Sermons from Grace/Bethel

Sermons from Grace/Bethel

By Mark Haefner
Weekly audio recordings of sermons presented at Grace Lutheran and Bethel Lutheran churches Seward and York NE. Mark A. Haefner, Pastor
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Matthew 13:24ff The Weeds and the Wheat
Why is there evil? How will it end? When will it end? Jesus answers these questions for us in his parable of the Weeds among the Wheat.
18:30
August 3, 2020
Matthew 13:1-23 Seeds Sold Here
Sermon by Pastor Edwin Frederich
21:29
July 28, 2020
Matthew 11:28-30 "Jesus Promises Rest"
With a lot of experts saying different things about wearing masks or not wearing masks, about kids going to school or not going to school, it can wear you out trying to find the truth. The situation in which we find ourselves helps us identify with the people of Jesus' day who had to contend with  great Rabbis telling them different things about what they should be doing and what was sinful and what wasn't. They were wear and burdened trying to find the truth. To them, and to us, Jesus says, "Come to me for rest."
17:29
July 20, 2020
Genesis 3:15 Relationship Restored
Adam and Eve could do nothing to restore their relationship with God. In grace, God took the steps necessary to restore his relationship with them. He gave them a promise. He would send a seed of a woman to crush Satan's head. By paying for sin Jesus, the seed of a woman, the virgin Mary, removed the wall of separation between God and man. Because of Jesus we are called Children of God again.
18:43
July 13, 2020
Genesis 3 - Relationships Destroyed
When Adam and Eve distrusted God and doubted his word they sinned. Sin destroyed their perfect relationship with God and their perfect relationship with each other. Worst of all their sinful nature has been passed down to us so that our relationship with God and with others has been destroyed. As Jesus explained to Nicodemus, flesh gives birth to sinful flesh. That's why we need to be born again by the power of the Holy Spirit working through the Gospel in word and sacrament. Only then can our relationship with God and others begin to be restored.
18:59
July 5, 2020
Genesis 2:18-24 Perfect Relationships
Before the fall into sin Adam and Eve had a perfect relationship with God and with each other. We look forward to that perfect relationship being restored in heaven. In the mean time, as the image of God is being restored in us through faith, we strive to improve our relationships as we strive to have Christ-like love for others, especially our spouses.
17:57
June 29, 2020
Genesis 2:15 Opportunities for Meaningful Service
Adam and Eve were placed in Paradise to work it and take care of it. While still in their perfect state they had work to do. God still gives us work to do as opportunities for meaningful service to him and to our neighbor. We often fail to see work in this way. We tend to prefer idleness. Thankfully Jesus  served God and his neighbor perfectly and then paid for our idleness, laziness and discontent by his death in our place on the cross.
17:32
June 22, 2020
Genesis 1:26-28 Foundations of the Christian Faith - The Image of God
God created Adam and Eve as special beings, unique, different from the animals with body and soul. Some equate this with the phrase "Image of God". But when Adam and Eve sinned they lost the image of God, yet remained special, unique beings different from the animals with body and soul.  Paul helps us understand the essence of the image of God as he speak about the New Man being restored in the image of the creator, in righteousness and holiness. We look forward to the day when this image of holiness, righteousness and perfection is completely restored in us.
19:37
June 15, 2020
Genesis 1:1-2, 26 Foundations of the Christian Faith - The Triune God
One of the rock solid foundations of the Christian Faith is that God is the creator of all that exists. He is Eternal, Almighty, All Wise, and loving. He also reveals himself as completely other - three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in one divine being.
18:54
June 7, 2020
John 16:8-11 "Convicted"
The Holy Spirit works through God's Word to convince us about our sin, that Jesus is our Righteousness, and that Satan has been condemned.
17:59
June 1, 2020
John 17:13-19, 24 What Jesus Asks on Our Behalf
The Bible says that Jesus is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. What is he asking the Father to do for us? Jesus' high priestly prayer in John 17 gives us some hints. He asks that we be protected from the Evil One, that we are sanctified, and that we are glorified.
19:49
May 25, 2020
Acts 17:22-31 "Proclaim the Unknown God"
What Paul found in Athens is what we find in our world today - Many worship an unknown god. Paul shows us that to proclaim the true God to them we will have to start, not with the Bible they don't know, but with what they do know, the natural knowledge of God.
20:26
May 18, 2020
1 Peter 2:4-10 "You Rock"
Jesus is the living stone. He rocks because he lived and died in our place and rose from the dead. In him we are acceptable to the father. Our sins are all washed away. When the Holy Spirit leads us to Jesus and brings us to faith we become living stones. God considers us his chosen people. A holy priesthood, we are able to offer ourselves as living sacrifices and proclaim his praises.
