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Our Saviors Sermons

Our Saviors Sermons

By Michael Lilienthal
Sermons recorded at the Divine Services of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Albert Lea, MN.
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The Son of Man Is coming in Glory
12/5/21 Sermon - Luke 21:25-36
December 5, 2021
Angels of Advent - Gabriel: The Angel of God's Strength
12/1/21 Midweek Advent 1 sermon, Luke 1:8-14, 18-20, 26-38
December 1, 2021
BLC Chapel 11/23/21
Recast from
November 29, 2021
God's Word Makes Us His
Psalm 119:169-176 11/28/21 Sermon
November 28, 2021
This Is the Day the Lord Has Made
11/22/21 Funeral Sermon - Arnie Tuttle; Psalm 118:24
November 22, 2021
God's Truth Overturns All Lies
11/21/21 Sermon - Psalm 119:161-168
November 21, 2021
God Sees You
11/07/21 All Saints' Day (observed) - Psalm 119:153-160
November 7, 2021
The Beatitudes, Part 2
Matthew 5:7-12: “Blessed are the merciful, because they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, because they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, because they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, because theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven. In fact, that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Jesus’ saints have been forgiven much, and so filled with faith are willing to show mercy and forgiveness to others. Believers have pure hearts, not because we have never done anything wrong, or even because we have fixed all that by having a really strong faith. Instead, our consciences are clean or pure because they have been washed in the blood of Jesus through his Word and his Baptism and his Holy Supper. The children of God imitate Jesus by making peace—not merely a worldly peace, but the peace we have with God because of Jesus’ sacrifice. It is the peace of forgiveness. Persecution must be suffered by Christians. Lies and complaints will be lodged against you because the world is on the Devil’s side. But Jesus repeats this promise, so that you can have comfort in the face of persecution. The saints of God have always been persecuted this way, and those holy men and women and children have gone into heaven ahead of you, where they wait to rejoice with you in the inheritance you share, because you are made by God into his saints, his children.
October 29, 2021
The Beatitudes, Part 1
Matthew 5:3-6: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, because theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, because they will be comforted. Blessed are the gentle, because they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be filled.” The poor in spirit are those who don’t lay their confidence on wealth or possessions, or take pride in their great abilities or prestige. Instead, we have nothing to call our own, not even our great spirituality! Nevertheless, as a blessing, Jesus gives us the kingdom of heaven. Those who mourn are those with trouble-filled lives. The Christian life will not have only good days, singing and skipping and jumping. We will also have trouble and agony, and we will be made keenly aware of our sin, and of the effects of sin in our life and in the world. But Jesus gives us comfort. The gentle or meek have no ability to avenge themselves. Lambs among wolves, where the world will take full advantage of them. But to those who are beaten so low, Jesus gifts the whole earth. The saints of Jesus are hungry and thirsty for righteousness. They have given up on their own efforts to be good, and instead they see that Jesus gives that righteousness through his Word and Sacraments. Such powerful things incur the wrath of the Devil and the world and their own sinful flesh, but in the cross, Jesus satisfies our desperate need for his holiness, making us saints and children of God.
October 28, 2021
Pure Gospel
Galatians 3:10-14: “In fact, those who rely on the works of the law are under a curse. For it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the book of the law.’ Clearly no one is declared righteous before God by the law, because ‘The righteous will live by faith.’ The law does not say ‘by faith.’ Instead it says, ‘The one who does these things will live by them.’ Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. As it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.’ He redeemed us in order that the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that we would receive the promised Spirit through faith.” The Gospel is nothing but the proclamation of good news, a good preaching of Christ, how the Lord Christ came forth from God the Father to help all people in body and soul, temporally and eternally. The Law commands, compels, and forces. But the Gospel commands nothing, forces nothing, but rather attracts with kindness and beauty to Christ through the most loving promises. Sometimes, however, it seems to us as though the Gospel is commanding something. Like in the Beatitudes, it seems like it’s telling us, “You have to be poor in spirit, meek, merciful, and so on.” But no, the Gospel only writes about Christ. In Jesus’ mercy, he made the blind see, made the paralyzed able to walk, made the dead alive. In his mercy, he also makes blind souls see the truth of God’s Word, so that we know where our salvation is found. All the Gospel does is make promises. Jesus unites us to himself through his Word and powerful Sacraments, so that we receive his blessing, are called holy saints of God, and become children of God.
