Christ joins His baptizing and teaching together. Some put them dangerously asunder... Hear the full audio of "What in God's Name Are You Doing to That Child?" A sermon on Deu.6 / Eph.6 / Luke 8:4ff Part Three for "All Who Believe and are Baptized" Lent Series 28 February 2018 Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (ESV) Hear, O … Continue reading What in God’s Name are You Doing to That Child?
PART TWO of the “All Who Believe and Are Baptized” Lent Series for 2018 Hear the full audio of "Does Your 'One Lord' Sign His Covenants on Infants?" A sermon on Genesis 17:1-14 / Colossians 2:6-15 Midweek Lent Service / 21 Feb. 2018 (Genesis 17:1-14) When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to … Continue reading Does Your “One Lord” Sign His Covenants on Infants?
Beware the spiritual daredevil in you... Hear the full audio of "Throw Yourself Down?" A sermon on Matthew 4:1-11 (ESV) First Sunday in Lent / 18 February 2018 Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, … Continue reading “Throw Yourself Down, for It is Written…”
PART ONE of the "All Who Believe and Are Baptized" Lent Series for 2018 Hear the full audio of "From Heaven or From Men?" A sermon on Matthew 21:23-27 (ESV) Midweek Lent Service One / Ash Wednesday / 14 February 2018 Matthew 21:23-27 (ESV) 23 And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and … Continue reading Jesus Asks, From Heaven or From Men?
Read the origin story of this 2018 Lent sermon series about a small town wrestling with big questions about Baptism… The chapel at that southern Illinois State Correctional Center was quiet except for the distant whir and hum of the prison porter's vacuum cleaner. New Inmate Orientation was over. Chapel rules, activities and services were … Continue reading Preface to the 2018 Lent Series
Readings for Maundy Thursday 13 April 2017 "Faith Alone Works...Though Our Flesh Objects" From: The Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article VI "The Third Use of the Law," par. 22-25  But how and why the good works of believers, although in this life they are imperfect and impure because of sin in the flesh, … Continue reading Readings for Maundy Thursday
Sixth grade kids now know as much or sometimes even more about other world religions than they do about their own faith. Public Schools who once saw the wisdom of Moses’ words and warnings no longer allow his voice to be heard there. It's not their job, but our sacred task to teach them the … Continue reading Faith Alone Works What the Word Commands
Readings for Midweek Lent 6, 5 April 2017 "Faith Alone Works...What The Word Commands" From: The Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article VI "The Third Use of the Law," par. 19-21  But as far as the old Adam is concerned, which still clings to them, he must be driven not only with the Law, but … Continue reading Readings for Midweek Lent 6
What do we do with such a feisty Jesus? What of this name-calling, disagreeable Jesus in John 8? Religious conflicts and arguments remain as plentiful as ever. God's Name most often gets dragged into these modern conflicts about laws and rules, rather than matters of grace and forgiveness of sins, the presence of the living God among his people on earth, and His gift of eternal life. People stand and fight about all the wrong things. Jesus proclaims that heaven is for the living, not the dead... Listen in as Jesus fights about the living God and true religion, for you...
A contrast is drawn between the person living "under the Law" and the person "under grace." The person under the Law does good works from fear of punishment or with hope of gaining some reward or favor from God. The person under grace does good works freely and with a cheerful conscience, free of punishment … Continue reading Faith Alone Works While Ruled by Grace