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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19
Dec
2016

The Lord is our Supreme Joy

Sermon on Philippians 4:2-7, for the 4th Sunday in Advent (1 Year Lectionary), about how we can "rejoice in the Lord always." How does joy exist, even in dark or sad times? What is the Supreme source of joy, and how do we receive it or give it to others? What are some things that joy "survives" in the Bible?

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12
Dec
2016

Blessed to take no offense at Jesus

Sermon on Matthew 11:2-10, for the 3rd Sunday in Advent (1 Year Lectionary), about Jesus and John the Baptist, and how Jesus encouraged John at a particularly low point of his life, and reassured him about the coming of Jesus' kingdom. How do people take offense at Jesus, and what is the blessed of not being offended by Him? What is the shape of Jesus' kingdom? How do we receive His kingdom rightly? Is there a connection to Matthew 5, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for their's in the kingdom of heaven"?

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5
Dec
2016

The God of Endurance, Encouragement, and Hope

Sermon on Romans 15:4-13, (esp. vs. 4-5, 13) for the 2nd Sunday in Advent, about God's qualities of Endurance, Encouragement, and Hope, and how these are characteristics of Scripture, that God conveys to us. Consider the contrast--God is NOT a God of quitting/failure, DIScouragement, or despair. For a great hymn to go along with this, see Lutheran Service Book hymn 664 "Fight the Good Fight" about endurance--or LSB 337 "The Night Will Soon be Ending" for a contrast of how the world brings madness increasing, but God's Word brings hope increasing.

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28
Nov
2016

Successful Journeys and Clear Destinations

Sermon on Matthew 21:1-9, for the 1st Sunday in Advent, explaining why Jesus' Palm Sunday entrance to Jerusalem is read on the first Sunday in Advent. What journey do we join Jesus for? Where are we going? What is unique about the kingship of Jesus, and how does He convey that to the crowd? How does His kingdom grow?

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25
Nov
2016

Living Generously

Sermon on 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, for Thanksgiving Eve, about what it means to live generously, or have a "generous spirit." One way of expressing generosity is by giving, but what are other ways? What is the joy of generosity, and where do we learn this joyful motive from? What is the marvel of the seed, and how God makes this physical world work? How is that amplified and also true in the spiritual world? Who is the ultimate Giver?

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