October 27, 2021
Certainty in Death
Titus 3:5-7: “He saved us—not by righteous works that we did ourselves, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and the renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs in keeping with the hope of eternal life.” When we think of “all saints,” especially of those who are dead, God has given us no command to do anything for them. The idea of “purgatory” is a foreign idea that came mostly from the apocryphal book of 2 Maccabees, where souls are supposedly working hard to burn off the last of their sin, and where they could use all the help we on earth can give them. But this is all a doctrine of uncertainty. You don’t know whether a person is in heaven or not! You don’t knowthat purgatory doesn’t exist! You don’t know how much sin they’ve got to burn off yet! You don’t know whether you’ll be considered good enough when you die! Against this is the doctrine of God’s Word, which in no uncertain terms tells you that your place in heaven doesn’t depend on how good you are. It’s grace. This is given by Jesus, who earned everythingfor you. And you don’t even have to come up with the strong faith you need to hold onto that grace. That’s a gift from Jesus, too, when he speaks his Word to you, and when that Word is connected to the waters of Baptism and to the bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper, making those elements also your Savior’s body and blood. Jesus is your Savior, causing you to be reborn a heavenly creature, a child of God, a saint.
October 26, 2021
Romans 4:2, 3: “If indeed Abraham had been justified by works, he would have had a reason to boast—but not before God. For what does Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.’” Halloween is coming up—All Hallows’ Eve, the day before All Saints’ Day. Christians have always, even from the very first Christians, honored the saints (like St. Paul honoring Abraham). But in honoring the dead saints, we should remember that we can’t do anything for them. If we get so distracted by the dead saints, whether the heroes of faith of millennia ago or those nearer to us, our loved ones and family members, they easily become idols. Instead, take the example of those saints and honor Jesus above them all, having the faith that the Holy Spirit gives us through his certain and firm and joyful Word. We honor the departed saints so that we might be encouraged and grounded in the doctrine of faith, which they taught and believed. And then in our lives, we honor the living saints, our neighbors, serving them in their needs as Jesus served us. Jesus won their eternal life and offers his holiness to them. This is why they may be called “saints.” No holiness is present in any human being, not even you or me, that qualifies us to be called “saints.” But the holiness of Jesus comes in Baptism, it is given in the Word, and it feeds us in the Holy Supper, bestowing on us the title “saint” just as we receive the title “child of God.” Through faith, which itself is just a gift of God, God credits us with righteousness.
October 25, 2021
God Judges Right
10/24/21 Sermon - Psalm 119:137-144
October 24, 2021
God Makes Us Receive His Word
Psalm 119:129-136 Sermon, 10/17/21
October 17, 2021
God Acts for His Word to His Servant
10/10/21 Sermon - Psalm 119:121-128
October 10, 2021
We Live Because of God's Word
10/3/21 Sermon - Psalm 119:113-120
October 3, 2021
Jesus Takes Us in His Arms and Blesses Us
Mark 10:13-16 Sermon - Funeral of Maren Ring
October 2, 2021
God's Word Enlightens Our Path
9/26/21 Sermon - Psalm 119:105-112
September 26, 2021
We Never Stop Learning God's Word
19 September 2021 Sermon - Psalm 119:97-104
September 19, 2021
God's Word Gives Forever
9/12/21 Sermon - Psalm 119:89-96
September 12, 2021
Jesus Speaks Peace to You
John 20:19-23 Sermon - Return to Wittenberg Conference 2021
September 11, 2021
The Word Teaches Us Death and Life
09/05/21 Sermon - Psalm 119:81-88
September 5, 2021
We Are Crafted by God's Hands
8/22/21 Sermon - Psalm 119:73-80
