Monday, December 27, 2010

Only in Utah



We follow a whole different set of rules in Utah--even when it comes to the laws of physics. ;^)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

FCC: Freedom, Chutzpah & Captivity

You have got to appreciate the irony and pure chutzpah of this big fat lie from a bunch of big fat liars led by our big fat liar-in chief.

Fox News reports that the Federal Communications Commission in its infinite wisdom and magnanimity has decided to rescue us from the oppressive nature of the internet as we currently suffer it.

“President Obama said in a statement that the (FCC) plan ‘will help preserve the free and open nature of the Internet while encouraging innovation, protecting consumer choice, and defending free speech.’"

So please enlighten me. Exactly how does the FCC taking the internet captive preserve its “free and open nature?” What am I missing here?

Am I breaking God’s Commandments to honor the earthly authorities established by God and not bear false witness? You be the judge. Just remember, our government officials in the United States of America are bound by and pledged to uphold the Constitution and freedoms of “We the People.”

Methinks the vast majority of “We the People” have been so mal-educated and misrepresented by our government that they are totally oblivious to the fact that the Constitution with its Amendments exists to keep us free from government intrusion, not to enable government to intrude on our freedoms under the pretense of protecting that which they are taking away.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Among You Stands One You Know

Dear people of the God who is coming, indeed who is already here,

To hear all about the One who was born to stand among you--the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world--click on this mp3 audio link. Among You Stands One You Know

The Lord blessings to you as you prepare to celebrate the birth of God Incarnate and the Holy Spirit prepares you to know and believe he was born to save you from your sin and give you eternal life.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

What Have You Come in to See?


Dear Baptized children of God,

To hear where you can find the kingdom of heaven near at hand for you today, click on this mp3 audio link.
What Have You Come in to See?

Continued Advent blessings as the Holy Spirit prepares you to receive in faith what the world and human reason reject as unsightly, even Jesus Christ our Lord in water, Word, and wine.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

When "Christians" Aren't


Check out this example of what happens when "Christians" dump the "Our Father," i.e. the "Lord's Prayer," of the one holy Christian (catholic) and apostolic church for the pietistic "Ijustwanna's" straight from the hearts of men: among other things, the petition we need answered most and which our Lord invites, desires, and even commands us to pray is lost--along with the gracious gift of which it speaks.

Westboro Church to Protest at Elizabeth Edwards' Funeral

"And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this [Matthew 6:7-9a]:"

". . . And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

"What does this mean?

"We pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would not look upon our sins, nor deny such petitions on account of them; for we are worthy of... none of the things for which we pray, neither have we deserved them; but that He would grant them all to us by grace; for we daily sin much, and indeed deserve nothing but punishment. So will we verily, on our part, also heartily forgive and also readily do good to those who sin against us."
[Luther's Small Catechism explanation to the Fifth Petition of the Lord's Prayer http://www.bookofconcord.org/smallcatechism.php#lord]

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sometimes Ya Just Gotta Laugh!

I'm sure if you are a sinner like me, you have experienced boredom with the life and vocation you have been given by God many times over.

But this is beardumb. And methinks it is a once in a lifetime experience.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Son of Man Coming

People of Zion,

To hear how you can recognize the Son of Man Coming with your redemption, both now and on the Last Day, click on this mp3 audio link.
The Son of Man Coming

Continued Advent blessings as you prepare for Christmas and our Lord prepares you for His second coming and your redemption.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Complimentary Lesson from AVG

"complimentary": 2. given free as a courtesy or favor [Mirriam-Webster's complimentary online dictionary]

Given the Lutheran appreciation of (if not obsession with) things that are free, and the fact that most of my internet friends and readers are Lutheran, I suspect that I am not alone in having suffered a computer meltdown due to a well-meaning, yet aberrant and incapacitating AVG update last night.

This debacle goes to show you that just because something is free does not mean it is ultimately beneficial or without cost to somebody.

In my case, the only cost to me was some recreational, read "Bejeweled Blitz," computer time last night and an hour's trip to Prime Systems computer shop this morning. However the cost to the proprietors of Prime Systems, and thousands of reputable computer shops like them, is great in that they are cleaning up the mess AVG created for their customers on their dime—not to mention the lost income and additional labor costs for countless other proprietors who do their own tech support and rely on AVG to keep their computers open for business. Kudos to Prime Systems and their ilk!

