One of the most difficult tasks we have as Christ's disciples is that of forgiving those who have sinned against us. And as Jesus spoke to Peter, we are not to do so just once, not just seven times, but seventy times seven! So if we fail in this task does that mean our sins won't be forgiven? Is God's forgiveness conditional? And if it is, then is it something we earn?
In an age where many have grown cavalier in regards to "sin", where we may admit to making a few mistakes along the way and excuse the same saying "I'm only human"; find out why Jesus deals with sin as such a deadly serious matter! Discover our Lord's loving purpose in going out of his way to make sure we identify ourselves as the sinners that we are.
The path to the Lord's Salvation, that is his victory over sin, death, and the devil, culminated in Jerusalem on the Cross, and as believers we are headed to our own graves where in Baptism being joined to Jesus' death we look forward to also sharing in his resurrection.
In this rapidly changing world, what someone has called "liquid modernity", is there a place one which to stand? Is there anything enduring? Jesus identifies a community built upon a rock that will endure, and from which the forgiveness of sins is given. And as the Reformer Martin Luther taught, "where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation."
It takes a foreign woman in desperate need for the rest of us to recognize that even the crumbs that fall from the Master's Table are more valuable than anything this world can provide. We plead for God's mercy, not out of any sense of being deserving, but trusting in the promise of the Gospel that God for Christ's sake forgives us our sins.
Living in and among the weeds is the reality of our lives in this age. We can be thankful that the uprooting of all evil hasn't happened yet. It will at Christ's return. In the meanwhile there is opportunity to repent and be gathered in our Lord's garner as wheat, rather than to be burned as weeds.
The Word of the Kingdom, significantly that it has arrived with Jesus, is like seed. When seed finds its way into soil it will produce fruit. Just so, when God's Word finds its way into human hearts it bears much fruit.We must not get discouraged, but keep allowing the Word to be in our ears, penetrating our hearts, and upon our lips.
One week Jesus announces that he did not come to bring peace, but a sword. And the next week He invites all who labor and are heavy laden to come to Him and He will give them rest. This sounds peaceful indeed! Find out more about the rest and peace that in fact our Lord brings.
There is a consistent Biblical concern over false prophets and false teaching, from the Old Testament Prophets, to Jesus, and then by his Apostles. Often the false prophets are preferred by people over the prophets giving truthful messages. What are the marks of a false prophet? In this sermon I share with you five marks of a false prophet.
Some messages we would prefer not to listen to, such as harsh warnings or indications of punishment. But shooting God's messenger doesn't erase the message or the truth. In the end, if we welcome the bitter pill, we can look forward to the most incredible deliverance and promises.
The Bible names all believers as a priesthood of believers. Does this mean we really don't need pastors? And what are priestly duties? Pastors are just one kind of minister. All of us are to serve God and our neighbors in our vocations. We are all to witness to the Gospel. And we all are to pray for others.