A Lenten Vespers Service for Contemplation of Our Lord’s High Priestly Work Priests don’t tend to be good role models throughout the Gospels and in the book of Acts. Rather, priests accuse and antagonize Jesus and his disciples by their fierce focus on the Law. Yet Jesus warns us all against lawlessness. We learn about … Continue reading Priests Welcome the Lamb’s Lawful Direction
An Encouraging Service of Prayer and Preaching With thousands in need, the disciples troubleshooot the situation and come up empty. One offers everything at hand. In the midst of uncertainty, Jesus makes satisfying use of it all. Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Churchwwww.immanuellutheranlaurelne.com Hear the full Service of Prayer and Preaching (Lutheran Service Book, p.260ff) for the … Continue reading One Boy, Two Fish, Five Loaves and Jesus
We're all compelled now to change our ways and to take a hard look at things unseen by the naked eye. Godless prophets of doom abound; their predictions get worse every day. The worst is coming soon... "Cleanliness is next to godliness," so goes the world's sermon day after day. Some suggest your own clean … Continue reading You are Godly Priests for a Godless World
The world is afflicted, suspicious and afraid of more trouble to come. In Jesus, the kingdom of God comes upon us with deliverance from sin, death and the Devil. He is the Stronger Man who overcomes internal burdens and external evils--even disease, death and the grave. The battle is joined as He gathers the afflicted … Continue reading Gathered with the Stronger Man
God knows no better gift for you than His Son--and true sonship by faith in His name... Click to hear the full audio of "To All Who Received Him" A sermon on John 1:1-14 / Nativity of our Lord / 25 December 2019 John 1:1-14 (ESV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word … Continue reading To All Who Received Him
John the Baptist knows who he is before the Lord. Better still, he knows who he is NOT. Do you? Click to hear the full audio of "A Voice of One Crying Out" A sermon on John 1:19-28 / Fourth Sunday in Advent / 22 December 2019 John 1:19-28 (ESV) 19 And this is the testimony … Continue reading The Voice of One Crying Out
People-pleasers come in all shapes and sizes, even when the the one person you're trying to please is you. Christ enters in to call us to yield to his judgment, even concerning ourselves. We are freed from chasing the likes, shares, favor and approval of anyone but Jesus--by Jesus who justifies the ungodly. Click to … Continue reading Big Deal, or Small Thing?