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Christ For You

By Pastor Andrew Packer
A podcast of Our Savior Lutheran Church and School Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Devotions, readings, sermons, interviews, and classic works.
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Devotion for Friday 5.22.2020 Psalm 27

Christ For You

Bearing One Another's Burdens as We Walk in The Spirit - Trinity 15 Sermon 2022
A sermon on Galatians 5:25-6:10 and how the Holy Spirit empowers us to bear one another's burdens.
September 25, 2022
Giving Thanks at All Times - Trinity 14 Sermon 2022
 A sermon on Luke 17:11-19 and the healing of the ten lepers.
September 18, 2022
Mercy is the Better Sacrifice - Trinity 13 Sermon 2022
A sermon on the story of the Good Samaritan and what it teaches us about Jesus and about our own lives of mercy.
September 11, 2022
Jesus Opens Your Ears and Your Mouth - Trinity 12 Sermon 2022
A sermon on Mark 7:31-37 and how Jesus heals our hears and mouths so that we can both hear and speak rightly - and what that means for all aspects of our lives.
September 04, 2022
False Worship vs. True Worship - Trinity 11 Sermon 2022
A sermon on Genesis 4:1-15 and Luke 18:9-14 comparing and contrasting the worship of Cain and the Pharisee with the worship of Abel and the tax collector.
August 28, 2022
Tears and Judgment - Trinity 10 2022
A sermon on the tears of Jesus and the coming judgment. 
August 21, 2022
Jesus Sustains You in the Wilderness - Trinity 7 2022
A sermon on Mark 8:1-9 and how Jesus sustains us in the wilderness of the world.
July 31, 2022
Be Merciful - Trinity 4 Sermon 2022
A sermon on Luke 6:36-42 and what it means to be merciful as our Father is merciful.
July 10, 2022
Receiving Sinners Joyfully - Trinity 3 Sermon 2022
A sermon on Luke 15 and how we are to rejoice whenever sinners repent. 
July 03, 2022
The Feast is Now - Trinity 2 Sermon 2022
Pastor Odom preaches on Luke 14:15-24 and the importance of the feast that Christ sets before us now.
June 26, 2022
Seeing Lazarus - Trinity 1 Sermon 2022
A sermon on Jesus' story of the rich man and Lazarus - focusing on how we need to repent of our greed that keeps us from seeing the Lazaruses in our midst.
June 19, 2022
Clarity, Unity, Peace - Pentecost 2022 Sermon
The Holy Spirit comes and replaces our confusion, division, and chaos with clarity, unity, and peace. 
June 05, 2022
Ascension Sermon 2022 - Pastor Odom
A sermon about what Christ's ascension means for you and your salvation. 
May 29, 2022
Learning to Pray - Easter 6 Sermon 2022
A sermon on John 16:23-33 and what it teaches us about pray.  We apologize that the first minute or so was cut off.  It was a quote by Luther about how since he knew he was going to have a busy day he would pray for 3 hours first. 
May 22, 2022
Sing to the LORD - Easter 5 Sermon 2022
A sermon on music, singing, hymns, and that the LORD is our strength, song, and salvation.  Essays by Richard Resch and Daniel Reuning were extremely helpful in shaping this sermon.  
May 15, 2022
Sorrow to Joy: Learning to Lament - Easter 4 Sermon
A sermon on Lamentations 3 and John 16.  The first minute or so of the beginning of the sermon is missing.   Some lines from the introduction and from the conclusion are from Peter Leithart's article "The Tears of Things."
May 08, 2022
The Good Shepherd and Good Under-Shepherds - Easter 3 Sermon
A sermon on John 10:11-16 and what it means that Jesus is the Good Shepherd and how he continues to Shepherd His Church through under-shepherds 
May 01, 2022
Mary Magdalene, Demons, and Depression - Midweek Easter 2 Sermon (Pastor Odom)
A sermon about Mary Magdalene's 7 demons and our struggles with demons and mental afflictions. 
April 28, 2022
Ungodly Fear vs. Godly Fear
A sermon on John 20:19-31 and how the peace of Christ removes ungodly fear.
April 24, 2022
What Easter Means For You - Easter Day Sermon
A sermon about the heart of the resurrection - Christ was raised that you might have the forgiveness of sins.
April 17, 2022
No Justice, No Peace - Good Friday Tenebrae Sermon (Pastor Odom)
It is only the cross of Christ that brings true justice and true peace. 
April 16, 2022
Jesus' Joy is Your Savation - Good Friday Chief Service Sermon
A sermon on Jesus' joy on Good Friday - and yours. 
April 15, 2022
Christ's Feast - Maundy Thursday Sermon
A look at the blessed gift of Christ's body and blood in the Holy Supper. 
April 15, 2022
Understanding Holy Week - Palm Sunday Sermon
A sermon on Matthew 21:1-9 and how the various groups of people respond to Jesus and what that means for us and our salvation.
