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Weekly sermons from Good News Lutheran Church in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.

Good News Weekly Message Pastor Jonathan Bauer

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Weekly sermons from Good News Lutheran Church in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.

    Here we are again, just like clockwork.

    Here we are again, just like clockwork.

    The smaller something is, the closer you have to get in order to see it. That’s why the best way to view the gifts God gives at Christmas is “up close and personal.” God acts in ways that seem small so we can get a good look at the big things he’s doing. Today we see how God’s presence among his people seems small and insignificant. Just as Jesus entered Jerusalem on a humble beast of burden, so also water and word, bread and wine now carry Christ and his gifts into our midst every time we gather together. As we begin another Church Year, we are reminded that God is present among us, up close and personal, through the gospel.

    Waiting for the End.

    Waiting for the End.

    It’s been said that the sun is always shining; it’s just that sometimes clouds keep us from seeing it. In the same way, there are splendid realities that God describes in his Word that are often clouded by the current conditions of life in this world. As we near the end of the church year, God gives us a “peek behind the curtain” to see the reality that is already ours in Christ—a reality we one day will be able to see with our own eyes. Today the nearness of Christ’s return is hidden by the appearance that life will go on forever. Our eyes tell us that this life is all there is. Everything in this life, however, passes away. Christ’s promise to return is the only thing that lasts. Therefore, we listen to his call to watch and be ready.

    The best place for your innocence to be is behind closed doors.

    The best place for your innocence to be is behind closed doors.

    It’s been said that the sun is always shining; it’s just that sometimes clouds keep us from seeing it. In the same way, there are splendid realities that God describes in his Word that are often clouded by the current conditions of life in this world. As we near the end of the church year, God gives us a “peek behind the curtain” to see the reality that is already ours in Christ—a reality we one day will be able to see with our own eyes. Today the reality of our righteous status before God is hidden behind the veil of our sin. Sin separates us from a holy God. Thankfully, Jesus offered a perfect once-for-all sacrifice to be able to enter God’s presence where he constantly pleads our case. When he returns, we can be confident it will not be with condemnation in hand. Rather it will be to deliver our salvation.

    Pay close attention to the man behind the curtain.

    Pay close attention to the man behind the curtain.

    It’s been said that the sun is always shining; it’s just that sometimes clouds keep us from seeing it. In the same way, there are splendid realities that God describes in his Word that are often clouded by the current conditions of life in this world. As we near the end of the church year, God gives us a “peek behind the curtain” to see the reality that is already ours in Christ—a reality we one day will be able to see with our own eyes. Today the reality of eternal life is hidden by the shroud of death. Death seems like a universal and invincible tyrant in our world. It eventually comes for all. And yet, behind this curtain stands one who has already defeated death. Because Christ lives, so do all those who die in him.

    Faithful through the flames

    Faithful through the flames

    Taking a stand often leaves you feeling alone. It doesn’t always win you friends and might even make some enemies. But if an idea is both true and profoundly important, those who take a stand for it have a bond that nothing can break. This week, we commemorate the Lutheran Reformation by remembering that every stand we take is designed to give “Glory to God alone.” Every false teaching that has ever arisen robs God of the glory due him in one way or another. As we wait for Christ to return, the opposition we sometimes face gives us opportunity to the confess to the truth. As we confess that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone and base all that we believe on Scripture alone, we give glory to God alone in the process.

    Jesus still stops.

    Jesus still stops.

    Taking a stand often leaves you feeling alone. It doesn’t always win you friends and might even make some enemies. But if an idea is both true and profoundly important, those who take a stand for it have a bond that nothing can break. This week, we spend some time reviewing why we do what we do when we gather each week to worship. From start to finish, our time-tested patterns of worship place the gospel on center stage. The gospel or good news is more than just information we need to know and believe. Through the gospel, Jesus himself is present among us to comfort and encourage, to renew and transform us each day. When we gather around the gospel, we gather to receive the gifts that Christ alone can give.

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