160605 Philippians 1:18b-27

Text: Philippians 1:18b-27

Theme: The Christian's Motto
1. To Live is Christ
2. To Die is Gain

Clothing companies, restaurants and even cities make use of mottos. For example: Did you know that the city of Oconomowoc makes use of several different slogans or mottos? On the city's web site, the slogan tells us "Life Come Naturally Here." But there is another slogan that I see it each time I come into town from Ixonia on Wisconsin Avenue. Attached to the sign that states the population of Oconomowoc, there is another sign that tells us that our city is "Bird City." Nike has been encouraging you and me to get out and exercise with their motto: "Just do it!" And for years, Kentucky Fried Chicken has told us that their chicken is: "Finger Linkin' Good!" This morning we have a motto before us from God's Word. Today we consider "The Christian's Motto." From our look into God's Word, we will see that this motto is simply divided into two parts. The Apostle Paul, led by God the Holy Spirit, states the Christian's motto when he writes in verse 21 of the opening chapter in his letter to the Philippians, "To Live is Christ and To Die is Gain."

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160529 Luke 7:1-10

Text: Luke 7:1-10
Theme: What Makes Faith Amazing?

Today's text takes us to the town of Capernaum, the home base of Jesus' Galilean ministry. The Lord had just finished preaching his Sermon on the Plain. He healed sicknesses and cured diseases and drove out evil spirits, and every time he performed a miracle the people were amazed.

But on this particular day the tables were turned. The One who routinely amazed others was himself amazed. By what, you might ask? What made Jesus stop and take notice? What could possibly cause this kind of reaction in the all-powerful Son of God? Nothing really, at least not anything that can be seen on the outside. What amazed Jesus was something he found in here. What amazed Jesus was the faith he found in a certain man's heart.

Because faith is the key that unlocks the door to heaven, because God's Word clearly and emphatically states that sinners are saved sola fide (by faith alone), it is always a good use of our time to review what faith is and what faith does. And using the Lord's interaction with a soldier as our guide, today we will discover Luke's answer to this important question...


I. It's humble
II. It's hopeful

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160522 Numbers 6:22-27

Text: Numbers 6:22-27
Theme: We Are Blessed By The Lord

How are you? I don't have any statistics to back this up, but my guess is that this is one of the most asked questions in the English language. And when people ask it, they expect certain responses, like "Fine" or "Okay" or "Good. How are you?" If you're like me, you might be tempted to not pay attention to the response...unless it is something that is way out of the ordinary.

I can remember having an experience like that at my previous congregation. Thursday was printing day at the church, and for the thirteen years I served there a volunteer by the name of Ed came in every Thursday morning to print and fold the weekly service folders.

One day I came out of my office while he was at work and without a whole lot of thought I asked him the question: "How are you?" I will never forget his reply. He didn't say: "Fine." He didn't say: "Okay." He didn't say: "Good. How are you?" Without any hesitation this was his response: "Blessed by the Lord."

There is a part of me that misses hearing those words every Thursday, but they don't apply only on Thursdays. Any Christian can make the same confession on any day of the week, and those words have special significance for us on this Trinity Sunday.

Today we marvel at the mystery that is the Trinity, the truth that God reveals himself as three distinct persons and one indivisible God. Today we thank our triune God for everything he has done for us and for the many things he continues to do for us. And this morning the inspired instructions God gave to Moses will help us remember something about ourselves too. We are blessed...

We Are Blessed By The Lord

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160515 Acts 2:21

Sermon Text: Acts 2:21
Theme: Everyone Who Calls on the Name of the Lord will be Saved!

Who became the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers after Bart Starr retired? His name was Scott Hunter. He led the Packers to a 10-4 record back in 1972. They won the NFC Central Division that year, but lost in the Divisional playoffs to the Washington Redskins. Although Scott Hunter was as a successful quarterback during the 1972 football season, hardly anyone remembers that he was the quarterback to follow Bart Starr. Who was the President of our church body during the time our Wisconsin Synod and the Missouri Synod broke fellowship with one another? This was a very important moment in the history of our Synod, yet how many in our church body today know that the Synod President at that time was Oscar J. Naumann. Today, we have the opportunity to remember the work of the Third Person of the Trinity. Often times, the Holy Spirit is referred to as "The forgotten member of the Trinity." Yet, his work is so very important in your life, in my life and in the life of all believers.

Read more: 160515 Acts 2:21

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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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