Sermons

Lent 5 Midweek (8th Commandment)

Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

[[8th Commandment]]

INI + AMEN.

What’s in a name? Your name? Everything! It’s almost as important as your Social Security Number, your credit report. Once your name’s trashed, you’re ruined. It’s hard to come back from a lie, a rumor, a truth! What’s in a name? God’s name? Jesus. “The LORD saves.” God’s name: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Given to you in your Baptism. There everything of God, given to you in His name. What’s in name? Your neighbor’s name? Yes, their name, too. Actually, them before you. Continue reading

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Questioning

Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

All eyes—all ears!—on the Lord. That’s the life of faith; that’s the life of a disciple. He speaks. We listen. He delivers; we receive. That, too, is faith. To trust Jesus is to hear and receive from Him. To His disciples He gives life. (He gave His life—not just for His disciples, but as a ransom for many, for all.) The life Jesus gives is delivered in His Word and Gifts. Jesus leads His followers to His Word and Gifts—to hear, receive, and believe. This isn’t a before confirmation sort of thing. It’s a life-long sort of thing. It’s really the life of a Christian: all eyes—all ears!—on the Lord. Continue reading

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Lent 4 Midweek (7th Commandment)

Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

[[Seventh Commandment]]

INI + AMEN.

“Every good and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” All things are gift from the Lord. What He gives is a gift. What He doesn’t give is also a gift. In His giving and in His not giving the Lord is giving gifts. He’s gifting everything. He knows “how to give good gifts to His [baptized] children.” Whether He gives or withholds—all is received in the way of gift by His baptized children. He’s gifted to you; He’s gifted to your neighbor—also you to them and them to you. Everything, everyone is a gift from the Lord. The Lord has created us to live begiftedly—as, from, and through His gifts. This is the Seventh Commandment—gifts from Him to your neighbor through you. All things are gift from the Lord. Of course, they are! As James says, “Every good and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” Continue reading

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Lent 3 Midweek (6th Commandment; Ephesians 5:22–33)

Lent 3 Midweek (6th Commandment; Ephesians 5:22–33)

Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

[[6th Commandment]]

INI + AMEN.

Of all the Commandments besides the 1st Commandment, this is the most appropriate one to look at in Lent. The 1st Commandment (“You shall have no other gods”) would fit in Lent because Lent is all about what Jesus, your God, has done to save you. Jesus is the “God” of the 1st Commandment, who died and rose for you. But we looked at the 1st Commandment in Advent, so we’re left with the 6th Commandment (“You shall not commit adultery”). Continue reading

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Lent 2 Midweek (5th Commandment)

Lent Midweek 2 (5th Commandment)

Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

[[5th Commandment, p. 321]]

INI + AMEN.

“The Spirit” is “the Lord and Giver of life.” Life is a gift, a gift from the One who “hovered over the face of the waters,” fluttering over them, brooding like a bird so that those waters would produce light and life. That’s the Spirit’s job: to give life. To give, instill, “breathe” life into the dead and lifeless is what it means to be the “Lord and Giver of life.” And so it was that “Yahweh breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

The Spirit’s not alone: He “proceeds from the Father and the Son.” That Son, Jesus, is “the life of all the living,” as we sang earlier, and the Father sent Him in order “to bring life and immortality to light.” This is new life. Jesus is “the death of death, our foe.” His empty-grave, life-from-the-dead life is delivered to you: splashed on your forehead in the water, Spirit, and Word of your Holy Baptism. Continue reading

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Lent 1 Midweek (4th Commandment)

Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

Our reading this evening about the family life of Issac and Rebekah and their sons, Jacob and Esau, points us to the 4th Commandment, and that Commandment is our sermon text. Our praying of Psalm 32 this evening is our confession that we have not kept, that is, that we’ve not truly cherished that Commandment, not truly cherished the gifts that God protects with that Fourth Commandment: “parents and other authorities.” But that Psalm 32 confession is really that we’ve not “feared, loved, and trusted God above all things.” For rejecting His Commandment, His gifts flows from rejecting God. Continue reading

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