130609 Luke 7:11-17

Text: Luke 7:11-17
Theme: The Lord Cares!

Today's text is recorded in Luke 7:11-15: Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry." Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!" The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

"Who cares?" Have you ever heard those words before? Have you ever said those words before? If you have ever been on the giving or receiving end of that little phrase, you probably know how much it can hurt. "Who cares" is another way of saying "I don't care." I don't care about what you have to say, and I don't really care about you.

Most people (and I include myself in that group) are self-centered. We think and sometimes act like the world revolves around us. And as a result we don't have much time for anybody else. If what you have to say affects me, I might listen. If you want to share something that could potentially benefit me, then I might even be willing to get involved. But if there is nothing in it for me, you might as well stop talking because I don't care.

Imagine what it would have been like if Jesus had ever acted like that. Mary approaches her son at a wedding reception and asks him to do something because they have run out of wine (John 2), and he looks at her indifferently and says: "Who cares?"

As water pours into the boat the disciples desperately shake Jesus awake from his sleep and plead with him to do something before they all drown (Matthew 8), and the Lord replies with a yawn: "Who cares?"

A man covered with leprous sores falls at Jesus' feet and begs him to do something before the disease takes his life (Luke 5), and with a cold stare he looks the dying man in the eye and says: "Who cares?"

Who cares? Jesus does! That's why he turned water into wine at Cana. That's why he quieted the storm on the Sea of Galilee. That's why he cured the dying man of his leprosy. And that is why he stopped a funeral procession in the little village of Nain.

Read more: 130609 Luke 7:11-17

130602 Luke 7:1-10

Sermon Text: Luke 7:1 – 10

Sermon Theme: Oh, for a Faith that Will Not Shrink!

When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue." So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel." Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.

This is the Word of the Lord.

We watch news reports on television, and we are tempted to react by saying, "I have lost all faith in mankind!" A friend or loved one let us down in some way, and we tell the person, "I have lost all faith in you!" When something bad happens to us personally, we find ourselves asking "Why me, Lord?!" and we are concerned that we are losing our faith in our Savior-God. Two weeks ago, we in the Christian Church celebrated the Festival of Pentecost. We were reminded from God's Word that it is God the Holy Spirit who uses the powerful Word of our God to place in your heart and mine faith in Jesus Christ as our one and only Savior from sin. Today, as we look at an event in the ministry of our Savior recorded for us in Luke chapter 7, we join along with the author of the hymn we just sang and pray: Oh, for a Faith that Will Not Shrink!

Read more: 130602 Luke 7:1-10

130526 Romans 8:14-17

Text: Romans 8:14-17
Theme: We Believe In The One True God

In the rhythm of life there are certain events that come around only once a year, and we are happy when they do. Up to a certain age we look forward to our birthday. We count down the days to Christmas. We anticipate the "alleluias" of Easter morning. There will be lots of smiles on students' faces (and teachers' faces too) next Friday because it will be the last day of school.

There are other annual events, however, that don't cause the same kind of excitement. We don't look forward to them. We might even dread them, days like April 15th (tax day) or the yearly job performance review or our annual health exam.

This morning we observe another one of those once a year occasions in the church year. Today is Trinity Sunday, traditionally the one Sunday every year we confess our faith using the words of the Athanasian Creed. I wonder if your feelings about this ancient creed are anything like the member of my previous congregation who came out of church on Trinity Sunday a few years ago and said to me: "I'm glad that's over."

The Athanasian Creed is a bit long. That's true. The language of the Athanasian Creed can be a bit confusing (by the way, I encourage you to read the background information on page 6 of the service folder to get a better understanding of and a deeper appreciation for it), but it has stood the test of time and it stands as a witness to the timeless truth we celebrate today.

We don't believe that there are many gods like the Hindus do. We believe that there is only one God, but not the same way the Muslims or the Mormons do. With St. Athanasius, with St. Paul, along with billions of living saints around the world...

WE BELIEVE IN THE ONE TRUE GOD

Read more: 130526 Romans 8:14-17

130519 Psalm 51:10-13

Sermon Text: Psalm 51:10-13

Sermon Theme: O Holy Spirit, Hear Our Pentecost Prayer!
1. Thank – You for Bringing Us to Faith
2. Help Us Live for You

Have you ever felt like you were forgotten? Most likely your parents didn't leave you behind someplace (although I have heard of this happening from time to time). But have you ever felt like you were all alone? Maybe friends went out together and didn't invite you to come along with them. Maybe no one stopped to visit with you or called you on the phone for days, maybe even weeks. Maybe you didn't get even one card on your birthday. Yes, at certain times we may feel like we have been forgotten. In our worship services this weekend, we have the opportunity to talk about the One whom some have referred to as "the forgotten person of the Trinity." Listen now as I read for you from the Psalm appointed for this Pentecost Sunday. As I read this section of God's Word, note what David has to say about God the Holy Spirit. We read from Psalm 51, verses 10 – 13:

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.

Read more: 130519 Psalm 51:10-13

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