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Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church

Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church

By Pastor Georgson

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We are a confessional Lutheran congregation located in St. Louis, Missouri and a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). In a time of change and moral chaos, God’s Word offers us His timeless, unchanging truth. In a time of uncertainty and fear, God’s love and mercy in Christ give us sure and certain hope. Listen to our podcast and experience God’s love for you!
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Followers of Jesus Have Their Treasure in Heaven | The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Followers of Jesus Have Their Treasure in Heaven | The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Dear brothers and sisters, never forget the greatest treasure that is yours in heaven. Be like the servants in Jesus’ parable who are always watching for their master’s return. Prepare your heart with the Word of God and the washing of Baptism. Keep your lamps burning with prayer and meditation. Stay alert with the refreshment of the Lord’s Supper. Be wise about the things you hold onto. Be generous with those in need. Do not worry and do not be afraid. Your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom! Sermon on Luke 12:32-40 by Pastor Seth Georgson
14:16
August 29, 2022
Followers of Jesus Listen to His Word | The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Followers of Jesus Listen to His Word | The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
We get distracted by all the busyness of life. There’s so much going on, so much to do! And here is Jesus, where two or three are gathered in his name. Here is Jesus, the Son of God, your Savior from sin and death. You can chase after little league games, and school band concerts, and projects for work, and doctor appointments, and sometimes those are good things to do. You can dedicate every minute of your life and every ounce of your energy to serving other people. But there’s one thing that is needed. The word of Jesus is our rest. The word of Jesus is our life. Sermon on Luke 10:38-42 by Pastor Seth Georgson
14:55
August 07, 2022
Followers of Jesus Love Their Neighbor | The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Followers of Jesus Love Their Neighbor | The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Jesus made himself our perfect neighbor despite our never having deserved his love or mercy. And he continues to be a perfect neighbor to us. He isn’t hard to find. He’s never far away, but remains close to us at all times, protecting us with his mighty power. He comes to us in Word and Sacrament, forgives our sins, binds our wounds, and gives us life. With this new life from Jesus we want to love our neighbor. These days people often virtue-signal with an easy and false love for people who aren’t really their neighbor at all. But what we learn from Jesus is a real and self-sacrificing love for the people around us that he’s brought into our lives. Sermon on Luke 10:25-37 by Pastor Seth Georgson
14:51
July 31, 2022
Followers of Jesus Trust Him to Provide a Harvest | The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Followers of Jesus Trust Him to Provide a Harvest | The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Thanks be to God that Jesus doesn’t reject us! He himself is the one who cures our malaise, takes away our despair, and forgives our sins. He who sent those 72 continues in his grace to send us messengers to proclaim his kingdom. Through the work of those servants our Lord washes us in baptism and feeds us in his supper. He makes us his dear children. Each day in him is a new day to trust him and to share the harvest of blessings he gives us with one another. Sermon on Luke 10:1-12, 16-20 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:00
July 24, 2022
Followers of Jesus Don't Look Back | The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Followers of Jesus Don't Look Back | The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Jesus is not just calling us to follow him without looking back. He’s also the one who enables us to follow him. He raises us from death to life. He sends the Holy Spirit who by Word and Sacrament makes us new people. He teaches us to follow him with complete commitment, not looking back at the sins we’ve left behind or at this world and its temptations, but with eyes fixed on Jesus. When we know how great his love for us is and how complete is his salvation, what is there to look back for? Heaven is what lies ahead! Sermon on Luke 9:51-62 by Pastor Seth Georgson
14:28
July 17, 2022
Followers of Jesus Bear a Cross | The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Followers of Jesus Bear a Cross | The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Jesus has taken up the cross of your sins. He bore their full weight on himself so that you might be freed from sin and guilt. He rose from death so that you would know that death is not your end. He’s the one who gives you the desire to follow him in the first place as he works in you through his precious Gospel. He’s also the one who gives you the cross to take up daily as you follow him. That might include facing persecution and suffering in this life, but at its heart, the cross we bear is just what he says, it’s to deny ourselves. If I’m no longer clinging to this life and to the sins I fill my life with, my hands are free to cling to Jesus. I don’t need to live for myself when I know that Jesus lives for me. I’ve been buried with Christ in baptism. I die to sin every day. His own holy body and blood are my food to give me life in him. Sermon on Luke 9:18-24 by Pastor Seth Georgson
15:48
July 10, 2022
Faith Trusts Jesus Even in the Face of Death | The Third Sunday after Pentecost
Faith Trusts Jesus Even in the Face of Death | The Third Sunday after Pentecost
