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Caught by Jesus

Pastor Gregg Bitter

St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church is a Bible-based church, centered on the Good News of Jesus, our divine Savior from sin. These weekly messages from God's Word seek to build us up in Christ, as the Holy Spirit strengthens our faith in God's promises and binds us together in Christian love. Through his Word and Sacraments we are caught by Jesus. St. John's is located in Hancock, Minnesota and is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Scripture quotations often taken from the H...



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Psalm 43:1-5. We walk in danger throughout this earthly life, but through Jesus we walk in hope as well, praising our God. For Jesus brings us the righteousness that stands before God so that we can praise him now and forever. Why does hope praise our God? Parts: A. Because his truth reveals his justice. B. Because his light leads us to his dwelling place. Preached on August 25, 2013, for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. (Part three...
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Luke 17:1-10. The power of faith is in the promise. That truth helps us understand Jesus' words so that we learn to rebuke sin and forgive the repentant. Parts: A. The power to spiritual help others. B. The power that does not look inward. Preached on October 10, 2010, for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy available at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/What_s-the-Power-of-a-Mustard-Seed-Faith_-Luke17_1-10.html
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Isaiah 55:1-5. What an invitation the Lord extends to us! What a feast at no cost! Come, feast on David's covenant. Parts: A. It’s the only food that fills. B. It’s food freely prepared for you. Preached on August 28, 2011, for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy available at: http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Come,-Feast-on-David_s-Covenant-Isaiah55_1-5.html
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Praise to our God! He replaces fear with joy, changes doubt to faith, and welcomes our service that flows from faith in Jesus. Parts: A. The Lord has ransomed you from fear. B. The Lord drives out your doubts with his word. C. The Lord enables you to serve him with joy. Preached on January 3, 2010, for the Second Sunday after Christmas, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Join-Zechariah_s-Praise-to-the-Lord-Luke1_68-75.html
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Exodus 20:1-3. Are the Ten Commandments a burden or a delight? When we rightly understand how much the commandments require, can we rejoice in them? Parts: A. A slave no more! B. A joy to serve! Preached on March 8, 2015, for the Third Sunday in Lent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at: http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Rejoice-in-God_s-Commandments-Exodus20_1-3.html
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Colossians 2:6-15. We want to be a positive influence on those around us. So we all the more need to keep walking with Jesus so that the rotting influences of the world don't corrupt us. Keep walking with Jesus. Parts: A. Rooted in the blessings of your Baptism. B. Built up to withstand the world's deceptions. Preached on August 4, 2013, for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at...
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Revelation 19:11-16. How can we keep going when life wears us down? Remember that Jesus has ascended in glory. He reigns over all. With his strength we persevere. Parts: A. He has defeated our enemies, just as he said. B. He will trample them in final victory. Preached on May 5, 2013, for the Ascension of our Lord, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Persevere_-Your-Ascended-Lord-Reigns_-Revelation19_11-16.html
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Matthew 13:44-52. So much of what this world offers glitters like great treasure, but only one treasure brings true happiness. God's kingdom is the only treasure worth having. Parts: A. It’s hidden and unique. B. It’s vital and inexhaustible. Preached on August 17, 2014, for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at: http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/God_s-Kingdom_-The-Only-Treasure-Worth-Having-Matthew13_44-52.html
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Psalm 110:1-7. Reality and reason shout out that Jesus is not in full control. How easily doubts infiltrate our hearts! Drive out doubt by marvelling at our Lord's double glory revealed in the Scriptures. Parts: A. His glory as our conquering King. B. His glory as our everlasting Priest. Preached on March 2, 2014, for The Last Sunday after Epiphany: The Transfiguration of our Lord, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at at...
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Isaiah 40:1-11. The word of our God brings comfort to our hearts so that we can speak these words of comfort to others. Parts: A. The Hero has come to end our hard service. B. He has paid for our sins. C. He shepherds us into doubly rich pastures. Preached on December 7, 2014, for the Second Sunday in Advent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at: http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Speak-Comfort-Isaiah40_1-11.html
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Psalm 111:1-10. What's on your new year's list? One word can summarize our goal and purpose in the year ahead as well as our greatest accomplishment of the past. That word directs us to praise the works of the Lord. Parts: A. By remembering what he's done. B. By following his precepts. Preached on December 28, 2014, for the First Sunday after Christmas, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at:...