That nothing--and I do mean nothing--is actually free or ultimately without cost in this world is even and most especially true when it comes to our salvation in Christ. Though priceless and not available for our purchase, our salvation came at a cost. Truth be told it came at the greatest of costs—the holy, precious blood, and the innocent suffering and death of the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thanks be to God, He does not pass that cost to us, but graciously offers it to us through the work of the Holy Spirit in His holy Christian church by the preaching of the Gospel along with the waters of Baptism, the proclamation of Absolution, and the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in Holy Communion. In this way we receive the complimentary service of our Lord that not only cleans up the mess we sinners have made of our lives, but gives us eternal life with Him in the kingdom of heaven.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Feast of St. Andrew



"The Martyrdom of Saint Andrew" by Charles Le Brun, 1646-47, The Getty Museum

Today, January 30 is the day the holy Christian church celebrates God's gift of the life and martyrdom St. Andrew. He was the brother of Simon Peter, and originally a disciple of John the Baptist until he "found the Messiah."

"The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, 'Behold, the Lamb of God!' The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, 'What are you seeking?' And they said to him,(BK) "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?" He said to them, 'Come and you will see.' So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, 'We have found the Messiah' (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus." -- The holy Gospel for the Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle, John 1: 35-42a

From St. Andrew we learn at least four things:
1) A disciple's, i.e. a believer's, finding of the Messiah is really a matter of the Messiah finding him.
2) A believer, having been found by the Messiah, as he goes forth in his daily life amongst his acquaintances brings them to meet Jesus as the believer lives his faith.
3) The life of a believer is not an easy road, and he is not necessarily going to be loved or even tolerated by the people of the world in which he lives.
4) God gives the strength, courage, and peace to endure anything and everything that the believer will encounter as he bears the cross of Christ that gives him life.

Church history has it that St. Andrew was martyred on an "X" shaped cross. According to the 15th-16th century Lutheran theologian, Valerius Herberger;
"When St. Andrew was threatened witht he cross, he said joyfully, 'If I feared the punishment of the cross, I would never have preached the mystery of the cross.' Then when he saw the cross, he spoke, 'Hail, precious cross, you who were dedicated by the body of Christ; may He receive me through you, who redeemed me through you.' And when he was living after three days on the cross, his hearers wanted to take him down by force, but he said, 'Ah, let God take care of it! Do not make the peace of the Gospel suspect by your unnecessary revolt against the government.' That was apostolic constancy and long-suffering! This is what it means to 'leave everything and follow Christ,' all the way to the last catch of fish!" -- [The Daily Treasury of Prayer, CPH, p. 968]

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Your King Is Coming to You

Advent greetings to you!

To hear how our Lord comes to you today, humble, even as He came to Jerusalem some 2000 years ago, click on this mp3 audio link.
Your King Is Coming to You



Have a blessed Advent as you prepare for Christmas and our Lord prepares you for His second coming and the resurrection of all flesh.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Oil for Your Lamp

Dear saints of God,

To hear how God keeps the lamp of your faith filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit so you will be ready when our Lord comes to take you home on the Last Day (or your last day), click on this mp3 link. Oil for Your Lamp

Have a blessed week in the Lord filled with His gifts of faith and love. "Let us give thanks to the Lord for He is good and His mercy endureth forever."

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Meet My Feminine Side

I am blessed and proud to have had a feminine side for over 32 years now.

Her name is Donna.

Thanks be to God!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sometimes Ya Just Gotta Laugh!

Wrong Place, Wrong Time: aka, Puff, the Ill-timed Draggin

At the 3 minute mark of this police chase video, the squad car tips the fugitive vehicle into a parked car. Watch the door of the parked car open twice, and see if you can figure out why this "innocent" bystander was also arrested.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Faith of a Child

This video is cute, and the child adorable. But please don't miss the great lesson it provides to show us that we sell our children, ourselves, and God's Word short when we dumb things down and give our children silly things to do or say in Church, or worse yet keep them out of "adult" worship services, instead of suffering the little children to, and training them up in the things that create faith--like this beautiful Psalm.

Listen carefully at the beginning and you will hear that this precious little girl knows a good gift when she receives one.

