131103 Romans 3:23,24

Text: Romans 3:23, 24
Theme: Focus On The Fundamentals Of Faith

I had heard the quotation by Vince Lombardi many times before, but I wasn't able to identify exactly what it was that inspired the legendary coach to utter those famous words. One source suggested that Lombardi spoke these words shortly after he became the coach of the Green Bay Packers, a once proud franchise that had fallen on hard times. Another source claimed that it was something he said every year when the team began its preseason practices.

Whether these words were spoken after a particularly tough loss or before the team had played a single down, they live on. As the story goes, Lombardi gathered the team around him at the beginning of practice, held out his hand and said: "Gentlemen, this is a football."

Lombardi wasn't just stating the obvious. With those five words he was sending his team an important message. If they wanted to succeed, they would have to get back to the basics of running and catching and blocking and tackling. If they wanted to win, if they wanted to become champions, they would need to focus on the fundamentals.

Maybe it is more than coincidence that Reformation always falls in the middle of football season. And perhaps the wisdom of Vince Lombardi can be applied beyond the football field. Today we celebrate the Festival of the Lutheran Reformation. The service has a special Reformation focus with special Reformation music.

I have every intention of preaching an authentic Reformation sermon, but that doesn't mean I will stand up here for twenty minutes and talk about what a great man Martin Luther was...because I know that he wouldn't want it that way.

If Martin Luther was here this morning, he would encourage us to get back into our Bibles, to get back to the basics of sin and grace and law and gospel. And so to honor his legacy that is precisely what we will do. As Lutheran Christians we celebrate our Reformation heritage by....


I. You are a sinner
II. You have a Savior

Read more: 131103 Romans 3:23,24

131027 Psalm 145

Sermon Text: Psalm 145 (selected verses)

Sermon Theme: How Do I Show That The LORD is #1 in My Life?


Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.

One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.

The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.


I want us to begin by looking at a few pictures. A football player may win the Super Bowl and hold up a finger indicating that he and his teammates are #1. A fan may wear a "foam finger" so that everyone is able to see that he thinks the Packers are #1. Someone may even buy a license plate proclaiming themselves to be the Packers #1 fan. There are many different ways for fans to show that they think their favorite sports team is #1. But...how do I show that the LORD is #1 in my life? Today we want to use God's Word from the Psalm of the Day to help us answer that question.

Read more: 131027 Psalm 145

131020 Psalm 121:1,2,8

Sermon Text: Psalm 121:1,2,8
Sermon Theme: Where Does My Help Come From?

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth...
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Who are you able to turn to when you need help? I asked that question during our Chapel Service this past Friday and the students gave many of the answers that you would expect them to give: policemen, firemen, doctors, nurses, parents, grandparents, teachers and so on. But what about turning to the LORD for help? Is asking the Lord for help something that you and I typically do as our first option? Or, is turning to the Lord our final step, only after we have tried to get help from someone or something else? Today, God's Word before us from Psalm 121 gives you and me the answer to the question: "Where does my help come from?"

Read more: 131020 Psalm 121:1,2,8

131013 Luke 17:11-19

Text: Luke 17:11-19

Theme: Remember to Say "Thank-You" to Jesus

Good Morning! Allow me a moment to introduce myself to you. My name? Well, my name really isn't that important. All that you need to know about me is that I am one of the 10 lepers that Jesus healed. In fact, I am the one that came back to thank Jesus for healing me of that dreaded disease of leprosy. I want to thank your Pastors for giving me this opportunity to speak to you today; to offer you encouragement to do as I did that great day when Jesus healed me. My dear friends, my encouragement for each one of you today is REMEMBER TO SAY "THANK-YOU" TO JESUS.

Read more: 131013 Luke 17:11-19

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Compelled by the love of Christ, St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and School seek to reach out to our families, community and world, using Law and Gospel to make disciples, growing and nurturing them in their Christian faith and life.


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