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How do you deal with guilt? People try many different ways, but only Jesus can truly cut away guilt's chains. Parts: A. From the chains of guilt. B. By forgiveness from Jesus. Preached on January 24, 2010, for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Released_-Luke4_14-21.html
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Jonah 3:1-5,10. What comes to mind when you hear about Jonah? We have much more to ponder than we might have thought at first. For through Jonah we see the Lord's compassion again and again as he calls out. Parts: A. Hear his loving warning. B. Repent with your eyes on Jesus. C. Echo his call to others. Preached on February 5, 2012, for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy available at...
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Jonah. The book of Jonah lets us see the Lord training Jonah to love the lost by seeing them through the Lord's eyes. Two other short devotions bassed on Matthew 9:35-38 and Romans 1:16. Preached on October 12, 2014, for mission Festival, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at: http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/See-the-Lost-through-the-Lord_s-Eyes-Jonah;Matthew9_35-38;Romans1_16.html
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Philippians 3:8-11. So many things in life seem important. But when it comes to our standing before God, it's all loss, except for Christ and his righteousness. What gain to know him! Parts: A. In him we have the righteousness from God. B. In him we endure all because of his resurrection. Preached on March 10, 2013, for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at...
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Isaiah 6:1-8. How far beyond us the holy God is! How could we ever enter his presence? Only the Triune God can bring us to himself. We tremble at his holiness. Preached on May 31, 2015, for the Festival of the Holy Trinity, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at: http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Tremble-at-God_s-Holiness-Isaiah6_1-8.html
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Numbers 11:16, 24-29. The Lord intervened in a special way to help Moses lead Israel. He placed his Spirit on seventy elders. The same Lord pours out the Holy Spirit on us through Baptism and his Word. He has placed his Spirit on us so that we can share his word, just as the prophets of old did. Parts: Preached on October 7, 2012, for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Printable copy at...
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1 Corinthians 15:54-58. Death still comes, but it's sting is gone. For Jesus has risen. Preached on April 8, 2012, for Easter: The Resurrection of Our Lord, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy available at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/The-Stinger_s-Gone_-1Corinthians15_54-58.html
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Exodus 14:10-31. Has God's help left us? How devastating that thought is! But no matter what trouble is bearing down on you, turn to the Lord. For the Lord's mercy delivers his people. Parts: A. Fear him as his dear child. B. Trust him, for he is your heavenly Father. Preached on August 31, 2014, for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at:...
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John 10:11-18. Jesus is no ordinary shepherd. He laid down his life for his sheep. See how much he cares. But what good is a dead shepherd? Parts: A. Better than a hireling. B. Better for all the sheep. C. Better because he lives. Preached on April 29, 2012, for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy available at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/What-Good-Is-a-Dead-Shepherd_-John10_11-18.html
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Jesus came in lowliness, but he is divine, eternal Shepherd. He shepherds us, laying down his life for his sheep and drawing us close into his arms. Preached on December 24, 2009, for Christmas Eve at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/The-Shepherd-Came-Even-for-You-Micah5_2,4.html
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Mark 9:30-37. What does it mean to be first when it comes to Christ's kingdom? Be first A. By pursuing excellence in your Christian life. B. By serving others in Jesus’ name. Preached on September 6, 2015, for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at: http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Be-First-Mark9_30-37.html
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John 3:1-17. Let's listen as Nicodemus shares with us how a visit with Jesus changed his life. Preached on June 3, 2012, for Pentecost 1: The Holy Trinity, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Printable copy available at: http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/A-Night-That-Changed-My-Life-John3_1-17.html
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Matthew 3:13-17. What blessings your Baptism brought you! We see these blessings as we contemplate Jesus' Baptism. Parts: A. He carries your guilt. B. You share his status. Preached on January 9, 2011, for the First Sunday after the Epiphany -- The Baptism of our Lord, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy available at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Christ_s-Baptism-Is-Yours-Matthew3_13-17.html
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Ephesians 2:4-10. We hear about 'grace' a lot. But do we know grace, truly know it? Do our hearts continuously exclaim: How great God's grace! Parts: A. His grace loves us despite what we were. B. His grace gives us life with Christ. C. His grace provides us with purpose. Preached on March 15, 2015, for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at: http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/How-Great-God_s-Grace_-Ephesians2_4-10.html
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Genesis 17:1-5. All human strength fades, but our God is אל שדי, God Almighty. What hope and strength that name brings to us, just as it did to Abraham! Parts: A. A name that can terrify. B. A name that gives hope because of the covenant. C. A name that strengths us to live for him. Preached on June 6, 2010, for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy available at...
