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Pentecost 26B|Mission Fest (Is 51:4–6)

November 22, 2015
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

The Lord’s given many promises about His Word. He’s given us promises about His Church. He’s told us the benefits of His Word. He’s told us the blessings of His Church. Our God preached through Isaiah in Isaiah 41, “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” And He Himself preaches it again in our Gospel lesson, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” Jesus, your God, preached in another place, “The gates of hell shall not prevail against My Church.” The Church will always be a light on a hill, calling sinners to repentance and faith in Jesus. The Lord’s Word will endure forever. Even as the Eternal Word spoke it, so it must endure. This means that the Holy Christian Church will endure. There’s no reason to worry about it. She must endure. Why?

THE LORD’S SENT OUT HIS WORD AS A LIGHT TO THE NATIONS.

That’s why. Continue reading

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Pentecost 26B (Is 51:4–6)

November 22, 2015
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

The Lord calls us to hear His Word. That’s what He tells us through Isaiah. We’re “to fear, love, and trust in Him above all things.” And this means that we won’t “despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.” And so the Lord speaks, “Give attention to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation.” He calls us to listen to His Word. It’s not just law, as it’s been translated on the back of your bulletin, but it’s His Torah, His instruction, that is, His entire Word. For that Word “will go out from Me,” He says, and His righteousness, His “justice” He’ll set, “for a light to the peoples.” He does this because His Word endures forever. “Heaven and earth may pass away,” as says Jesus today, “but My Words will by no means pass away.” Continue reading

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Pentecost 25B (Dan 12:1–3)

November 15, 2015
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was fluttering over the face of the waters.” And on that first day, “God said, ‘Let there be light!’ And there was light. God saw that the light was good.” Then later on, on the fourth day, “God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens. Let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth.’; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth.” And, when God was done creating, He saw that everything He made was very good. The light of perfection glistened and gleamed off of everything, even on the mist and dew that came up from the earth and watered it. All creation shone with perfection and beauty. It was all glorious and bright—like the glow of a bride on her wedding day. Continue reading

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Pentecost 24B (1 Ki 17:8–16)

November 8, 2015
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” That’s what John says in the opening verse of His Gospel, and today in our text from 1 Kings, we see this Word appear to Elijah. “The Word of Yahweh came to Elijah.” This isn’t some voice in Elijah’s head. The Word always needs a preacher, and the eternal Word preaches His own Word. The eternal Word, the Son of God Himself, before His incarnation, appears to Elijah and speaks. He says, “Arise, go to Zarephath and dwell there. I’ve commanded a widow there to provide for you.” Our faith is strengthened by this account of Elijah and the widow at Zarephath. Our faith is strengthened in Jesus not only because of what He says to Elijah but also because of Elijah’s preaching and the miracle the Triune Yahweh works in “Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon.” Through all of it we see one thing:

THE LORD JESUS TAKES CARE OF YOU. Continue reading

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All Saints (Rev 7:9–17)

November 1, 2015
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

You’re going to die. That’s reality. One day your heart will stop beating, and you’ll be buried out there or at some other cemetery. Not what God intended for you—it’s nevertheless the way of things in our fallen world.

You are going to live. That’s reality. One day your stopped heart will beat again, and you’re grave—all graves—will break open. As Christ rose from death, even you shall rise from the dead to eternal life. “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” On that day our victory song shall be: “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” For on that day “Death and Hades [will be] cast into the lake of fire” never to be seen or heard from again. That’s Christ’s promise to you—seen in His empty tomb; sealed on your forehead and heart in the waters of Holy Baptism. Continue reading

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Reformation—Observed (Jn 8:31–36)

October 25, 2015
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

Today we observe the best feast day in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. It has the joy of Christmas, the confidence of Good Friday, the hope of Easter, and the power of Pentecost all rolled into one. Today we observe and remember what actually takes place on this coming Saturday: not Halloween but the Feast of the Reformation. We don’t celebrate Luther. We rejoice that our Savior Jesus Christ, the true Lord of the Church, used Luther and many other faithful preachers and teacher to restore the message of the Gospel to His Church. A Gospel message that we hear from Jesus Himself today in John chapter 8: “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Continue reading

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Pentecost 21B (Mark 10:23–31)

October 18, 2015
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

In our Gospel lesson today we’ve got a passage that was spoken by Jesus that’s ended up on bumper stickers and their modern equivalent: memes. It’s on T-shirts, and probably coffee mugs, pictures, and posters. But just because it’s been pulled from it’s proper context and put into the context of 140 characters or less, doesn’t mean it’s in the right context. If we want to understand the Scriptures rightly and use them properly, we can’t just use a verse willy-nilly. Have you ever had something you’ve said taken out of context? So also we should work to keep what God Himself says, what Jesus says in context. Now, what verse am I talking about? Jesus said, “with God all things are possible.” Continue reading

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