Reminiscere – Second Sunday in Lent
They honored God with their lips, but their hearts were far from Him. Not unwashed hands, but the evil things that proceeded from their hearts defiled them. Consider what it is that has defiled you, the things that have come out of your heart. Repent, for as our Lord found unbelief in Israel and left them for Phoenicia, so does God give the impenitent sinner over to his sins. But among sinners does the Christ work. There among pagans does His Word create faith. Faith endures testing, the trials and tribulations of this world. Faith clings to Christ. Faith prays “Lord, help me!” And faith always receives its reward: to eat from the Master’s Table.
Download (right-click, save as):3-4-2012 Matthew 15:21-28
Oculi, Third Sunday in Lent
You were the possession of a strong man. Every sinner is. His power is the lie. And you were powerless to escape. You had become a happy slave, glad to remain in his control. But a Stronger Man than he came upon him, and overcame him. The Stronger Man overcame him not in power and might, but in humility and meekness. The Stronger Man wields the Sword of Truth, which strips away the armor of the tempter. And the Stronger Man, the Victor, takes your soul as the spoils of the battle. You are sundered by Him from slavery to the devil, and delivered over into forgiveness, life and faith. Blessed are you who hear the Word of God and keep it.
Download (right-click, save as):3-11-2012 Luke 11:14-28
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Great sermon for the Forth Wednesday in Lent (I’m not biased. )
Laetare, Forth Sunday in Lent
It was all miraculously done for them. But the miracle of the feeding of the 5000 wasn’t about full bellies or baskets full of left-overs. It was a lesson about God and man, an illustration of how God works among His fallen creatures. More miraculous still is that hearing the account of the miracle, even while fasting from earthly bread, you are filled. For the God who gave Israel to eat in the desert filled His hands with the head of the steel spikes, that the Law be fulfilled, and His forgiveness and salvation be distributed to the multitudes, to you, and to all men.
Download (right-click, save as):3-18-2012 John 6:1-15