As long as the Son, the eternal Word, lives, you shall live. You have God with you now, and you shall have him and all of his gifts for eternity, for Christ makes us blessed forever. For you? Blessings win.
Sermon Index – Rev. Benjamin Delin
We rejoice in the calling of St. Peter because we see in this calling how Jesus still loves us. He not only dies for you, but he calls Peter and his apostles and his pastors so that you would know it, believe it, rejoice in it, and have eternal life in his name.
Christ’s Word is powerful. It has what we need. It does what it says. Christ’s Word has power and authority – the power and authority to rebuke demons – the power and authority to rebuke fevers – the power and authority to save your soul.
The bride and groom didn’t see Jesus’ miracle happen just like we didn’t see it happen. But hopefully, they believed the word of the servants and gave thanks to Jesus for all that He did for them. And I pray, we do the same.
Fears siege us. Worries attack us. We often find ourselves tied up in fear knots. But the Lord comes to us. He says, “Fear not, for I have created you. Fear not, for I have redeemed you by the blood of my Son. Fear not, for I have summoned you by name in your Baptism. You are mine.” Be confident in the Lord. Let his Word undo your fear knots. Remember his promise: “Fear not, for I am with you.”
We don’t know much about Simeon, but his confession of faith is certainly strong enough to impact the liturgy of the Church for centuries.
If these four people could be included in the significance of Jesus’ genealogy, you have value to God as well. This is what Christmas is all about, God’s good favor coming to outsiders…me and you! Had Matthew left out those four individuals, we might have missed the whole point! Merry Christmas!
The resurrection is real and King Jesus is in control.
We often focus on our confession of faith on Reformation Sunday, but this year we will focus on what Jesus calls us to do.
The striking question that the Gospel of Mark leaves you muddling over is this, “Jesus said he was going to be in Galilee on the third day after his death…would you, in faith, go to see him? Everything else happened, just as he said…”
Often we do not acknowledge how significant creation is and how directly connects our sin is in it's affects upon creation. Creation mourns when Jesus dies.
If there is every a circumstance that believing is not seeing it is in Holy Communion. We want so badly for life to be purely based on empirical data, and we'd like it if faith were not the exception. But the disciples saw and it didn't help them, so...
Palm Sunday has many moving piece and is tricky to take all on its own simply because we know where it leads us. But there is one simple question that can challenge us to our core.
It can be easy for a tree, a turkey, some toys and tinsel to become the focal point of gatherings at this time of year. If we do not see His glory it can be easy for this to happen. But seeing Him may be a little more than seeing the beauty of a rainbow.
If we're asking the wrong questions about Christmas we will undoubtedly come to the wrong answer. Genesis 3:15 is the first promise of the Gospel that God will send a savior to restore creation. But who is this person? And when will they come? And now you're ready to hear the Good News that comes at Christmas.
"Where is the best place to remember your family members who have died in the faith? As your going to communion. You are closer to them spiritually than you ever were in this life." The sacrament is the heart of our religion. Communion is an All Saints' benefit.