Sermons from Grace/Bethel

Sermons from Grace/Bethel
Weekly audio recordings of sermons presented at Grace Lutheran and Bethel Lutheran churches Seward and York NE. Mark A. Haefner, Pastor

John 16:8-11 “Convicted”
May 31 • 17 min
The Holy Spirit works through God’s Word to convince us about our sin, that Jesus is our Righteousness, and that Satan has been condemned.
John 17:13-19, 24 What Jesus Asks on Our Behalf
May 24 • 19 min
The Bible says that Jesus is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. What is he asking the Father to do for us? Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17 gives us some hints. He asks that we be protected from the Evil One, that we are sanctified,…
Acts 17:22-31 “Proclaim the Unknown God”
May 18 • 20 min
What Paul found in Athens is what we find in our world today - Many worship an unknown god. Paul shows us that to proclaim the true God to them we will have to start, not with the Bible they don’t know, but with what they do know, the natural knowledge of…
1 Peter 2:4-10 “You Rock”
May 10 • 16 min
Jesus is the living stone. He rocks because he lived and died in our place and rose from the dead. In him we are acceptable to the father. Our sins are all washed away. When the Holy Spirit leads us to Jesus and brings us to faith we become living stones.…
1 Peter 2:22-25 The Good Shepherd
May 3 • 18 min
Our Good Shepherd willingly goes after us, his wandering sheep, and brings us back to his fold with changed hearts that want to live for righteousness and live with him forever.
Acts 2:37-47 The Real Church
Apr 27 • 13 min
The church isn’t a building, it’s people. It is people brought to faith in Jesus through the Gospel in word and sacrament. It is people who devote themselves to the word, the sacrament, fellowship and prayer. It is people who let the light of Christ shine…
1 Peter 1:3-9 Reasons to Greatly Rejoice
Apr 18 • 14 min
Rejoice- God has given you new birth; an Indestructible Inheritance; You are Shielded by God’s Power; Tested for Your Eternal Good; You Believe without Seeing.
Revelation 19:11-16 Easter Sermon
Apr 11 • 12 min
Christ is not dead. He is risen just as he said. He will come again in victory to destroy our enemies and take us to be with him in his glorious kingdom forever.
John 9:1-5 Why Did This Happen?
Mar 15 • 16 min
Jesus reminds us that, although everything bad is a result of sin, we shouldn’t think it’s a punishment for a specific sin. The ultimate punishment for sin is Hell. He promises that everything can be used by God for our good and his glory.
John 4:5-26 Share Living Water
Mar 8 • 19 min
Jesus models for us how to share the living water of the Gospel with others. Share Living Water · In _______________________ places o Like: · With _____________________ people · Let them know you have ____________________________________________ · Help…
Romans 5:12-19 Two Universal Verdicts
Mar 1 • 15 min
It doesn’t seem fair that because Adam sinned we die. But remember, it’s not fair that because Jesus lived a perfect life and died in our place we get to live with God in glory forever.
Isaiah 42:13 Jesus, the Promised Warrior, our Hero
Feb 28 • 14 min
You don’t often think of war in connection with Jesus, but Isaiah reminds us that he is a warrior. He left heaven and came to earth on a mission to defeat sin, Satan and death for us. He was victorious over his enemies. In grace, the Father gives his…
Matthew 17:1-9 Looking Forward to Glory
Feb 23 • 15 min
Don’t look for glory on earth that doesn’t endure. Look forward to the eternal glory Jesus won by his life and death in our place. Jesus endured it all for us by looking forward to the glory he would inherit after his resurrection.
1 Corinthians 2:12-13 “To Whom Do You Listen
Feb 16 • 16 min
Like Israel, we have many times each day when we have a choice to listen to God or to listen to Satan or the wisdom of the world. Considering all that God has done for us, choose life, listen to his word.
Matthew 5:13-16 Be What God Made You
Feb 9 • 16 min
As sons of God through faith in Jesus you ARE salt and light for the world. Share the salt of the Gospel so that others are brought to faith in Jesus and preserved in the judgment. Let the light of your faith and the love of Jesus shine in all you do and…
Micah 6:1-8 “You Are Blessed”
Feb 2 • 16 min
Like Israel, you might feel God has wearied you, but the fact is, you are blessed. Treating God like an idol that you can manipulate is what wearies you. Seeing God as your Savior inspires you to serve God and your neighbor with joy.
1 Corinthians 1:10-17 “Focus on what Matters”
Jan 27 • 18 min
All too often Christians major in minors. They focus on buildings and carpets and style of music. They insist on their own personal preferences and end up causing divisions that hinder the mission of proclaiming to gospel to all. Paul encourages us to…
2 Timothy 3 “Point Them in the Right Direction”
Jan 19 • 17 min
In the midst of the troubled times of the last days Paul reminds us to keep pointing our children in the right direction, to Jesus and the the Scriptures.