16:31
May 11, 2020
1 Peter 2:22-25 The Good Shepherd
Our Good Shepherd willingly goes after us, his wandering sheep, and brings us back to his fold with changed hearts that want to live for righteousness and live with him forever.
18:50
May 3, 2020
Acts 2:37-47 The Real Church
The church isn't a building, it's people. It is people brought to faith in Jesus through the Gospel in word and sacrament. It is people who devote themselves to the word, the sacrament, fellowship and prayer. It is people who let the light of Christ shine in everything they do.
13:53
April 27, 2020
1 Peter 1:3-9 Reasons to Greatly Rejoice
Rejoice- God has given you new birth; an Indestructible Inheritance; You are Shielded by God's Power; Tested for Your Eternal Good; You Believe without Seeing.
14:08
April 19, 2020
Revelation 19:11-16 Easter Sermon
Christ is not dead. He is risen just as he said. He will come again in victory to destroy our enemies and take us to be with him in his glorious kingdom forever.
12:26
April 12, 2020
John 9:1-5 Why Did This Happen?
Jesus reminds us that, although everything bad is a result of sin, we shouldn't think it's a punishment for a specific sin. The ultimate punishment for sin is Hell. He promises that everything can be used by God for our good and his glory. 
16:38
March 15, 2020
John 4:5-26 Share Living Water
Jesus models for us how to share the living water of the Gospel with others. Share Living Water · In _______________________ places o Like: · With _____________________ people · Let them know you have ____________________________________________ · Help them recognize their ______________________ · Manage their objections by o Avoiding ________________________ o Focusing on _____________________
19:27
March 8, 2020
Romans 5:12-19 Two Universal Verdicts
It doesn't seem fair that because Adam sinned we die. But remember, it's not fair that because Jesus lived a perfect life and died in our place we get to live with God in glory forever. 
15:47
March 1, 2020
Isaiah 42:13 Jesus, the Promised Warrior, our Hero
You don't often think of war in connection with Jesus, but Isaiah reminds us that he is a warrior. He left heaven and came to earth on a mission to defeat sin, Satan and death for us. He was victorious over his enemies. In grace, the Father gives his victory to us.
14:09
February 28, 2020
Matthew 17:1-9 Looking Forward to Glory
Don't look for glory on earth that doesn't endure. Look forward to the eternal glory Jesus won by his life and death in our place. Jesus endured it all for us by looking forward to the glory he would inherit after his resurrection.
15:32
February 24, 2020
1 Corinthians 2:12-13 "To Whom Do You Listen
Like Israel, we have many times each day when we have a choice to listen to God or to listen to Satan or the wisdom of the world. Considering all that God has done for us, choose life, listen to his word.
16:29
February 17, 2020
Matthew 5:13-16 Be What God Made You
As sons of God through faith in Jesus you ARE salt and light for the world. Share the salt of the Gospel so that others are brought to faith in Jesus and preserved in the judgment. Let the light of your faith and the love of Jesus shine in all you do and say. Don't keep your faith to yourself.
16:08
February 9, 2020
Micah 6:1-8 "You Are Blessed"
Like Israel, you might feel God has wearied you, but the fact is, you are blessed. Treating God like an idol that you can manipulate is what wearies you. Seeing God as your Savior inspires you to serve God and your neighbor with joy.
16:12
February 3, 2020
1 Corinthians 1:10-17 "Focus on what Matters"
All too often Christians major in minors. They focus on buildings and carpets and style of music. They insist on their own personal preferences and end up causing divisions that hinder the mission of proclaiming to gospel to all. Paul encourages us to focus on what matters, the salvation of souls, the proclamation of the gospel. When we do, divisions will disappear.
18:00
January 27, 2020
2 Timothy 3 "Point Them in the Right Direction"
In the midst of the troubled times of the last days Paul reminds us to keep pointing our children in the right direction, to Jesus and the the Scriptures.
17:15
January 19, 2020
Matthew 3:13-17 Jesus Our Perfect Substitute
At his baptism Jesus identified with us. He fulfilled all righteousness. He kept God's law as our perfect substitute.
14:36
January 13, 2020
Matthew 2:9-12 Wise Men
The Magi from the East set an example of what it means to be truly wise - They watched for the signs God gave, they acted in faith, worshiped the infant Jesus as their King and Savior, Gave gifts fit for a King, and obeyed the Lord's instructions not to return to Herod.