Jesus is our compassionate Lord. It was his compassion that led him to come into this world to take our place under the law. It was his compassion for us that led him to the cross to suffer for our sins. It was his compassion for us that led him to taste death, to die on our behalf. When that day comes that we do face the chill of death and Satan says, “It’s all over. No one’s going to save you. You’re all alone now.” We have this comfort that where we go our compassionate Lord has gone before. And we can even go farther than that. We can say, “No, Satan. I’ve been here before. I was buried with Christ in baptism. I died with him. I was crucified with him. And now because he lives I live forever.” Sermon on Luke 7:11-17 by Pastor Seth Georgson
14:03
June 26, 2022
Faith Trusts that Jesus Helps the Unworthy | The Second Sunday after Pentecost
Faith Trusts that Jesus Helps the Unworthy | The Second Sunday after Pentecost
That death that Jesus suffered on the cross – that wasn’t for holy people. It was for sinners. That hell that was poured out on him while the sun itself went dark was for sinners, for you and for me and for every deed that we’ve done and every word we’ve spoken and for every thought hidden in the dusty cupboards of our hearts that makes us unworthy to call on him, to stand before him, to have him come under our roof or anywhere near us. Jesus knows thosesins, every one of them. He paid for those sins on the cross. He washed those sins away in your Baptism. He gives his own holy body and blood as food and drink to unworthy sinners, for the forgiveness of sins. Sermon on Luke 7:1-10 by Pastor Seth Georgson
14:56
June 19, 2022
Our Triune God Guides Us in Truth | The First Sunday after Pentecost: Holy Trinity Sunday
Our Triune God Guides Us in Truth | The First Sunday after Pentecost: Holy Trinity Sunday
How do we know what’s true? How do we know that God is something? How do we know that God is Triune? The answer is not to look for signs in the heavens above, or the earth below. It’s not to feel about in the dark sin-filled caverns of our hearts. Instead, we carefully and thoughtfully examine teachings. The Holy Spirit doesn’t work in a vacuum. He works through word and sacrament. This is where our holy God comes to us. Study his word. Examine it. Learn it. Compare it to the word of others. Listen to the spiritual leaders God has placed over you, who proclaim and teach the truth of that word. Sermon on John 16:12-15 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:11
June 12, 2022
God the Holy Spirit Proclaims the Gospel for All People | The Coming of the Holy Spirit: The Day of Pentecost
God the Holy Spirit Proclaims the Gospel for All People | The Coming of the Holy Spirit: The Day of Pentecost
You may not be able to speak in different tongues, but the Holy Spirit also makes you a witness. You’re a witness of God’s love for you. You’re a witness of the peace of knowing that your sins are forgiven for the sake of Jesus. You’re a witness of the confidence we have in the face of death knowing that we will rise again. You’re a witness of the hope that we have everyday knowing that Jesus is ruling all things for the benefit of his church. Sermon on John 15:26-27 by Pastor Seth Georgson
14:43
June 05, 2022
Jesus Ascended to Heaven to Unite His People | The Seventh Sunday of Easter
Jesus Ascended to Heaven to Unite His People | The Seventh Sunday of Easter
Jesus ascended into heaven to unite his people to himself, and he’s  still doing that today. All over the world today the saving love of  Christ is being proclaimed. All over the world people are rejoicing to  know what God has done for them. And finally, on the last day, Jesus  will put an end to every division. In heaven there will be no false  doctrines. Let us then stand blamelessly before him. Let us unite and  confess his word in all truth and purity, so that our God—Father, Son,  and Holy Spirit—may be glorified. Our Lord Jesus has ascended on high.  He reigns forever. Alleluia! Sermon on John 17:20-26 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:41
May 29, 2022
Jesus Ascends to Bless Us | The Ascension of Our Lord
Jesus Ascends to Bless Us | The Ascension of Our Lord
Rejoice greatly on this day of Jesus’ ascension. Our own brother reigns in heaven at the right hand of God the Father. And he is not far away. Jesus ascends to bless us. He blesses us with his forgiveness. He blesses us with faith and peace and hope and love. He blesses us with life to live with him forever. Alleluia! Sermon on Luke 24:44-53 by Pastor Seth Georgson
12:31
May 27, 2022
Those Who Love the Lord Listen to His Word | The Sixth Sunday of Easter
Those Who Love the Lord Listen to His Word | The Sixth Sunday of Easter
What great love Jesus has for you! It’s a love so great that he sacrificed his life for you on the cross. It’s so great that he gives you his word. Through that word the Lord comes to you, forgives your sins, and gives you life and peace. Listen to his word. Hold onto it. Sermon on John 14:23-29 by Pastor Seth Georgson
12:49
May 22, 2022
Led By a Living Jesus to Love One Another | The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Led By a Living Jesus to Love One Another | The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Jesus lives! He lives to turn us to him and repent of our sins. He lives  to bring us his forgiveness, won at the cross, delivered by Word and  Sacrament. He lives to lead us to love one another, with the same  selfless love with which he loved us. Praise and thanks and honor and  glory be to our God forever and ever. Sermon on John 13:31-35 by Pastor Seth Georgson
12:40
May 15, 2022
Be a Sheep | The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Be a Sheep | The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Go ahead and be a sheep. Not a foolish, unthinking, sheep who wanders off on his own way into sin and danger and death. But be a sheep who listens for the voice of his Shepherd, who follows him in truth, who is filled with contentment at the rich green pastures and quiet waters of his Word and his Sacraments. What could be better than to be Jesus sheep? Jesus is your Good Shepherd. He gives you eternal life. No one can snatch you from his hand. Sermon on John 10:22-30 by Pastor Seth Georgson
