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4-1-21 Maundy Thursday

April 1, 2021
Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when he was betrayed, declared his last will and testament and disposed of his estate. Many rich men have willed gold and mansions, revenues and high positions. Our Lord says in Luke 9, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Yet Jesus has willed us something far greater than earthly wealth and honor. Our…

3-28-21 Palm Sunday

March 28, 2021
It’s the great privilege of us Christians to think on the Passion of our Lord Jesus. We don’t deserve it. And we need to know this. Oftentimes it seems that the pastor’s job or the Christian’s job is to convince people to give God the favor of thinking about him. Nonsense. It is our honor to think on the Lord Jesus. We should be prize it above riches and honor and fame, above every pleasure…

3-21-21 Judica

March 21, 2021
Whoever keeps my Word will never see death. This is the assertion of the Lord Jesus. The Greek is more elaborate and expressive and beautiful, Whoever guards my Word will by no means see death for ever. That’s what it says. It’s a powerful, dogmatic assertion, spoken with all confidence. And we’re going to deal with this assertion in three ways today. First, we’re going to talk about what it means. Second, we’re going to…

3-14-21 Laetare

March 14, 2021
Each Sunday of Lent so far we have had a stark reminder that the devil is real and hates Christ and man. When Jesus was in the wilderness, the devil assaulted him with all manner of temptations. We heard about the Canaanite woman’s daughter, who was severely oppressed by a demon. Last week Jesus cast out a demon who was mute, and then he spent quite some time teaching us about demons and the nature…

3-7-21 Oculi

March 7, 2021
Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it. In all the histories of the New Testament where people come to Jesus and are healed or saved from the devil, we rarely get to see what they do with the rest of their lives. Your faith has saved you, Jesus says, but what do they go on to do after that? Does their life actually change? So the Syrophoenician woman from last…

3-3-21 Baptism 2 (Lent Midweek)

March 3, 2021
Last week we talked about why Baptism must have power. It has Jesus’ word. And Jesus’ word is always powerful. It created the world, it raised the dead, it forgives sins. And the particular words of Baptism are founded on the power and authority Jesus won by His death and resurrection, an authority and power over death and the devil and all our sin. This evening then we’re going to build on the fact that…

2-28-21 Reminiscere

February 28, 2021
The Holy Spirit tells us Jesus was in the region of Tyre and Sidon. The first thing we have to ask ourselves is why He’s there. Tyre and Sidon, if you know your geography, are north and west of Israel. They’re not part of Israel. It’s not a place where Jews live. In fact Jesus will later tell the Jews that if the works He performed among them were performed in Tyre and Sidon, they…

2-24-21 Baptism 1 (Lent Midweek)

February 24, 2021
There is really no disagreement between the Baptists and Lutherans when it comes to the definition of Baptism. Or better put, you’re not going to find anyone who disagrees with Luther’s definition, “Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God’s command and combined with God’s Word.” There’s simply no arguing with this. Jesus commanded Baptism. We just heard His words, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing…

2-21-21 Invocabit

February 21, 2021
There is a character in one of Dostoevsky’s novels who finally convinces himself that God exists because he sees from the evil of the world that the devil must exist. The devil’s greatest lie has been to convince the enlightened world that he doesn’t exist. Because without the devil, without evil, people think they have no need for God, that they are gods themselves. This is the promise of Marxism and the communism so popular…

2-17-21 Ash Wednesday

February 17, 2021
Every Lent is a time to reassess our lives, the way we live, to realize that everything else is acting, an embarrassing show, except life lived under God and for heaven. This is what Jesus is saying when He warns against hypocrisy. The word hypocrite means actor. We could just as well translate Jesus’ words, Don’t be actors. Don’t act as if God doesn’t exist, as if He doesn’t see everything you say and do…
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