Sermons

The name game (Romans 8:31-39, Isaiah 31:15-17, Luke 12:35-40)

Vicar Justin ClarkeVicar Justin Clarke, December 31, 2019
Part of the Feasts and Festivals series, preached at a Evening Service service

Tags: Christmas


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About Vicar Justin Clarke: Vicar Justin Clarke grew up in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a graduate of Crandall University in Moncton New Brunswick Canada, where he received a BA in Biblical Studies. He is currently an MDiv student at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne Indiana serving his one-year vicarage at Catalina Lutheran Church from July 2019 to July 2020. While at Crandall University he met his wife Joy who grew up in San Diego California. They have two sons Alastair and Declan. They lived in South Korea teaching ESL. Vicar Clarke has a wide experience with other Christian groups, have been in Baptist and Presbyterian Churches before joining the Lutheran Church. When he is not serving at CLC he enjoys international travel, reading and writing fiction, and enjoys all things Scandinavian.
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Romans 8:31–39 (Listen)

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

  “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(ESV)

Isaiah 31:9 (Listen)

  His rock shall pass away in terror,
    and his officers desert the standard in panic,”
  declares the LORD, whose fire is in Zion,
    and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.

(ESV)

Luke 12:35–40 (Listen)

35 “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

(ESV)

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