12:19
May 08, 2022
In Awe of the Risen Jesus | The Third Sunday of Easter
In Awe of the Risen Jesus | The Third Sunday of Easter
So how do you go on after Easter? You go on in awe of the risen Jesus. Like Jesus taught his disciples you care for those who are in need, who are sick or hungry, who are suffering in their bodies or in their minds. And you proclaim the good news. Jesus died and rose again. Your sins are forgiven. The chains of death are shattered. You belong to God. He’s still the same Jesus. And he is coming again. And when he does, we won’t dare to ask him, “Who are you?” We’ll know it’s the Lord. He lives – our Lord, our Savior, our God. Sermon on John 21:1-14 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:11
May 01, 2022
What's Impossible Must Be True | The Second Sunday of Easter
What's Impossible Must Be True | The Second Sunday of Easter
Our Lord Jesus does not abandon us to our foolish, blind unbelief. He comes to us in Word and Sacrament. He addresses us like Thomas, and like John in Revelation. “See my hands and my side! Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last— the Living One. I was dead and, see, I am alive forever and ever! I hold the keys of death and hell.” Is it impossible? The evidence is before you. By his life Jesus gives you life. Jesus gives you peace. Sermon on John 20:19-31 by Pastor Seth Georgson
14:02
April 24, 2022
Why Look for the Living among the Dead? | Easter Sunday
Why Look for the Living among the Dead? | Easter Sunday
Jesus came to die for you. He came to rise for you. He ended death for you. You do not need to spend your life trying not to die, when your end is not among the dead. That tomb is empty. There is no body there. Can Satan overpower you? Can death and hell consume you? Not as long as you have Jesus. Do not look for him among the dead. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Sermon on Luke 24:1-12 by Pastor Seth Georgson
14:47
April 17, 2022
The Passion History of Our Lord - Lesson 5
The Passion History of Our Lord - Lesson 5
They crucified him there with the criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” ... When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished!” Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” When he had said this, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. Jesus suffered and died not because of the cruelty of man, but because of his love for sinners, even us. By his passion (suffering), we have the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. Join Pastor Georgson this week as we read through a five-part Passion History that weaves together the four Gospel accounts of St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, and St. John from the Evangelical Heritage Version.
09:40
April 16, 2022
The Passion History of Our Lord - Lesson 4
The Passion History of Our Lord - Lesson 4
Pilate said to them, “Then what do you want me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews? What should I do with Jesus, who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Crucify him!” ... Then they led him away to crucify him. Jesus was carrying his own cross. Jesus suffered and died not because of the cruelty of man, but because of his love for sinners, even us. By his passion (suffering), we have the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. Join Pastor Georgson this week as we read through a five-part Passion History that weaves together the four Gospel accounts of St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, and St. John from the Evangelical Heritage Version.
07:14
April 15, 2022
An Heirloom without Compare | Maundy Thursday
An Heirloom without Compare | Maundy Thursday
Dear Disciple of Jesus, the Lord’s Supper is your great heirloom. Our gracious God has bound you to himself and he binds you to one another. Jesus himself is your inheritance. He makes his body your food and his blood your drink. By honoring this Supper you honor Jesus himself. And through it, Jesus gives you life. The one who eats from the tree of life cannot die. The one who eats and drinks of Jesus lives forever. Sermon on Luke 22:7-20 by Pastor Seth Georgson
10:28
April 15, 2022
The Passion History of Our Lord - Lesson 3
The Passion History of Our Lord - Lesson 3
Then the high priest said to him, “I place you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God!” Jesus said to him, “It is as you have said. But I tell you, soon you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Jesus suffered and died not because of the cruelty of man, but because of his love for sinners, even us. By his passion (suffering), we have the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. Join Pastor Georgson this week as we read through a five-part Passion History that weaves together the four Gospel accounts of St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, and St. John from the Evangelical Heritage Version.
09:52
April 14, 2022
The Passion History of Our Lord - Lesson 2
The Passion History of Our Lord - Lesson 2
He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.” ... An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. Jesus suffered and died not because of the cruelty of man, but because  of his love for sinners, even us. By his passion (suffering), we have  the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. Join Pastor Georgson this  week as we read through a five-part Passion History that weaves together  the four Gospel accounts of St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, and St.  John from the Evangelical Heritage Version.
08:47
April 13, 2022
The Passion History of Our Lord - Lesson 1
The Passion History of Our Lord - Lesson 1
Jesus suffered and died not because of the cruelty of man, but because of his love for sinners, even us. By his passion (suffering), we have the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. Join Pastor Georgson this week as we read through a five-part Passion History that weaves together the four Gospel accounts of St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, and St. John from the Evangelical Heritage Version.
