The Lord of Life Lutheran Church Sermon Podcast

Messages of hope and inspiration in Jesus Christ from Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Dubuque, Iowa

Jesus uses a story to make a point. Don't just sit there, do something. For Matthew's audience, this was a message to spur action and to be reminded that in the meantime, between Jesus ascension and coming again, we are to live out our faith actively, sharing God's love with all the world. How might we respond today?

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What does the church have to say to our culture moving forward? How can we embrace confession, unity, and sharing hope? All of this and Pastor Paul's terrible Sean Connery impersonation in today's sermon.

 

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The sermon for All Saints Sunday comes from Northeastern Iowa Synod Interim Bishop The Rev. Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl. The bishop reminds us that the blessings of God go with us in the midst of the challenges we face and the losses we experience.

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Martin Luther's revelation of the grace of God freely given, but now without cost, leads Pastor Paul to think about how we respond to the gift of grace given to us, and what it means to live out our lives between two trees.  

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What does it mean to have dual allegiances? Is that what Jesus is talking about when he holds the coin with the emperor’s image and says to pay taxes? Pastor Paul talks about these allegiances we share with the people of that day and what it means when we are pulled in opposition to our beliefs.

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In today's reading, Jesus tells another parable, the third time he uses a vineyard to make a point about welcoming the Son of God. Pastor Paul invites us to contemplate this parable for today, and points out that we need to acknowledge that the vineyard is God's. We just work here.

 

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Philippians 2:1-13 is often referred to as the Christ Hymn. In it, the Apostle Paul notes Jesus’ own humility as something to be imitated. How might humility be important for us today and how might we learn more about Jesus through being humble? Join Pastor Paul as he preaches on the Christ Hymn this week.

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This week Jesus tells a parable that can really make us scratch our heads in wonder. Is it about paying people what’s fair? Is it about God’s grace dispensed radically? Is it about what keeps us from accepting God’s love as gift and not something we earn? Pastor Paul talks about all of that and more in this week’s sermon.

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The Apostle Paul writes the fledgling church at Rome and in his instructions, provides some important information about what it means to be a Christ follower in the early church. Paul’s words resonate with us, today, as we ask what it means to live out lives of faith.

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Jesus knew there would be conflict because Jesus followers are human. In today’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus offers a way through conflict. Have you ever been a part of a Matthew 18 conversation? Pastor Paul shares his own experiences and discusses an important reminder that Christ is with us through it all.

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