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?

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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?

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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. 

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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!

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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?

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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

 

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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?

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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?

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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?

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6
Feb
2017

Jesus Only

Sermon on Matthew 17:1-9 for the Transfiguration of our Lord, about Jesus' glorification on the mountaintop with Moses and Elijah. What is the key message that we are to take from this miraculous encounter?

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30
Jan
2017

True Sense of Security

Sermon on Matthew 8:23-27, for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany (1 year lectionary), about Jesus' calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee. What do we learn from the disciples' fear and cry for help, and Jesus' response? Does God promise us resccue from every dangerous or evil event? What does the lesson teach us about where to find our security? What are the promises that define that security in Jesus?

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23
Jan
2017

Here We Stand

Sermon on Ephesians 6:10-18, for Life Sunday, about the spiritual battle and taking up the full armor of God to defend life. What is our identity in Christ? What does "the thief" come to do? John 10:10. How do we know the devil has no claim on us? Who does instead, and what does that mean for how we live our life? What equipment do we have for the spiritual battle?

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18
Jan
2017

Favor in God’s Sight

Sermon on Exodus 33:12-23, for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, about how Moses intercedes for Israel, after the Golden Calf incident, that God would still send His presence with them as they went to the Promised Land. How did Moses appeal for assurances of God's favor? What did Moses pray for God to give him? What request of Moses showed special boldness, but was a request that God could only partially grant? Why was that, and what did Moses see? What do we learn from all this, and our relationship toward God, and finding favor in His eyes?

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25
Dec
2016

John’s Christmas Verse

Sermon on John 1:1-14, especially verse 14, for Christmas Day, about how John explains the incarnation. What is the mystery of the Word made flesh? What deeper meaning is there to the verb in "dwelt" among us?

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