Christ For You

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 Tuesday 5.12.2020 Luther on The First Article of the Creed: Creation

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Trinity 5 Sermon - Jesus' Call to Discipleship
What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?  How do we follow Him?
19:36
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.
17:01
July 5, 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!
16:46
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.
16:45
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.
16:43
June 14, 2020
Trinity Sunday 2020 The Mystery of the Trinity and Our Salvation
A sermon based on John 3 for Trinity Sunday.
13:39
June 7, 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.  
49:16
June 3, 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: https://emmanuelpress.us/books/an-explanation-of-the-common-service/
13:29
June 1, 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.
13:38
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?
09:44
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.
05:47
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 - https://www.adflegal.org/  and https://www.touchstonemag.com/ You can find Anthony Esolen's books on Amazon.
45:49
May 28, 2020
Devotion for 5.28.2020 Christ's Sermon of Comfort
Luther's sermon on Christ's word of comfort John 14.
08:24
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.
06:26
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: https://emmanuelpress.us/books/an-explanation-of-the-common-service/
09:48
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.  
15:01
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.
07:16
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.
12:33
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.
14:36
May 23, 2020
Persecuted Church Update 5.22.2020
News from around the world concerning the persecuted church.
15:40
May 22, 2020
Devotion for Friday 5.22.2020 Psalm 27
A devotion on one of my favorite Psalms.
08:40
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. 
46:05
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.
08:52
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.
18:03
May 20, 2020
Devotion for Wednesday 5.20.2020 The End of All Things is Near
A devotion on 1 Peter 4:7-11.
07:43
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.
15:05
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.
07:13
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVi4KQW1RJg
06:32
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?
12:33
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. 
07:31
May 16, 2020
Persecuted Church Update 5.15.2020
News concerning the persecuted church from the last week.
11:35
May 15, 2020
Devotion for Friday 5.15.2020 The Futility of Idols
A brief look at Psalm 115 and the futility of idols. 
07:11
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.
06:04
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.  
22:54
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).
06:09
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: https://emmanuelpress.us/books/an-explanation-of-the-common-service/
09:51
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.
08:17
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 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoZQbQd3_sU
07:28
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?
12:30
May 9, 2020
Devotion for Saturday 5.9.2020 What does the Bible say about anger?
A devotion from Dr. Martin Chemnitz on anger.
06:43
May 9, 2020
Persecuted Church Update 5.8.2020
Some news from around the world concerning the persecuted Church. 
06:22
May 8, 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?
10:22
May 8, 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 - http://www.ctsfw.net/media/pdfs/ScaerPLutheranSupportforProLifeMovement.pdf and https://www.lifesitenews.com/ and https://thefederalist.com/2020/03/13/the-foster-care-system-is-a-disaster-thats-why-you-should-join-it/
49:59
May 7, 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. 
07:53
May 7, 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.
17:32
May 6, 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. 
05:07
May 6, 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: https://emmanuelpress.us/books/an-explanation-of-the-common-service/
08:51
May 5, 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. 
12:32
May 5, 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 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_cqTv385Kc
06:31
May 4, 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.
12:47
May 2, 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?
05:21
May 2, 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.
06:13
May 1, 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.
08:19
May 1, 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 - https://edriojasartist.com/ and http://theartcurmudgeon.blogspot.com/
45:15
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.
04:53
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. 
18:06
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.”  
06:20
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 - https://emmanuelpress.us/books/an-explanation-of-the-common-service/
13:13
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 - https://markvpublications.com/documents/lutherstore.html
05:58
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 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG-8k8ikqj4
05:49
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.
11:51
April 26, 2020
Devotion for Saturday 4.25.2020 - Fear Not, Little Flock
A devotion based on Luke 12:32ff. from St. Peter Chrysologus. 
06:04
April 25, 2020
Persecuted Church Update 4.24.2020
Some news stories from around the world about the persecuted church.
07:57
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. 
06:05
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 https://lmcm.weebly.com/
29:47
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. 
06:29
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. 
22:27
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.
04:21
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.
05:27
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. 
10:13
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.
07:20
April 20, 2020