22
May
2017

Ask !

Sermon on John 16:23-30, for the 6th Sunday of Easter (1 Yr lectionary), Rogate Sunday (Ask!). A sermon about Jesus' promise that "whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." What does Jesus promise mean? How do we address our doubts and worries about this? What does it mean to ask in His name? How can we experience the fullness of joy that Jesus promises to deliver? What does it mean to love Jesus, and be loved by Him? Why is this a love worth dying for? Is that how we are saved? 

00:0000:00
15
May
2017

Spirit of Truth

Sermon on John 16:5-15, for the 5th Sunday of Easter, Cantate (Sing!), in the 1 Year lectionary. A sermon about Jesus' farewell discourse, His sending of the Holy Spirit, and what the "convicting" work of the Holy Spirit is about. How does the Spirit convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment? Who is the "ruler of this world?" How does the Spirit of Truth speak freedom to us, through the cross of Jesus? 

00:0000:00
8
May
2017

Who is Like God?

Sermon on Isaiah 40:25-31, for the 4th Sunday of Easter (1 Year Lectionary, Jubilate (Shout for Joy!) Sunday. A sermon about God's conversation with His people about how He is an incomparable God (starting back in verse 9) and the immeasurable greatness of His creation and our inability to comprehend it all or to judge or advise Him. How many stars are in the universe? Why is this significant, and what does it have to do with God's care for us? Why is it an ancient thought to think that God has forgotten us? What is His response? How does He lift us up as on eagle's wings? 

00:0000:00
1
May
2017

Known by the Good Shepherd

Sermon on John 10:11-16, for Misericordias Domini (Mercy of the Lord) Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Easter (1 Year Lectionary), about how Jesus is the Good Shepherd. What does the Shepherd imagery in the Bible tell us about God, us, and bad shepherds? What does it mean to be "known" by Christ as the Father knows Him? 

00:0000:00
24
Apr
2017

Confessing Thomas

Sermon on John 20:19-31, for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, 1 Year Lectionary, Quasimodo Geniti Sunday ("Like Newborns..."), about the resurrection appearances of Jesus to the apostles and then Thomas, and how seeing the risen Jesus with His scars helped Thomas overcome his doubts and give a great confession of the faith! What doubts and skepticism do people face todaay about the resurrection? What misunderstandings about the nature of Jesus' resurrection does this help clear up? How do we navigate between the opposite extremes of an unrelenting skepticism (that ultimately can't be consistently upheld), and a gullibility or naivete about faith? Where is the right middle mark, and how does faith in Jesus fulfill that? 

00:0000:00
17
Apr
2017

I know that my Redeemer Lives!

Sermon on Job 19:23-27, for the Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Sunday; about the resurrection faith of Job in the midst of his trials and sufferings. A faith that confessed his hope in the resurrection of the physical body and his Redeemer, who would one day stand upon the earth. What other longings did Job express that are also fulfilled in Christ Jesus? How does the book of Job answer the question of why the righteous serve God, even in the midst of suffering? Why is this sentence: "I Know that my Redeemer Lives" of such great comfort to believers?

00:0000:00
10
Apr
2017

The Mindset of Christ

Sermon on Philippians 2:5-11, for Palm Sunday, about the "mindset of Christ" as He chose to be a servant for our sakes, becoming obedient even to death on the cross. How do we "have this mind in ourselves, which is ours in Christ Jesus?" What is so amazing about this servant mindset of Jesus, and what He accomplished?

00:0000:00
3
Apr
2017

Vindicate Me

Sermon on John 8:46-59, for the 5th Sunday in Lent Judica (Judge) (1 Year Lectionary), about the heated confrontation between Jesus and the Jews in the temple, during the Feast of Tabernacles--leading to an escalating exchange over hearing, believing, and keeping God's Word, and Jesus' identity as the Divine Son of God. Prefiguring the crucifixion, and how God vindicates or judges Jesus to be innocent. 

00:0000:00
27
Mar
2017

Guest Preacher President Matthew Harrison

Sermon on the 4th Sunday in Lent, (1 Year lectionary), with readings from Exodus 16:2-21, Galatians 4:21-31, and John 6:1-15. This sermon was preached on Sunday, March 26, 2017, by guest preacher Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, the president of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. We were honored to have him bring God's Word to us, in this 50th year of our congregation's ministry on Maui, and 500th year of the Lutheran Reformation!

00:0000:00
20
Mar
2017

Christus Victor

Sermon on Luke 11:14-28, for the 3rd Sunday in Lent (1 year lectionary), about Jesus' healing the demon possessed man, being accused of being in league with the devil, and how Jesus responds to these false claims. What do the mini-lessons about the strong man, and the house swept clean mean? What is the greater blessing to be sought from God's Word? What is the "Christus Victor Theory", and how does it relate to this passage?

00:0000:00
12
Mar
2017

Unforgettable Faith

Sermon on Matthew 15:21-28 for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, about the Canaanite Woman who showed unforgettable faith as she pursued Jesus for the healing of her daughter. Why did Jesus seem cold to her at first? What triple lesson is there for her, the disciples and us? How does this parable influence how we deal with "outsiders" and our prejudices? What made her faith remarkable, and what was Jesus' final response to her?

If you would like to check out my original hymn composition to go along with this reading, please visit:

http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com/2017/03/crumbs-from-my-masters-table.html

 

00:0000:00
6
Mar
2017

The Conscience under sin

Sermon on Genesis 3:1-21 for the 1st Sunday in Lent (1 Year lectionary), about "The Fall into Sin", or Adam and Eve's temptation. How are their actions and response the familiar first motions of the human conscience, as affected under sin? What are the "illicit defenses or remedies" that our conscience springs to, and what is the lawful defense of the conscience that Christ bestows on us? How do we deal with conscience troubles?

00:0000:00
27
Feb
2017

The Greatest Gift is Love

Sermon on 1 Corinthians 13, "The Great Love Chapter", for Quinquagesima Sunday (approximately 50 days till Easter, in the 1 year lectionary). What does this chapter teach us about love? Do we have this love? Who does? How do we get this love in our lives? Is it an abstraction, fantasy, or unattainable ideal, or where does this love exist?

00:0000:00
23
Feb
2017

Faith in Honest and Good Hearts

Note: I do not have an audio recording of this week's sermon available, but if you wish to read the written copy, you can go here: http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com/2017/02/sermon-on-luke-84-15-for-sexagesima.html

Sermon on Luke 8:4-15, for Sexagesima (Sixty) Sunday, about the Parable of the Sower, and how the seeds fell on different soils. What are the seeds? What are the soils? How does God grow His kingdom within us, and why does it sometimes grow, and later wither? 

13
Feb
2017

God is Generous to all who enter

Sermon on Matthew 20:1-16, the parable of the laborers in the Vineyard, for the Sunday of Septuagesima ("Seventy" in latin--signifying approximately 70 days till Easter in the 1 Year Lectionary). The sermon is about the generosity of the master as a picture of God, and what are the reasons for our jealousy and complaining? What would produce contentment and thanksgiving instead? How generous is God?

00:0000:00