Matthew 3:13-17 Jesus Our Perfect Substitute
Jan 12 • 14 min
At his baptism Jesus identified with us. He fulfilled all righteousness. He kept God’s law as our perfect substitute.
Matthew 2:9-12 Wise Men
Jan 5 • 18 min
The Magi from the East set an example of what it means to be truly wise - They watched for the signs God gave, they acted in faith, worshiped the infant Jesus as their King and Savior, Gave gifts fit for a King, and obeyed the Lord’s instructions not to…
Numbers 6:22-27 - The Blessing of the Lord
Jan 1 • 14 min
The words of the blessing given in Numbers 6 are not just a pious wish. Through them God himself puts his name on us and WILL bless us.
Galatians 4:4-7 God’s Perfect Timing
Dec 31, 2019 • 14 min
God sent Jesus into the world at just the right time to redeem the world. He sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts at just the right time so that we would be considered heirs with him of eternal life.
Isaiah 52- Message for Christmas Day.
Dec 25, 2019 • 14 min
God rolled up his sleeves and provided salvation for the world in Jesus.
John 3:16 Message from Christmas Eve
Dec 25, 2019 • 11 min
God loves us. Christmas proves it. He gave his Son to save a world who didn’t deserve to be saved.
Matthew 1:18-25 “Righteousness Shows”
Dec 22, 2019 • 16 min
Joseph was a righteous man. When the Bible calls someone righteous it means that they trust in the one true God and his promise of a Savior. Like Abraham, righteousness is credited to a person through faith. Those who are righteous through faith show that…
Luke 11:37 FF
Dec 19, 2019 • 19 min
Jesus is the Key of Knowledge. He warns us about things that distract us, or keep us from seeing him as the one who reveals God to us.
Matthew 11:2-6 “Be Sure about Jesus”
Dec 15, 2019 • 15 min
Did John have doubts about Jesus? Whether he did, or his disciples did, John knew what to do with doubt. He went to Jesus and Jesus removed doubts by pointing him to the prophecies of Scripture he was fulfilling.
Romans 15:4, 13 Hope for the Hopeless
Dec 9, 2019 • 15 min
God, the God of Hope, provides hope for that hopeless because he is always faithful to his promises. Most importantly he kept his promise to send a the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Luke 11:27-36 My Soul in Stillness Waits for the Lord of Life
Dec 5, 2019 • 15 min
The only way to be truly enlightened is by the Holy Spirit working through the word of God.
Genesis 6:11-14 “Prepare an Ark”
Dec 1, 2019 • 14 min
Just as Noah did we need to prepare an ark for our family. We do this by making sure everyone in our family knows that Jesus is their ark, their only hope of salvation when the last day comes.
Psalm 67 - May God Bless Us So That…
Nov 29, 2019 • 16 min
The Psalmist prays for God’s blessings so that, through us, his salvation my be known to all.
Luke 23:35-42 Christ the King
Nov 24, 2019 • 14 min
Jesus or victorious King gives us a glorious eternal kingdom.
Isaiah 65:17-25 - Saints Triumphant
Nov 17, 2019 • 15 min
God pictures for us what it will be like to live in the new heaven and the new earth.
2 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Nov 10, 2019 • 14 min
At home with Jesus you are perfectly safe for all eternity.
Hebrews 2:9-18
Nov 3, 2019 • 12 min
Jesus left heaven to save us so that we could call him our brother.
John 8:31-33 “The Truth Will Set Your Free”
Oct 27, 2019 • 16 min
God’s law is truth but it can’t sett you free because you break it. Only he Son can set you free by his life and death in your place, and his glorious resurrection from the dead. He has set you free from sin, death and Satan so that you can serve the Lord…
Psalm 2 - “What Do You Think About the Christ?”
Oct 20, 2019 • 16 min
Psalm 2 describes what Jesus faced as the Pharisees and Sadducees tried to trap him with difficult questions. When they were finished he asked them a question that made it clear that the Christ was to be both the son of David and the Son of God. Jesus is…
October 13, 2019 “What Does God Desire?”
Oct 13, 2019 • 14 min
There is no sacrifice we can make to pay for sin. The only sacrifice that paid for sin was the sacrifice that Jesus made in our place. As we acknowledge our guilt and look to Jesus for forgiveness we will be moved to do what is just and love mercy.
Ephesians 3:14-21 A Prayer for You
Oct 7, 2019 • 17 min
Paul prays with freedom and confidence that we would be strengthened by the Spirit, know the greatness of God’s love for us, and be filled with all the fullness of God.
