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Pentecost 19B (Mk 10:2–16)

October 4, 2015
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

(1. Oops!:) Marriage is all screwed up.

That’s what we see out in the world today. It’s obvious things aren’t as they once were. If we wanted to talk in terms of natural law, things have gone all wrong. It’s seen also in the theological view of marriage: that marriage is a living picture of the relationship between Christ and His Bride, the Church. That’s what Paul talks about in Ephesians 5: Christ saves His bride. The Church is saved by her husband. Christ doesn’t die for Himself, He doesn’t save Himself, but He dies, He saves His bride, the Church. So also the Church doesn’t save herself, she doesn’t make herself perfect, but she is saved, made perfect by her husband, Christ. The putting together of two Christs, or two Churches breaks the living picture God made, as Jesus says, “From the beginning of creation, “Male and female He created them.’” Continue reading

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Pentecost 8B (Mk 6:30–44)

“Called and Sent”
July 19, 2015
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS
AUDIO (Early) || AUDIO (Late)

INI + AMEN.

Today’s a good day. It’s a good Sunday. It’s good for you. It’s good for me. Jesus, the Lord of the Church, has blessed us. He has sent me into your midst to be His under-shepherd, your pastor. It’s a blessing for me. And He’s blessed you so that you once again have a pastor. The Lord Jesus loves you and me, and that’s why He’s done this. Jesus is “gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” Now, we can bottle all of that up in one word: compassion. Jesus is compassionate, and in our text today we see it. It’s not just about what happened some 2,000 years ago in Galilee but about what Jesus is doing even now in Bremen. You see,

JESUS HAS COMPASSION AND GIVES HIS GIFTS THROUGH HIS CALLED AND SENT ONES. Continue reading

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