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From Faith to Faith

Dearly beloved of God,

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

To hear how God, our Father, gives you the kingdom of heaven, His righteousness, and all the things that go with them, click on this MP3 audio link. From Fate to Faith

Let us not be anxious, but pray that He gives us this day our daily bread. And rejoice that however little our faith, for the sake of His dearly beloved Son and the people He has created and redeemed, He is sure to do so.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Martyrdom: The Increase of Christ


Greetings, grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

To hear what the baptized have in common with St. John the Baptizer, and how we are blessed by Christ our Lord even as the world curses us, click on this MP3 audio link. Martyrdom: The Increase of Christ

Thanks be to God that though we become separated even from our own life, by the power of His Holy Spirit at work in the Word and Sacraments of the Church, He never lets us be separated from our true head, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Your servant of the Word,
Pastor Hering

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Devil Is in the Numbers

You have heard it said, "The devil is in the details." One of the details in which he cloaks himself is the numbers and the games well-meaning Christians, including pastors, play to increase them.

Here, the Flood, is both informative for and illustrative of God's Church--not in exact numbers, but in the stark contrast between



the number of those who reject God's message and method of deliverance, and those who believe it and are saved. "God’s patience waited in the days of Noah,while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water." 1 Peter 3:20

Likewise, Jesus' conclusion to the parable of The Wedding Banquet: "For many are called, but few are chosen." Matthew 22:14

Give this little 1.5 minute clip a listen and see what you think:

Issues, etc. sound byte of the week winner--the Rev. Dr. Laurence White, "Is Christianity about the Numbers?"

"The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers.” Deuteronomy 7:6-8

Sunday, August 8, 2010

When Jesus Draws Near

Greetings saints and sinners alike,

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

To hear how Jesus draws near to you to give you peace just as certainly as He did to the people of Jerusalem in today's Gospel lesson, click on this MP3 audio link. When Jesus Draws Near

Thanks be to God He does draw near to us, for of ourselves we never could or would draw near to Him. God grant that you too hang on His words for eternal life.

Your servant of the Word,
Pastor Hering

Sunday, August 1, 2010

One Who Is Faithful



Greetings all!

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

To hear who is the one that is faithful and what that means for you, click on this MP3 audio link. One Who Is Faithful

Thanks be to God He has given us His One and only Son to be and do for us what we cannot be or do of ourselves.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

You Do Not Know What You Are Asking

Greetings!

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

To hear how you, like the apostles St. James the Elder and his brother John, don't know what you are asking and yet still are served by your forgiving God, click on this MP3 audio link. You Do Not Know What You Are Asking

Thanks be to God He always comes to serve selfish and ungrateful sinners such as we are.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Eat and Be Satisfied

Dear Children of God,

To hear how you, like the 4000 served by the disciples of Christ in the desolate place Mark speaks of in our Gospel today, can eat and be satisfied every time, click on this MP3 audio link. Eat and Be Satisfied

Thanks be to God He always has more than enough to satisfy His beloved children.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New President and Structure for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has elected a new president in convention at Houston today, 13 July, 2010. The Reverend Matthew Harrison was elected on the first ballot this afternoon with 54% of the votes. This after major structural changes altering the face of Synod have been adopted in the past two days.

If you care to get the details of this and other happenings in Houston, go to the LCMS convention website: http://www.lcms.org/pages/convention.asp?NavID=13524.

To catch the video of anything you have missed, go to the archives at http://www.lcms.org/pages/convention_internal.asp?NavID=17241.

And if you would like to tune in to the live video stream over the course of the rest of the convention go to http://www.lcms.org/pages/convention_internal.asp?NavID=17032.

Finally for a discussion of the convention events up to the present, tune in to Issues, etc. live or check out their archives in the coming days by clicking the "Listen" tab at http://issuesetc.org/live/.

The grace and peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with us all.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

This Man Receives Sinners

Dearly beloved of God,

Isn't it a truly great and marvelous thing for you and me that this Man named Jesus receives sinners? To hear more about this miraculous work of our Lord as it was preached to the sinners and saints at Trinity, Layton this past Sunday, click on this MP3 audio link. This Man Receives Sinners

Thanks be to God He always has room for one more of us.