08:14
April 12, 2022
Jesus Must Be Praised as King of Kings | Palm Sunday
Jesus Must Be Praised as King of Kings | Palm Sunday
Jesus doesn’t ride into Jerusalem amid the praises of his creation to take up the power that is rightly his as God and Lord. Instead, he rides in humility, while his lowly disciples praise his name, with his goal our salvation. This Lamb of God rides into Jerusalem to do battle on our behalf. He will not wear a suit of armor, but a crown of thorns. He heads not to a throne, but a cross. As our King he fights for us. He destroys our enemies. He defends us from danger. He lives and rules over all things. He will come again to be our judge. Sermon on Luke 19:28-40 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:39
April 10, 2022
The Stone That the Builders Rejected Has Become the Cornerstone | The Fifth Sunday in Lent
The Stone That the Builders Rejected Has Become the Cornerstone | The Fifth Sunday in Lent
It’s ironic, isn’t it, that so many times we’ve gone our own way, seeking our own form of righteousness, bearing the guilt of our sins, when Jesus has been right there all along? The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. Let us build on him, our cornerstone.Let us give thanks to be tenants in his vineyard and bring him all the fruits of our lives with joy. In his love for us, Jesus takes away our sins. And there is nothing ironic about God’s love. Sermon on Luke 20:9-19 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:05
April 03, 2022
The Lord Loves to Find the Lost | The Fourth Sunday in Lent
The Lord Loves to Find the Lost | The Fourth Sunday in Lent
The Lord, our Father, loves to find the lost. He corrects us with his word, and strengthens and comforts us with his sacraments. He forgives our sins and restores us. He calls us to rejoice with him over the life he has given us and over every sinner who repents. “I was dead, but am  alive again. I was lost and am found.”  Sermon on Luke 15:1-3,11b-32 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:55
March 27, 2022
The Lord Remembers His People to Rescue Them | The Third Sunday in Lent
The Lord Remembers His People to Rescue Them | The Third Sunday in Lent
If we truly believe that God knows our suffering, that can only lead to  two outcomes. Either we curse God, or we repent. If we believe that God  knows our suffering and won’t do anything about it, or doesn’t care,  we’ll curse God, as Job’s wife suggested to him, “Curse God and die!”  But then, what is the cross? Look at that cross and see the Son of God  suffering and dying for you. God is not a distant God, an uncaring God,  or a forgetful God. He is our God, the God of our fathers, from  generation to generation. He’s our faithful God. He’s our forgiving God. Sermon on Exodus 3:1-8,10–15 by  Pastor Seth Georgson
13:46
March 20, 2022
A Doomed Mission that Couldn't Fail | The Second Sunday in Lent
A Doomed Mission that Couldn't Fail | The Second Sunday in Lent
“It is finished,” he cried from the cross. Heaven is ours. There is our citizenship; it is sealed in his blood. Follow Jesus to the cross, not with a defeatist and hopeless attitude. Follow him with joy and confidence as the victor you are. That’s what Jesus has made you. This world has no power over you. Heaven is your home. Sermon on Luke 13:31-35 by Pastor Seth Georgson
14:31
March 13, 2022
Jesus Battles the Devil to Bring Us Peace | The First Sunday in Lent
Jesus Battles the Devil to Bring Us Peace | The First Sunday in Lent
Jesus entered this world of sin not with a mighty army, but alone. He came to face the temptations of the Devil for every time that you and I have given in. By taking on Satan’s temptations in our place, and by paying for us with his own blood, Jesus sets us free. That is our King of kings and Lord of lords. He’s the one who gave his life for us and rose again in glory. Trust in your Lord to save you. Sermon on Luke 4:1-13 by Pastor Seth Georgson
14:40
March 06, 2022
Repent Like You Mean It | Ash Wednesday
Repent Like You Mean It | Ash Wednesday
This Lent, repent like you mean it. God reconciles us to himself and that leads us to give heartfelt apologies to people we hurt, and to live lives that are characterized by sincere repentance. If you wear ashes, wear them like you mean it. If you give something up or fast, fast like you mean it. Come to church like you mean it. Pray like you mean it. Confess your sins like you mean it. Because God always forgives like he means it. The cross isn’t for show. It’s where your Savior poured out his blood for you. You are justified for Jesus’ sake. He gives you a clean heart, a humble heart, a repentant heart. Sermon on Luke 18:9-14 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:28
March 03, 2022
Jesus Reveals His Not-So-Secret Identity | The Transfiguration of our Lord
Jesus Reveals His Not-So-Secret Identity | The Transfiguration of our Lord
The glory of Jesus that shone on the mountain of transfiguration was a glimpse of the glory of heaven. That glory is not seen in full for us, not yet. Jesus didn’t come to display an unattainable superhuman glory to us. He came to bring heaven to us through the cross. How glorious is that cross! Dear Christians, take up your cross. Wear your identity for all to see. Follow Jesus until he brings you to your glorious heavenly goal. Sermon on Luke 9:28-36 by Pastor Seth Georgson
15:42
February 27, 2022
Love Your Enemies | The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
Love Your Enemies | The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
Joseph knew that there was nothing for him to gain by seeking justice or revenge against his brothers. He was already running all of Egypt. He trusted that God was merciful to him while things were bad and even after he was in charge he still humbly declared that it was God who placed him there. Even if his brothers didn’t repent they couldn’t take that away from him. How much more secure is your status as God’s own dearly loved child? You are baptized into Christ! You’re clothed with the royal robes of his righteousness! You have the reward of heaven in store for you! No one can take that away! So pray for those who persecute you. Bless those who curse you. Do good to those who hate you. And love your enemies with Jesus’ love. Sermon on Luke 6:27-38 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:46
February 20, 2022
Those Who Aren't Blessed Are Blessed | The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
Those Who Aren't Blessed Are Blessed | The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
Jesus himself is our greatest blessing. He is our life and our light and our salvation. The blessings of this life will all come to an end. One by one they disappear, until even this life itself is no more. But in Jesus those who aren’t blessed are blessed. Rejoice in him! Great is your reward in heaven. Sermon on Luke 6:17-26 by Pastor Seth Georgson
14:12
February 13, 2022
