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31 December 2013

Sermon: New Year’s Eve—Series A (Epistle)

31 December AD 2013
The Eve of Jesus’ Name

Title: Inseparable Love (MP3 Audio)

Benton: Flood Disaster Summary: While dwelling on earth, we can live nowhere but the present. Our pasts may haunt us and the future may make us uneasy but because we are God’s children now, we know that His love for us in Christ forgives whatever we may have done and guides us where yet we travel.

His pledge is the death and resurrection of His Son. He assures us that we can commit no sin so enormous that He cannot or will not forgive it. He pledges by Jesus’ suffering that He intimately knows our bodily, mental, and spiritual pains and guarantees that He will one day remove them.

Not even Satan — the original Accuser — can get any charges to stick to us. Christ’s bloody death purchased our pardon and our peace and His resurrection guarantees that His gifts belong to us. We know that even if He seems far away at times, His love intimately binds us to Him and Him to us and we are assured of our salvation. In taking human flesh, Jesus joined Himself everlastingly to mankind and will never turn away from those who believe in Him.

Chagall: Exodus Text: 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 8:31-39

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 the MP3 of Inseparable Love. Preached to the saints at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lexington, 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 90:1-12; Isaiah 30: (8-14) 15-17; Luke 12:35-40

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