Sermons

Holy Wednesday (1 Ki 17:8–16)

April 12, 2017
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

So, what’s left to talk about? We’ve confessed what the Sacrament of the Altar is, where that’s written, what are the benefits of the eating and drinking, how can bodily eating and drinking do such great things, and who receives this sacrament worthily. We’ve confessed all these things over the past few weeks. They’re good to confess, and it’s even helpful and a blessing to know by heart. So, what’s left?

Now, there could be a mishmash of things. Lots of different teachings on the Lord’s Supper—that either begin with the Lord’s Supper or end there. That’d be a great bible class, but not necessarily a good sermon—not one I’d want to listen to, anyway.

It all comes down to what Jesus says and gives. It’s all His Word and Gift, we simply receive and confess. We see this in His Supper, and the widow of Zarephath and Elijah saw it, too. When it comes to Jesus’ body and blood in the Supper, it all boils down to this point:

THE LORD JESUS ALWAYS ACTS ACCORDING TO HIS WORD. Continue reading

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Sermons

Palmarum (Mt 21:1–9)

April 9, 2017
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

“Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna!” Not, “Alleluia!” No Easter praises today. The crosses are still covered. No “Glory bes.” Just, “Hosanna!” “Save us!”

Salvation: That’s why He’s come. Advent is fulfilled. Today’s reading is the same as the first Sunday in Advent. The prophecy’s fulfilled: “Look, your King is coming to you: gentle and mounted on a donkey.” Adventus: He comes. He comes to save.

They gather round; they cry out, “Save us, now!” “Save us now, Jesus! Save us, YAHWEH who saves.” That’s what Jesus means: YAHWEH saves. “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of Yahweh!” Continue reading

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Devotions, Theology

Light on the Path 2: April 6

“‘For 5283372f-a821-4834-a7f5-4458fe2919f5the mountains will depart, the hills will totter, but My steadfast love will not depart from you, and the covenant of My peace will not totter,’ says Yahweh who has compassion on you.” (Is 54:10)

“For God is one, and one Mediator between God and men: the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, which is the mystery at this appointed season.” (1 Tim 2:5–6)

Yahweh’s covenant of peace will never go away, will never waver, fade, fall over, or topple. His compassion is rooted in His own Word and Promise, which He Himself kept. Jesus is Yahweh in the flesh, and His death stands forever and makes permanent peace. We’re in the season of love, peace, and compassion because of what He did for us.

Whenever you encounter Jesus in His Word and in His Gifts of Font, Office, and Altar, He wraps you in His love, mercy, and compassion. We may doubt, we may falter, we may even depart from Him, but He is there immovable, His promises unshakeable, His Gifts ever fruitful, His Word ever true.

A mystery indeed! “If we are unbelieving, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” (2 Tim 2:13)

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Sermons

1 Samuel 21:1–7

April 5, 2017
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

Who receives this sacrament worthily? (LSB 327)

Fasting and bodily preparation are certainly fine outward training. But that person is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.”

But anyone who does not believe these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, for the words “for you” require all hearts to believe.

INI + AMEN. Continue reading

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Sermons

Questioning

April 2, 2017
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

Jesus speaks, and we listen. We not only listen. Jesus speaks; we confess. We take His Word, and we don’t interpret. You confirmands know that. We take Jesus’ Word at face value. We repeat it. We repeat it as we teach and learn it. We repeat among each other. We repeat it to other people. Always Jesus’ Word, nothing else. We don’t try and change them because they don’t fit with what we think. Jesus speaks; we listen. Jesus speaks; we believe it. Jesus speaks; we simply say, “This is what Jesus says.” Continue reading

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Judica (Jn 8:46–59)

April 2, 2017
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

Who’s JESUS? It’s a question many people want to answer. People come up with all sorts of answers, and they’re usually based on their own preconceived ideas. Most of the time, people don’t want to listen to what JESUS has to say about Himself. Now, in the Gospel of John, JESUS is really clear about who He is. He says the same things in the other Gospels, but Matthew, Mark, and Luke have JESUS being more subtle. But in John, JESUS lets the cat out of the bag.

And there’s one thing you get from what JESUS says, there’s one thing He can’t be: a great moral teacher. That’s not JESUS—not the JESUS of the Gospels, anyway. You can either believe what He has to say, but if you don’t, there’s only two options for who JESUS: He’s either crazy, or He’s a liar. If He’s either of those, then He can’t be a great moral teacher.

So, who does JESUS claim to be? Well, from our Gospel text this morning, we’re confronted by what JESUS clearly says about Himself. JESUS confronts us with this:

JESUS, THE GREAT I AM, HONORS THE FATHER AND KEEPS HIS WORD. Continue reading

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Sermons

Lent 4 Midweek (Lev 22:26–33)

March 29, 2017
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

The Lord speaks. He gives. Faith that’s created by His speaking and giving will be strengthen by the same speaking and giving that gave it life. From the speaking and giving of the Lord, faith is given, strengthened, it’s given life and growth. The Lord speaks. We listen. The Lord gives. We receive.

Yahweh, the Lord Jesus, doesn’t just give us something good that’s safe to ignore. He’s not some doctor who says, “You know, you should probably cut out the salt, eat more fruits and veggies, and exercise more.” We know all that. “Yeah, I know,” is usually the reply. But what Jesus says and gives doesn’t have to do with offering you a higher or better quality of life, which is really what we want—more success, or whatever. If there’s no measurable return on the investment now, we move on. “Yeah, I know,” continues to be the answer.

But Jesus’ speaking and giving has to do with what happens when your heart stops and you breathe your last. He’s an eternal physician, working eternal cures on bodies and souls that are only eternal and live in and through Him. He made them, He gave them to us, He will raise them up. That’s His Word, His promise. The Lord speaks. We listen. We trust Him. How can we not?

JESUS IS TRUE TO HIS WORD AND PROMISE OF SALVATION. Continue reading

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