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1 Timothy 2:1-6. How can we carry out our responsibilities as both a Christian and a citizen without confusing the roles of church and state? Let's listen to what our God says as we pray for the nation. Parts: A. God wants all to be saved by faith in his truth. B. God grants us earthly peace to spread his truth. Preached on July 8, 2012, for a Service of National Thanksgiving, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at...
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Matthew 14:13-21. Jesus trains us to trust in him even when we don't think we have the resources. He trains us to trust him even when we don't see the outcome. He trains our trust. Parts: A. To rely on him instead of our own abilities. B. To follow him even when we don’t understand the way. Preached on August 24, 2014, for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at:...
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Matthew. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all proclaim one and the same Gospel, namely, the Good News of Jesus our Savior from sin and death. Yet each one has a unique style and characteristic. Today we consider how Matthew emphasizes that Jesus is the Messiah for us all to follow. Parts: A. One Gospel. B. The image of the man. Preached on July 24, 2011, as the first in a four part series ont he Gospels, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy available at...
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1 Samuel 3:1-10. The Lord called out to young Samuel. How does our Lord speak to us? What does he say? How do we listen as a servant? Parts: A. Listen first before busyness. B. Listen with willing readiness. Preached on January 22, 2012, for the Second Sunday after Epiphany, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Listen-as-a-Servant-1Samuel3_1-10.html
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John 20:24-31. How often doubts attacks us! Faith fights doubts. God's written word gives faith the certainty and sureness to resist unbelief even though we don't understand God's ways. For the written word brings us our risen Savior. Preached on May 1, 2011, for the Second Sunday of Easter, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy available at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/His-Written-Word-Drives-Out-Our-Doubt-John20_24-31.html
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Hebrews 9:24-28. Judgment Day stirs up dread and terror. But because of Christ's once-and-for-all sacrifice, our entire view of that day changes. Through faith in Jesus, we can say, 'I can't wait for Judgment Day!' Parts: A. Because Christ's one sacrifice does away with all sin. B. Because Christ's second coming will bring me salvation. Preached on November 11, 2012, for End Times 2: The Last Judgment, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.
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Mark 4:35-41. All kinds of storms can strike us. But Jesus knows, first hand, what we go through. Go to him in prayer. Trust him rather than your own ability or the resources of others. For he is the mighty God and he cares for you. Pray: Jesus, save me from the storm. Preached on July 1, 2012, for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Printable copy a http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/_Jesus,-Save-Me-from-the-Storm_-Mark4_35-41.html
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Genesis 18:16-33. How can we call on the the Lord (Adonai) who reigns over all? Abraham teaches us about persistence in prayer. Parts: A. For he rules over all with justice. B. For he has redeemed you, his people. Preached on June 13, 2010, for the Third Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy available at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Plead-with-the-Lord,-Adonai-______,-with-Humble-Persistence-Genesis18_16-33.html
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Acts 6:1-9; 7:2, 51-60. What is the full life? Let's learn from what the Scriptures tell us about Stephen. He lived life to the full. Parts: A. Life full of the Holy Spirit. B. Life ready to fall asleep in Jesus. Preached on May 15, 2011, for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy available at http:///hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Stephen-Lived-Life-to-the-Full-Acts6_1-9,7_2,51-60.html
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Genesis 6:9-22. As we watch the water, we imitate Noah's faith. Let's think about what water to watch. Parts: A. Entrusting even the details to our Lord. B. Working faithfully in all he gives you to do. Preached on December 1, 2013, for the First Sunday of Advent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy available at: http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Watch-the-Water-Genesis6_9-22.html
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Daniel 7:13, 14. The victory has been won by none other than our Brother, Jesus Christ, who shares our human nature and yet is God over all. Stand firm with him against all who claim to teach the truth but do not. For the Son of Man reigns in victory. Parts: A. Worship your Brother, who reigns in forever. B. Stand firm with your King, who reigns over all. Preached on October 20, 2013, for the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy...
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Isaiah 58:5-9. We can never make ourselves sorrow enough. In fact focusing on our efforts to be sorry is earthly repentance. It leaves our hearts dead. Only the Holy Spirit can ignite our hearts with godly repentance that shines out into our lives. So beware earthly repentance. Parts: A. Godly repentance ignites the heart. B. Godly repentance shines out into our lives. Preached on February 9, 2014, for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print...