18:44
January 5, 2020
Numbers 6:22-27 - The Blessing of the Lord
The words of the blessing given in Numbers 6 are not just a pious wish. Through them God himself puts his name on us and WILL bless us.
14:41
January 1, 2020
Galatians 4:4-7 God's Perfect Timing
God sent Jesus into the world at just the right time to redeem the world. He sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts at just the right time so that we would be considered heirs with him of eternal life.
14:08
December 31, 2019
Isaiah 52- Message for Christmas Day.
God rolled up his sleeves and provided salvation for the world in Jesus.
14:08
December 26, 2019
John 3:16 Message from Christmas Eve
God loves us. Christmas proves it. He gave his Son to save a world who didn't deserve to be saved.
11:10
December 26, 2019
Matthew 1:18-25 "Righteousness Shows"
Joseph was a righteous man. When the Bible calls someone righteous it means that they trust in the one true God and his promise of a Savior. Like Abraham, righteousness is credited to a person through faith. Those who are righteous through faith show that righteousness in their lives, as Joseph did. 
16:53
December 23, 2019
Luke 11:37 FF
Jesus is the Key of Knowledge. He warns us about things that distract us, or keep us from seeing him as the one who reveals God to us.
19:44
December 19, 2019
Matthew 11:2-6 "Be Sure about Jesus"
Did John have doubts about Jesus? Whether he did, or his disciples did, John knew what to do with doubt. He went to Jesus and Jesus removed doubts by pointing him to the prophecies of Scripture he was fulfilling.
15:42
December 15, 2019
Romans 15:4, 13 Hope for the Hopeless
God, the God of Hope, provides hope for that hopeless because he is always faithful to his promises. Most importantly he kept his promise to send a the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ.
15:52
December 9, 2019
Luke 11:27-36 My Soul in Stillness Waits for the Lord of Life
The only way to be truly enlightened is by the Holy Spirit working through the word of God.
15:09
December 6, 2019
Genesis 6:11-14 "Prepare an Ark"
Just as Noah did we need to prepare an ark for our family. We do this by making sure everyone in our family knows that Jesus is their ark, their only hope of salvation when the last day comes.
14:41
December 1, 2019
Psalm 67 - May God Bless Us So That...
The Psalmist prays for God's blessings so that, through us, his salvation my be known to all.
16:43
November 29, 2019
Luke 23:35-42 Christ the King
Jesus or victorious King gives us a glorious eternal kingdom.
14:46
November 25, 2019
Isaiah 65:17-25 - Saints Triumphant
God pictures for us what it will be like to live in the new heaven and the new earth.
15:47
November 17, 2019
2 Thessalonians 1:5-10
At home with Jesus you are perfectly safe for all eternity.
14:49
November 10, 2019
Hebrews 2:9-18
Jesus left heaven to save us so that we could call him our brother.
12:36
November 3, 2019
John 8:31-33 "The Truth Will Set Your Free"
God's law is truth but it can't sett you free  because you break it. Only he Son can set you free by his life and death in your place, and his glorious resurrection from the dead. He has set you free from sin, death and Satan  so that you can serve the Lord without fear and your neighbor in love.
16:19
October 27, 2019
Psalm 2 - "What Do You Think About the Christ?"
Psalm 2 describes what Jesus faced as the Pharisees and Sadducees tried to trap him with difficult questions. When they were finished he asked them a question that made it clear that the Christ was to be both the son of David and the Son of God. Jesus is true God and true man, just  who he needed to be in order to save us. Always take refuge in him.
16:28
October 21, 2019
October 13, 2019 "What Does God Desire?"
There is no sacrifice we can make to pay for sin. The only sacrifice that paid for sin was the sacrifice that Jesus made in our place. As we acknowledge our guilt and look to Jesus for forgiveness we will be moved to do what is just and love mercy.
14:28
October 14, 2019
Ephesians 3:14-21 A Prayer for You
Paul prays with freedom and confidence that we would be strengthened by the Spirit, know the greatness of God's love for us, and be filled with all the fullness of God.
17:13
October 7, 2019
1 Kings 17:8-16 Don't Worry, Trust God
Jesus tells us not to worry and gives us excellent reasons not to - God cares for birds and flowers and we are worth much more than they. Paul reminds us that God sacrificed Jesus to save us and if he did that, why wouldn't he provide for our lesser needs? Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath learned from experience what it means to put God first, trust him and he will provide.
