Luke 15 Nobody Gets Left Behind

The believer loves the lost like Christ. The righteous live by faith; yet how easy it is for the righteous to slip into self-righteous judgment of other sinners, forgetting the grace that has been shown them. Today Christ calls us to love the lost like he does and rejoice over every sinner that “once was lost, but now is found.”

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost -- October 13, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Luke 15:1-10

Luke 14 Calculating the Cost of the Cross

For the past three Sundays we have seen that the narrow path to heaven is marked by division and humility. Yet another warning is heard this week: the life of faith may come at great personal expense. Counting the cost of discipleship leads to true wisdom.

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost -- October 6, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Luke 14:25–33

Luke 14 It’s Not About You

The life of faith is one of true humility. But it is humility rendered by faith in the promise of God that those who exalt themselves on earth will be humiliated for eternity, but those who humble themselves now will be exalted forever!

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost -- September 29, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Luke 14:1,7-14

Luke 13 "Stop Messing Around, Get on the Train!”

The way to heaven is narrow. Mere outward attachment to the family of God is not sufficient—only through faith in Christ can we enter heaven. The door is narrow and Christ commands us to make every effort to enter it, so the Church prays, “that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command.” Although the door is narrow, it is open to all, and the saints will come from all nations to behold the glory of the Lord.

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost -- September 22, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Luke 13:22-30

Luke 10 Kindle in Us the Fire of Your Love

Four weeks of warnings for Christians begin on this Sunday that the life of faith will be marked by difficulties. These warnings are given so that the believer will be prepared to meet these challenges with the confidence of the cross. Today we see that the Word of God doesn’t always unite—it also divides. The living and active Word of God does not bring peace between believers and unbelievers, but division.

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost -- September 15, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Luke 12:49–53

Deuteronomy 11 “Fix These Words of Mine in Your Hearts”

Why does our St. Paul family spend so much time, energy and resources to hear God’s Word and sing the truths we believe? Why do we have Sunday school, Catechism class and adult Bible studies? Because of what Jesus says, “If you remain in my word, you are really my disciples. You will also know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” We want to know the truth. We want to be free. And we want our friends, relatives, and children to know those things as well, just as Jesus commissioned his people to do when he told them to go out into the world “… teaching them to obey everything I have commanded…” May the Lord bless every effort of ours to know the truth and to pass it on to the next generation. Let us celebrate and continue our Christian Education!

Christian Education Sunday -- September 8, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Deuteronomy 11:1-7, 16-21

Luke 10 It's Time to Re-Examine Your Retirement Plan

Earthly wealth is meaningless without God. The meaning of life cannot be found in the abundance of earthly possessions but in the abundance of heavenly blessings. The believer recognizes that everything the world seeks and offers is meaningless. Rather, he sets his heart on the treasure found in the fullness of Christ.

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost -- August 25, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Luke 10:38-42

Luke 10 It's Time to Reexamine... What Needs to Get Done

Do you have a list about a mile long of things you have to get done today? Me too. We all have so much to do. Most of it feels like it has to get done today or else.

All of those things may be important, but there is one thing that is more important than all of those tasks that often doesn't even make our list. That one thing is God's Word.

Where does that rank of your priority task list today? On the top or on the bottom?

This sermon focuses on the account of Mary and Martha hosting Jesus. Jesus makes abundantly clear that while many things are good, only one thing is truly needful, and it tends to be the last thing we prioritize. Only the words of our Savior himself have the power to save us from the stress and busyness of everything else. Only the words of our Savior can bring us from death to life, from fear to joy, from hell to heaven.

Let us reexamine what NEEDS to get done. Read Luke 10:38-42.

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost -- August 11, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Luke 10 It’s Time to Re-examine… Being Neighborly

The believer loves his neighbor. We have every reason to love him. We know what we were when God found us; we know the love and mercy he poured out on us. Christ, the compassion of God, has treated our spiritual wounds and paid for our healing with his own blood. As we have known his goodness, let us do good to all. As our Prayer of the Day reminds us: The word is planted in our hearts, and now we ask the Holy Spirit to bring forth such fruits of faith as loving our neighbor for the sake of Christ.

