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Faithfulness! (Matthew 25:14-30)

God’s Gift of Forgiveness Engenders Our Forgiveness of Others The Day of the Lord is “near and hastening fast,” and it will be “a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation” (Zeph. 1:14, 15). The Lord will search out and punish “the men who are complacent” concerning His Word, “who fill…

Faith & Good Works! (Matthew 25:1-13)

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…

Nesting with the Lord! (Psalm 84:1-5a,12)

Saints Are Blessed in the Eternal Presence of Christ “A great multitude … from all tribes and peoples and languages” cry out, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne” (Rev. 7:9–10). Faith-filled saints from every place and time with unified voices eternally magnify the Lamb of God. As His beloved children, we,…

Luther Speaks! (Matthew 22:1-14)

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…

God & Caesar! (Matthew 22:15-22)

We Are Recreated in the Image of God by the Cross of Christ Plotting against Jesus, the Pharisees attempted “to entangle him in his words” by asking about the payment of taxes to Caesar (Matt. 22:15). The Lord pointed to coins required for the tax, and He answered that we should “render to Caesar the…

Called & Chosen! (Matthew 22:1-14)

Clothed in the Righteousness of Christ, We Partake of His Wedding Feast By His cross and resurrection, the Lord has swallowed up death forever, and by His Gospel He “will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth” (Is. 25:8). Therefore, “let us…

Toss Out the Rubbish! (Phillippians 3:7-11)

The True Vine Redeems the Vineyard of the LORD of Hosts “The vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel” (Is. 5:7), which He planted “on a very fertile hill” (Is. 5:1). He did everything for His vineyard, not only clearing it of stones and planting it with “choice vines,” but also…

Be Like Christ! (Phillipians 2:1-18)

The Cross of Christ Opens to Us the Way of Repentance to Life with God The way of the Lord is righteous and just: “the soul who sins shall die” (Ezek. 18:4). However, because the Lord has “no pleasure in the death of anyone” (Ezek. 18:32), He calls sinners to repentance and faith in His…

The First and the Last! (Matthew 20:1-16)

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…

Sins Against God! Sins Against Us! (Matthew 18:21-22)

Forgiving as the Lord Forgives Us In settling His accounts with us, our Lord acts not with anger, but with compassion. He does not imprison us as we deserve, but He forgives all our debts and releases us (Matt. 18:23–27). Therefore, our Lord bids each of us to have “mercy on your fellow servant” and…