August 30, 2021
God's Son Was Born of a Woman
8/15/21 Sermon, Feast of St. Mary - Galatians 4:4-7
August 15, 2021
All That God Gives Is Good
8/8/21 Sermon - Psalm 119:65-72
August 8, 2021
God Is Our Riches
Psalm 119:57-64 Sermon, August 1, 2021
August 1, 2021
God Remembers His Word to Us
Psalm 119:49-56 Sermon
July 25, 2021
Sharing the Blessings
Devotion on Isaiah 58:5-8
July 16, 2021
Faith and Love Together
Devotion on James 2:10-17
July 15, 2021
Living in Righteousness
Devotion on Psalm 15
July 14, 2021
Jesus Fulfills the Law
Devotion on Matthew 5:17-19
July 13, 2021
Devotion on Romans 3:23-28
July 12, 2021
God Works in Us the Will and Working of His Word
Psalm 119:33-40; Sermon 11 July 2021
July 11, 2021
God Makes Us Alive According to His Word
Psalm 119:25-32
June 27, 2021
God Gives Us Good
6/20/21 Sermon - Psalm 119:17-24
June 20, 2021
We Find Delight in God's Word
6/13/21 Sermon - Psalm 119:9-16
June 13, 2021
God Declares Us Blessed
6/6/21 Sermon - Psalm 119:1-8
June 6, 2021
The Triune God Wishes You to Have Eternal Life
5/30/21 Trinity Sermon - John 3:1-15
May 30, 2021
Christians Are United by the Holy Spirit
5/23/21 Pentecost Sermon: Acts 2:42-47
May 23, 2021
You Can Hear in Your Own Language the Wonderful Works of God
5/23/21 Pentecost Dawn Service: Acts 2:1-11
May 23, 2021
Jesus Has Not Left Us Alone
5/22/21 Pentecost Vigil Sermon: John 14:15-21
May 23, 2021
Remember What Jesus Has Told You
John 15:26-16:4 Sermon, 5/16/21
May 16, 2021
Jesus Ascended for You
Ascension Sermon - Acts 1:1-11 - 5/13/21
May 14, 2021
Jesus Promises the Blessing of Prayer
5/9/21 Sermon - John 16:23-30
May 9, 2021
Jesus Is Sending the Counselor
Easter 5 Sermon, May 2, 2021 - John 16:5-15
May 2, 2021
You Have Every Reason to Believe
4/25/21 St. Mark Sermon - Mark 16:14-20
April 25, 2021
The Good Shepherd Lays Down His Life for the Sheep
John 10:11-16; April 18, 2021
April 18, 2021
We Are Strangers and Exiles on the Earth
Hebrews 11:13-16. Funeral of Tootie Lee
April 16, 2021
He Has Risen, Just as He Said
Matthew 28:1-8 Easter Day Sermon - 4/4/21
April 4, 2021
See the Salvation from the Lord
Exodus 14:10-15:1 Homily for the Vigil of Easter, 4/3/21
April 4, 2021
Jesus Gives His Body and Blood
4/1/21 Maundy Thursday Sermon: Luke 22:14-20
April 2, 2021
The Lord Is with You
3/21/21 Annunciation Sermon - Luke 1:26-38
March 21, 2021
Personal Devotion: Worship
What's the use of personal devotion?  And how do we do it? Personal Devotion doesn't stay secret in your room, but you go and share in your life of faith with others.
March 19, 2021
Personal Devotion: Tentatio
What's the use of personal devotion?  And how do we do it? "Tentatio" - Wrestling - is the third and final step in personal devotion.
March 18, 2021
Personal Devotion: Meditatio
What's the use of personal devotion?  And how do we do it? "Meditatio" - Meditation - is the second step in personal devotion.
March 17, 2021
Personal Devotion: Oratio
What's the use of personal devotion?  And how do we do it? "Oratio" - Prayer - is the first step in personal devotion.
March 16, 2021
Personal Devotion
What's the use of personal devotion?  And how do we do it?
March 15, 2021
Jesus Is the Provider of Bread
03/14/21 Sermon - John 6:1-15
March 14, 2021
Yes, the Promise Is Even for You
2/28/21 Sermon: Matthew 15:21-28
February 28, 2021
A Soul Purchased by Jesus - Funeral of Lois Baker
Matthew 16:26
February 26, 2021
In the Life of Temptation, Hold the Word of God on Your Lips
2/21/21 Sermon - Matthew 4:1-11
February 21, 2021
Jesus Is Baptized to Fulfill All Righteousness
February 14, 2021 Sermon - Matthew 3:13-17 The Baptism of Jesus
February 14, 2021
The Word Is Not Understood
02/07/21 Sermon - Luke 8:4-15
February 7, 2021
Jesus Reveals His Glory at a Wedding
01/31/21 Sermon - John 2:1-11
January 31, 2021
This Is the Son of God: Listen to Him
Transfiguration Sermon 1/24/21 - Matthew 17:1-9
January 24, 2021
God Became a Child and Came to His Temple
01/10/20 Sermon - Luke 2:41-52
January 10, 2021
Epiphany Sermon - Where Is the King?