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Genesis 4:1-16. Many know the account of Cain and Abel. But let's not miss the Lord's mercy at work here. For that same mercy calls out to us. Parts: A. Don't abuse his mercy by letting sin crouch at your door. B. Humble yourself before your merciful Lord. Preached on May 29, 2011, for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy available at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/The-Lord_s-Mercy-Calls-Out-despite-Cain_s-Refusals-Genesis4_1-16.html
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Luke 16:1-13. What's Jesus teaching us in the story of the dishonest manage? How do we use earthly wealth to gain friends? How can we be faithful with what God has entrusted to us? Preached on September 26, 2010, for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Manage-the-Earthly-with-Your-Eyes-on-Eternity-Luke16_1-13.html
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How can we have a heart like David's rather than like King Saul's? Let's learn what the Holy Spirit does as he works in our hearts through Baptism and God's promises. Parts: A. The Lord's not fooled by outward appearance. B. The Lord's Spirit changes us at the core. Preached on January 10, 2010, for the First Sunday after the Epiphany, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/God-Knows-Your-Heart-1Samuel16_1-13.html
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John 15:9-17. Your Friend, your dearest Friend says to you: Love each other, as I have loved you. Let's take these words of Jesus to heart and put them into practice. For Jeus is: A. The Friend who laid down his life for you. B. The Friend Who Made the Fatherâs Plan Known to You. Preached on May 13, 2012, for the Sixth Sunday of Easter: Mother's Day, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Printable copy at...
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Romans 5:6-11. God's love brings us real hope, for God's love assures us of salvation. Parts: A. Look at when Christ died for us. B. How could we doubt what his love will do for us. Preached on July 6, 2014, for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecsot (Independence Day), at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/God_s-Love-Assures-Us-of-Salvation-Romans5_6-11.html
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Hebrews 3:1-6. How comforting to know that Jesus alone is our apostle and high priest and that we are his household through faith in him! But the other religions and philosphies in this world do not want to hear that only Jesus saves. Nonetheless, faithfully confess how different Jesus is. Parts: A. He alone is the Apostle and High Priest. B. We are his house only if we hold on to him. Preached on October 21, 2012, for the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church...
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Acts 1:1-14. Although we see him ascend, yet Jesus is truly with us. Believe the eyewitness testimony of the apostles. Share that testimony as you witness to others with your life and with your words. Parts: A. His apostles testified as eyewitness. B. We also testify because our Savior is with us. Preached on June 5, 2011, for the Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Ascension of our Lord, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy available at...
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John 3:16. Little children love to ask an endless chains of 'Why?' What happens when we ask 'Why Christmas?' Preached on December 24, 2012, for christmas Eve -- December 24, 2012, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Why-Christmas_-John3_16.html
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1 Peter 2:4-10. What are you building on? Only Jesus brings life that lasts. He is the one, true, genuine, authentic Living Stone. He alone enables us to be what God wants us to be. For he calls you to be his own. Parts: A. His own livings stones through him alone. B. His own believing people, who hold him most precious. C. His own royal priests to declare his praises. Preached on May 22, 2011, for the Fifth Sunday of Easter: Graduate Sunday, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock,...
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Exodus 6:2-8. The Lord's faithfulness lifts us up out of despair and gives us the courage to serve. For he is the LORD, the faithful God who keeps his promises. Parts: A. His faithfulness brings hope. B. His faithfulness brings courage. Preached on September 14, 2014, for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at: http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/The-LORD_-Our-Faithful-God-Who-Keeps-His-Promises-Exodus6_2-8.html
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Jeremiah 31:31-34. The law confronts us with conditions that we're powerless to measure up to. What hope is there? None, if we have to meet any condition at all. But the new covenant in the blood of Christ has no ifs, ands, or buts, - no conditions at all! Parts: A. How unlike the old! B. You have the Lord's word on it. Preached on November 3, 2013, for Reformation Sunday, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy available at:...
