Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sermon: Genesis 3:22–24; Revelation 22:1–5, Garden to Garden: Eden to Heaven, February 21, 2018

This sermon series for Lent 2018 is taken from and based on Concordia Publishing House's Series, "Return from Exile." You may play the audio of the sermon here or by clicking the post's title.



Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

The text this evening is based on the texts from Genesis 3:22–24 and Revelation 22:1–5:
Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. 

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. 

Thus far the text.

My dear friends in Christ,
     In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  And He created the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea.  But it was not enough.  Then He said, “Let Us make man in Our image,” so He made man.  Male and female He created them.  Adam He came down and formed from the dust, breathing the breath of life into his nostrils, and Eve He made by taking a piece of Adam, His beloved firstborn son of the dust, and making her a helpmeet for Adam, a woman to complement his man.

     God set them in the garden and told them to be fruitful and multiply.  He set Adam as a king over all creation and eve, his queen.  There was nothing they would need fear, neither storm nor wind, neither wind nor rain, neither beast nor disease.  They had it all, it was perfect, and it would not last long.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Bible Study: Proverbs 10:1-4 February 18, 2018

A Bible Study taught by Pastor Lewis Polzin on February 18, 2018 at St. Peter–Immanuel Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI, on Proverbs 10:1-4. Play the audio by clicking here.

Sermon Audio: James 1:12-18, February 18, 2018

A sermon preached by Pastor Lewis Polzin on February 18, 2018 at St. Peter–Immanuel Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI, on James 1:12-18. The text of this sermon may be found by clicking this link and you may play the audio of the sermon here.

Sermon Text: James 1:12-18, February 18, 2018

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

The text this morning is from the Epistle of James, the first chapter:
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. 
Thus far the text.

My dear friends in Christ,
     Blessed, the Lord says through James, is the one who remains steadfast under trial.  Blessed, not happy.  Blessed, not pleased.  Blessed, not satisfied.  Blessed.  I mean, do you really think Abraham was happy when God told him to offer his son, his only son, the son of the promise of God, in sacrifice?  Of course not.  But, Abraham was blessed by God through the hope he had in that very promise.  Abraham knew that Isaac would be the son through whom God would give Abraham grandchildren and great-grandchildren and make his descendants as numerous as the stars.  Even if Isaac were to die, God would raise him up that he would be the son of the promise.  And Abraham was blessed because he had faith.

     Blessed are you then, when you remain steadfast under trial.  It probably won’t be happy.  It probably won’t be easy.  But through your faith, because our Lord has blessed you with faith, going through the trials of life is no burden for you know that the crown of life waits for you on the other end.  That’s God’s promise to you through Christ.  No matter what you endure, beatings, mocking, hunger, thirst, hardship, starvation, sickness, disease, even torture and death, the crown of life awaits you, for here you share in the sufferings of Jesus.  And as He received the crown of life, as He was raised from the dead, because you share in what He has gone through, by faith, so, too, will you receive His reward.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sermon: Joel 2:12-19 and Revelation 7:9-14, Heart to Heart: Sackcloth and Ashes 
to Robes of Righteousness, February 14, 2018

This sermon series for Lent 2018 is taken from and based on Concordia Publishing House's Series, "Return from Exile." You may play the audio of the sermon here or by clicking the post's title.



Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

The text this evening is focused upon our lessons from the prophet Joel and the apostle John:
“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber. Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, “Spare your people, O Lord, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’ ” Then the Lord became jealous for his land and had pity on his people. The Lord answered and said to his people, “Behold, I am sending to you grain, wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied; and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations.

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 

Thus far the text.

My dear friends in Christ,
     Clothes are meant to cover things up.  What I find amazing is how many clothes there are.  You want high-end?  Go shop the fashion designers in New York.  Low-end?  Old Navy is in almost every town.  You want professional?  You want casual?  You want suits?  You want baby clothes?  You want discounted clothing?  You can buy whatever you need, wherever you need all the time.  And what I find fascinating is every store carries different clothing, not one is the same as the other.

     The biggest practical purpose of clothing is to cover us.  It protects us from the heat, from the cold, from the wind, from the rain.  Really, all we need to get by are just some Gore-Tex jumpsuits and I think we’d all be fine.  But, our individuality would suffer, wouldn’t it?  We wouldn’t be able to demonstrate our personalities with our clothing.  I always like to wear fun socks because, every day I’m working, I wear suits and the same black, collared clergy shirt every day.  We demonstrate so much of ourselves in what we wear, but we haven’t gotten to the main purpose in clothing, the reason that, if everything else was equal, the jumpsuits wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Chapel Sermon: Joel 2:12-19, February 14, 2018

A sermon preached by Pastor Lewis Polzin on February 14, 2018 for the Wednesday Chapel of St. Peter–Immanuel Lutheran School in Milwaukee, WI, on Joel 2:12-19. You may read the text and play the audio of the sermon here.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

A Quick Study on Law and Gospel, Thesis 2, February 11, 2018

This quick study on Law and Gospel was given at the end of service at St. Peter–Immanuel Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI, on February 11, 2018. The text of the study is included and you may play the audio of the study here.