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Sermon for the 9th Sunday After Trinity PDF Print E-mail

Being Shrewd with Possessions Comes rrom a Merciful Master
Ninth Sunday After Trinity - July 24th, 2016
Text: Luke 16:1-13; 1 Cor. 10:6-13; 2 Samuel 22:26-34
Vicar Jonathan P. Jennings


In the name of Jesus!  Amen.


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, the parable from our gospel reading today is one that makes you scratch your head.  It’s not as easily understood as say the Parable of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin, or the Prodigal Son, all of which come prior to our text today.  Here, we see what appears to be at first glance, Jesus commending an individual for being a thief.  Ultimately, He’s not.  With parables it’s important to remember that the meaning is intended to be hidden.  “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, so that ‘they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven’” (Mark 4:11-12).


Parables are like codes that reveal the kingdom of God to believers.  They’re used to teach and catechize.  Take for example the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  Where the world primarily hears a story of how we should reach out to those in need, and while we should, Jesus ultimately intends for us to see how he’s the Good Samaritan.  He’s the one that has mercy and compassion on humanity.

 

As for our parable today, the world would say that Jesus wants us to be thieves and to steal from the rich.  Yet, that’s not correct.  God’s law reveals to us that we shall not steal.  To say that Jesus wants us to steal would be contrary to the law of God.  What this parable really showing us is that the Master has been wondrously merciful to us, even in our unrighteousness!  The mercy shown by Him is generous and freeing!  It’s so full that it even frees you to be shrewd with unrighteous possessions to extend His kingdom.

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Sermon for the 8th Sunday After Trinity, 17 July 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Sermon for the 8th Sunday After Trinity, 17 July 2016 (PDF)

Rev. Jason D. Lane




 







































 

 
Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity PDF Print E-mail

Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity at

Luther Memorial Chapel, Shorewood, Wisconsin

Genesis 2:7-17; Rom. 6:19-23; St. Mark 8:1-9

Rev. Ben Hertel 

 

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

To you all who are beloved of God in Shorewood, called as saints:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

            

Who speaks to you all today, saying,

“I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat.”

 

How fortunate for those people back then! How wonderful a miracle to behold, having had nothing to eat for three days, then to be fed by only 7 loaves of bread and a few fish. What I wouldn’t give to not have to pay my own grocery bill each week. I would give much more in order that God would enact this miracle today, in front of me.

 

Yet, everyone continues to try and convince me that there are miracles every day. That I just have to look hard enough, and I too, can experience the miraculous power of God, just like those 4000 did on a hill in Galilee.

 

However the miracles they bring to my attention are everyday things that happen to everyone else, as well. To be sure, it is a great miracle that God looks after me and daily and richly supplies me with all that I need to support this body and life, but what about my enemy? What about God’s enemies? Why are they also well fed and cared for?

 

The curse of the Law is written on more than just your hearts. It is etched into your bones and scratched into all of creation. You get hungry. You starve unless you don’t eat. This is a law as well. You must eat to survive. 

 

Jesus could have done a lot better with this miracle. He could have made it ongoing. Each generation could be fed with the amount of food produced by this miracle. Starving children in China would be a thing of the past. World hunger would finally be eradicated and UNICEF be put out of business.

 

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SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY – JULY 3, 2016 PDF Print E-mail

SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY – JULY 3, 2016
TEXT: MATTHEW 5:17-26; ROM. 6:1-22; EXODUS 20:1-17
NEVER RELAX GOD’S LAW;
ALWAYS REST IN CHRIST’S FULFILLING WORK FOR YOU
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


To all those at Luther Memorial Chapel and University Student Center who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Dear hearers of the Word made flesh:


In this highly driven, hyper connected, media-mad world, God help you to relax. In this hostile-to-the-Gospel age God give you times of calm and rest. Amid fast-paced demands - unrealistic expectations even from yourself - God help you to relax. To relax from mental and physical and emotional demands – to rest and be refreshed is no sin. In fact, it is God’s will for you for God blessed the Sabbath Day and made it holy. Good and proper rest is becoming less common in our age. At the same time harmful relaxing is becoming quite common.


Whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven…We know Satan attacks the preaching of the Gospel. He leads away from preaching Christ-crucified and the forgiving gifts of our Lord. He tempts hearts to see Christianity as living or feeling a certain way – thus obscuring the Gospel. His ultimate target is to cover over the Gospel tempting those claiming to be Christian to think they can compare and conquer by keeping the law. But his tactics against the Gospel include not only seeking to replace it with the law but also relaxing the law so that there is no hunger and thirst for the Gospel.


Surely the wide-spread relaxing of God’s law in America today – is one major reason for the decline in those confessing Christ. In China, and Africa and India – there is growth in confessing Christ often in face of persecution. But it is no secret that in America the number of those confessing Christ is declining. This is not unrelated to the relaxing of God’s law and disdain for God’s wrath.

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