Category Archives: Luther

Easter 3 and Confirmation: Acts 9, Blinded By Light

Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, alleluia! We live in a time when glowing personal testimonies are often regarded as God’s sure action.People may yawn at Scripture texts but get goose bumps over something that has no sure … Continue reading

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Getting a Little Preachy

Epiphany 4C: Jeremiah 1:4-10, Luke 4:31-44 “Don’t preach to me,” we say when someone speaks definitively, especially if it doesn’t fit our preconceived notions.  Or when one speaks for a long period of time we say they are getting preachy. … Continue reading

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Two Hearings of the Word

Epiphany 3C: Nehemiah 8:1-10, Luke 4:16-30 There are but two hearings of the Word of God – faith and unbelief. There is no middle ground. No cool, detached critical view high up in the bleachers. It is either faith or … Continue reading

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Watch and Pray: Mouths Open, Tongues Loose

Midweek Advent 3: In the year 1532, Martin Luther preached a sermon about John the Baptist in which he said this: “The real reason for observing St John, is not because of his austere life, not because of his phenomenal … Continue reading

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Even For the Dogs

Proper 18B: Mark 7:24-37 The region of Tyre and Sidon were not exactly the spiritual centers of the world. The region is known primarily as the homeland of Queen Jezabel, you know the queen who lead her husband Ahab to … Continue reading

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Divided and Reunited

Proper 5B It is often said and thought that family is what best ties together and remains strong together. While for many families this is true, what we see something different in the Gospel of Mark and that which is … Continue reading

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Baptism of Our Lord

Dear saints dead sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may … Continue reading

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The Word Was Made Flesh and Tabernacled!

John 1:1-14 In many and various ways, God spoke to His people by the prophets, but now in these last days He has spoken to us by his Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also … Continue reading

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Reformation: Freedom That Cannot Be Taken

Dear heirs of the Reformation, set free by Son of God, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. It is the time of year again when we at Bethlehem have a convergence … Continue reading

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St. Michael and All Angels

Readings: Daniel 10:10-14, 12:1-3; Revelation 12:7-12; Matthew 18:1-11 It’s hard to think that such an important day would lose it’s history and significance in such a short time. Michaelmas, as it had been known, the day of St. Michael and … Continue reading

Posted in Angels, Catechism, Divine Service, Lord's Supper, Luther, sermon