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Two Mountains

Two Mountains

March 8, 2021

Sermon on Exodus 20:1-17 and Hebrews 12:18-24, for the 3rd Sunday in Lent 2021 (B), about how God encounters His people at two different mountains, Mt. Sinai and Mt. Zion, and how they compare and contrast to each other. Who is the mediator at each, and what covenant do they represent? What's the difference? 

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

July 24, 2017

Sermon on the Ten Commandments, for the 6th Sunday after Trinity, 1 Year Lectionary, about how disobeying the commandments goes against our own interest. But what is our greatest problem when we have broken them? What "house" did Israel leave, before God gave them the Ten Commandments? What "house" did God intend for them to live in? Who is the "Father of the house", and how does He grant entry or reentry? What is the relationship of Jesus to the Ten Commandments, and the relation of the Christian towards the commandments, both before and after salvation? 


I have also written a hymn for the Ten Commandments that is a paraphrase of the Small Catechism. It can be sung to a variety of tunes on the meter 87 87 D

God the Lord brought you from Egypt

Text: paraphrase of the Small Catechism by Joshua V. Schneider

Meter: 87 87 D

Suggested Tune: Joyous Light, LSB 932


  1. God the Lord brought you from Egypt
  • From the land of slavery
  • Him alone you then must worship
  • “Have no other gods but me”
  • Carve no image, make no idol,
  • Place no other on His throne;
  • Let your fear, love, trust and reverence
  • Rise to One True God alone.
  1. Never take God’s Name but lightly
  • Teaching falsely, lies or hate
  • Never use God’s Name for cursing
  • For His Holy Name is great.
  • Take His Name for pray’r and praising
  • Teaching truly, and in love
  • Bear His Name, the Christian’s honor,
  • His the Highest Name above!
  1. Always keep the Sabbath holy,
  • ‘Tis a day of peace and rest,
  • Set aside your toilsome labors
  • By the Word of God be blest.
  • Gladly hear God’s Word and teaching
  • Let His Word into your heart,
  • For six days for work He’s given,
  • Set the seventh day apart.
  1. Honor father and your mother,
  • Anger and despise them not
  • Leaders, by our God are given
  • So respect them as you ought.
  • Honor them, serve and obey them,
  • Loved and cherished from His hand,
  • So the generations after,
  • Will live long within the land.
  1. God’s Word says: “You shall not murder”
  • Life is good, a precious gift
  • We are made in God’s own image,
  • No fist ‘gainst your neighbor lift.
  • Do not hurt or harm his body,
  • Help, support his every need;
  • Guard the weak and the defenseless
  • Who are loved by God indeed.
  1. You shall not commit adultery,
  • Lead a chaste and decent life,
  • Let not your eyes lusting, wander
  • From your husband or your wife.
  • Keep the marriage union holy
  • Let not sin drive it apart,
  • Bless what God has joined together
  • Love and honor in your heart.
  1. God’s Word says: “You shall not ste—al”
  • Any neighbor’s property
  • Do not take his goods or get them
  • any way dishonestly.
  • Help him to improve and keep them,
  • Do as you would, unto you;
  • Gain your goods by honest labor
  • Work and give with your hands true.
  1. Bear no witness ‘gainst your neighbor,
  • Using tongue to lash or lie
  • Do not slander or betray him,
  • Spreading rumors falsely by.
  • But defend his reputation
  • Use your tongue to bless and pray
  • And whenever you are doubtful,
  • Speak it in the kindest way.
  1. God’s Word says, “You shall not covet”
  • That means want it sinfully.
  • Covet no man’s wife or workers
  • Not his home, or property.
  • Do not scheme, allure or take them
  • Help them always to be true;
  • Content, faithful in their duty,
  • Just as God desires of you.
  1. God the Lord says, “I am jealous”;
  • Punish those who disobey,
  • But a thousand generations
  • I bless all who will obey.
  • I give grace and every blessing
  • If you love all my commands.
  • So do not relax or weaken
  • Even one of my demands.
  1. I confess, Lord, I have broken
  • Your most holy, just commands.
  • I can make no claim of merit
  • That before your justice stands.
  • But before your throne of mercy,
  • I am pleading by your Son;
  • Pour on me His grace and favor,
  • That upon the cross was won.
  1. Jesus Christ obeyed and honored
  • Every law of God for us.
  • Though His law is good and holy,
  • It can give no righteousness.
  • But by faith it has been given
  • To all who believe and trust
  • It’s the righteousness of Jesus,
  • Praise and thank His Name so Just.
Favor in God’s Sight

