Sermon Audio

January 22, 2017

Impossible Expectations

Last week Jesus only healed one person in a crowd, but in today’s text Jesus expects his disciples to feed a crowd of more than 5,000! “YOU give them something to eat,” he says. But that’s impossible! And yet, that’s the greatest Gospel good news in our text. Jesus invites us to share in his […]

January 16, 2017

Just One Touch

When we think about Joining Jesus on his mission, we think of the Great Commission to reach “all nations.” That’s an impossible task! And yet, when Jesus comes to the Pool of Bethesda where crowds of sick people are waiting, he makes his way past many desperate people to heal just one man. Is there […]

January 9, 2017

I’m Right Here

Jesus calms a storm, but the message is not just about his power. It is about his presence. Here is the gospel, that Jesus is present with us in the storm.

January 1, 2017

Prayer for a New Year

Using the theme for this academic year at Concordia, Rev. John Rathje will talk about how God calls us to serve together as One Family in the new year – and at the same time to be Set Apart, to be different from the world around us.

December 25, 2016

Gift of Glory

God gave us gifts at Christmas. He gave us hope, life, love, and peace. And he gave us glory, a gift we don’t often think about.

December 19, 2016

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Jesus spoke in parables – and not everyone heard the same thing. Those who believed in him understood, but those who rejected him received his message very differently. Are you ears open to the good news?

December 4, 2016

Try It On For Size

Here we are, in the middle of Jesus’ earthly ministry, and he sends his disciples off on a road trip. It’s not a long one. It’s not a dangerous one. In fact, it’s sort of a simplified one. It’s like a vicarage – a first chance to try out what they have learned. After all […]

November 27, 2016

If You Will, You Can

When you pray, do you expect that God *wants* to help you? Do you believe that he *can* help you? Here are two different men with two different ways of praying. Being a follower of Jesus means that we know he is both – strong enough to save us, and that this is what he […]

November 20, 2016

The Sermon


We’ve often talked about the Sermon on the Mount in bits and pieces. But listening to Jesus teach would have been very different. All of these stories and illustrations and topics flowed together. Today, let’s consider the entire sermon, just as Jesus preached it.

November 6, 2016

Our Father’s Business

The Temple concessions was a big business, but Jesus had a bigger business in which we have a fortune to gain. Those who follow him may lose earthly things, but they gain a greater treasure.

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