140713 Matthew 10:26-31

Text: Matthew 10:26-31
Theme: Children Of God, You Have Nothing To Fear

Are you afraid? According to the National Institute of Mental Health there is a pretty good chance that you are. Their research shows that over nineteen million American adults (that's about one out of every eleven) suffer from one or more specific phobias.

The full list of phobias is almost limitless, consisting of anything that any person could ever fear. But some phobias are much more common than others, and here is a list of the top ten. The ten most common specific phobias include...

Acrophobia, the fear of heights. Claustrophobia, fear of enclosed spaces. Nyctophobia, fear of the dark. Ophidiophobia, fear of snakes. Arachnophobia, fear of spiders. Trypanophobia, fear of injection or medical needles. Astraphobia, the fear of thunder and lightning. Nosophobia, fear of having a disease. Mysophobia, fear of germs. And finally, triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number 13.

Maybe some of your personal fears made the top ten. Or maybe you have an entirely different list of fears. But whatever it is that makes us afraid, all of our fears flow from a common source. Every one of our fears can be traced back to a lack of trust. Like little children who need their parents to reassure them that there are no monsters hiding under the bed before they turn off the bedroom light, we need our heavenly Father's constant reassurance that we don't have to be afraid.

The Lord, through the gospel writer Matthew, provides us with that comforting reminder in the gospel lesson for today. This morning Jesus shares with us words he first shared with his disciples, and in these verses our Savior gives us this promise...

CHILDREN OF GOD, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR

I. Your Father will protect you
II. Your Father will provide for you

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140706 Matthew 9:35-38

Text: Matthew 9:35 – 38
Theme: Do You Hear Jesus Crying?

During my sermon a couple of weeks ago, we talked about the importance of telling the next generation "the praise worthy deeds of the Lord;" that you and I need to make sure that we continue to share with the generations to come the message of God's Word. If you had the chance to read the "Focus of Worship" in our bulletin this morning, you read how we as a church body are running into a serious problem. The problem is that there are not enough people today studying to become pastors, teachers or staff ministers in our Wisconsin Synod. If pulpits stand empty, if classrooms have no teachers, it will become more and more difficult for us to tell the next generation. As our Savior says in the Gospel lesson for today, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." So my question for you is do you hear him? Do you hear Jesus crying?

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140629 Matthew 9:9-13

Text: Matthew 9:9-13
Theme: A Tale Of Two Conversations

In order to understand and appreciate any piece of literature (including biblical literature) it's helpful to learn as much about the author as possible, but with Matthew this is easier said than done. The book that bears his name is not an autobiography. In fact, the only information Matthew shares about himself, the only time Matthew even mentions himself besides the listing of the names of the twelve disciples (10:3) is in the five verses before us today.

Matthew was a tax collector. Matthew was a tax collector who became a disciple of Jesus. And without telling us a whole lot more about himself, without drawing any attention to himself, he tells us about the day when Jesus changed his life forever. Matthew's personal account of his call to discipleship can be divided into two parts, and following the narrative we might call his story...

A TALE OF TWO CONVERSATIONS

I. A conversation at the tax table
II. A conversation at the dinner table

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140622 Psalm 78:1-4

Text: Psalm 78:1-4
Theme: Tell the Next Generation!

1 O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old-- 3 what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.

Imagine for a moment that everyone here this morning has become infected with a deadly disease. There is a cure which is in this bottle that I have up here with me. I pass the bottle down. It goes from pew to pew, from one person to the next. But one person is careless and spills the cure all over the floor. This means that everyone else in the Church dies without the cure. There is a deadly disease inside the hearts of every person. There is a deadly disease that is inside you and me. The disease is sin. By God's grace, you and I know the cure for the deadly disease of sin. By God's grace, you and I know the Good News of peace and joy from a loving and forgiving Savior. And you and I don't want to keep the message of Jesus to ourselves. Rather, we want to share God's Word with others. Today from Psalm 78 you and I hear the special encouragement to share that Word of God with our children and grandchildren. Today, the Lord of the Church comes to you and me and says, TELL THE NEXT GENERATION.

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