Favor in God’s Sight

January 18, 2017

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?

Path of Life

Path of Life

April 6, 2015

Sermon on Psalm 16 and Mark 16:1-8, and the parallels between the Exodus of the Israelites led by Moses, and the new, Second Exodus led by Jesus. A sermon for Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus, and how He makes known to us the path of life.

A Sinner’s Prayer and Hope

A Sinner’s Prayer and Hope

March 12, 2012

Sermon on the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20:1-17, for the 3rd Sunday in Lent. A prayerful meditation on the various ways in which we have broken God's commands, a reflection on the goodness of those commands, and the still greater goodness of Jesus who forgave us all our guilt of disobedience.

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  1. The Ten Commandments begin with God’s announcement that He is the Lord God who delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. How does God’s deliverance of us form the foundation for our obedience? What slavery have we been delivered from? John 8:31-35
  2. See Martin Luther’s explanation of the commandments in his Small Catechism (instruction booklet) (pg. 321 in the hymnal). How is each commandment connected back to the first—that we fear, love, and trust in God above all things? Why is disobedience to the other commandments first of all a rejection of God and His authority?
  3. How do the first three commandments direct our relationship between us and God? How do the remaining commandments direct our relationship to our neighbor? What good things are guarded and protected through each command?
  4. Conduct your own meditation and reflection on each command. What sins of thought, word, or deed have you committed? What is the wrong that you’ve done? What is the good that you’ve left undone? Knowing this, what good should you commit to doing?
  5. The latter commandments draw concentric circles of protection around our life/the life of our neighbor; our spouse and family; our possessions; our reputation; and against schemes to undermine or deprive us of those blessings. How are God’s commands “holy, righteous, and good?” Romans 7:12. How does Jesus’ teaching on the commands show their inward focus as well? Matthew 5
  6. How does the sinner “die” to the accusation of the law against us? Rom. 6:1-4; Gal. 2:19-21. How do we then live again? How has Jesus perfectly fulfilled and obeyed each commandment for us? Heb. 4:15; Rom. 5:19-21. How has He taken away the penalty of all our guilt? Rom. 6:23
Respect Property

Respect Property

April 14, 2011

A sermon on the 7th Commandment (and by extension the 9th-10th Commandments on Coveting) based on Exodus 20:15, 17, and 1 Kings 21:1-16; Ephesians 4:17-32. How we are commanded not to steal or deprive our neighbor of their property unjustly, and what Jesus teaches us to do with our possessions and property, and how He Himself used His riches.

Worship God and Honor Authority

Worship God and Honor Authority

April 12, 2011

Sermon on the 3rd & 4th Commandments, Exodus 20:8-12.

Respect Marriage

Respect Marriage

April 7, 2011

Sermon on the 6th and 10th Commandments. Exodus 20:14, 17; Genesis 39:1-23; Matthew 5:27-32; Psalm 127.

You Shall Have No other gods Before Me

You Shall Have No other gods Before Me

March 14, 2011

Sermon for Ash Wednesday. Exodus 20:3

Blood of the Covenant

Blood of the Covenant

April 10, 2009

Sermon on Mark 14:12-26 and Exodus 24:3-11 for Maundy Thursday.

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