01/06/21 Epiphany Sermon: Matthew 2:1-12
January 7, 2021
Fulfillment Comes in Jesus
01/03/21 Sermon - Matthew 2:13-23
January 3, 2021
We Know the Gospel Is True
12/27/27 Sermon - John 21:19-24
December 27, 2020
Christ Is Born! And We Respond
Christmas Day Sermon - Luke 2:15-20
December 25, 2020
A Savior Was Born for You
Christmas Eve Seemon - Luke 2:1-14
December 24, 2020
We Are Prepared for the One Coming After
12/20/20 Sermon - John 1:19-28
December 20, 2020
We Go to Hear the Messengers of Jesus
2020-12-13 Sermon - Matthew 11:2-10
December 13, 2020
God Is Patient and Encouraging: So We Have Hope
12/6/20 Sermon - Romans 15:4-13
December 6, 2020
God Is Fulfilling His Promises
11/29/20 Sermon - Jeremiah 33:14-18
November 29, 2020
God Makes Us His Treasured Possession
11/25/2020 Thanksgiving Sermon - Malachi 3:6-18
November 26, 2020
The Exiles Return to Jerusalem
Ezra 1:1-7
November 22, 2020
Feeding the Five Thousand
Matthew 14:16-21 Devotion
November 20, 2020
Bread from Heaven
Exodus 16:11-15 Devotion
November 19, 2020
Forgiveness in the Meal
Matthew 26:26-28 Devotion
November 18, 2020
O, Give Thanks
Romans 7:24, 25 Devotion
November 17, 2020
Praying for God's Blessings
Psalm 145:15, 16 Devotion
November 16, 2020
God Fights for Our Souls with the Evils of the World and Our Flesh
11/8/20 Sermon - 2 Chronicles 33:1-13
November 8, 2020
The Lord Guards and Keeps His Saints Through Fire
11/1/2020 Sermon - Daniel 3:1-28
November 1, 2020
What is a Reformation?
10/25/2020 Sermon - 2 Chronicles 29:12-19
October 25, 2020
Hold Fast to the LORD
10/04/20 Sermon - 2 Kings 18:1-12
October 4, 2020
Holy, Holy, Holy Is the LORD of Armies
09/27/20 Sermon - Isaiah 6
September 27, 2020
Godliness with Contentment Is Great Gain
9/20/20 Sermon - 1 Kings 21:1-16
September 20, 2020
The Lord Gives and the Lord Takes Away
09/13/20 Sermon - Job 1:6-22
September 13, 2020
Has God Told You to Do a Great Thing?
2020-08-30 Sermon - 2 Kings 5:1-15b
August 30, 2020
Hear the Soft, Whispering Voice of the Lord
8/23/20 Sermon - 1 Kings 19:9b-18
August 23, 2020
The Lord Is God: We Follow Him
August 16, 2020 Sermon - 1 Kings 18;16b-39
August 16, 2020
God Provides Faith's Strengthening
8/9/20 Sermon - 1 Kings 17:7-24
August 9, 2020
A True King's Gift from God
07/26/20 Sermon - 1 Kings 3:4-13
July 26, 2020
The Gospel Must Predominate
What is the difference between Christianity and all other religions? There are, after all, many religions in the world. Are they all more or less equal? Do they all give more or less the same end result? Aren’t they all essentially concerned with the same basic moral teachings?
July 24, 2020
How to Apply the Word of God
Everyone needs to hear the truth of the Bible. That means the truth of the Law’s threats, that because of your sins you deserve God’s anger. And it also means the truth of the Gospel’s promises, that because of Jesus’ sacrifice you have righteousness and life with God.
July 23, 2020
Severe Threats, Sweet Promises
Have you ever read about some of the punishments God doled out on people in the Bible and thought, “That seems a little harsh! Isn’t God a loving God?” Or maybe you’ve suffered in life and thought, a truly loving God wouldn’t be so mean!
July 22, 2020
Who Is Jesus?
Who is Jesus? Obviously that’s an important question because Scripture tells us, “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
July 21, 2020
Law and Gospel
How does a person get to be saved? This is one of the most important questions someone can ask.
July 20, 2020
Has the Lord Sent This Curse?