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Psalm 2:1-12. So much evil in this world rages against Jesus and conspires against us his follows. But take heart, dear Christian, the Lord's anointed reigns. Parts: A. He shatters all opposition. B. He offers you refuge. Preached on January 13, 2013, for the First Sunday after Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/The-Lord_s-Anointed-Reigns-Psalm2_1-12.html
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What does Jesus mean when he talks about crossing over? When does it happen? How does it happen? What difference does it make? Parts: A. Keep listening to the Son's voice. B. Keep anticipating the resurrection. Preached on November 15, 2009, for the Third Sunday of End Times: Saints Triumphant, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy available at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/You_ve-Crossed-Over-to-Life-John5_24-29.html
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1 Corinthians 8:1-13. Knowledge of God's truth is good, important, and vital. But trying to use that knowledge without love is deadly. Love builds up. Parts: A. Love knows the true God. B. Love places others before our own rights. C. Love sees others as Christ sees them. Preached on February 1, 2015, for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at: http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Love-Builds-Up-1Corinthians8_1-13.html
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Revelation 22:1-5. The winter of this world bears down on us. But the scene of the life and light of heaven strengthens and encourages us. Cherish the heavenly scene. Parts: A. A life of radiant pureness. B. A life of resplendent purpose. Preached on November 21, 2010, for End Times: Saint's Triumphant, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print cop at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Life-Flows-from-the-Throne-of-the-Lamb-Revelation22_1-5.html
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Job 1:6-22. Job does not fit the world's idea of Christmas preparation or the merriment of the season. But what is Christmas all about? God's Son came down as one of us to reconcile sinners to God. Since that's the real Christmas , shouldn't our Advent preparation reflect on our own relationship with our God? Job gets us to do that. Parts: A. He delights in our obedient works. B. His faithful grace is in control. Preached on December 15, 2013, for the Third Sunday in Advent, at St. John's Ev....
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Greed brought trouble to Achan. What hope do we have in the grasp of greed's temptation? Parts: A. Greed grabs at our hearts. B. Jesus is greater than our greed. Preached on February 21, 2010, for the First Sunday in Lent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Greed-Isn_t-just-for-the-Rich-Joshua7_16-26.html
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Luke 10:25-37. Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan exposes how much we have failed to love our neighbors, but Jesus' didn't fail. Only his perfect love can cover our failures and save us. Parts: A. I'm unable to justify myself. B. I've failed to love my enemy, but Jesus didn't. C. I've failed in sacrificial love, but Jesus didn't. D. I've failed in tireless love, but Jesus didn't. Preached on July 18, 2010, for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN....
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Psalm 25:6-15. How great our sins! But the Lord's mercy is greater. Forgiven by God, we now want to walk according to his will, following his commands. Our forgiveness and our obedience depend on his mercy, so we pray: Remember your mercy, O Lord. Parts: A. For my sins are great, but your goodness is greater. B. For I want to walk with you in godly fear. Preached on March 18, 2012, for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Part two of a three part...
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What can we learn for our lives today from what happened to Israel when they left Egypt and journeyed through the desert? Parts: A. Christ lavishes his spiritual blessings on all of us. B. Warning! Don't arrogantly abuse his goodness. C. Only his faithfulness sustains us. Preached on March 7, 2010, for the Third Sunday in Lent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Divine-Lessons-From-Israel_s-History-1Corinthians10_1-13.html
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Revelation 20:1-6. Although many have misused the book of Revelation, the images Jesus gave John to record for us bring us comfort when we understand them correctly. Let's look passed the misinterpretations and see the pictures of comfort that come from Christ's triumph. Parts: A. Scripture interprets Scripture. B. Satan is restrained. C. Christ’s people reign. Preached on June 17, 2012, for the Third Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Printable...
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Romans 8:28-30. God works all things for good. So often when we need that promise the most, those words sound empty. How can we live confident of this truth? God weaves together all things for good. Parts: A. For those who love him. B. To bring his people into glory. Preached on February 8, 2015, for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at:...
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Revelation 1:5, 6. Easter changes us. It brought us over from death into new life in Christ. What hope, purpose, and strength Easter gives because it makes us a kingdom of priests! Parts: A. Freed by Christ's blood. B. Convinced by Christ's testimony. Preached on April 7, 2013, for the Second Sunday of Easter, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at: http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Easter-Makes-Us-a-Kingdom-of-Priests-Revelation1_5,6.html
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1 John 4:13-21. How amazing God's love is! It even drives out our fear. Parts: A. So that we have courage to anticipate Judgment Day. B. So that we have courage to love our brothers and sisters. Preached on May 10, 2015, for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at: http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/God_s-Love-Drives-Out-Fear-1John4_13-21.html
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Psalm 139:13-18. How marvelously our God brings new life into this world! What honor he gives to mothers! And he takes care of his people throughout life. How wonderfully our God works! Parts: A. He knitted each of us. B. He knows all our days. Preached on May 12, 2013, for Mother’s Day, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/How-wonderfully-Our-God-Works_-Psalm139_13-18.html
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As we submit to God and come near to him through his Word and Sacraments, he lifts us up in victory over the devil and washes us clean. Parts: A. The devil will flee. B. Your hearts will be clean. Preached on March 14, 2010, for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN.Print copy at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Submit-to-God,-For-He-Lifts-Up-the-Lowly-James4_7-10.html
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1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13. The world speaks so much about love, especially as Valentine Day approaches. But what is the love that the Holy Spirit works in our hearts? Why does love make the difference? Parts: A. Without love gifts are nothing. B. Real love imitates God's love. Preached on February 3, 2013, for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at...
