Pentecost (Jn 14:23–31)

May 15, 2016
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO


((5. Oops!: The world offers a false peace.))

The world says to you, “Peace and safety!” But it’s a lie. The world offers “peace and safety,” but it’s all a sham. It’s as certain as a forecast, as solid as air, as secure as quicksand. Politicians try to offer peace. It doesn’t matter if they’re on the right or the left: peace in our borders; peace in our homes; peace in our retirement; peace in our healthcare. No matter what sort of peace the world offers, it’s not lasting. It’s fake! The peace of a padded bank account, of a nice home, of sound mind, healthy body—now that peace may last for a time, but the grave is the great equalizer. It shows that the world’s peace lasts only as long as we can keep it going or as long as we keep going. Continue reading


Pentecost—John 7:37–39


הֶאֱמָנְתִּי בְרוּחַ־הַקֹּדֶשׁ הַאָדוֹן וְהַמְחִייָה

Πιστεύω εἰς τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον, τὸν Κύριον καὶ Ζωοποιόν.

Credo in Spiritum Sanctum, Dominum et vivificantem.

Ich glaube an den Heiligen Geist, der Herr ist und lebendig macht.

Creo en el Espiritu Santo, Señor y Dador de vida.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life.

It’s Pentecost, we remember when the Apostles “were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance” so that, all who heard, heard them “telling in [their] own tongues the mighty works of God.” In this miracle the Spirit shows us that it doesn’t matter if you speak Hebrew or Greek, Latin or German, or even Spanish or English. You are meant to hear about the mighty works of God, that is, what He’s done for you in His Son, Jesus Christ.

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