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28 October 2012

Sermon: Reformation Day (Alt. Gospel)

28 October AD 2012

Title: Calling the Tune (MP3 Audio)

Calling the Tune
Summary: Like the childish people of Jesus’ time, we often try to call the tune and make God dance to our music. We take a false spiritual reading of ourselves and then attempt to have Him supply a faulty remedy for our problems or unmerited praise for our actions.

The faithful Christian realizes, however, that God calls the tune. He continues to play the same two songs of Law and Gospel, condemning our sins in wrath and forgiving them for Christ’s sake.

We cannot overpower the Lord and take the Kingdom by storm. Instead, we either find ourselves rejected for our own unbelief or accepted because we believe that Jesus died to save us from all our most horrible sins.

We Played a Tune for You
Text: [Jesus said,] “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

“But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

“For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’

“Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.” Matthew 11:12-19

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 the MP3 of Calling the Tune, preached to the saints of God at Faith Lutheran Church, Knob Noster, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 46; Revelation 14:6-7; Romans 3:19-28; John 8:31-36

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