Your fellow forgiven sinner,
Pastor Hering

Soli Deo gloria!

Rev. Kurt Hering, Pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church
Layton, Utah
www.trinitylayton.org

"The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers." Deuteronomy 7:6-8

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Welcome to the Table of the Lord

For whatever the opinion of this lowly little pastor in the wilderness of Utah is worth, I think today's Gospel lesson and sermon on Luke 14:15-24 is very important for the people and the kingdom of God. Please give it a listen by clicking on this MP3 link. Welcome to the Table of the Lord.

Disclaimer: The MP3 audio file includes the audio entire Divine Service. If you just want to hear the sermon, drag the tracking curser of your audio program to the 23:35 mark. The preached sermon contains some explanatory and illustrative material not contained in the manuscript.

Welcome to the table of the LORD!

Soli Deo gloria!
Rev. Kurt Hering, Pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church
Layton, Utah
www.trinitylayton.org

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Dear Baptized,

Find out how you, like poor Lazarus in Jesus parable of Luke 16:19-31 are "Carried by Angels" to the bosom of Abraham in the kingdom of heaven. Listen to today's sermon preached at Trinity Lutheran Church of Layton, Utah by clicking on this MP3 link. Carried by Angels.

And welcome to the kingdom of heaven!

Rev. Kurt Hering, Pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church
74 N. Fort Lane Blvd.
Layton, UT 84041
801.544.5770
www.trinitylayton.org

"The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers.” Deuteronomy 7:6-8

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mosque at Ground Zero?

Click on the articl title for a must hear audio regarding the potential building of a mosque near Ground Zero in NYC.

http://issuesetc.org/2010/05/26/5147/

http://issuesetc.org/2010/05/26/5147/

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Is This Familiar?

"Sunday's Coming" Movie Trailer from North Point Media on Vimeo.


If your Sunday worship is anything like this, it's time to find a new church.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy

Dear Christians,

Rejoice! Your sorrow will be turned to joy.


You have that in common with the prophets they stoned, the apostles they executed, the martyrs of the Church throughout the ages, as well as the Lord Himself. To hear more of this wonderful Gospel of comfort for you in the midst of your daily troubles, in today's sermon preached at Trinity Lutheran Church of Layton, Utah, click on this MP3 link. Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy

Have a wonderful week as you rejoice in the hope that our Risen and Ascended Lord has set before you.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

One Flock, One Shepherd

Dear fellow sheep of the Good Shepherd, Jesus the Risen Christ:

Today is often called "Good Shepherd Sunday" because of the words of Jesus that begin our Gospel for the 2nd Sunday after Easter on the Church calendar. Historically, in the life of Christ's Church it has been known by the first words of the Introit, in the Latin, Misericordias Domini--"the tender-hearted mercies of the LORD." This is what makes our Shepherd, Jesus Christ, Good--that He has lain down His life for His sheep.

To hear about this tender-hearted mercy of our Good Shpeherd in today's sermon at Trinity Lutheran Church of Layton, Utah [Adapted from a sermon posted lcmssermons.com by Pr. Robin Fish, April 6, 2008], click on this MP3 link. "One Flock, One Shepherd."

Have a blessed week free of want having been fed in the green pasture of The Crucified and Risen Good Shepherd.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Given Faith, Sent in Love

Dearly beloved of the Father,

You have been given faith and are sent in love--both by the breath of the Holy Spirit from the mouth of our Lord Jesus Christ for the forgivness of sins.

Hear all about it by listening to the MP3 audio file of today's sermon for Quasimodo Geniti Sunday preached at Trinity Lutheran Church of Layton, Utah linked here. "Given Faith, Sent in Love"

Have a blessed week living by the very breath of God.

He is risen! - He is risen indeed!

Alleuia! - Alleluia!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Risen from What?

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

He is risen, and so are you!

Hear all about it by listening to the MP3 audio file of today's sermon for the Resurrection of Our Lord preached at Trinity Lutheran Church of Layton, Utah linked here. "Risen from What?"