17:55
September 29, 2019
Ephesians 4:22-28 "Be Continually Renewed"
Christians need constant renewal to be enabled to take off the old and put on the new.
15:46
September 22, 2019
Luke 10:29 "Who Is My Neighbor?"
The parable of the Good Samaritan tells us that everyone is our neighbor, even our enemy.  Leviticus 19 give us practical examples of how we can show love for our neighbor.
15:59
September 16, 2019
Mark 7:31-37 Jesus Does Everything Well
We confess that Jesus does everything well. Because he did he was able to win our eternal salvation. But how often don't we contradict our confession by doing the opposite of what Jesus commands as these people in the Decapolis did?
16:57
September 9, 2019
1 Corinthians 15:9-10 By the Grace of God We Are What We Are
Paul was a sinner saved by grace. We are just like him, sinners saved by grace in Jesus.
13:21
September 2, 2019
Luke 19:41-44 Recognize the Things that Bring You Peace
Earthly things can't bring lasting peace. Only forgiveness and the promise of eternal peace in Jesus can bring lasting peace. Earthly Jerusalem was supposed to be a place of peace but it has never lived up to it's name. We look forward to the New Jerusalem, the heavenly one, where there is perfect peace.
14:00
August 27, 2019
Matthew 7:15-23
"Known by Their Fruit" Test the fruit of a teacher's doctrine. If it agrees with God's word it is good fruit, if it doesn't agree with God's word it is rotten, poisonous fruit. Test the fruit your produce. If the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Such fruit comes as we daily remember our baptism, crucifying our sinful nature by daily contrition and repentance, and rejoicing that, through baptism, God has united us with Jesus in his live and death.
16:55
August 11, 2019
Genesis 13:10-11 Consequences and Grace
Abraham and Lot experienced consequences for their sinful and selfish choices. But in the midst of those consequences they experienced God's Grace. God's grace to Abraham moved him to be gracious to others.
15:23
July 29, 2019
Luke 6:36-41 "Be Merciful"
God is merciful to us who are ungrateful and wicked. While we were still sinners Christ died for us. Having experienced his mercy to us we are moved to be merciful to others.
14:51
July 16, 2019
1 Peter 5:6-11 "Be Alert and Trust"
Be alert and always watching because Satan is like a lion ready to pounce when you are distracted. Trust God's promise to to help, to lift you up when you are humbles, to strengthen and support you no matter what.
14:45
July 8, 2019
Luke 14:16-24 You Are Invited to a Feast!
God invites us to feast on his word and sacrament, and in his eternal kingdom. Don't ignore or take his invitation for granted.
16:04
June 30, 2019
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Focus on what's important - The Lord and his word.
17:35
June 23, 2019
Trinity Sunday Message
There is no one like our God - One divine being yet three distinct persons.
17:42
June 18, 2019
The Festival of Pentecost
The Holy Spirit provided everything the disciples needed to preach law and gospel. He does the same for us today.
14:43
June 9, 2019
John 15:26-16:4 "Be Prepared"
Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to be our coach and prepare us to witness about him and to suffer for him.
15:19
June 3, 2019
Ascension Meditation on John 14
Our hearts need not be sad or troubled. Jesus is preparing a place for us and we will see him again.
07:54
May 31, 2019
Ascension Meditation on Hebrews 7
Jesus is our Great High Priest.
09:34
May 31, 2019
May 26, 2019 Sermon on James 1:22-27
Pure Religion - Beliefs and values based on God's word alone. Putting those values and beliefs into action out of gratitude for all God has done for you in Jesus.
15:17
May 29, 2019
1 Chronicles 16:23-34
Memory and Hope.
15:45
May 20, 2019
Good Shepherd Sunday
Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gave his life for the sheep. Therefore, we lack nothing now and have eternal life.
16:15
May 12, 2019
John 20:21-23 "Peace Be with You"
Only Jesus can give us the peace we need - the peace that comes from knowing he is alive and that our sins are forgiven.
16:15
April 29, 2019
Easter Sermon - Keep On Remembering Christ Is Risen
Keep on remembering Jesus, true man, descended from David, and true God, risen from the dead. This is the gospel of our salvation that enables us to face  tomorrow and removes all our fears.
16:21
April 22, 2019
Good Friday - "It Is Finished"
It is finished. Every prophecy of Scripture concerning the Messiah has been fulfilled. The work the Father gave Jesus has been accomplished. There's nothing left for us to do or suffer. Thank you Jesus! 