April 10, 2022
Christ the Shepherd - Midweek Lent 5 Pastor Odom
A sermon on John 10:22-38. 
April 07, 2022
Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet - Lent 5 Sermon
A sermon on Hebrews 9 and how the blood of Jesus secures our eternal redemption and even cleanses our good works. 
April 03, 2022
True Rest and Refreshment - Lent 4 Sermon
A sermon on John 6:1-15 and how Jesus provides for us true rest and refreshment by giving us Himself.
March 28, 2022
Not to be Served but to Serve - Midweek of Lent 2 Sermon
A sermon on Matthew 20:17-28 on how Jesus' serves us and how that shapes how we serve one another. 
March 17, 2022
Wrestling with God - Lent 2 Sermon
A sermon on Genesis 32 and what Jacob's wrestling with God means for the Christian. 
March 13, 2022
Which God are You Serving? - Ash Wednesday Sermon
A sermon on Matthew 6:1-21.  If we are to give alms, pray, and fast properly, we must know who we are serving. 
March 03, 2022
Living by Faith Alone - Quinquagesima Sermon
A sermon on the healing of the blind man in Luke 18:31-43 and what it teaches us about living by faith alone.
February 27, 2022
The Promises of God - Commemoration of Polycarp - Pastor Odom
A sermon for the commemoration of Polycarp on the promises of God - including the promises of suffering. 
February 24, 2022
Examining Ourselves in Light of the Word Alone - Sexagesima Sermon
A sermon on Jesus' parable of the sower in Luke 8:4-15. 
February 20, 2022
Grace Alone - Septuagesima
A sermon on Jesus' parable of the workers in Matthew 20:1-6.
February 13, 2022
Prayer and Evangelism - Midweek of Transfiguration
A sermon on Colossians 4:2-6.
February 10, 2022
Suffering Before Glory - The Transfiguration of Our Lord
A sermon on Matthew 17:1-9 and what the Transfiguration teaches us about suffering coming before glory.
February 06, 2022
Jesus Calms the Storms - Epiphany 4
A sermon on Matthew 8:23-27 and how Jesus calmed the storm and what it means for our "storms" and our salvation.
January 30, 2022
The Blind Leading the Blind - Service of Life 2022
A sermon on the sin of abortion and its impact on the culture and us.
January 27, 2022
The Bridegroom Comes to Save Us - Epiphany 2
A sermon on the wedding at Cana and what it reveals about Jesus and what it means for you and your salvation.
January 16, 2022
Jesus' Baptism and Your Baptism - The Baptism of Our Lord 2022
A sermon on Matthew 3:13-17 and what is revealed about Jesus in His baptism and what it teaches you about your baptism.
January 13, 2022
The Glory and Wisdom of God - Epiphany 1
A sermon on Luke 2:41-52 and how boy Jesus is revealed to be the glory and wisdom of God. 
January 09, 2022
The King of ALL - Epiphany 2022
A sermon on how the visit of the wise men to baby Jesus reveals that He is King of ALL and what that means for us.
January 07, 2022
Jesus Fulfills the Scriptures for You - Christmas 2 2021
A sermon on the three prophecies of Matthew 2:13-23 - what the prophecy is, how Jesus fulfills it, and what it means for you.
January 02, 2022
Circumcised for You - Circumcision and Name of Jesus Eve 2021
A sermon on what the circumcision of Jesus means for you and your salvation.
January 01, 2022
St. Stephen's Day Sermon Pastor Odom
A sermon on what St. Stephen can teach us about faith, suffering, and Christmas. 
December 26, 2021
Christmas Joy - Christmas 2021
A sermon on Luke 2:1-20 and Christmas Joy.
December 25, 2021
The Woman's Seed Will Crush the Serpent's Head - Christmas Eve 2021
A sermon on the promise of Genesis 3:15, how it weaves its way throughout Scripture, and how all of God's promises were filled in the birth of Christ. 
December 25, 2021
Marvel, Now - Midweek Advent 4 Pastor Odom
A sermon on Luke 1:26-38 - thoughts to marvel and ponder as you prepare for Christmas.
December 24, 2021
Preparing for Christmas - Advent 4 2021
Based on John 1:19-28: there are three questions that are important when preparing for Christmas - What is repentance?  Who is Christ? Who are You? 
December 19, 2021
Expectations, Doubt, and Comfort - Advent 3 Sermon
A sermon on Matthew 11:2-10 and Isaiah 40:1-11 and John the Baptist's ministry. 
December 12, 2021
What Time Is It? Midweek Advent 2
A sermon on Matthew 11:11-19 - especially focusing on Jesus words about the crowds mocking John the Baptist and Jesus.
December 09, 2021
Waiting in Hope - Advent 2 2021
A sermon Luke 21:25ff. and Romans 15:4 on what it means to wait in hope for Christ's second coming - and waiting for Him in our own despair and darkness. 
December 05, 2021
The Necessity of Repentance - Midweek Advent 1 Pastor Widmer
A sermon on Matthew 3:1-6.