Jesus Calls to Follow without Fear | The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Jesus Calls to Follow without Fear | The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Jesus doesn’t ask us all to leave behind everything to follow him. He doesn’t send us all to be missionaries in foreign lands. But he does call us all to follow him without fear. He’s the one who came to us, into our boats, into our sinful lives, to take our sins on himself, to lift us up with his forgiveness, and to give us work to do in his kingdom. It is he who blesses that work. It is he who fills your boats with fish. It is he who takes away your fear. Sermon on Luke 5:1-11 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:54
February 06, 2022
Listen to the Prophet of Nazareth | The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Listen to the Prophet of Nazareth | The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Only Jesus can overcome our unbelief. He comes to us as people who ought to be strangers. By our sins we’ve made ourselves enemies of God. He ought to pass right by us, out of our lives, leaving us to the condemnation we’ve earned for ourselves. But instead he enters our lives with his saving Gospel. He speaks his promises and his good news of Salvation into our hearts. He works a miracle in us, taking our hatred for him and his word and working in us repentance and faith. He opens our eyes to see Jesus not as a threat that needs to be silenced or eliminated, but as our loving Savior who comes to shed his own blood and offer his own life on the cross for us. Sermon on Luke 4:20-32 by Pastor Seth Georgson
12:57
January 30, 2022
Today, Jesus Meets Us with His Grace | The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Today, Jesus Meets Us with His Grace | The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Jesus still comes to us who gather in his name. He meets us directly in his Word and Sacrament. It’s the pastor who speaks but it’s Jesus who speaks through him. God’s ministers speak as his ambassadors. The Word they speak carries the authority of Jesus himself. The Gospel they preach delivers God’s grace. Jesus is present among us in Word and Sacrament to forgive our sins, to increase our faith, and to fill us with his peace and joy. In Jesus the year of the Lord’s favor is always now. The freedom he proclaims is ours wherever we gather in his name. Sermon on Luke 4:14-21 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:21
January 23, 2022
Jesus' Grand Entrance | The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Jesus' Grand Entrance | The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Jesus shows us that every good gift we have in this life is a gift from our loving God. It was not yet the time for him to make known to the whole world that he was their Lord and Savior, but his first miracle was a gift to bring joy to this newlywed couple whose wedding would never have remembered otherwise. This first miracle of Jesus is a grand entrance, but not like we might expect. It’s a grand display of his power and of his love. He has revealed his glory! With Mary and his disciples, let us put our faith in him! Sermon on John 2:1-11 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:32
January 16, 2022
Our Lord Is Baptized with Us | The First Sunday after the Epiphany
Our Lord Is Baptized with Us | The First Sunday after the Epiphany
When we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus, we celebrate our own Baptism. We celebrate God's gifts of the forgiveness of sins, new life, and salvation that is ours in Baptism. Through the washing of water and the Word Jesus is at work. Water is splashed on us by a minister who has no power of his own, but through it Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Spirit and the fire of his love. The Words of the Father become his words to us. "You are my Son, whom I love. I am well pleased with you." Sermon on Luke 3:15–17, 21–22 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:36
January 09, 2022
Christmas Joy for All Time | The Second Sunday after Christmas
Christmas Joy for All Time | The Second Sunday after Christmas
Zechariah rejoices in God’s salvation. God has kept his word. That’s what we celebrate at Christmas. God promised to send a Savior, and he did. That hadn’t happened yet when Zechariah sang his song, but Zechariah doesn’t talk about things God might do someday. He speaks as if all these things are done. And he does that with his confidence and joy in God’s sure word. It’s just as God said. It’s the oath that God swore. When God speaks, the outcome is certain. A Savior was born for us! And our Lord Jesus will come again. The joy of Christmas continues. It’s a joy for all time. We rejoice in the salvation of our God. Sermon on Luke 1:68-75 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:53
January 02, 2022
Put Your Faith into Practice in the New Year | New Year's Eve
Put Your Faith into Practice in the New Year | New Year's Eve
God’s saving love is so great that it has to flow through you. Your sins are forgiven! You can’t die forever! Serve God in the joy of knowing what he has done for you. Another year is over, a year given to us by God’s grace. A new year is beginning, also a year of God’s grace. God’s grace never fails. He who saves us from our sins and from death fills us with his grace to put our faith into practice in this new year. Sermon on Luke 13:6–9 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:23
December 31, 2021
Our God Is Like Us | The First Sunday after Christmas
Our God Is Like Us | The First Sunday after Christmas
What is God like? God is so far beyond us that we can’t begin to understand him. But God wants us to know him as our Savior. Jesus reveals to us the love of our God, the love that takes our place, that takes our sins on himself, that makes himself our servant, that calls us his own brothers and sisters. When doubts trouble you, look at the manger, look at the boy in the temple, look at the teacher with his disciples, look at the cross and the empty tomb. That is our loving God. That is our Savior-God. That is a God who is like us. Sermon on Luke 2:41-52 by Pastor Seth Georgson
14:00
December 26, 2021
And Heaven and Nature Sing | The Nativity of Our Lord
And Heaven and Nature Sing | The Nativity of Our Lord
Let us praise God with those shepherds. A Savior has been born for us. He is Christ the Lord. God has kept his word. Let his praises ring from the angels above to the creation below, from the saints in heaven and the saints on earth. God has become our brother. And heaven and nature sing! Sermon on Luke 2:1-20 by Pastor Seth Georgson Sermon on Luke 2:1-20 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:46
December 25, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 24
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 24
Listen to Pastor Georgson read a chapter of Luke a day from the Evangelical Heritage Version as we prepare for Christmas. Luke's Gospel account culminates with Jesus' death and resurrection. This is why he was born into the world. "Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and to enter his glory?” All these things he did for us, to rescue us from sin, death, and hell. Having read all of Luke's Gospel, let us celebrate Christmas once again. This is what the angels sang of when they said, "Today in the town of David, a Savior was born for you. He is Christ the Lord."
