Sermons

Advent 1: Ad Te Levavi (Mt 21:1–9)

Advent 1: Ad Te Levavi (Mt 21:1–9)

Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

Advent. Coming. So it was in our text: Passover, so everyone came. To Jerusalem they came. Many from Galilee were there, and then a whirlwind of excitement—Jesus came, too! “The entire city was shaken” by His coming. Their hearts were afire with passion, their cries echoing throughout the hills of Jerusalem.

Distracted. The events swirling in our story distract us from the Lord, but the Lord isn’t in the “wind” of excitement, nor the “quaking” of Mt. Zion, nor the “fiery” passion of the crowd. Compared to the cacophony of “Hosannas,” Jesus’ Word is a “whisper,” a “still small voice.” But what He says, and what He tells His disciples to say—His Word—tells us all that we need to know about Him and His Coming. Continue reading

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Sermons

Advent 2 (Lk 21:25–36)

December 4, 2016
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

The season of Advent is all about JESUS coming. Advent means “He comes”—not just as a baby in Bethlehem, but with all His almighty, endless power on the Last Day. That day will burn like an oven and furnace as He promises through Malachi. But even before you get to the Last Day when JESUS returns, there’s the End Times. The times of struggle, persecution, and unbelief that come before JESUS returns.

These three things go together (the End Times, the Last Day, and JESUS), and, today, we’ll look at them together. So, ready or not: here we go. Continue reading

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