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

Luke 6:36-41 “Be Merciful”
Jul 16 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 17 min
Focus on what’s important - The Lord and his word.
Trinity Sunday Message
Jun 18 • 17 min
There is no one like our God - One divine being yet three distinct persons.
The Festival of Pentecost
Jun 9 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 9 min
Jesus is our Great High Priest.
May 26, 2019 Sermon on James 1:22-27
May 28 • 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 • 15 min
Memory and Hope.
Good Shepherd Sunday
May 12 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 18 min
The Lord Is I AM
Love One Another - Three Words of Truth
Apr 5 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 22 min
Lenten Sermon by Pastor Ray Beckmann
Matthew 15:21-28
Mar 17 • 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 • 14 min
Pastor Fred Berger’s sermon from week two of Lent
Matthew 4:1-11 Game On
Mar 10 • 16 min
Jesus defeats the Devil for us
John 18:3-9 I Am He
Mar 7 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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.