06:16
December 24, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 23
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 23
Listen to Pastor Georgson read a chapter of Luke a day from the Evangelical Heritage Version as we prepare for Christmas. Luke's Gospel account culminates with Jesus' death and resurrection. This is why he was born into the world. "Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and to enter his glory?” All these things he did for us, to rescue us from sin, death, and hell.
06:49
December 23, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 22
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 22
Listen to Pastor Georgson read a chapter of Luke a day from the Evangelical Heritage Version as we prepare for Christmas. Luke's Gospel account culminates with Jesus' death and resurrection. This is why he was born into the world. "Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and to enter his glory?” All these things he did for us, to rescue us from sin, death, and hell.
09:01
December 22, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 21
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 21
Listen to Pastor Georgson read a chapter of Luke a day from the Evangelical Heritage Version as we prepare for Christmas. On his way to Jerusalem and in the temple courts, Jesus taught, answering questions and telling parables. The Pharisees and chief priests were offended, but others glorified God whose Son "came to seek and to save the lost."
04:54
December 21, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 20
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 20
Listen to Pastor Georgson read a chapter of Luke a day from the Evangelical Heritage Version as we prepare for Christmas. On his way to Jerusalem and in the temple courts, Jesus taught, answering questions and telling parables. The Pharisees and chief priests were offended, but others glorified God whose Son "came to seek and to save the lost."
05:50
December 20, 2021
Prepared with Mary to Rejoice in the Savior | The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Prepared with Mary to Rejoice in the Savior | The Fourth Sunday of Advent
You too can sing the song of Mary, not just to remember Mary who sang it first, but to apply those words of the Holy Spirit to yourself. Let your soul proclaim the greatness of the Lord and your spirit rejoice in God your Savior. Every generation will call you blessed, together with all the people who are redeemed by Jesus’ blood and stand in his presence forever. God has prepared you by his Word to receive your Savior and to rejoice in your salvation. Christmas is almost here. The Day of Judgment is coming. Do you know what it all means for you? Do you know if you’re ready? Thanks be to God! You know. Sermon on Luke 1:39-55 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:12
December 19, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 19
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 19
Listen to Pastor Georgson read a chapter of Luke a day from the Evangelical Heritage Version as we prepare for Christmas. On his way to Jerusalem and in the temple courts, Jesus taught, answering questions and telling parables. The Pharisees and chief priests were offended, but others glorified God whose Son "came to seek and to save the lost."
06:11
December 19, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 18
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 18
Listen to Pastor Georgson read a chapter of Luke a day from the Evangelical Heritage Version as we prepare for Christmas. On his way to Jerusalem and in the temple courts, Jesus taught, answering questions and telling parables. The Pharisees and chief priests were offended, but others glorified God whose Son "came to seek and to save the lost."
05:39
December 18, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 17
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 17
Listen to Pastor Georgson read a chapter of Luke a day from the Evangelical Heritage Version as we prepare for Christmas. On his way to Jerusalem and in the temple courts, Jesus taught, answering questions and telling parables. The Pharisees and chief priests were offended, but others glorified God whose Son "came to seek and to save the lost."
04:45
December 17, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 16
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 16
Listen to Pastor Georgson read a chapter of Luke a day from the Evangelical Heritage Version as we prepare for Christmas. On his way to Jerusalem and in the temple courts, Jesus taught, answering questions and telling parables. The Pharisees and chief priests were offended, but others glorified God whose Son "came to seek and to save the lost."
