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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…

2-14-21 Quinquagesima

February 14, 2021
The Lenten season is approaching and we are making our annual pilgrimage up to Jerusalem where everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets has been accomplished. No longer is this saying hidden, but it has come to pass, and the apostles understand it, and we with them. For our Lord was delivered over to the Gentiles and was mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. After flogging him, they killed…

2-7-21 Sexagesima

February 7, 2021
When we think about power we usually think about force, about what we call active power, the power to compel and control. The government has power, because it has laws backed up with guns. And as the Holy Spirit says, if you resist its power, it doesn’t hold the sword in vain. In fact, the government is one manifestation, one instance of God’s power, as a force that compels. We see this power all throughout…

1-31-21 Septuagesima

January 31, 2021
Jesus presents working in the vineyard as a privilege. What else are you going to do? Sit in the marketplace with nothing to do, worthlessly whiling away the time? And it is a privilege to work in the church, which is what the vineyard represents. By work in the church I don’t mean what Pastor Richard and I do. I mean what every Christian does. We come to hear the Word of God every Sunday.…

1-24-21 Transfiguration

January 24, 2021
The season of Epiphany concludes today with the Transfiguration of our Lord. Throughout Epiphany we’ve been seeing more and more clearly who Jesus is. Today we hear the Father’s voice, once more identifying Jesus as his beloved Son. In addition to this we learn that Jesus is the Son of God who must suffer. In order to understand exactly what’s going on at Jesus Transfiguration, we must back up a chapter in Matthew’s Gospel. In…
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