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31 December 2015

New Year’s Eve Sermon: Self-Made Sinners, God-Made Saints

Preached on Isaiah 30:15-17
The Eve of Jesus’ Name
31 December AD 2015 / The Seventh Day of Christmas

Title: Self-Made Sinners, God-Made Saints (MP3 Audio)

Holy Communion Summary: When we take stock of our thoughts, words, and deeds throughout the waning year, we may see some change, perhaps even a bit of “improvement.” Yet there is nothing we can do to improve our standing with God, our righteousness in His sight.

When the Lord makes us holy, we are completely holy. To attempt to do better than His best is to flee the gift of salvation in Christ Jesus every bit as much as are any crass sins against God or man.

Therefore, we continue returning to the rest found in His presence, pardon, and peace. In Word and Sacrament, our spirits are quieted, our faith sustained and upbuilt, and our lives remade. And receiving this blessing, we respond in faith toward Him and in fervent love toward one another.

Text: For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”

But you were unwilling, and you said, “No! We will flee upon horses”; therefore you shall flee away; and, “We will ride upon swift steeds”; therefore your pursuers shall be swift.

A thousand shall flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you shall flee, till you are left like a flagstaff on the top of a mountain, like a signal on a hill. Isaiah 30:15-17

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 the New Year’s Eve sermon Self-Made Sinners, God-Made Saints

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; Romans 8b:31-39; Luke 12:35-40

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