Sermons from Grace/Bethel

Romans 12:6-11

An episode of 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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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
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