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Sermon for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost

Rev. Charles Lehmann + Matthew 21:33-43 + Pentecost 20

In the Name of + Jesus. Amen.

David once prayed, “The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”

The love and patience of the Lord God King of the Universe is great beyond anything that you or I can imagine. In the very beginning the Lord planted a garden in Eden. It was lush, green, and full the Lord's bounty. And early on the sixth day, probably before Adam had even drawn a dozen breaths, the Lord came to him and said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”

Adam had done nothing to deserve the Lord's favor. In fact, Adam had not existed long enough to have done anything at all. The Lord simply wanted to give his gifts to the man He had fashioned from the dust of the ground. From the very beginning the Lord was rich in grace and poured out his love on his creation. Even in those moments before Adam and Eve had sinned, the Lord loved them purely out of grace and undeserved favor. He had created Adam and Eve in a perfect relationship with Him. The Lord walked in the garden with the man and his wife. There was no sin to separate them. There was no death. There was no decay. God lived in absolute perfect communion with the man and his wife.

But things changed. Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the one tree the Lord had not given them. In this initial theft, Adam and Eve committed the sin that would separate them from God and send them and all their descendants into bondage to death and decay. Things changed greatly for Adam and Eve, but they didn't change for God. Balaam would later put it this way, “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.”

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Sermon for Epiphany 3


Rev. Charles Lehmann + Epiphany 3 + Matthew 4:12-25

     In the Name of + Jesus.  Amen.
     If there's anyplace that needed a Savior, it was Galilee.  Galilee of the Gentiles was a filthy, disgusting place.  They knew nothing of the Laws of the Lord.  They ate pork.  They mixed meat and dairy.  The Jews there were barely worthy of the name.  Ever since Tiglath-Pileser conquered the northern kingdom and deported the tribes of Gad and Manasseh, the filthy Gentiles had run amok in Galilee with their swine, and their false gods, and their clothing made with two kinds of thread.
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Advent 3


Rev. Charles Lehmann + Advent 3 + Isaiah 35

     In the Name of Jesus.  Amen.

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Sermon for Reformation Day


Rev. Charles Lehmann + Reformation 2007 + John 8:31-36

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I haven't posted the readings for this week because my church is using the Reformation Day texts, which I thought might be unusual.  Anybody want to post the normal stuff?