December 02, 2021
Looking for Christ as He Comes - Advent 1 2021 Pastor Weslie Odom
A sermon on Matthew 21:1-9 and how we are to look for the true Christ where He promises to be. 
November 28, 2021
Give Thanks to the LORD - Thanksgiving Eve 2021
A sermon on to whom we are to give thanks and why we give thanks. 
November 26, 2021
Watch Therefore - Last Sunday of the Church Year 2021
A sermon on what it means for Christians to watch for Jesus' return based on our Lord's parable in Matthew 25:1-13.
November 21, 2021
The Bridegroom Comes To Cleanse Sins and Give Life - Trinity 24 2021
A sermon on Matthew 9:18-26 and the woman who is healed from the flow of blood and the little girl who is raised from the dead.
November 14, 2021
Do Not Be Ashamed - Midweek Trinity 23 Sermon
A sermon on 2 Timothy 1:8-13 and Paul's admonition to "not be ashamed" of the Gospel. 
November 11, 2021
Running the Race as Citizens of Heaven - Trinity 23 2021
A sermon on Philippians 3:17ff. and how we are to run the race as citizens of heaven. 
November 07, 2021
The Inheritance of All The Saints - All Saints' Day Sermon Pastor Odom
A sermon on Revelation 7 and Matthew 5 and the common inheritance that all the saints have in Christ. 
November 04, 2021
The Heart of the Reformation - Reformation Day Sermon
A sermon on Romans 3:19-28 - justification by grace alone through faith alone is the heart of the Reformation. 
October 31, 2021
Redeeming the Time - Trinity 20 2021
A sermon on Ephesians 5:16 and Matthew 24:1-12 about redeeming the time.  
October 17, 2021
The Power and Authority to Forgive Sins - Trinity 19 2021
A sermon on Matthew 9:1-8 and Jesus' power and authority to forgive sin. 
October 10, 2021
Love Fulfills the Law - Trinity 18 2021
 A sermon on Jesus words in Matthew 22 about the two great commandments - love God and love your neighbor. 
October 03, 2021
The Emptiness of Vainglory Trinity 17 2021
A sermon on Luke 14:1-11 - the healing of the man with dropsy and the parable of the wedding feast. Do you seek the praise and opinion of men? Or do you humble yourself under God's Word? What does it mean for Christ to exalt you? 
September 26, 2021
Our God Raises the Dead - Trinity 16 2021
A sermon on Luke 7:11-17 and Jesus' power to raise the dead and what that means for us. 
September 19, 2021
The Works of the Flesh vs. The Fruit of the Spirit - Trinity 14 2021
A sermon on Galatians 5:16-24 and what Paul teaches about the Christian's life in the Spirit.
September 05, 2021
In silence and hope shall your strength be. - Back to School Night 2021
A sermon on the school's new motto Isaiah 30:15 for back-to-school night. Motto: In silentio et spe erit fortitudo vestra - In silence and hope shall your strength be.
September 05, 2021
Loving the Neighbor - Pastor Widmer Trinity 13 Sermon 2021
A sermon on the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10). 
August 29, 2021
Jesus Heals our Ears and Tongues - Trinity 12 2021
A sermon on Mark 7:31-37 on how Jesus heals our ears so that we can hear rightly and our tongues so that we can confess and speak rightly. 
August 22, 2021
Pride vs. Believing Humility - Trinity 11 2021
A sermon on Jesus' parable in Luke 18 of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. 
August 15, 2021
Judgment and Mercy - Trinity 10 2021
A sermon on Luke 19:41-48: the danger of hardening your heart and the judgment it brings contrasted with what the tears of Christ reveal about God's mercy. 
August 08, 2021
TODAY if You Hear His Voice - Midweek Trinity 9
A sermon on Hebrews 3:12-14 focusing on why we need to exhort one another while it is TODAY. 
August 05, 2021
The Ways of Temptation and The Way of Escape - Trinity 9 Sermon
A sermon on 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 where Paul warns us about the dangers of temptation and teaches us The Way of Escape. 
August 01, 2021
True Teaching is Life - Trinity 8
Jesus warns us about false teaching in Matthew 7 because of the importance of true teaching.
July 25, 2021
Paradise Lost and Restored - Trinity 7
Paradise was lost through man's sin but the whole Bible is about how it is being restored in Christ Jesus.
July 18, 2021
You Will Not Be Put to Shame - Dispersion of the Apostles
A sermon on Romans 10:11-17 for The Festival of the Dispersion of the Apostles.  Why did God disperse them?  Why do we need to hear the Word? What is the end goal of it all?
July 15, 2021
The Righteousness You Need - Trinity 6 Sermon
In Matthew 5 Jesus tells us that we need a righteousness that exceeds that of the Scribes and Pharisees.  Where do we find it?  How do we get it? Why do we need it?
