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Pentecost 8A—Matthew 14:13–21

Christ Feeding the 5000

Christ Feeding the 5000

Pentecost 8A—August 8, 2014
Matthew 14:13–21
“God’s Delivery System”
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bossier City, LA
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How does God deliver His gifts? It’s an interesting question. Does that thought even register in our minds? Do we consider that at all? We all agree that the Lord pours forth His gifts. We’ve all received gifts from the Lord. Each and every day and each and every Sunday we receive gifts from the Lord. He even gives gifts to the unrighteous, to the wicked, to the unbeliever! The Lord is like fountain of blessings. We know this. But how? How does the Lord do this?

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Pentecost 6A—Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43

Text: Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43
Title: The World: Where a Wordy War is Waged
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What are we to make of the devil? What should we think when hear about Satan? What should be looking out for? What must we keep in mind? Well, I think it’s pretty clear from Jesus’ parable of the wheat and the weeds that the devil, as scheming, cunning, and crafty as he is, isn’t actually that smart. He apes whatever God does. He apes whatever He sees Jesus do. The devil isn’t creative as we count creativeness, but he can only play monkey see, monkey do. He thinks he’s outsmarting the Lord. He certainly outsmarted the Lord’s servants, His angels, “Did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’” But you can’t outsmart the Lord, “He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’”

But the devil won’t give up. He keeps waging his war. When it comes to our Gospel lesson, I know you’re thinking, “This doesn’t seem like warfare to me.” But trust me it is. How does the devil wage his war? Well, he does it how the Lord Himself does things: with words. The Lord sows His Word: we learned that last week. When the Lord sows His Spirit-filled Word, it produces sons of the Kingdom. It produces faith. It creates new life. As we heard last week in Isaiah, “My word that goes out from my mouth shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” The Son of Man sows His Word, and the devil sows his word. No matter who’s sowing, sons of a kingdom are produced: Sons of the Father’s Kingdom when the Son sows, and sons of the devil’s kingdom when the devil sows. Continue reading

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Pentecost 4A—Matthew 11:25–30

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How are you yoked? What burdens you? What weighs you down? What presses upon you? We’ve all got something, don’t we? It could be family troubles. Families, created by God to be places of love, are often so very burdensome. Estrangement. Abuses. Those in them that are no longer Christians. Maybe it’s friends. No friends, bad friends. Could be work? No work. Not employed. Under employed. Over worked. Money troubles? Health problems for you or others. And then some of these or all of them can come at you at the same time.

But the Lord saves us from all of this, well, He saves us in spite of this. “In the world you will have trouble,” says Jesus. We certainly have lots of that. “But take heart, I have overcome the world.” It can’t get you down….well…it can, but it won’t keep you down—not forever. You will rise on the last day. Then you will be free from all your yokes. Then and for all eternity “there will be no more death nor mourning nor sighing nor pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” This is what the Lord promises to His people because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, and what joy we can have in that promise!

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Pentecost 3A—Matthew 10:34–42

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(1. Oops!: The sword comes against the church.)

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” That’s a hard pill for us to swallow. Jesus did come to bring peace, but it’s not peace as the world would have it. It’s not even as we want to define it. There’s a result or an effect that Jesus’ peace has—a sword. The sword comes against the Church. Think about Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman, who was imprisoned for being a Christian and threatened with death, even while pregnant, because she believes that Jesus died and rose again for her. Think about the Church in Denmark. Denmark is forcing Churches to Conduct Gay Marriages. Think about our own country. Where will we be heading?

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Pentecost—John 7:37–39

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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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