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What’s On Your Mind? (Mark 8:27-38)

Our Worship Theme Today’s Scripture Lessons emphasize that we as children of God are to humbly accept the troubles that come upon us in life, continuing to trust in God’s love. And that instead of turning from God to seek our own answers, we ought to continue to serve Him and trust that He will…

The Hour of Temptation! (Luke 4:1-13)

Christ Jesus Defeats Our Temptation and Saves Us by His Faithfulness In faith and the fear of God, Abraham prepared to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac. At the Word of the Lord, he “took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son.” And “when they came to the place of…

On the Mountain with Jesus! (Matthew 17:1-3,5b)

The Face of Jesus Christ Manifests the Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God It was “a hard thing” that Elisha asked, but by his persistence he was able to see the prophet Elijah being taken “by a whirlwind into heaven.” Although “chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of…

Let Jesus “Play” You! (Mark 1:29-31)

The Son of God, Christ Jesus, Makes Us a New Creation The Lord alone “is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth” (Is. 40:28). He “sits above the circle of the earth” and “stretches out the heavens like a curtain” (Is. 40:22). Yet, His almighty power is demonstrated chiefly by His…

Listen to God’s Prophet! (Deuteronomy 18:15-20)

Our Lord Jesus Christ, True God in the Flesh, Cleanses Our Consciences from Sin As He promised, the Lord our God has raised up “a prophet” like Moses, namely Jesus, our brother in the flesh. “To him you shall listen,” because the Word of the Lord is “in his mouth” (Deut. 18:15–18). Indeed, He is…

God’s Son Under Pressure! (John 1:47-49)

The Lord Calls Us to Himself by the Preaching of Repentance in His Name When “the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time,” sending him to preach judgment against the great city of Nineveh, “Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD” (Jonah 3:1, 3). By this…

Jesus Teaches! (Mark 1:22, Luke 4:15, John 1:38)

The Lord God Is with You and Reveals Himself to You by the Preaching of His Word The Lord Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael to “come and see” that He is “the Son of God” and “the King of Israel” (John 1:43–49). And they shall see even “greater things than these” (John 1:50). For His…

Follow the Star! (Matthew 2:1-12)

The Lord God Is Manifested in the Incarnate Son The Feast of the Epiphany centers in the visit of the Magi from the East. In that respect, it is a “thirteenth day” of Christmas, and yet it also marks the beginning of a new liturgical season. Where Christmas has focused on the incarnation of our…

What Was Spoken of Jesus! (Luke 2:33-40)

A Sermon By Martin Luther Aside from translating the Bible into the language of the people, composing many hymns, and producing the Small and Large Catechisms; Martin Luther’s sermons for the church year, called “postils,” were his most influential writings for both pastors and people alike . . . an influence that has continued down…

An Unexpected Present! (Luke 1:26-38)

The Lord Builds a House for David: Jesus Christ Who Comes in the Flesh When King David “lived in his house and the LORD had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies,” he piously supposed that he would build a house for God (2 Sam. 7:1–2). But the Lord would turn it around: He would…