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John 14:1-6. How fearful to be lost! But look at who not only found you but also will come to take you home to the Father. Parts: A. For Jesus will return, just as he promised. B. Jesus alone is the true way to life with the Father. Preached on May 18, 2014, for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/_I-Will-Bring-You-Home_-John14_1-6.html
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Isaiah 61:1-3. “Keep Christ in Christmas.” We hear that slogan, but what does it mean? Let's listen as Christ Jesus himself speaks to us in words he had Isaiah, the prophet record. For keeping Christ in Christmas means believing his promise when he declares to you: “I’m anointed for you.” Parts: A. For you, who are the poor, brokenhearted that mourn. B. For you, to whom I bring the good news of liberty and joy. C. For you, whom the Lord has planted for his glory. Preached on December...
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Acts 13:38-48. What would it have been like to hear the Apostle Paul preach? Let's join those hearers in the synagogue at Pisidian Antioch. Parts: A. A verdict for your faith's joy. B. A verdict that can pass on. Preached on January 16, 2011, for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy available at: http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/In-God_s-Courtroom-You_re-Forgiven-through-Jesus-Acts13_38-48.html
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Acts 10:34-38. We know and believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the one and only Messiah. But does the way we treat others always match what we know? Parts: A. The Father's word invites all to Jesus regardless of their ethnicity. B. The Spirit's power reveals Jesus as the Lord's anointed. Preached on January 19, 2014, for the Baptism of our Lord, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at...
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Genesis 6:1-3, 5-14a, 17-22. Trying to live our lives on autofocus will always give us the wrong focus. What can we learn from Noah to focus our watching, so that we are ready when Jesus returns? Parts: A. Our times are similar. B. Our faith is the same. Preached on November 27, 2011, for the First Sunday in Advent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Focus-Your-Watching,-Just-As-Noah-Did-Genesis6_1-3,5-14A,17-22.html
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Psalm 110:7. Nothing deterred Jesus from the work he came to do. Your Savior pressed on. Parts: A. Resolute in his mission. B. Resolute in his suffering. C. Resolute in his glory. Preached on April 13, 2014, for the Sixth Sunday in Lent: Palm Sunday, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Your-Savior-Pressed-On-Psalm110_7.html
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Joshua 1:9. Many commencement addresses urge graduates to be strong and courageous. But how different the Lord's words to Joshua are! Remembering that we're Christ's sheep helps us live out that difference. For then, we find courage in Jesus. Parts: A. Standing with him. B. Serving for him. Preached on April 6, 2014, for Confirmation, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Find-Your-Courage-in-Jesus-Joshua1_9.html
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Matthew 9:15. How wonderous our Savior's love is as he serves as our Bridegroom! He loves us to the very end. Preached on April 17, 2014, for Maundy Thursday, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Your-Savior-Pressed-On-Psalm110_7.html
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Genesis 11:1-9. Where do you lie on the line between optimism and pessimism? What is the right balance? Let's see what we learn from the tower of Babel. Parts: A. The human spirit triumphs. Not! B. Like at Babel, so still today. C. The Holy Spirit centers us on Jesus and his cross. Preached on May 23, 2010, for Pentecost: The Coming of the Holy Spirit, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN." Print copy at...
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Genesis 49:8-12. The Lamb who was slain is the Lion of Judah who reigns. What a paradox! And just as it was for Jacob, Judah, and their descendants, so also what a paradox are the lives of each of us who follow this Lion! Preached on November 24, 2013, for The Last Sunday of End Times: Christ the King, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy available at: http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/The-Lion-of-Judah-Reigns-Genesis49_8-12.html