July 11, 2021
Pray for ALL Men: Especially for Their Salvation - Midweek Trinity 5
A sermon on 1 Timothy 2:1-7 and Paul's exhortation to pray for all men because Christ died for everyone.
July 08, 2021
At Your Word - Trinity 5 Sermon 2021
A sermon on Luke 5:1-11 and what Peter's confession "At Your Word" means for our churches and our homes.
July 04, 2021
Mercy: Give and Forgive - Trinity 4 Sermon 2021
A sermon on Jesus' teaching on mercy in Luke 6.  What does it mean to be merciful as God is merciful?
June 27, 2021
Two Lost Sons - Trinity 3 Sermon 2021
The Parable of the Prodigal son is well known but people often don't realize that there are two lost sons in the parable - and at the center of the parable is the Loving and Gracious Father. 
June 20, 2021
What Are You Hungry For? - Trinity 2 Sermon 2021
Jesus' parable fo the great banquet teaches us about those things that keep us from hungering for God's gifts and shows us what we need that we may hunger and thirst for righteousness.
June 13, 2021
The Rich Man and Lazarus - Trinity 1 Sermon by The Rev. Dr. Adam Koontz
A magnificent sermon from Dr. Koontz on what ultimately matters in this life. 
June 08, 2021
You Must Be Born Again - Trinity Sunday Sermon 2021
A sermon on John 3 - and how you are born again by the water and Spirit in Baptism.
May 30, 2021
The Holy Spirit, The Helper and Comforter - Pentecost Sermon 2021
How do we hear His Word and keep His commandments? How does the Holy Spirit help us?  
May 23, 2021
Jesus Promises Persecution - Easter 7 Sermon 2021
A sermon on 1 Peter 4:7-14 and John 15:26-16:4. Jesus promises persecution but also promises that you can rejoice because in Him persecution is a blessing.
May 16, 2021
Jesus, Your Amen - Easter 6 Sermon 2021
What does amen mean?  Why do we pray it?  What is it important?  How is it connect to Jesus? 
May 09, 2021
Worship as Warfare - Easter 5 Sermon 2021
A sermon on worship as warfare.
May 02, 2021
Living as a Sojourner and a Pilgrim - Easter 4 Sermon 2021
A sermon on 1 Peter 2:11-12 and what is means to be a sojourner and a pilgrim in this world.
April 25, 2021
The Good Shepherd - Easter 3 Sermon 2021
A sermon on Psalm 23.
April 18, 2021
The Solution to Death - Easter Day Sermon 2021
There are 5 possible solutions to death but only one fully solves the problem.
April 04, 2021
The Darkness Teaches - Good Friday Tenebrae Vespers Sermon
The darkness of Good Friday teaches us about our sin and about our Savior's death for our sins.
April 03, 2021
Jesus' Suffering and Death by Pastor Widmer Good Friday Chief Service
A sermon on Hebrews 4 and other passages concerning our Lord's suffering and death.
April 03, 2021
Jesus, The Passover Lamb, is Bound with Your Sins
A sermon on Jesus being bound as the Passover Lamb who takes away the sin of the world. 
March 28, 2021
The Light of the World - Midweek Lent 4 Sermon
A sermon on John 9 and the healing of the man born blind from birth. 
March 18, 2021
Jesus Provides for All of Your Needs Lent 4 Sermon 2021
A sermon on John 6:1-15 and the feeding of the 5000. 
March 14, 2021
Clean Hands or A Clean Heart? Midweek Lent 3 Sermon
A sermon on Matthew 15:1-20.
March 11, 2021
The Kingdom of Satan vs. The Kingdom of Christ - Lent 3 Sermon 2021
A look at what Satan's Kingdom is and how it attacks the Church and Christians, and a look at how Christ rescues us and brings us into His Kingdom.
March 07, 2021
Midweek Lent 2 Sermon Pastor Widmer
Jesus prophesies His death and resurrection. 
March 07, 2021
Wrestling with God - Lent 2 Sermon
A sermon on Jacob's and the Canaanite woman's wrestling with God and how we are to wrestle with God during trials, testings, and afflictions.
February 28, 2021
Surviving an Evil and Adulterous Generation - Midweek Lent 1 Sermon
A sermon on Jesus' words in Mattew 12:38-50.  What are the signs of an evil and adulterous generation? How do we survive living in an evil and adulterous generation?
February 25, 2021
The Temptation of Jesus - Lent 1 Sermon 2021
A sermon on Matthew 4 and the temptation of Jesus.
February 21, 2021
What does love look like? - Quinquagesima Sermon 2.14.2021
A sermon on 1 Corinthians 13. 
February 14, 2021
Sexagesima Sermon 2021 - Struggling to Hear and Keep the Word
A sermon on Jesus parable of the Sower and the Seed from Luke 8:4-15. 
February 07, 2021
Septuagesima Sermon - That's Not Fair!
A sermon on Jesus' parable of the vineyard workers in Matthew 20:1-16.  Do you want what is fair?  Or do you want grace?
