Dec. 2, 2015 - Advent Vespers Service, 7:00 pm
Dec. 9, 2015 - Advent Vespers Service, 7:00 pm
Dec. 16, 2015 - Sunday School Children's Service, 7:00 pm
Dec. 24, 2015 - Christmas Eve Vespers Service, 5:00 pm
Dec. 25, 2015 - Christmas Day Divine Service, 9:30 am
Dec. 31, 2015 - NO New Years Eve Service
Jan. 06, 2016 - Epiphany Divine Service, 7:00 pm
First Sunday in Advent
(29 November 2015)
Jeremiah 33:14–16; Ps. 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9–13; Luke 19:28–40 or Luke 21:25–36
The Lord Jesus Comes in Humility to Redeem Us
The season of Advent focuses on the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and this first Sunday establishes this theme for the rest of the season. The Son of God came long ago to be our Savior, “a righteous Branch” descended from David (Jer. 33:15). As He then came into Jerusalem, riding on a lowly donkey to sacrifice Himself for the sins of the world (Luke 19:28-40), so does He come to His Church today in the humility of Word and Sacrament to deliver the fruits of His Passion: the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. He absolves us and establishes our hearts “blameless in holiness before our God and Father” (1 Thess. 3:13). The same Lord Jesus, who came to Jerusalem then and who comes to us now in peace, will come again with power and great glory on the Last Day. Then there will be “distress of nations in perplexity,” with “people fainting in fear.” Yet, as we anticipate that great and terrible day, He bids us to rest securely in Him: “Raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:25, 26, 28).
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - The Only Cure is More Triumphal Entry (Luke 19:28-40)
Worldview Everlasting (Greek Tuesday) Kind of Takes on Luke 19:28-40
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem – Dr. Carl Fickenscher -- Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and the propers for the First Sunday in Advent with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2015-Nov-23)
Lectionary Podcast - Advent 1 - Series C - Luke 19:28-40 with Dr. Arthur Just
Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Advent 1
28 Καὶ εἰπὼν ταῦτα ἐπορεύετο ἔμπροσθεν ἀναβαίνων εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα.
29 Καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἤγγισεν εἰς Βηθφαγὴ καὶ Βηθανίαν πρὸς τὸ ὄρος τὸ καλούμενον Ἐλαιῶν, ἀπέστειλεν δύο τῶν μαθητῶν
30 λέγων· Ὑπάγετε εἰς τὴν κατέναντι κώμην, ἐν ᾗ εἰσπορευόμενοι εὑρήσετε πῶλον δεδεμένον, ἐφʼ ὃν οὐδεὶς πώποτε ἀνθρώπων ἐκάθισεν, καὶ λύσαντες αὐτὸν ἀγάγετε.
31 καὶ ἐάν τις ὑμᾶς ἐρωτᾷ· Διὰ τί λύετε; οὕτως ἐρεῖτε ὅτι Ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ χρείαν ἔχει.
32 ἀπελθόντες δὲ οἱ ἀπεσταλμένοι εὗρον καθὼς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς.
33 λυόντων δὲ αὐτῶν τὸν πῶλον εἶπαν οἱ κύριοι αὐτοῦ πρὸς αὐτούς· Τί λύετε τὸν πῶλον;
34 οἱ δὲ εἶπαν ὅτι Ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ χρείαν ἔχει.
35 καὶ ἤγαγον αὐτὸν πρὸς τὸν Ἰησοῦν, καὶ ἐπιρίψαντες αὐτῶν τὰ ἱμάτια ἐπὶ τὸν πῶλον ἐπεβίβασαν τὸν Ἰησοῦν·
36 πορευομένου δὲ αὐτοῦ ὑπεστρώννυον τὰ ἱμάτια ἑαυτῶν ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ.
37 ἐγγίζοντος δὲ αὐτοῦ ἤδη πρὸς τῇ καταβάσει τοῦ Ὄρους τῶν Ἐλαιῶν ἤρξαντο ἅπαν τὸ πλῆθος τῶν μαθητῶν χαίροντες αἰνεῖν τὸν θεὸν φωνῇ μεγάλῃ περὶ πασῶν ὧν εἶδον δυνάμεων,
38 λέγοντες· Εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος βασιλεὺς ἐν ὀνόματι κυρίου· ἐν οὐρανῷ εἰρήνη καὶ δόξα ἐν ὑψίστοις.
39 καί τινες τῶν Φαρισαίων ἀπὸ τοῦ ὄχλου εἶπαν πρὸς αὐτόν· Διδάσκαλε, ἐπιτίμησον τοῖς μαθηταῖς σου.
40 καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν· Λέγω ὑμῖν, ὅτι ἐὰν οὗτοι σιωπήσουσιν, οἱ λίθοι κράξουσιν.
Luke 19:28-40 Apostolic Bible Polyglot Literal Translation
28 And having said these things, he went ahead, ascending unto Jerusalem.
29 And it came to pass as he approached unto Bethphage and Bethany, to the mountain, the one being called Olives, he sent two of his disciples,
30 having said, Go unto the opposite town; in which entering you will find a foal being tied, upon which no one [2at any time 1of men] sat. Having untied him, lead him.
31 And if anyone asks you, On account of why do you untie? thus shall you say to him that, His master [2need 1has].
32 And going forth, the ones having been sent found it as he said to them.
33 [3untying 1And 2of their] the foal, [2said 1his masters] to them, Why do you untie the foal?