1 Kings 17:8-16 Don’t Worry, Trust God
Sep 29, 2019 • 17 min
Jesus tells us not to worry and gives us excellent reasons not to - God cares for birds and flowers and we are worth much more than they. Paul reminds us that God sacrificed Jesus to save us and if he did that, why wouldn’t he provide for our lesser…
Ephesians 4:22-28 “Be Continually Renewed”
Sep 22, 2019 • 15 min
Christians need constant renewal to be enabled to take off the old and put on the new.
Luke 10:29 “Who Is My Neighbor?”
Sep 15, 2019 • 15 min
The parable of the Good Samaritan tells us that everyone is our neighbor, even our enemy. Leviticus 19 give us practical examples of how we can show love for our neighbor.
Mark 7:31-37 Jesus Does Everything Well
Sep 8, 2019 • 16 min
We confess that Jesus does everything well. Because he did he was able to win our eternal salvation. But how often don’t we contradict our confession by doing the opposite of what Jesus commands as these people in the Decapolis did?
1 Corinthians 15:9-10 By the Grace of God We Are What We Are
Sep 1, 2019 • 13 min
Paul was a sinner saved by grace. We are just like him, sinners saved by grace in Jesus.
Luke 19:41-44 Recognize the Things that Bring You Peace
Aug 27, 2019 • 14 min
Earthly things can’t bring lasting peace. Only forgiveness and the promise of eternal peace in Jesus can bring lasting peace. Earthly Jerusalem was supposed to be a place of peace but it has never lived up to it’s name. We look forward to the New…
Matthew 7:15-23
Aug 11, 2019 • 16 min
“Known by Their Fruit” Test the fruit of a teacher’s doctrine. If it agrees with God’s word it is good fruit, if it doesn’t agree with God’s word it is rotten, poisonous fruit. Test the fruit your produce. If the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit is love,…
Genesis 13:10-11 Consequences and Grace
Jul 28, 2019 • 15 min
Abraham and Lot experienced consequences for their sinful and selfish choices. But in the midst of those consequences they experienced God’s Grace. God’s grace to Abraham moved him to be gracious to others.
Luke 6:36-41 “Be Merciful”
Jul 16, 2019 • 14 min
God is merciful to us who are ungrateful and wicked. While we were still sinners Christ died for us. Having experienced his mercy to us we are moved to be merciful to others.
1 Peter 5:6-11 “Be Alert and Trust”
Jul 7, 2019 • 14 min
Be alert and always watching because Satan is like a lion ready to pounce when you are distracted. Trust God’s promise to to help, to lift you up when you are humbles, to strengthen and support you no matter what.
Luke 14:16-24 You Are Invited to a Feast!
Jun 30, 2019 • 16 min
God invites us to feast on his word and sacrament, and in his eternal kingdom. Don’t ignore or take his invitation for granted.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Jun 23, 2019 • 17 min
Focus on what’s important - The Lord and his word.
Trinity Sunday Message
Jun 18, 2019 • 17 min
There is no one like our God - One divine being yet three distinct persons.
The Festival of Pentecost
Jun 9, 2019 • 14 min
The Holy Spirit provided everything the disciples needed to preach law and gospel. He does the same for us today.
John 15:26-16:4 “Be Prepared”
Jun 3, 2019 • 15 min
Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to be our coach and prepare us to witness about him and to suffer for him.
Ascension Meditation on John 14
May 31, 2019 • 7 min
Our hearts need not be sad or troubled. Jesus is preparing a place for us and we will see him again.
Ascension Meditation on Hebrews 7
May 31, 2019 • 9 min
Jesus is our Great High Priest.
May 26, 2019 Sermon on James 1:22-27
May 28, 2019 • 15 min
Pure Religion - Beliefs and values based on God’s word alone. Putting those values and beliefs into action out of gratitude for all God has done for you in Jesus.
1 Chronicles 16:23-34
May 20, 2019 • 15 min
Memory and Hope.
Good Shepherd Sunday
May 12, 2019 • 16 min
Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gave his life for the sheep. Therefore, we lack nothing now and have eternal life.
John 20:21-23 “Peace Be with You”
Apr 28, 2019 • 16 min
Only Jesus can give us the peace we need - the peace that comes from knowing he is alive and that our sins are forgiven.
Easter Sermon - Keep On Remembering Christ Is Risen
Apr 22, 2019 • 16 min
Keep on remembering Jesus, true man, descended from David, and true God, risen from the dead. This is the gospel of our salvation that enables us to face tomorrow and removes all our fears.
Good Friday - “It Is Finished”
Apr 20, 2019 • 15 min
It is finished. Every prophecy of Scripture concerning the Messiah has been fulfilled. The work the Father gave Jesus has been accomplished. There’s nothing left for us to do or suffer. Thank you Jesus!