January 31, 2021
The Worst of Sinners - Midweek of Transfiguration Sermon
Why did Paul say he is the chief of sinners?  What does it mean? Is it true of us as well? 
January 31, 2021
Transfiguration Sermon 1.24.2021
Our Heavenly Father tells us concerning Jesus, "Hear Him!"  What does that mean?  What other voices are we hearing in the world?
January 24, 2021
Midweek Epiphany 2 Sermon 1.21.2021 by Pastor Widmer
A sermon on Luke 4:14ff.
January 21, 2021
Epiphany 2 Sermon 1.17.2021 - Jesus Blesses Marriage
A sermon on John 2:1-11 on what marriage is, the foundations of our homes, and how Jesus blesses your marriage.
January 17, 2021
Sermon for The Baptism of Our Lord 1.13.2021
What does Jesus' baptism show us about our baptisms?  
January 14, 2021
Epiphany 1 Sermon 1.10.2021 - Jesus the Glory and Wisdom of God
Jesus sits in the temple with the teachers of the Law and is revealed to be the glory and wisdom of God - for us and our salvation.
January 10, 2021
Epiphany Sermon 2021 - Pastor John Widmer
A sermon on Matthew 2.
January 07, 2021
The Second Sunday of Christmas 1.3.2021 - The Providence of God and Sonship Security
A look at Jesus' flight into Egypt and what it teaches us about the providence of God, and especially what that means for us as sons of God.
January 03, 2021
Circumcision and Name of Jesus Sermon 1.1.2021 - Living in His Name in 2021
A sermon about what the name of Jesus means for us in 2021.  Adapted from Bo Giertz's fantastic sermon.
January 01, 2021
Sunday after Christmas Sermon 2020 - Destined for the Fall and Rising of Many
A sermon on Luke 2:33-40 and what it means that Jesus was destined for the fall and rising of many.
December 27, 2020
Christmas Day Sermon 2020 - The Light Scatters the Darkness
Jesus Christ is the Light of the world. The darkness must scatter.
December 25, 2020
Christmas Eve Sermon 2020 - The Wonder and Joy of Isaiah 9:6
Isaiah 9:6 perfectly summarizes why we celebrate Christmas.
December 25, 2020
Advent 4 Sermon 12.20.2020 - You are Either Confessing Christ or You are Denying Christ
What does it mean to deny Christ? What does it mean to rightly confess Him? Why does it matter as we prepare and wait for Christmas?
December 20, 2020
Advent 3 12.13.2020 The Warfare in Your Conscience
A sermon on Isaiah 40:1-11 regarding the warfare in your conscience and the comfort of the Gospel.
December 13, 2020
Advent 2 12.6.2020 - Preparing for Judgment Day
A sermon on Jesus' words in Luke 21:25ff. that prepare us for His second coming and Judgment Day.
December 06, 2020
Advent 1 Sermon 11.29.2020 - The King and His Kingdom
A sermon on what it means for us that Christ is our King.
November 29, 2020
Trinity 23 Sermon 11.15.2020 - Render to Caesar and to God
A sermon on Matthew 22:15ff where Jesus teaches what is to be rendered to Caesar and to God.
November 15, 2020
Trinity 22 Sermon 11.8.2020 - The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
Matthew 18:21ff. contains the parable of The Unforgiving Servant.  We will see the debt we owe to God and to one another. (We do apologize for the sound quality. We have been having issues for a couple of months.)
November 08, 2020
All Saints' Day Sermon 11.1.2020 - A Vision of Heaven
A sermon on the vision of heaven in Revelation 7 and what it means for the saints who have died and for us still living here on earth.
November 01, 2020
Reformation Sunday Sermon 10.25.2020 - The Truth will Set You Free
A sermon on John 8 and how the truth of the Gospel sets you free.
October 25, 2020
Trinity 17 Sermon 10.4.2020 - Walking Worthy of the Calling
A sermon on Ephesians 4:1-6.
October 04, 2020
Trinity 16 Sermon 9.27.2020 - Life and Death Collide
A sermon on Jesus' raising of the widow of Nain's only son (Luke 7:11-17).  Short version: Christ died that we might not fear to die; He rose that we might hope to rise again.
September 27, 2020
Midweek Trinity 15 Sermon - Our Creator and Redeemer
A brief sermon on Colossians 1:12-20 and Christ our Lord as our Creator and Redeemer.
September 24, 2020
Trinity 15 Sermon 2020 9.20.2020 - Two Promises to Remove All Worry and Fear
A look at the two promises Jesus gives us in Matthew 6 that remove all worry and fear.
September 20, 2020
Trinity 14 Sermon 2020 - The Samaritan Leper and The Fruits of Faith
A sermon on Luke 17 and the healing of the 10 lepers - focusing on the fruit of faith that is seen in the Samaritan Leper.