15:44
April 20, 2019
Exodus 3:1-15
The Lord Is I AM
18:55
April 7, 2019
Love One Another - Three Words of Truth
Sermon presented at Grace Lutheran Church, Seward NE on April 4, 2019 by Pastor Timothy Kemnitz
20:53
April 5, 2019
Ephesians 3:20 You Can't Even Imagine
God shows that he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine, most importantly, by sacrificing Jesus so that we could have forgiveness and eternal life.
15:33
April 1, 2019
Luke 11:17 A House Divided
Jesus lets us know neither He nor Satan are divided. In fact, you can't be neutral about Jesus. You are either with him or against him. 
17:40
March 24, 2019
Three Words of Truth - Take Him Away.
Lenten Sermon by Pastor Ray Beckmann
22:02
March 22, 2019
Matthew 15:21-28
Great Faith: Jesus tested the faith of the Canaanite woman so that we would be able to see the great faith she had in her heart. Great faith rests on Jesus alone for help and salvation, and shows itself when tested.
19:19
March 17, 2019
What Is Truth?
Pastor Fred Berger's sermon from week two of Lent
14:41
March 15, 2019
Matthew 4:1-11 Game On
Jesus defeats the Devil for us 
16:22
March 11, 2019
John 18:3-9 I Am He
Jesus is the "I AM", the one true God, the one who offered himself to protect his disciples, to suffer and die to pay for our sins.
17:56
March 8, 2019
2 Peter 1:16ff
The Transfiguration  of Jesus  makes us certain; certain that Jesus is true God, our Savior; certain that the Scriptures are the very word of God; and therefore certain that we have eternal life in Jesus.
17:24
March 3, 2019
1 Corinthians 9:27-10:5
God is Merciful and Just. Paul shows how that applies in our lives by the example of Israel in the wilderness, and the fact that he works hard to control his sinful nature so that he doesn't abuse God's mercy and end up being lost.
16:17
February 17, 2019
Exodus 14:13-22
Even in hopeless situations Jesus asks "Why are you afraid?" He has power over wind, wave and water. Has power even over death. He has rescued you from the most hopeless situation of all - the punishment you deserve for your sins.
15:55
February 10, 2019
Matthew 8:5-11
The Centurion from Capernaum showed proper humility and great faith. God's law gives us proper humility. Knowing who Jesus is, what he has done, and promised us gives us confident faith.
16:00
February 3, 2019
Romans 12:6-11
God gives every Christian gifts. Paul encourages us to use whatever gift God has given us in humble service to him and our neighbor.
15:12
February 1, 2019
Isaiah 61:1-3
Jesus' purpose as Messiah was to proclaim the good news he came to win. Our purpose from God is to be like an oak tree that displays God's glory.
13:15
January 20, 2019
Acts 10:37-38
At his Baptism Jesus showed his willingness to take our place, to fulfill all righteousness for us. He added his righteousness to Baptism so that it has the power to wash away all our unrighteousness.
15:26
January 13, 2019
Matthew 2:1-12
God was at work across the miles and through the ages to help the Wise Men get to know Jesus, and frustrating the evil of Herod. He is still at work through out History making sure we know Jesus and frustrating evil in our day with the goal of bringing us to eternal life with him.
14:42
January 8, 2019
Luke 2:25-35
The Gift of Jesus reveals hearts - brings for a reaction of joy or opposition.
20:23
December 30, 2018
Galatians 4:4-7
Seven Words Full of Meaning: Time, Son, Born, Redemption, Adoption, Heirs, Abba.
14:10
December 27, 2018
Isaiah 9:1-7
Amid all the darkness around us and in us, Jesus alone provides the light we need.
12:10
December 27, 2018
Revelation 12:1-6
God demonstrates his love by sending  his Son into a dangerous world to save us.
16:41
December 24, 2018
Psalm 73 Funeral Sermon
Know your final destiny. In Jesus, it's heaven.
15:02
December 20, 2018
Ephesians 4:4-7
Rejoice in the Lord Always.
15:05
December 17, 2018
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Jesus comes bring the gift of Hope. The first Sunday in the Season of Advent.
14:33
December 3, 2018
Deuteronomy 8:10-18
Thanksgiving Sermon - Don't Forget the Lord Your God
15:48
November 23, 2018
Episode 3
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 "Know What Will Happen on the Last Day.
16:17
November 18, 2018
Matthew 24:3-12
First in the series - Be Prepared for the Last Day - Know the Signs.
16:58
November 11, 2018
Revelation 20:4-6
Sermon for All Saint's Day - The Souls of believers never die, they go to live and reign with Jesus.
16:13
November 6, 2018