Have a wonderful week living in the resurrection of Christ.
"'Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?'
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Corinthians 15:55-57

He is risen! - He is risen indeed!
Alleuia! - Alleluia!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

His Blood Be on Us


Dear blood bought children of God,

If you would like to hear what we have in common with the palm waving citizens of Jerusalem as well as their politically appointed leader, Governer Pontius Pilate, please click on this MP3 link. His Blood Be on Us

The audio file includes the singing of the Hymn of the Day, "A Lamb Goes Uncomplaing Forth" LS #438, prior to the sermon. It concludes with the Offertory and Prayer of the Church following the sermon, which begins at the 455 mark.

God our Father grant by the power of the Holy Spirit working in the Word and Sacrament of Christ's holy Christian Church that His blood always be on you.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

He Who Controls the Pres, er, the Press . . .

I wonder if smokers will get second-hand treatment under national health care because of their unhealthy habit.

And isn't it considerably curious that our nations top notch journalists, crack investigators, and world class publications that publicized, analyzed, and castigated every peccadillo of Presdient George W. Bush, has not seen fit to publish a single photo of President Barack Hussein Obama, the health care champion, smoking a cigarette?

Of the handful I have been able to find on the web, as evidenced by the two I have posted here, they are all rather obviously photoshopped.

Journalists are sometimes referred to as the Fourth Estate because they are supposedly the guardians of the truth on behalf of the estate of the Citizenry. The idea is that they protect the Citizenry by keeping the estates of Church and Government honest as they report and expose abuses of power, instances of hypocricy, public lies and miscellaneous chicanery in their dealings with the common folk.

Author Oscar Wilde wrote:
"In old days men had the rack. Now they have the press. That is an improvement certainly. But still it is very bad, and wrong, and demoralizing. Somebody — was it Burke? — called journalism the fourth estate. That was true at the time no doubt. But at the present moment it is the only estate. It has eaten up the other three. The Lords Temporal say nothing, the Lords Spiritual have nothing to say, and the House of Commons has nothing to say and says it. We are dominated by Journalism."

Caveat emptor.

Be very, very vigilant in what you buy from the media, folks.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Hidden Glory of Christ

Dearly beloved of God,

Behold the glory of God hidden in His Word among you today.

To hear today's sermon preached at Trinity, Layton for Judica Sunday, and how the glory of God is hidden and revealed in His Word, click on this MP3 link. The Hidden Glory of Christ

The audio includes the Hymn of the Day, "My Song Is Love Unknown," LSB #430. If you would like to go directly to the sermon, advance to the 4:30 mark.

Have a blessed week as God keeps you hidden with Christ in His glory by the power His Holy Spirit.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Miraculous Feeding

Dearly Beloved Baptized of God,

Welcome back to the miraculous meal our Lord provides us in His holy Christian Church.

To hear today's sermon preaced at Trinity, Layton for Laetare Sunday, and more about this miraculous feeding, click on this MP3 link. Miraculous Feeding

If you would like to skip past Pastor's hacking furing the Hymn of the Day, "You Satisfy the Hungry Heart" LSB #641, advance to the 4:27 mark of the audio.

And have a great week rejoicing in this miraculous life we share.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Water-Full Place

Dearly Beloved Baptized of God,

Geetings to all of you Water-Full people of God and residents of The Water-Full Place that is His kingdom of heaven come to earth--the Holy Christian Church.

To hear today's sermon preaced at Trinity, Layton for Oculi Sunday, and more about being Water-Full in God's Water-Full Place, click on this MP3 link. The Water-Full Place

If you would like to be spared the pain of hearing Pastor's off key singing of the Hymn of the Day, "'Away from Us!' the Demon cried," LSB #541, advance to the 2:15 mark of the audio.

And have a great week splashing about in the pool of Living Water into which you have been Baptized.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Missouri Synod CEO on Haiti Disaster Relief


I would really appreciate your reactions and impressions of this video message from the president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod [LC-MS] regarding the earthquake in Haiti, and our synod's relief efforts.

What is the overall message you get from President Kieschnick?

What impression do you get from President Kieschnick's message about God, church, ministers, the LCMS, or Pres. Kieschnick himself?

What questions would you ask him about God, church, ministers, or the LCMS?

How does Psalm 46, as you hear it read in the video, relate to the whole situation in Haiti and to whom is it addressed?

How has your thinking or belief about God, church, or ministers been changed or reinforced by this message?