September 15, 2020
Trinity 13 Sermon 9.6.2020 - The Good and Merciful Samaritan
A sermon on Luke 10 and the Good Samaritan.  I stole quite liberally from Bo Giertz's beautiful sermon on this text.  
September 06, 2020
Trinity 12 Sermon 8.30.2020 - The Lord Opens Our Ears and Our Mouths
A sermon on Mark 7:31-37 and Jesus' healing of the deaf-mute. 
August 30, 2020
Trinity 11 Sermon 8.23.2020 - Pride vs. Believing Humility
I take a look at what we can learn from the Pharisee and the Tax Collector about pride and believing humility.  (Luke 18:9-14)
August 23, 2020
Trinity 9 Sermon 2020 - Being Good Managers of God's Gifts
This sermon is based on our Lord's parable of the dishonest manager/steward in Luke 16.  What does it look like to be a bad steward? A good steward? Should we be too ashamed to beg? 
August 09, 2020
Trinity 8 Sermon 2020 Loving Pure Teaching and Rejecting False Teaching
A sermon on Jesus' warning about false teachers in Matthew 7.  The sermon was heavily influenced by Rolf Preus (especially the introduction) and CFW Walther. 
August 05, 2020
Trinity 5 Sermon - Jesus' Call to Discipleship
What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?  How do we follow Him?
July 14, 2020
Trinity 4 Sermon - Be Merciful, Even as Your Father is Mericul
A sermon on Luke 6:36-42 - what our merciful God looks like and what lives of mercy look like.
July 05, 2020
Trinity 3 Sermon - “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
What the Pharisees and Scribes saw as a horrific thing - Jesus eating with sinners - is Good News for us!
June 30, 2020
Trinity 2 Sermon - Reconciliation With God and Man
A sermon on Ephesians 2. The blood of Jesus reconciles us with God and with one another.  This is quite important with the current race wars in our culture. Thanks to Voddie Bauchum and others for giving me good food for thought for this sermon.
June 21, 2020
Trinity 1 2020 Sermon - Loving Lazarus
Luke 16 and the story of the rich man and Lazarus shows us both what Christ's love for us looks like and what our love for our neighbor is to look like.
June 14, 2020
Trinity Sunday 2020 The Mystery of the Trinity and Our Salvation
A sermon based on John 3 for Trinity Sunday.
June 07, 2020
Interview with Astrophysicist Dr. Paul Edmon on Science and Faith
Dr. Edmon is an astrophysicist that works at Harvard University. He joined me to discuss science and faith.  
June 03, 2020
An Explanation of the Common Service: The Holy Supper Parts 2 and 3
We finish our reading of the explanation of the Divine Service. You can purchase the book here:
June 01, 2020
Pentecost 2020 Sermon
We celebrate Pentecost because our Lord has sent the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit creates the church, unites the church, and keeps us in the church.
May 31, 2020
Devotion for Saturday 5.30.2020 Mortal and Venial Sins?
What is the Lutheran teaching on mortal and venial sins? Why does it matter?
May 30, 2020
Devotion for Friday 5.29.2020 Despair to Hope
A devotion on Psalm 77 focusing on how the psalmist turns from despairing over his affliction to hoping in his Lord.
May 29, 2020
Interview with Dr. Peter Scaer - Cultural and Religious Liberty Issues
Dr. Peter Scaer joined me to discuss key issues impacting the culture and religious liberty.  He has a lot of fantastic insights that you won't want to miss.  Here are some links to things he discusses in the interview -  and You can find Anthony Esolen's books on Amazon.
May 28, 2020
Devotion for 5.28.2020 Christ's Sermon of Comfort
Luther's sermon on Christ's word of comfort John 14.
May 28, 2020
Devotion for Wednesday 5.27.2020 The Tower of Babel Undone
A devotion on Genesis 11 and the Tower of Babel in light of Pentecost.
May 27, 2020
An Explanation of the Common Service: The Holy Supper Part 1
I read through the next part in our book, The Holy Supper Part 1.  You can buy the book here:
May 26, 2020
Devotion for Tuesday 5.26.2020 The Third Article of the Creed: Sanctification
A devotion from Luther's Small and Large Catechisms on the Third Article of the Creed: Sanctification.  
May 26, 2020
Devotion for Monday 5.25.2020 Entrust Your Days and Burdens
A devotion on Gerhardt's marvelous hymn Entrust Your Days and Burdens.
May 25, 2020
Easter 7 Readings and Sermon - The Blessing of Persecution
A sermon on Jesus' words in John 16 and the epistle reading from 1 Peter 4 - The Blessing of Persecution.
May 23, 2020
Devotion for Saturday 5.23.2020 What is Baptism?
A reading from Ezekiel 36 and a detailed look at baptism from Dr. Martin Chemnitz.
May 23, 2020
Persecuted Church Update 5.22.2020
News from around the world concerning the persecuted church.
May 22, 2020
Devotion for Friday 5.22.2020 Psalm 27
A devotion on one of my favorite Psalms.
