Sermons

Trinity 11 (Lk 18:9–14)

Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

((5. Oops!: When you stand before God, there’s no other sinner but you.))

“God be merciful to me, the sinner.”

“God be merciful to me, the sinner.”

Look down, beat your breast, and say it with me, “God be merciful to me, the sinner.”

Not “a” sinner, one among many. No, the Tax Collector in our parable says that he’s the only one. From the Tax Collector’s godly perspective, he is all that counts. The Lord looks at him and him alone, and what does the Lord find? The only sinner there is. Everyone is better than him, more godly than him, more righteous than him because they are good, godly, and righteous—he is not.

So also you. That’s who you are before God. When you stand before the Lord’s judgment seat, there is no one else. There is no class action lawsuit. There’s only you. There is no other sinner but you. Continue reading

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Sermons

Trinity 11 (Lk 18:9–14)

August 27, 2017
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

What makes God good with you? Is He happy with you? If you were going to die, and you needed to “get right with the Lord,” what would that mean? Are you right with God? Is He pleased with you? Does He like your choices, what you’ve done with your life, what you think, say, or do? What if He’s not? Then what? How do you fix that problem? How do I get back into His good graces? How do I get cred with Him then? How do I make Him happy with me again? Continue reading

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