Sermons

Quinquagesima (1 Cor 13; Lk 18:31-43)

Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

“Whenever what is finished comes, then what is partial will be brought to nothing.”

INI + AMEN.

Faith trusts Jesus. Faith looks to Him alone and not what we do or our own love. Apart from Christ we are blind. Without Him we’re nothing. No Jesus, no faith. Faith alone saves because faith is trust that Jesus alone saves you by His death and resurrection.

Faith isn’t perfected by your love. Faith doesn’t save you because love for your neighbor is also present. Trusting Jesus, your Savior, alone saves you and makes you right with God. He is all in all, not you and not your love. Otherwise you’d have something to boast in—your love. Continue reading

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Septuagesima (Mt 20:1–16)

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

INI + AMEN.

The Lord is true to His Word and Promises. He does what He says. He can’t not! He is merciful and gracious. From Him flow all manner of Gifts that deliver salvation and eternal life. He’s the true Source. Like with the Israelites, it wasn’t the rock itself, but Yahweh who “stood on the rock.” From Him flows the Gift. He gives. We receive. “Without any merit or worthiness” in us. Continue reading

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Quinquagesima (Lk 18:31–43)

February 26, 2017
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

Jesus predicts His Lent for you, His passion for you, His suffering and death for you. We’re just a few days shy of Lent, and Jesus is already ahead of the game. He’s on His way. We’re going with Him. But that’s not all! 3 days from Ash Wednesday, we’re about 50 days—quinquagesima—from Easter. He predicts that too: His empty tomb for you.

Jesus does His Lent-ing and His Easter-ing for you, and faith alone clings to what Jesus has done. Jesus of Nazareth alone goes the Calvary way. He knows the Way. He sees the way. It’s the lonely way. He’ll only be surrounded by those who mock Him, treat Him shamefully, spit upon Him, beat Him, and kill Him. He goes the Kingly way. Jesus of Nazareth, is “the son of David,” the King of the Jews.

He goes on to Jerusalem. Of course He does! Just like any other king. The Son of David’s throne is there, and He’s the promised One who must ascend that throne. But not like any other king—He’s the Son of Man, the Messiah, the Son of God. “In lowly pomp He will ride on to die”—His Lent for you. Not like any other King—He’s come to die.

MERCIFUL KING JESUS SETS HIS SIGHT ON JERUSALEM. Continue reading

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Sexagesima (Lk 8:4–15)

February 19, 2017
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

[5. Oops!: Which soil are you?]

Which soil are you? That’s what you want to know, right? Whenever we hear the parable Jesus has for us today, that’s what we think about. So, which soil are you? Inquiring minds want to know! So, look at your life. Has the devil and your flesh already snatched the Word from you, today? Checked out of the service, maybe? What about rocks of pride, thinking “I know this already”? What about “concerns and riches and pleasures of life”? Plenty of that to go around. There’s always something that gets in the way of the Word: money, work, vacation, sports. These pile up and choke the Word. It seems there’s only a one in four chance of being good soil… Continue reading

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Septuagesima (Mt 20:1–16)

February 12, 2017
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

Septuagesima. It’s a funny looking Latin word. That’s what this Sunday is called. Septuagesima. Seventieth. Seventieth before what? Well, we’re actually starting our Easter count down. It’s about 70 days till Easter.

So, what is our joy this Septuagesima Sunday? It’s that God, our heavenly Father, deals with us Sola Gratia. By Grace Alone your Father deals with you in His Son. Your Father is gracious towards you, He’s favorably disposed towards you, His favor rests upon you only because of His Son, Jesus. Grace isn’t some sort of power that God gives you or some energy God uses. Grace is how God feels about you because of His Son. It’s not something you have to find. He delivers it to you. Continue reading

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