May 22, 2020
Interview with Pastor Tim Norton - Ministry in the Navajo Nation
I interviewed Pastor Tim Norton about his work in the Navajo Nation in Navajo, New Mexico. 
May 21, 2020
Devotion for 5.21.2020 The Ascension of Our Lord
A devotion on the Ascension of Our Lord and what it means for us.
May 21, 2020
Midweek Sermon on Psalm 73:25-26 How to Die Joyfully by Johann Gerhard
Another magnificent sermon from Gerhard where he teaches us how we can be prepared for death and even die joyfully.
May 20, 2020
Devotion for Wednesday 5.20.2020 The End of All Things is Near
A devotion on 1 Peter 4:7-11.
May 20, 2020
An Explanation of the Common Service, The Service of the Word: Epistle through Hymn
We continue reading through An Explanation of the Common Service finishing the section on The Service of the Word.
May 19, 2020
Devotion for Tuesday 5.19.2020 The Second Article of the Creed: Redemption
A devotion on The Second Article of the Creed: Redemption by Martin Luther.
May 19, 2020
Devotion for Monday 5.18.2020 With the Lord Begin Your Task
This devotion is based on Colossians 3:17 and the hymn, With the Lord Begin Your Task.  It's a great hymn to start your day and week with. You can listen to the hymn here:
May 18, 2020
Easter 6 Sermon and Readings - Who do you trust?
The readings and sermon for Easter 6.  The sermon focuses on the reading from Numbers 21 and the bronze serpent.  Where do put your trust for salvation and all things?
May 16, 2020
Devotion for Saturday 5.16.2020 The Son of Man Must be Lifted Up
St. John Chrysostom on John 3:14-16. 
May 16, 2020
Persecuted Church Update 5.15.2020
News concerning the persecuted church from the last week.
May 15, 2020
Devotion for Friday 5.15.2020 The Futility of Idols
A brief look at Psalm 115 and the futility of idols. 
May 15, 2020
Devotion for Thursday 5.14.2020 The Suffering and Witness of the Church
A brief devotion on Revelation 11 and the suffering and witness of the church.
May 14, 2020
Midweek Sermon on Bearing Crosses and Tribulations by Johann Gerhard
This is a magnificent sermon by Gerhard on cross-bearing.  It's based on Psalm 68:19-20.  
May 13, 2020
Devotion for Wednesday 5.13.2020 You Are Neither Hot Nor Cold: The Sin of Apathy
A brief look at Revelation 3:14-22 and the sin of apathy/sloth (in Greek acedia).
May 13, 2020
An Explanation of the Common Service, Service of the Word: Introit through Collect
I broke up the Service of the Word into two parts. Today you will be taken from the Introit through the Collect. You can purchase the book here:
May 12, 2020
Devotion for Tuesday 5.12.2020 Luther on The First Article of the Creed: Creation
This devotion is taken from both the Small and Large Catechism on the First Article of the Creed: Creation.
May 12, 2020
Devotion for Monday 5.11.2020 Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve Me?
A devotion based on Gerhardt's magnificent hymn, Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve Me?  You can listen to a beautiful version of the hymn here -
May 11, 2020
Easter 5 Sermon and Readings - Why Did Jesus Send the Holy Spirit?
Can you tell if the Holy Spirit is in a church based on how you feel?  Why did Jesus send us the Holy Spirit?
May 09, 2020
Devotion for Saturday 5.9.2020 What does the Bible say about anger?
A devotion from Dr. Martin Chemnitz on anger.
May 09, 2020
Persecuted Church Update 5.8.2020
Some news from around the world concerning the persecuted Church. 
May 08, 2020
Devotion for Friday 5.8.2020 What do we want to build?
A devotion on Nehemiah 4.  What do we want to build? And how do we do it?
May 08, 2020
Interview with Pastor Jared Melius about Pro-Life Issues
 Pastor Jared Melius of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Denver, Colorado joins me to discuss Pro-Life issues. Including: Are babies always a blessing?  Do we as Christians have to constantly fight being desensitized to abortion?  Are pro-life marches helpful? Should all Christian seriously consider foster care and adoption?  Links to some resources he mentions - and and
May 07, 2020
Devotion for Thursday 5.7.2020 Sing A New Song (On Hymns and Music in Church)
A devotion on what the Bible teaches about music and hymns. 
May 07, 2020
Midweek Sermon on Psalm 42:1-2 by Johann Gerhard
In this sermon, Gerhard shows how Psalm 42:1-2 applies to Christ in His suffering and death, and how it applies to the believer in their suffering. He also teaches us what we should do when we are anxious and afflicted.
May 06, 2020
Devotion for Wednesday 5.6.2020 Jesus Receives Sinners
A devotion based on the often misunderstood parable of the two sons. It is not about obedience but it is about seeing yourself as a sinner and being received by Jesus. 
