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Jesus is our true peace (Luke 19:41-48, Romans 9:30-10:4, Jeremiah 8:4-12)

Pastor Michael MorehousePastor Michael Morehouse, August 8, 2018
Part of the One Year Lectionary series, preached at a Midweek Service service

Tags: Trinity

About Pastor Michael Morehouse: Rev. Dr. Morehouse was born and reared in Toledo, OH. He is a graduate of Adrian College (1987, BBA, Management and German, Magna Cum Laude), Concordia Theological Seminary (1998, MDIV, Historical Theology), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2017, DMIN, Pastoral Ministry). Pastor Morehouse is Senior Pastor of Catalina Lutheran Church, having served at Christ’s Altar here since July 12, 1998. Prior to entering the Office of the Holy Ministry, Dr. Morehouse was a Financial Consultant, and before that, spent several years in Retail Management. Throughout that time, he served as a Signal enlisted man; a 2LT, then as a Commissioned Army Aviator (MAJ), and finally as Chaplain, US Army, retiring in 2006 after a tour in Iraq, with 23 years of military service. He serves as Vice-President of the Campus Christian Center of the University of Arizona, and was a member of the Board of Regents for Concordia University, Irvine, CA (2010-2016). He continues to serve as a member of the LCMS Operation Barnabas Advisory Group.
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Luke 19:41–48 (Listen)

41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.”

47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, 48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words.

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Romans 9:30–10:4 (Listen)

30 What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 as it is written,

  “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense;
    and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

10:1 Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

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Jeremiah 8:4–12 (Listen)

  “You shall say to them, Thus says the LORD:
  When men fall, do they not rise again?
    If one turns away, does he not return?
  Why then has this people turned away
    in perpetual backsliding?
  They hold fast to deceit;
    they refuse to return.
  I have paid attention and listened,
    but they have not spoken rightly;
  no man relents of his evil,
    saying, ‘What have I done?’
  Everyone turns to his own course,
    like a horse plunging headlong into battle.
  Even the stork in the heavens
    knows her times,
  and the turtledove, swallow, and crane
    keep the time of their coming,
  but my people know not
    the rules of the LORD.
  “How can you say, ‘We are wise,
    and the law of the LORD is with us’?
  But behold, the lying pen of the scribes
    has made it into a lie.
  The wise men shall be put to shame;
    they shall be dismayed and taken;
  behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD,
    so what wisdom is in them?
10   Therefore I will give their wives to others
    and their fields to conquerors,
  because from the least to the greatest
    everyone is greedy for unjust gain;
  from prophet to priest,
    everyone deals falsely.
11   They have healed the wound of my people lightly,
    saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
    when there is no peace.
12   Were they ashamed when they committed abomination?
    No, they were not at all ashamed;
    they did not know how to blush.
  Therefore they shall fall among the fallen;
    when I punish them, they shall be overthrown,
      says the LORD.

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