Exodus 3:1-15
Apr 7, 2019 • 18 min
The Lord Is I AM
Love One Another - Three Words of Truth
Apr 5, 2019 • 20 min
Sermon presented at Grace Lutheran Church, Seward NE on April 4, 2019 by Pastor Timothy Kemnitz
Ephesians 3:20 You Can’t Even Imagine
Apr 1, 2019 • 15 min
God shows that he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine, most importantly, by sacrificing Jesus so that we could have forgiveness and eternal life.
Luke 11:17 A House Divided
Mar 24, 2019 • 17 min
Jesus lets us know neither He nor Satan are divided. In fact, you can’t be neutral about Jesus. You are either with him or against him.
Three Words of Truth - Take Him Away.
Mar 22, 2019 • 22 min
Lenten Sermon by Pastor Ray Beckmann
Matthew 15:21-28
Mar 17, 2019 • 19 min
Great Faith: Jesus tested the faith of the Canaanite woman so that we would be able to see the great faith she had in her heart. Great faith rests on Jesus alone for help and salvation, and shows itself when tested.
What Is Truth?
Mar 15, 2019 • 14 min
Pastor Fred Berger’s sermon from week two of Lent
Matthew 4:1-11 Game On
Mar 10, 2019 • 16 min
Jesus defeats the Devil for us
John 18:3-9 I Am He
Mar 7, 2019 • 17 min
Jesus is the “I AM”, the one true God, the one who offered himself to protect his disciples, to suffer and die to pay for our sins.
2 Peter 1:16ff
Mar 3, 2019 • 17 min
The Transfiguration of Jesus makes us certain; certain that Jesus is true God, our Savior; certain that the Scriptures are the very word of God; and therefore certain that we have eternal life in Jesus.
1 Corinthians 9:27-10:5
Feb 17, 2019 • 16 min
God is Merciful and Just. Paul shows how that applies in our lives by the example of Israel in the wilderness, and the fact that he works hard to control his sinful nature so that he doesn’t abuse God’s mercy and end up being lost.
Exodus 14:13-22
Feb 10, 2019 • 15 min
Even in hopeless situations Jesus asks “Why are you afraid?” He has power over wind, wave and water. Has power even over death. He has rescued you from the most hopeless situation of all - the punishment you deserve for your sins.
Matthew 8:5-11
Feb 3, 2019 • 16 min
The Centurion from Capernaum showed proper humility and great faith. God’s law gives us proper humility. Knowing who Jesus is, what he has done, and promised us gives us confident faith.
Romans 12:6-11
Feb 1, 2019 • 15 min
God gives every Christian gifts. Paul encourages us to use whatever gift God has given us in humble service to him and our neighbor.
Isaiah 61:1-3
Jan 20, 2019 • 13 min
Jesus’ purpose as Messiah was to proclaim the good news he came to win. Our purpose from God is to be like an oak tree that displays God’s glory.
Acts 10:37-38
Jan 13, 2019 • 15 min
At his Baptism Jesus showed his willingness to take our place, to fulfill all righteousness for us. He added his righteousness to Baptism so that it has the power to wash away all our unrighteousness.
Matthew 2:1-12
Jan 8, 2019 • 14 min
God was at work across the miles and through the ages to help the Wise Men get to know Jesus, and frustrating the evil of Herod. He is still at work through out History making sure we know Jesus and frustrating evil in our day with the goal of bringing us…
Luke 2:25-35
Dec 30, 2018 • 20 min
The Gift of Jesus reveals hearts - brings for a reaction of joy or opposition.
Galatians 4:4-7
Dec 27, 2018 • 14 min
Seven Words Full of Meaning: Time, Son, Born, Redemption, Adoption, Heirs, Abba.
Isaiah 9:1-7
Dec 27, 2018 • 12 min
Amid all the darkness around us and in us, Jesus alone provides the light we need.
Revelation 12:1-6
Dec 24, 2018 • 16 min
God demonstrates his love by sending his Son into a dangerous world to save us.
Psalm 73 Funeral Sermon
Dec 20, 2018 • 15 min
Know your final destiny. In Jesus, it’s heaven.
Ephesians 4:4-7
Dec 16, 2018 • 15 min
Rejoice in the Lord Always.
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Dec 2, 2018 • 14 min
Jesus comes bring the gift of Hope. The first Sunday in the Season of Advent.
Deuteronomy 8:10-18
Nov 23, 2018 • 15 min
Thanksgiving Sermon - Don’t Forget the Lord Your God
Episode 3
Nov 18, 2018 • 16 min
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 “Know What Will Happen on the Last Day.
Matthew 24:3-12
Nov 11, 2018 • 16 min
First in the series - Be Prepared for the Last Day - Know the Signs.
Revelation 20:4-6
Nov 6, 2018 • 16 min
Sermon for All Saint’s Day - The Souls of believers never die, they go to live and reign with Jesus.