May 06, 2020
An Explanation of the Common Service: Invocation through Preparation
I continue reading through An Explanation of the Common Service. This episode takes us from the Invocation all the way through the Preparation. You can purchase the book here:
May 05, 2020
Devotion for Tuesday 5.5.2020 Luther's Exhortation on Worship
Today's devotion is from Martin Luther.  It is his exhortation on worship and unity. 
May 05, 2020
Devotion for Monday 5.4.2020 At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing
A devotion based on the hymn At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing. You can listen to the hymn here -
May 04, 2020
Easter 4 Readings and Sermon on Lamentations 3
I focused on the Old Testament reading because I think a section of hope that is from the middle of one of the saddest books of the Bible (even called the tears of the world by one commentary) is exactly what we, and our world, needs right now.
May 02, 2020
Devotion for Saturday 5.2.2020 A Beautiful Testimony
A beautiful testimony from Paul Gerhardt to his only surviving son.  What is most important in your life? What do you want to pass on to those you leave behind?
May 02, 2020
Persecuted Church Update 5.1.2020
A brief update on a couple of news stories on the persecuted church. And information on the country we are praying for this week - Uzbekistan.
May 01, 2020
Devotion for Friday 5.1.2020 The Demon in Your Heart Says, What's the Use?
A devotion based on 1 Kings 19 dealing with despair, doubt, and the strength God gives us in the Gospel.
May 01, 2020
Interview with Artist Ed Riojas
Ed Riojas was kind enough to join me to discuss his art, art in general, art and the church, and art and the Christian, and more.  His websites can be found here - and
April 30, 2020
Devotion for Thursday 4.30.2020 Rejoicing in Grief and Sorrow
A devotion based on the hymn Rejoice, My Heart, Be Glad and Sing.
April 30, 2020
Midweek Sermon on Isaiah 57:1-2 by Johann Gerhard
How does the world view the death of the righteous?  How does the Holy Spirit view their death? That's the focus of this week's midweek sermon from Gerhard. 
April 29, 2020
Devotion for Wednesday 4.29.2020 - Going to The Lord's Supper as if Going to Your Death
Some reflections on the importance of the Lord's Supper and the quote, “You go to the Lord’s Supper as if going to your death, so that you can go to your death as if you are going to the Lord’s Supper.”  
April 29, 2020
An Explanation of the Common Service: Foreword and Introduction
I'm reading through the magnificent work An Explanation of the Common Service.  I'm going to try to break it down into 10-15 minute sections each week.  It's an extremely important and helpful book if you want to understand the worship service and the parts of the liturgy. You can buy a copy here -
April 28, 2020
Devotion for Tuesday 4.28.2020 - Luther on Vocation and Obedience
What does faithfulness and obedience look like day in and day out? You can get the devotion I used here -
April 28, 2020
Devotion for Monday 4.27.2020 - All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
A devotion based on the hymn All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night.  Here's a link to a beautiful version of the hymn -
April 27, 2020
Third Sunday of Easter Readings and Sermon 4.26.2020
This Sunday is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday which is reflected in the readings and the sermon.
April 26, 2020
Devotion for Saturday 4.25.2020 - Fear Not, Little Flock
A devotion based on Luke 12:32ff. from St. Peter Chrysologus. 
April 25, 2020
Persecuted Church Update 4.24.2020
Some news stories from around the world about the persecuted church.
April 24, 2020
Devotion for Friday 4.24.2020 - Moses Wrestles with God in Prayer
A devotion based on Moses' complaint and prayer in Exodus 5. 
April 24, 2020
Interview with Pastor John Widmer - Ministry to Prisoners and Addicts
I interviewed Pastor John Widmer about his Lutheran Mercy Care Ministry that ministers to those in prison and those with addictions.  His ministry's website is
April 23, 2020
Devotion for Thursday 4.23.2020 - Misfortune Now is Play
A devotion based on Colossians 2:15 and some Stanzas from Awake, My Heart, with Gladness. You can listen to the hymn here. 
April 23, 2020
Midweek Sermon on Job 1:13-22 by Johann Gerhard
This is a sermon by Johann Gerhard on Job 1:13-22. Gerhard discusses how to understand calamities/disasters ("fires" throughout the sermon) that come our way. 
April 22, 2020
Devotion for Wednesday 4.22.2020 - Jesus Calms the Storms
A devotion based on Mark 4:37-41 and the calming of the sea by Jesus.
April 22, 2020
Devotion for Tuesday 4.21.2020 - Law and Gospel
Today's devotion is from a wonderful sermon by the blessed Dr. Martin Luther called "The Differentiation of Law and Gospel." The devotional book I mention can be found here.
April 21, 2020
Second Sunday of Easter Readings and Sermon
This includes the Epistle and Gospel reading and the sermon.  There is no Old Testament reading since we are doing shorter services. 
April 20, 2020
Devotion for Monday 4.20.2020 - What God Ordains is Always Good
A devotion based on the hymn What God Ordains is Always Good.  You can listen to a fantastic version of the hymn here.
April 20, 2020