131110 Luke 19:11-27

Text: Luke 19:11-27
Theme: Put Your Mina Where Your Mouth Is

"Put your money where your mouth is" was not adopted by St. Matthew's Church Council as the title of our end-of-the-year stewardship drive. And "put your money where your mouth is" is not being seriously considered as the theme for a new capital fund campaign either.

"Put your money where your mouth is" is an English idiom that when paraphrased means something like this: "If you are going to make a promise, if you intend to make a commitment, then you better be willing to follow through on it."

Even though these words were never attributed to Jesus or anyone else in the Bible, there is a spiritual application for Christians. And this is the perfect time of year to make it. Today is the second Sunday in the season of End Time, designated as Last Judgment Sunday. And four weeks from today (on December 8th) our congregation will observe its annual Commitment Sunday.

Judgment and stewardship are very different subjects, but they do have something in common. The reality of a final judgment reminds us that one day we will all be called to give an account before a just and holy God. The imminence of a final judgment compels us to make the most of our time on earth before that day comes.

Jesus brings both of these points home in today's text. He had just stayed at the home of Zacchaeus the tax collector in Jericho. And he was about to set out for Jerusalem for the last time. But before he reached the Holy City, he told one more parable.

Luke reports that Jesus shared this parable with people who "thought that the kingdom of God was going to come at once" (11), people who believed that Jesus was an earthly king who had come to establish a earthly kingdom. We know better. We know that Jesus came to establish a spiritual kingdom. We know that when Jesus made his way to Jerusalem he was going to his death.

Even though we have a clear understanding of Jesus' mission, this parable still has something to teach us. Even though this parable is two thousand years old, its message is timeless. Today your Savior sets before you the challenge to...

PUT YOUR MINA WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS

I. An encouragement to work faithfully
II. A warning against living selfishly

Read more: 131110 Luke 19:11-27

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....

FOCUSING ON THE FUNDAMENTALS OF FAITH

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.

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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

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