Sermons

Thanksgiving (Lk 12:13–21)

Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

Gifts. The Lord Jesus gives them. Gifts. We like them. Of course we do. I mean: come on! Who doesn’t like gifts? Gifts. It’s why we’re here today. Should be why we’re here. There’s so many gifts afoot today. It’s hard to keep them all straight. So many gifts being doled out today—an extra slice of pie. So many gifts will be bought tomorrow—Black Friday. So many Gifts delivered Sunday after Sunday here—the Lord Jesus’ gift-giving place.

Gifts. The Father of Jesus is the Fountain and Source of all gifts and goodness, and, in and through His Son Jesus, “He provides all that we need” not only “to support this body and life” but to support the soul and eternal resurrected body life.

Gifts. They’re given. All sorts. All from above. Gifts given to be received. Gifts given to be enjoyed. The true God is all about gifts and gift giving. Continue reading

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Sermons

Thanksgiving (Lk 17:11–19)

Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

In just a few short hours we’ll be saying, “Well, that hits the spot.” So, what hits the spot? For each of us it’s different. We fight over which part of the meal we like the best. Maybe what hits the spot for you, also hits the spot for someone else. Then things get a bit tricky around the dinner table. It’s all a bit subjective, though. What you like they might not. What they like, you might not. Or at least not as much—that’s the hope.

We need something more than personal preferences. We need more direction than just “what hits the spot?” No “our god is our belly” here. Our Gospel lesson like a map, like a signpost—something objective—shows us that it’s not a matter of “what hits the spot?”, but “what” or rather “who marks the spot?” And all the movement in our text—there’s a lot—actually makes it easy to figure it out. There’s only one Target, one Spot, one Person it all revolves around: Jesus. Continue reading

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Sermons

Thanksgiving (Lk 17:11–19)

November 26, 2015
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

What’s with these 10 lepers? Well, I guess for some people it’s really a question about those nine. What’s with those guys? Is it that they have poor manners? Their mom’s didn’t teach them right? They didn’t learn to say thank you? Were they rude? So often we look at the healing of the 10 lepers as a story, a moral lesson, on how to be a thankful person. That you better not forget to say, “Thank you.” That you better be thankful to those around you but especially to God, or else! But when we look at what Jesus does and what He’s got to say, we find out that it’s not really about all that at all. It’s more about Jesus giving, more about faith receiving what Jesus is giving than about how thankful we ought to be. Continue reading

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