7/19/20 Sermon - 2 Samuel 16:4-15
July 19, 2020
Bow to the King of Peace
7/12/20 Sermon - 2 Samuel 15:1-15
July 12, 2020
David & Mephibosheth, sermon written by Rev. Gaylin R. Schmeling
7/5/20 Sermon - 2 Samuel 9
July 5, 2020
The Lord Himself Has Put Away Your Sin
6/28/20 Sermon - 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13
June 28, 2020
God Is the Builder
6/21/20 Sermon - 2 Samuel 7:4-16
June 21, 2020
May the LORD Be the Judge
6/14/20 Sermon - 1 Samuel 24:1-22
June 14, 2020
In the Name of the Lord, Every Foe Is Defeated
06/07/20 Trinity Sermon - 1 Samuel 17:32-50
June 7, 2020
God's Spirit Is with the One God Elects
Pentecost Sermon, May 31, 2020 - 1 Samuel 16:14-23
May 31, 2020
Seemingly Alone, Faith Clings to the True God
5/24/20 Sermon - Ruth 1:1-18
May 24, 2020
The Lord Appoints Our King
Ascension Sermon - 5/21/20, 1 Samuel 8:1-22
May 21, 2020
When We Pray, Know the Lord Gives Us Strength
May 17, 2020 Sermon - Judges 16:18-30
May 17, 2020
The Victory Is the LORD's
10 May 2020 Sermon - Judges 7:1-7, 16-21
May 10, 2020
God's Deliverance Continues in the Cycle of Sin
5/3/20 Sermon - Judges 2:10-23
May 3, 2020
The Lord Has Kept His Promises
4/26/20 Sermon - Joshua 21:41-45
April 26, 2020
The Commander of the Lord's Army Has Given You the Victory
4/19/20 Sermon, Joshua 5:13-6:5
April 19, 2020
Follow the Ark to the Promised Land!
Easter Sermon - 4/12/20 - Joshua 3
April 12, 2020
The Deliverer Dies, Knowing His People Receive the Promise
Good Friday Sermon - Deuteronomy 34
April 10, 2020
Keep the Lord in Remembrance
Maundy Thursday Sermon - Deuteronomy 31:19-23
April 9, 2020
When Suffering Sin's Venom, Look to the One Who Takes Away the Sting
Palm Sunday Sermon, 4/5/20 - Numbers 21:4-9
April 5, 2020
What We Learn from the Shining Face of Moses
03/29/20 Sermon - Exodus 34:29-35
March 29, 2020
God Hears Your Hunger and Feeds You
3/22/20 Sermon - Exodus 16:1-3; 11-20
March 22, 2020
A Devotion on Preparing to Die
Psalm 90:12 - "Teach us to number our days in such a way that we bring a heart of wisdom." (Evangelical Heritage Version)
March 17, 2020
Devotion on Now Thank We All Our God verse 3
Give thanks to God. Even in times of tragedy, know that he is everlasting and has joined himself to you in Word and Sacrament.
March 17, 2020
Devotion on Now Thank We All Our God verse 2
Rejoice in the Lord always! Even in the face of tragedy? Yes. Because he provides the joy and peace.
March 17, 2020
Devotion on Now Thank We All Our God, Verse 1
In the face of the Coronavirus threat, we can take comfort in God's sure promises.
March 17, 2020
How the True God Is Different from Our Idols
3/15/20 Sermon - Exodus 32:1-14
March 15, 2020
The Lord Is a Banner Among Us
3/8/20 Sermon - Exodus 17:1-16
March 8, 2020
God Delivers Through an Impassable Sea
03/01/2020 Sermon - Exodus 14:5-31
March 1, 2020
Learn from the Burning Bush How God Reveals Himself
2/16/20 Sermon - Exodus 3:1-20
February 16, 2020
Do Not Be Afraid: God Has Forgiven You
9 February 2020 Sermon - Genesis 50:15-21
February 9, 2020
Faith Conquers God
01/26/20 Sermon - Genesis 32:22-32
January 26, 2020
See the Bridegroom's Patience for His Bride
01/19/20 Sermon - Genesis 29:13-30
January 19, 2020
Our Father Gives Us the Blessing of the Firstborn
01/12/20 Sermon - Genesis 27:1-19
January 12, 2020
Look How the Word of God Reveals Itself
01/06/20 Epiphany Sermon - Genesis 26:1-6
January 7, 2020
God in Mercy Listens to Prayer
01/05/20 Sermon - Genesis 18:20-33
January 5, 2020
This Is a Time of Happy News
12/29/19 Sermon - Genesis 21:1-7, Christmas 1
December 29, 2019
How Blessed We Are to See the Truth of Our Salvation!
12/25/19 Sermon - Luke 2:15-20, Christmas Day
December 25, 2019
Behold the Beauty of God's Plan of Salvation on Christmas
12/24/19 Christmas Vigil Sermon, Luke 2:1-14
December 25, 2019
Advent 4 Confessional Homilies
12/22/19 Sermon - Genesis 17:15-22, with O antiphons
December 22, 2019
The Lord's Promises Stand While the Earth Remains
Third Sunday of Advent: 12-15-19 Sermon - Genesis 8:15-22
December 20, 2019
Noah Was a Righteous Man
The Second Sunday of Advent: 12-08-19 Sermon - Genesis 6:9-22
December 20, 2019
After Sin, God Provides
The First Sunday of Advent: 12-01-19 Sermon - Genesis 3:14-4:2
December 20, 2019