffers Himself to be rejected, missed, and misunderstood. He preaches Himself (especially in the parables!), but He doesn’t force Himself on anyone. For those who don’t want Him, they won’t have Him. They’ll find something else entirely, put their trust in something else entirely.

The problem is—left to ourselves—we miss Him, too. We turn the parables to our advantage. Find what puts us first, Jesus second. We do this most of all when Jesus, apparently, hides Himself the most, but yet He’s really there plain as day! Right in front of us! Just like our “problem” parable today. Continue reading

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Trinity Sunday (Jn 3:1–15)

June 11, 2017
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

Blessed be the Holy Trinity and the Undivided Unity.

INI + AMEN.

The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. We don’t have three Gods but one God. The Father is merciful. The Son is merciful. The Spirit is merciful. We don’t have three Merciful’s but one Merciful. The Father is forgiving. The Son is forgiving. The Spirit is forgiving. We have not three Forgivings, but one Forgiving.

One God, three persons. One God who saves. One God who redeems His people. One God who shows mercy.

The Father sends the Son, not to condemn or judge the world but to save it. The Son obeys His Father’s will and dies for the sin of the world. The Spirit delivers the Father’s love for us in the death of His Son to you in the waters of Holy Baptism. “Whoever is born of water and the Spirit shall enter the kingdom of God.” Continue reading

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Pentecost (Acts 2:1–21; Jn 14:23–31)

June 4, 2017
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

June 7, 2017
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church—Marysville, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.” Pentecost was fulfilled. The promise had been made and kept. Jesus made it; Jesus kept it—of course He did! His life, death, and resurrection were only the beginning. He ascended and continued His work. He promised the Spirit. “The Father will send Him in My Name.” The Spirit was sent, and so He came.

The Apostles’ received the Holy Spirit, as Jesus had said. There was a rushing wind, a vision of tongues of fire, and people were hearing the Apostles in their mother tongue. They still had the Galilean accent, but the Apostles spoke like “Parthians and Medes, Egyptians and Romans, Greeks and Arabians.” As bewildering, amazing, and perplexing as that was, that’s not all because just like Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection were only the beginning, so also Pentecost was only the beginning. Even today, Pentecost continues. The Spirit’s work continues. Continue reading

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Exaudi (Jn 15:26—16:4)

May 28, 2017
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen!

HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!

INI + AMEN.

Jesus has ascended to the right hand of God’s Almighty throne. Now He’s seated there forever looking like a Lamb that was slain. Slain for your sins. He took them as His own. He conquered His foes. Death is undone—He rose. Satan, the accuser, is silenced. He lives and reigns with all things placed under His nail-scarred feat.

He’s got not just “the whole world in His hands,” but Jesus upholds the entire universe. Planets rotate, stars shine, galaxies spin because Jesus says so. He does all this not just as God, but as a man, because He’s both God and man.

He uses His power for you. He makes everything work out for good. He makes blessings out of bad choices. He heals you when you’re sick. He mends all wounds—spiritual, physical, and emotional. He gives you strength when you’re weak from all those pains.

He feels them all. He experienced them all. He lived life just like you and me (without sin though), and He bore it all in His own body on the tree. He redeemed all of you: your soul, your body, your everything. He’s God, so, of course, His dying and rising did that. Continue reading

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Ascension (Mk 16:14–20; Acts 1:1–11)

May 25, 2017
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen!

HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!

INI + AMEN.

Jesus has ascended. It’s a big day for humanity. Easter was big: death was overcome. Our God became man, then died and rose. He really was alive again: “He showed Himself alive…by many proofs” (Acts 1). Now, another big day: there’s a man upon the eternal throne! Jesus is God, and He’s still man—will be forever! “Man with God is on the throne” (LSB 494), as we sang earlier. That’s huge!

Acts 3:21: HE MUST RECEIVE HEAVEN UNTIL THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS. Continue reading

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Rogate (Jn 16:23–30)

May 21, 2017
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen!

HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!

INI + AMEN.

The Lord delivers on His promises. He dies. He rises. He lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. He delivers the benefits of His fulfilled promises: forgiveness of sins, new life, eternal salvation—delivered in Baptism, Absolution, and the Supper.

The life we have in Jesus can only be had by being firmly, continually, even weekly, planted and rooted in His life-bestowing Gifts and Word. We will only blossom in faith and love through Him, the Vine. Only when we are steeped in Him and His love, delivered in reading and studying His Word, will we actually have love for others.

The implanted Word blossoms not just in the fruit of love for those around us, but more importantly it blossoms, bears fruit in our faith toward God. This blossoming fruit can be seen, or rather heard, in a simple way: prayer. Continue reading

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