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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