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Fourth Sunday in Lent A

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves:

These are the designated texts for the Fourth Sunday in Lent (A). What follows below is a brief commentary on each text.
Isaiah 42:14-21
Psalm 142
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9 (1-7, 13-17, 34-39)

Collect for the Day
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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Old Testament Sermons

The Rock

Sermon Text: Psalm 95:1-9.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves.

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Let us pray… Lord God, bless your Word wherever it is proclaimed. Make it a word of power and peace to convert those not yet your own and to confirm those who have come to saving faith. May your Word pass from the ear to the heart, from the heart to the lip, and from the lip to the life that, as you have promised, your Word may achieve the purpose for which you sent it; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas is one of my favorite pastors to listen to on the Internet. Over the last number of months, he has addressed numerous questions and topics while driving in his car, often from church to home.

I want to begin my message today with a short four minute video clip of Pastor Wolfmueller addressing the topic of the Corona Virus and the Christian Faith (audio archive).

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Old Testament Sermons

Promise-keeping

Sermon Text: Genesis 12:1-9

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves:

Let us pray… Lord God, bless your Word wherever it is proclaimed. Make it a word of power and peace to convert those not yet your own and to confirm those who have come to saving faith. May your Word pass from the ear to the heart, from the heart to the lip, and from the lip to the life that, as you have promised, your Word may achieve the purpose for which you sent it; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

When Beth and I were married we made promises to each other as a part of our marriage vows and I believe that we have been faithful to those promises. However, I also know that I have made promises at other times in my life and have not kept them.

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Old Testament Soteriology

You are Chosen

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves:

Whenever picking teams, someone must first be chosen to be captain. It is the captain who then picks the team.

To be chosen for a team or for an award is to be designated as special. Although some of us may not enjoy the “fame” that goes along with being chosen in these cases, very few of us would reject the opportunities that go along with being selected.

Even so, people find ways to turn this whole process around. “I wasn’t chosen. I decided to play for them or work for them.” Sounds kind of silly, but people do find ways to put the emphasis on the wrong syl-LABLE.