34 And they said, His master [2need 1has].
35 And they led him to Jesus. And having cast their own garments upon the foal, they sat Jesus upon him.
36 [3going 1And 2of his], they spread their garments in the way.
37 [3approaching 1And 2of his] already to the descent of the Mount of Olives, [6began 1all 2the 3multitude 4of the 5disciples] rejoicing to praise God [2voice 1with a great] for all which they beheld of works of power,
38 saying, Blessed be the coming king in the name of the Lord; peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39 And some of the Pharisees from the multitude said to him, Teacher, reproach your disciples!
40 And responding he said to them, I say to you that, if these should keep silent, the stones will have been crying out.
They go together because God speaks both words, Law and Gospel, and the Gospel without the Law is not the Gospel, and the Law without the Gospel does nothing but kill. So what do we do? We proclaim both. It’s not a balance of the two. Don’t let anyone tell you that Lutheran theology is characterized by its balance of Law and Gospel. The two don’t balance one another. The Law speaks and kills the Old Man dead. The Gospel raises up a New Man. It’s not a balance. Both speak their full word. Or they should, every time a man steps into the pulpit. Every time God’s Word is opened the Old Man is killed by the Law and the New Man raised up in Jesus Christ solely by the Gospel. That’s not balance, that’s God’s Word. That’s not trying to find the right mix of Law and Gospel. That is letting the Law speak its full word until it’s done, and when it’s done, you’ll know it’s done because you’ll be dead. And then letting the Gospel speak an answer to that Law, an answer that is the perfect life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for you. And you’ll know that’s spoken when it sounds too good to be true.
— Pr. Todd Wilken, “Gospel Reductionism” on Issues, Etc.
(http://issuesetc.org/2009/03/25/gospel-reductionism/ , start 24:46)
The Gospel of John
1. Introduction and 1:1-18 — Dr. William Weinrich, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind. and Author, John 1:1–7:1 Concordia Commentary
1.mp3, 2:05:47, 50.6 MB)
2. 1:19–3:36 — Pr. David Petersen, Redeemer Lutheran, Ft. Wayne, Ind. and Gottesdienst: The Journal of Lutheran Liturgy
2.mp3, 1:58:00, 47.5 MB)
3. 4:1–5:47 — Pr. William Weedon, Director of Worship for LCMS and Chaplain of the International Center
3.mp3, 1:46:25, 42.8 MB)
4. 6:1–7:36 — Pr. Bill Cwirla, Holy Trinity Lutheran, Hacienda Heights, Calif. and The God Whisperers
4.mp3, 1:59:24, 48.0 MB)
5. 7:37–8:59 — Pr. Jonathan Fisk, Worldview Everlasting and St. John Lutheran, Oakes, ND.
5.mp3, 1:59:17, 48.0 MB)
6. 9:1–10:42 — Pr. Chris Rosebrough, Fighting for the Faith and Kongsvinger Lutheran, Oslo, Minn.
6.mp3, 1:59:07, 47.9 MB)
7. 11:1–12:50 — Dr. Ken Schurb, Zion Lutheran, Moberly, Mo.
7.mp3, 1:55:40, 46.5 MB)
8. 13:1–14:31 — Pr. Peter Bender, Peace Lutheran, Sussex, Wisc. and Concordia Catechetical Academy
8.mp3, 1:56:53, 47.0 MB)
9. 15:1–16:33 — Pr. Tom Baker, Law and Gospel
9.mp3, 1:53:47, 45.8 MB)
10. 17:1-26 — Dr. John Kleinig, John Kleinig website
10.mp3, 1:58:16, 47.6 MB)
11. 18:1–19:42 — Dr. Lane Burgland, Author, Reading the Bible with Understanding
11.mp3, 1:51:06, 44.7 MB)
12. 20:1–21:25 — Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
12.mp3, 2:05:32, 50.5 MB)
Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller, Hope Lutheran, Aurora, Colo., and co-host of Table Talk Radio, gave a presentation on Christian Suffering at the 2015 Fall Conference on Theology at Calvary Lutheran Church, Elgin, Illinois:
(10.1 MB, 58:56)
(9.5 MB, 55:29)
(8.9 MB, 51:33)
Pr. Jonathan Fisk, St. John's Lutheran, Oakes, ND, and Worldview Everlasting discusses Pop Culture with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc.
1. Introduction and Television - 2015-Sept-16 (mp3, 34:40, 14.1 MB)
2. Christian Skepticism and the Media - 2015-Sept-29 (mp3, 32:03, 13.0 MB)
3. Technology in the Church 1 - 2015-Oct-13 (mp3, 35:10, 14.3 MB)
4. Technology in the Church 2 - 2015-Oct-27 (mp3, 32:03, 13.0 MB)
5. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter – 2015-Nov-10 (mp3, 32:32, 13.2 MB)
If your preacher isn't following these steps in sermon prep, you are being short-changed.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, explains sermon prep to those preparing to preach. (These are 11 parts of a larger homiletics series.)
Sermon Preparation - Introduction:
Sermon Preparation - System of Exegesis:
Sermon Preparation - Biblical Context of a Passage:
Sermon Preparation - Isogogical Importance:
Sermon Preparation - Sources of Isogogical Information:
Sermon Preparation - Breaking Down the Text's Verses:
Sermon Preparation - Approaching the Language of the Text:
Sermon Preparation - Exegesis with Little or No Greek:
Sermon Preparation - The Writings of Others:
Sermon Preparation - Six Steps of Preparation:
Sermon Preparation - Time Frame of the Six Steps:
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