They've got a grand reputation for being a lively and strong church. Problem is, Christ declares they are dead. All should see what's happening at Sardis, and guard against it in their own hearts. Rather than making a name for themselves, Christians here learn to delight in their white garment and new name written in … Continue reading Revelation Session 13: The Letter to Sardis
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?
Our focus tends to be on the past, where we once were. God is leading forward, into contentment! Hear the full audio of "The Land Where God is Bringing you" A sermon on Deuteronomy 8:1-10 / Service of Thanksgiving / 24 November 2019 Deuteronomy 8:1-10 (ESV) 8 “The whole commandment that I command you today … Continue reading The Land Where God is Bringing You
The former things are gone. Our God is making something new for you--fully worthy of your joy and delight! Hear the full audio of "Rejoice in That which I Create" A sermon on Isaiah 65:17-25 / Last Sunday of the Church Year / 24 November 2019
Personal self-examination is important. Here, Christ prepares His congregations for His corporate 'self-examination' with the seven letters to the seven churches. The Living Lord Jesus holds the keys of Death and Hades, but entrusts the keys of the kingdom of heaven to His Church. We revisit and conclude our conversation on the mission of the … Continue reading Revelation Session Eight: Seven-fold Structure of Seven Letters
We rejoice in the unsung saints of centuries past and recent memory. Praising God for His blessing pronounced, received and fulfilled--we now lay hold of our Lord's "Blessed" for ourselves, with special attention to the gift of Peacemakers in our midst. Hear the full audio of "Blessed are the Peacemakers" A sermon on Matthew 5:9 … Continue reading Sermon: Blessed are the Peacemakers
Session Seven: The Living Son of Man [slides video] 10.27.19 For the full series, visit the REVELATION: A SANCTUARY BIBLE STUDY page.
"And in other news: Techs restored Baptism and Fellowship Series audio this week. The lone Web monkey at isaiah504blues.com repaired the audio links to the Baptism (2017) and Fellowship (2018) Lent Sermon Series pages. During the renovation of the podcast host site, immanuellutheranlaurelne.com, all previously embedded and direct download links to sermon, Bible Study and … Continue reading The Return of Baptism and Fellowship Audio
We not only need a Lord who will humble and correct us, we have that one Lord whose steadfast love helps us. An informal reflection on Psalm 107 and Matthew 16. Hear the full audio of A Matins Meditation for October 23 Readings for today include: Psalm 107:10-16 Deuteronomy 24:10-25:10 Matthew 16:13-28 (You can get … Continue reading A Matins Meditation for October 23