Eight Sunday after Pentecost -- August 4, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Luke 10:25-37

Finding Freedom: In Service

The Lord invites believers to take part in his kingdom work. What joy and privilege is ours to work in his harvest fields, to witness the power of the Spirit, and to support this ministry! However, even though this is such an amazing privilege, we often treat it more like a chore and a burden. We get caught up in what we need, what we want, and how much it will cost to follow Christ. Today, let us remember what we have in Jesus and why that gives us the freedom to serve our God and others regardless of the cost. Let us find freedom in service!

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost -- 28, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Galatians 6:1–10, 14–16

Finding Freedom: In Being Clean

When God calls us to faith, he calls us to a totally different way of life. We are no longer simply pushed along by whatever the world or our own sinful desires lead us to do. Instead, we are drawn by God to go upstream, to fight against the world, our own selfishness and sinfulness, and the devil himself. Only the Spirit can teach us and empower us to follow Jesus to the cross and beyond. And it is only in following Jesus that we find true freedom and life.

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost -- July 21, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Galatians 5:1, 13–25

FINDING FREEDOM: from Social Pressure

Today we will focus on the challenge of holding on to our faith and putting that faith into practice despite social pressure to forget God, to compromise our beliefs, or to hide in fear.

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost -- July 7, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Galatians 1:1-10

Finding Freedom from the Past

We also continue our sermon series on the book of Galatians today. Paul, by sharing his own story from Christian killer to Christian missionary, gives us hope that we too can find freedom from our past through God’s redemption and purpose through his call.

Third Sunday after Pentecost -- June 30, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Galatians 1:11–24

Finding Freedom from Uncertainty

This sermon begins a new series based on the book of Galatians called: Finding Freedom. With this first reading we will focus on how knowing Jesus and trusting in him gives us complete freedom from uncertainty in life and life hereafter.

Second Sunday after Pentecost -- June 23, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Galatians 1:1-10

Numbers 6 A Father’s Blessing

The mystery of the Holy Trinity is beyond our comprehension. Yet it is proclaimed in Scripture and believed by Spirit-wrought hearts of faith. We believe in the one true God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The height, depth, and breadth of our God gives us peace as we travel towards eternity.

First Sunday after Pentecost -- June 16, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Numbers 6:22-27

Revelation 22 Preparing for the Beginning and the End

Have you forgotten what is coming? In the busyness of today, have you lost sight of what needs to happen before tomorrow? At any time, Jesus, the Beginning and the End, could return. When he does, this world will end and the time to turn to him will be over. Are we ready for that? Are our friends, neighbors, and family? Are we ready for the beginning of eternity? Let us prepare for the Beginning and the End.

The Day of Pentecost -- June 9, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Revelation 22:12–17, 20

Revelation 21 Powered by the Light

Our world is a dark place. We see darkness all around and within us. It often feels like there is no light. Don’t be fooled! The darkness has been defeated. The Light lives again. He also lives in us by faith and powers us with hope today. And one day we will dwell in His city forever with no need for any other source of heat, light or life. You are powered by THE Light!

The Sixth Sunday of Easter - June 2, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Revelation 21:10-14,22-23

Your Turn!

The Scriptures had been fulfilled. Humankind had been redeemed. Death had been conquered and the King was going home. Now, it was time to begin the work of carrying the message of Christ’s victory to the ends of the earth. Who does God choose for this important task? Ordinary people like you and me. Clothed with the Spirit and filled with resurrection joy, we are the perfect witnesses to share his work with the world.

The Ascension of Our Lord -- May 30, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Luke 24:44-53

Revelation 21 Witnessing a New Beginning

Do you feel that the world isn’t as it should be? When we experience sorrow beyond words, pain without healing, grief without reprieve, it is easy to think, “This isn’t right… this shouldn’t happen… I was not meant to go through this.” If that is how you feel, you are right! Our world is not as it should be. It is broken. But one day, it won’t be anymore. One day we will witness the creation of a new heaven and a new earth where there will be no sorrow, no pain, no grief… and God will dwell among his people as he did in the beginning.

Fifth Sunday of Easter -- May 19, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Revelation 21:1-6

Revelation 7 Among the Multitude of Saints

Do you feel alone in your struggle against sin and your fight to remain faithful to your Savior? Well, you are not alone! You are part of a great multitude of believers in heaven and on earth. You are one of the saints today, those made holy by the blood of Jesus. Together with them, you worship the Lamb who was slain and you will continue to worship him for all eternity. You are far from alone.

Fourth Sunday of Easter -- May 12, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Revelation 7:9-17