Category Archives: Sermons

All Saints: Running the Race (Hebrews 12:1-2)

sermon-11-4-18.mp3 The sermon text for this Commemoration of the Festival of All Saints is from the Epistle to the Hebrews, chapter 12, verses one and two as it is printed in your bulletin.  Let’s read it together: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every […]

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Reformation: Justified By Faith (Romans 3:19-29)

The older I get the less I like mirrors.  I don’t think I’m aging, but the mirror says otherwise.  And mirrors don’t lie.  Mirrors show you what YOU REALLY LOOK LIKE, not what YOU THINK YOU LOOK LIKE.  Mirrors show me things about me that I’d rather not see – wrinkles, age spots, a bald […]

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Pentecost 22: Enter Into God’s Rest (Hebrews 4:1-13)

The text for our consideration today is our Epistle reading from Hebrews 4 which concerns or entrance into God’s rest. “Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.” (4:1). I’m not sure why you’re here today.  For that […]

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Pentecost 21: What Must I Do To Inherit Eternal Life? (Mark 10:17-22)

sermon-10-14-18.mp3 “As [Jesus] was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked, ‘Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’” I want to begin by saying, I like this guy. I really like this guy. Here’s a guy who’s interested in ‘eternal life.’ ‘What must I […]

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Pentecost 18: The Pursuit of Greatness (Mark 9:30-37)

sermon-9-23-18.mp3 Jesus wanted to get away from the crowds so that He could be alone with His disciples to teach them.  He wanted their undivided and undistracted attention so that they would understand what they must understand.  They must understand what is going to happen before it happens so that when it happens they will […]

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Holy Cross Day: The Way of the Cross (1 Corinthians 1:18-25 / John 12:20-33)

sermon-9-16-18.mp3 Today, we celebrate the Holy Cross “on which the Prince of Glory died.” (LSB #425) To be sure, the cross is not ‘holy’ in and of itself. In fact, in and of itself, the cross is just two pieces of wood joined together with rope and nails. In and of itself, the cross is […]

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Pentecost 16: The Faith of a Gentile (Mark 7:24-30)

sermon-9-9-18.mp3 The text for our consideration is the first half of our gospel reading that begins, “And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden.”  The thing you’ve got to know […]

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Pentecost 15: Martyrdom of John the Baptist (Mark 6:14-29)

sermon-9-2-18.mp3 John the Baptist stands at the end of a long line of Old Testament prophets whose job it was to point men and women, boys and girls to the Messiah, the Christ.  He did so with words. John pointed people to Jesus with words of WARNING – “He comes to judge you. Therefore repent […]

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Pentecost 14: Christian Marriage Counseling (Ephesians 5:22-33)

sermon-8-26-18.mp3 The text for our consideration today is our Epistle reading, Ephesians 5:22-33 – where St. Paul gives us a picture of marriage as it can only be seen through the eyes of faith.  No Sociology text book or Political playbook is ever going to describe ‘marriage’ the way Paul does here. Paul calls marriage […]

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Pentecost 11: Grumbling in the Wilderness (Exodus 16:2-15 / John 6:22-35)

sermon-8-5-18.mp3 “And the whole congregation of the people of Israel GRUMBLED against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.” Which is a shame really, because Moses never really wanted to be a pastor to begin with.  He didn’t like public speaking and was content simply shepherding his father-in-law’s sheep.  But the Lord called him, even from […]

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