Sermons

Installation of The Rev. George F. Borghardt, III (Jn 20:19–23)

Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bossier City, LA || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

What is Jesus doing?!? What’s the Lord Jesus up to? He’s up to something. On a day like today, you can’t miss it. You can’t miss…him! (Hot seat!) Jesus delivers, sends His man when and where He wants him. Can’t be any other way! Jesus is the Lord of the Church—the Holy Christian Church—not any of you, not me, not Pastor Borghardt. Not anyone is Lord of the Church except Jesus—Jesus alone. And you? You receive Jesus’ man as His man. 100% gift from Jesus: sent as the Father sent Jesus. Now, delivered. Soon, installed. Then your man, your Jesus man. He from Him. All to you and for you.

So, what’s the Lord Jesus all about? It’s really easy to figure out what Jesus is all about. Just hang on every Word. The Word of Jesus, the eternal Word of God. Where to listen? “If you forgive, they are forgiven,” He says. Where to look? It’s written all over Him. Printed, no, imprinted on His hands and side. Water and blood came from there. All three together: hands, water, blood. The signs of peace, and the deliverance of peace, too. (We’ll get there.) Three signs that deliver three words: “I forgive you.” Three signs (hands, water, blood). Three words (“I forgive you”). One man. The Jesus man, and in those three words from the one man, we hear and see all that Jesus is all about.

What’s the Lord Jesus doing? What’s He up to? What’s He all about?

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Sermons

Pastor Matthew Durance Installation (Jn 20:19–23)

October 14, 2017
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Greenleaf, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

The Lord gives. Of course He does! He’s the Giver God, don’t you know? You didn’t doubt that, did you? Of course not! Only ask, seek, and knock, call a call committee—3 times, 4 times, 5 times. Only our sinful flesh would doubt the Giver God then.

But the Lord, as is His way, gives. He gives precisely when He means to, precisely what He means to, precisely in the measure and quantity He means to. Today, there’s no “please, sir, may I have another,” no “I need more power,” no some for you and none for you, no haves and have nots. That’s how it is on other days with rain, crop yields, money, or “whatever else we need to support this body and life”—His Father’s 1st Article Gifts.

No, here and now the Lord gives freely, abundantly, completely, and fully. There’s no limit here. “The Lord gives the Spirit without measure.” No limit to His “spoke by the prophets,” His “one Baptism for the remission of sins,” His “resurrection of the dead,” His “life of the world to come.” There’s only overabundance to His “forgiveness of sins,” His “communion of saints,” His “holy Christian Church.” His Spirit’s 3rd Article Gifts. Continue reading

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