I am particularly interested in how non-Lutherans, and especialy non-Christians perceive President Kieschnick and his message.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Feasting on Crumbs

Dear fellow beggars,

Yes, like the Canaanite woman of Matthew, we are all beggars before the Lord our God who welcomes our begging and answers with amost blessed feast of crumbs.

To hear more about our Feasting on Crumbs, listen to the sermon preached for Reminiscere, the Second Sunday in Lent at Trinity Lutheran Church of Layton, Utah, click on this MP3 link. Feasting on Crumbs

The audio includes the Sermon Hymn, "When in the Hour of Deepest Need," LSB #615. The sermon begins at the 3:14 mark.

Have a blessed week feasting on the blessed crumbs of our Lord that give you eternal life.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

IF You Are the Son of God?

Dearly beloved sons of God,

No ifs, ands, or buts about it, through Baptism, you are indeed now sons of God.

To hear more about what it means to be sons of God, whether male or female, listen to the sermon preached for Invocabit, the First Sunday in Lent at Trinity Lutheran Church of Layton, Utah, click on this MP3 link. IF You Are the Son of God?

The audio includes the Sermon Hymn, "O Christ, You Walked the Road," LSB #424. The sermon begins at the 2:15 mark.

Have a blessed week as beloved sons of God by Baptism into the very Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

God's Will Is Love

Dear loved ones of God,

Happy Valentine's Day!

To listen to the sermon preached for Quinquagesima Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church of Layton, Utah, click on this link. God's Will Is Love

Have a blessed week abiding in the obedient, sacrificial love of Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Doubly Blessed

I was doubly blessed today.

By the grace of God, I was given to welcome 3 month-old-Daniel Nicholas Ferrante into the kingdom of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit by Holy Baptism at 11 o'clock this morning. Gotta love that Church growth movement of our Lord.

Then Bumpa Pastor's Little Sweetie came by for a visit and lunch at The Olive Garden.

Bumpa's Little Sweetie, in pink, is my granddaughter Alexa who had a cancerous tumor (called an ependymoma) the size of a soup can removed from her left frontal lobe on January 3 of this year. She is currently in the middle of her second week of a series of 33 radiation treaments.

To read the story of this remarkable little girl and her amazing adventure of 2010, go to Bumpa's Little Sweetie blog.

Here is Alexa holding the CT scan image of her buddy--NOT!--super-imposed in the Baptismal font at which oor Lord made her His own.

God is good!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Seed for the Soil

Dear Baptized,

To listen to the sermon preached for Sexagesima Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church of Layton, Utah, click on this link. Seed for the Soil

The audio includes the Hymn of the Day, "Preach You the Word." The sermon begins at the 2:50 mark.

Have a blessed week as the seed takes root and bears fruit in your life according to God's purpose.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Life's Not Fair--It's Forever



Dear fellow laborers in the Vineyard,

To listen to the sermon preached today for Septuagesima at Trinity Lutheran Church of Layton, Utah, click on this MP3 link.

The audio includes the Hymn of the Day, "Salvation unto Us Has Come." The sermon begins at the 6:38 mark.

Have a great week in the blessed labor our Lord has given you in His Vineyard--the Kingdom of Heaven.

Rev. Kurt Hering, Pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church
Layton, Utah

Thanks to Rev. Todd Peperkorn for his "union nightmare" analogy and tie-in to the Hymnof the Day.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Do Whatever He Tells You

Dearly beloved of God,

To listen to the sermon preached for the Second Sunday after Epiphany at Trinity Lutheran Church of Layton, Utah, click on this MP3 link.

The audio includes the Hymn of the Day, "Come, Join in Cana's Feast." The sermon begins at the 2:00 mark.

Enjoy the Wedding Banquet of our Lord as you do whatever He tells you.

Rev. Kurt Hering, Pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church
Layton, Utah

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Heavens Were Opened

Dear Baptized,

To listen to the sermon preached for the BAPTISM of OUR LORD at Trinity Lutheran Church of Layton, Utah this morning, click on this MP3 link.
http://lcmssermons.com/images/aut52/CY2009/BaptismofOurLord.2010.mp3
The audio includes the Hymn of the Day, "To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord," and runs through the Prayer of the Church. The sermon begins at the 6:40 mark.

Have a great week knowing you are seated with Christ in the heavenly places!