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25 July 2011

Sermon: Proper 12 (Epistle)

Pentecost 6 — 23 July AD 2011

Sermon Theme: God’s Undivided Attention

Christus VictorSummary: Using some of the most beautiful and powerful language in all of Scripture, Paul tells us that God keeps close eye on His beloved children in order to work all things for our good. He will never abandon those whose faith rests in His beloved Son Jesus.

We may lose our ways, at times taking our eyes off of Jesus. But our gracious Lord continues calling us back to receive His forgiveness and blessing. Through Baptism, we are inseparably bound to our Redeemer and can have full confidence that He will see us through this life into life everlasting.

Text: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died — more than that, who was raised — who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:28-39

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear MP3 of God’s Undivided Attention, preached to the saints of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Marshall, Missouri.

Other Readings: Psalm 125; Deuteronomy 7:6-9; Matthew 13:44-52

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