Sermons

Christmas Eve (Lk 2:1–14, 15–20)

Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

The story you’re hearing again tonight is also being heard in countless other churches. It’s got all the trappings of a good story, a great story. The complete story—beginning to end—is full of twists and turns, of darkness and sadness that speaks to our deepest longing, of light and joy that we think can’t possibly be true. It’s got flesh and blood characters. Characters who’d feel just like you and I would if we were in their shoes. Continue reading

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Sermons

Christmas Eve (Mt 1:18–25)

December 24, 2015
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

(1. We’ve all experienced people not keeping their word.)

Here we are at another Christmas Eve. We’re celebrating the birth of the Lord God Himself. He’s been born to save us, and so Alleluias, Hosannas, and Glorias fill our songs! But for some, there’s something putting a damper on their Christmas joy. There’s many reasons for this, but there’s one that’s highlighted by the Christmas story in general and in our text from Matthew 1 specifically. It doesn’t just affect us during the holiday season either. We experience it all times of the year. From the gifts you were promised and didn’t get, to the visits that didn’t happen as planned or expected, to even the honey-do list that’s more of a honey-didn’t list. We’ve all experienced people not keeping their word. Continue reading

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