05:04
December 16, 2021
Deliver Us from Evil: Our Own Sinful Nature | Third Advent Vespers
Deliver Us from Evil: Our Own Sinful Nature | Third Advent Vespers
“Deliver us from evil,” we pray. The Devil, the world, and our own sinful nature seek to destroy us. The evils of this life are everywhere, even in our own hearts. We can’t run away from them or escape them. But we can run to the loving arms of our Savior. Jesus is our refuge and strength. He is our defense from the Devil, our respite from the world, and our rest from the guilt that burdens our hearts. He is our righteousness. Our Triune God is faithful. He answers our prayer. He delivers us from every evil in this life until finally he brings us to heaven. To him be thanks and praise, now and forever. Sermon on Romans 7:14-25 by Pastor Seth Georgson
12:13
December 16, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 15
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 15
Listen to Pastor Georgson read a chapter of Luke a day from the Evangelical Heritage Version as we prepare for Christmas. On his way to Jerusalem and in the temple courts, Jesus taught, answering questions and telling parables. The Pharisees and chief priests were offended, but others glorified God whose Son "came to seek and to save the lost."
04:13
December 15, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 14
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 14
Listen to Pastor Georgson read a chapter of Luke a day from the  Evangelical Heritage Version as we prepare for Christmas. Jesus carried  out his office of prophet by teaching the Word of God and confirming his  teaching by performing great miracles. These timeless teachings are  equally important for us to hear today. "Blessed are those who hear the  word of God and keep it."
05:05
December 14, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 13
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 13
Listen to Pastor Georgson read a chapter of Luke a day from the Evangelical Heritage Version as we prepare for Christmas. Jesus carried out his office of prophet by teaching the Word of God and confirming his teaching by performing great miracles. These timeless teachings are equally important for us to hear today. "Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it."
05:26
December 13, 2021
Repent to Rejoice | The Third Sunday of Advent
Repent to Rejoice | The Third Sunday of Advent
The fruits of repentance are simple. Love your neighbor as yourself. Do it with joy, because the Lord is coming soon. Luke calls John the Baptist’s message “good news” and indeed it was, and still is. Jesus is coming. Repent of your sins! But repent to rejoice. Christmas is not a day of sorrow and weeping and gnashing of teeth. It’s a day to celebrate. And the day when Jesus appears againfrom heaven will be the same. Your Savior is near. Rejoice! Sermon on Luke 3:7-18 by Pastor Georgson
13:09
December 12, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 12
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 12
Listen to Pastor Georgson read a chapter of Luke a day from the Evangelical Heritage Version as we prepare for Christmas. Jesus carried out his office of prophet by teaching the Word of God and confirming his teaching by performing great miracles. These timeless teachings are equally important for us to hear today. "Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it."
08:42
December 12, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 11
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 11
Listen to Pastor Georgson read a chapter of Luke a day from the Evangelical Heritage Version as we prepare for Christmas. Jesus carried out his office of prophet by teaching the Word of God and confirming his teaching by performing great miracles. These timeless teachings are equally important for us to hear today. "Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it."
08:02
December 11, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 10
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 10
Listen to Pastor Georgson read a chapter of Luke a day from the Evangelical Heritage Version as we prepare for Christmas. Jesus carried out his office of prophet by teaching the Word of God and confirming his teaching by performing great miracles. These timeless teachings are equally important for us to hear today. "Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it."
06:01
December 10, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 9
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 9
Listen to Pastor Georgson read a chapter of Luke a day from the Evangelical Heritage Version as we prepare for Christmas. Jesus carried out his office of prophet by teaching the Word of God and confirming his teaching by performing great miracles. These timeless teachings are equally important for us to hear today. "Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it."
08:16
December 09, 2021
Deliver Us from Evil: The World | Second Advent Vespers
Deliver Us from Evil: The World | Second Advent Vespers
Every day of our lives on this earth we see and experience all around us the material, physical world. We know it’s real, and we know that the hardships we face in it are real as well. But Jesus teaches us to see a bigger picture. We can’t put our hope in the world. We can’t save ourselves from the attacks of the world. But we can trust in our Savior. What can the world do to Jesus, who rose from the dead and ascended into heaven? What threats can the world bring against us who belong to him? And so we pray, “Deliver us from evil.” The world and all its power is nothing compared to the mighty saving arm of our God. Sermon on John 17:9-19 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:17
December 09, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 8
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 8
Listen to Pastor Georgson read a chapter of Luke a day as we prepare for Christmas. Jesus carried out his office of prophet by teaching the Word of God and confirming his teaching by performing great miracles. These timeless teachings are equally important for us to hear today. "Blessed  are those who hear the word of God and keep it."
08:09
December 08, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 7
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 7
As we prepare for Christmas, what better way to do that than to take time to read Scripture? The Gospel of Luke is the perfect length to read one chapter each day in December, ending on Christmas Eve. That way we arrive at Christmas freshly reminded of why we celebrate Jesus’ birth. Join Pastor Georgson and listen along as we read through Luke this month! In the first chapters we see how carefully Luke records the details surrounding Jesus’ birth, childhood, and the beginning of his ministry. This is all firmly grounded in history, yet right from the beginning it is clear that something special was happening here. God’s promises were being fulfilled.
07:28
December 07, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 6
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 6
As we prepare for Christmas, what better way to do that than to take time to read Scripture? The Gospel of Luke is the perfect length to read one chapter each day in December, ending on Christmas Eve. That way we arrive at Christmas freshly reminded of why we celebrate Jesus’ birth. Join Pastor Georgson and listen along as we read through Luke this month! In the first chapters we see how carefully Luke records the details surrounding Jesus’ birth, childhood, and the beginning of his ministry. This is all firmly grounded in history, yet right from the beginning it is clear that something special was happening here. God’s promises were being fulfilled.
07:12
December 06, 2021
A Straight Road for God's Salvation | The Second Sunday of Advent
A Straight Road for God's Salvation | The Second Sunday of Advent
The lesson of John the Baptist really is a lesson of God’s grace. God didn’t want his people to be unprepared or caught unaware. He wanted them to know their sins. He wanted them to realize how helpless they were. He wanted them to repent. He wanted them to see Jesus and know, “This is the one. He’s the Messiah, the Son of David and Son of God, the King of Israel. This is the Savior we need.” Sermon on Luke 3:1-6 by Pastor Seth Georgson
14:05
December 05, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 5
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 5
As we prepare for Christmas, what better way to do that than to take time to read Scripture? The Gospel of Luke is the perfect length to read one chapter each day in December, ending on Christmas Eve. That way we arrive at Christmas freshly reminded of why we celebrate Jesus’ birth. Join Pastor Georgson and listen along as we read through Luke this month! In the first chapters we see how carefully Luke records the details surrounding Jesus’ birth, childhood, and the beginning of his ministry. This is all firmly grounded in history, yet right from the beginning it is clear that something special was happening here. God’s promises were being fulfilled.
05:20
December 05, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 4
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 4
As   we prepare for Christmas, what better way to do that than to take time   to read Scripture? The Gospel of Luke is the perfect length to read  one  chapter each day in December, ending on Christmas Eve. That way we   arrive at Christmas freshly reminded of why it is we celebrate Jesus’   birth. Join Pastor Georgson and listen along as we read through Luke   this month! In the first chapters we see how carefully Luke records the details   surrounding Jesus’ birth, childhood, and the beginning of his ministry.   This is all firmly grounded in history, yet right from the beginning  it  is clear that something special was happening here. God’s promises  were  being fulfilled.
06:00
December 04, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 3
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 3
As  we prepare for Christmas, what better way to do that than to take time  to read Scripture? The Gospel of Luke is the perfect length to read one  chapter each day in December, ending on Christmas Eve. That way we  arrive at Christmas freshly reminded of why it is we celebrate Jesus’  birth. Join Pastor Georgson and listen along as we read through Luke  this month! In the first chapters we see how carefully Luke records the details  surrounding Jesus’ birth, childhood, and the beginning of his ministry.  This is all firmly grounded in history, yet right from the beginning it  is clear that something special was happening here. God’s promises were  being fulfilled.
05:39
December 03, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2
As we prepare for Christmas, what better way to do that than to take time to read Scripture? The Gospel of Luke is the perfect length to read one chapter each day in December, ending on Christmas Eve. That way we arrive at Christmas freshly reminded of why it is we celebrate Jesus’ birth. Join Pastor Georgson and listen along as we read through Luke this month! In the first chapters we see how carefully Luke records the details surrounding Jesus’ birth, childhood, and the beginning of his ministry. This is all firmly grounded in history, yet right from the beginning it is clear that something special was happening here. God’s promises were being fulfilled.
06:31
December 02, 2021
Deliver Us from Evil: The Devil | First Advent Vespers
Deliver Us from Evil: The Devil | First Advent Vespers
Make this Advent season a season of prayer. Use the prayers of  Scripture, the Lord’s Prayer, the Psalms. Use your own prayers, written  or from the heart. But take time to call on God our Father and pray,  “Deliver us from evil.” Satan cannot stand in his presence. Jesus’ cross  has sealed his fate. He knows he’s lost. Our God stands beside us with  his love. With him we are safe forever. Sermon on 1 Peter 5:6-11 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:30
December 02, 2021
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 1
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 1
As we prepare for Christmas, what better way to do that than to take time to read Scripture? The Gospel of Luke is the perfect length to read one chapter each day in December, ending on Christmas Eve. That way we arrive at Christmas freshly reminded of why it is we celebrate Jesus’ birth. Join Pastor Georgson and listen along as we read through Luke this month! In the first chapters we see how carefully Luke records the details surrounding Jesus’ birth, childhood, and the beginning of his ministry. This is all firmly grounded in history, yet right from the beginning it is clear that something special was happening here. God’s promises were being fulfilled.
09:08
December 01, 2021
It's Beginning to Look Like Your Redemption Is Near | The First Sunday of Advent
It's Beginning to Look Like Your Redemption Is Near | The First Sunday of Advent
Jesus tells us to be ready. Don’t be weighed down by sin, so that the Judgment catches you off guard, like a trap. Instead, fill your life with prayer and repentance. Look for those signs to which Jesus points us. Confess your sins to him. Ask for his forgiveness. Hear his word which stands forever. By his strength, by his grace, you will be ready. The signs are there. Look around, they’re everywhere you go. This world is passing away. But Jesus has not forgotten you. No, he’s coming. It’s beginning to look like your redemption is near! Sermon on Luke 21:25-36 by Pastor Seth Georgson
13:29
November 28, 2021