Trinity 15 Sermon, 2017

Trinity 15 Sermon, 2017
Matthew 6:24-34
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

Jesus says, “No one can serve two masters, for either he’ll hate the one and love the other, or he’ll be devoted to the one and despise the other” (Mt. 6:24).

This makes sense to us. And if we think about it, it makes sense because there are only two masters.

One is tolerant and understanding. He makes no demand other than that you try. He desires your happiness, supports you at every moment, and wants you to get what you deserve.

And the other master is Jesus.

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Trinity 14 Sermon, 2017

Trinity 14 Sermon, 2017
Luke 17:11-19
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

Regarding leprosy. Thus says the Lord:

“When a person has on the skin of his body a swelling or an eruption or a spot, and it turns into a case of leprous disease on the skin of his body, then he shall be brought to [one of the priests], and the priest shall examine the diseased area on the skin of his body…” (Leviticus 13:2-3).

“…[And] if the eruption has spread in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean; it is a leprous disease” (Lev. 13:8).

“The leprous person who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp” (Lev. 13:45-46).

First, the Law required the unclean to show themselves to the priests. The priests would determine cleanliness, make the right sacrifices, and send you on your way.

That’s the basis of Jesus’ command to the lepers in today’s Gospel.

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Trinity 13 Sermon, 2017

The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, 2016
Luke 10:23-37
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

To whom is the parable of the Good Samaritan told?

We must say that Jesus is speaking to the lawyer who desired to justify himself. It’s to him that Jesus replied.

But we must also say that this parable is for every Christian who needs to know how they have been loved by God and how they ought to love their neighbor.

To whom is the parable told—there’re only two options: Jesus speaks either to unrepentant sinners or repentant sinners.

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Trinity 11 Sermon, 2017

Trinity 11 Sermon, 2017
Luke 18:9-14; Genesis 4:1-15
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

The Baptism of young children confesses something that much of the world has a great problem believing:

That even the most beloved newborn baby is not, strictly speaking, in the eyes of God, according to faith, good.

Jesus says, “No one is good [but] God alone” (Mk. 10:18).

He doesn’t mean, “No man can be good.”

He does mean, “Only those who God calls to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are, properly speaking, good.”

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Trinity 10 Sermon, 2017

The Tenth Sunday after Trinity, 2017
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt
Luke 19:41-48

I realized something in preparation for this sermon. As a non-native Illinoisian, I’m unaware exactly how the name of this state is to be pronounced.

Are you from Illinois? Or Illinois?

That’s the kind of thing that interests me but is of no real use. I was not a good student of history, because I care about truly insignificant details.

So, are you a good student of history?

What about Bible history?

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Trinity 9 Sermon, 2017

Trinity 9 Sermon, 2017
Psalm 54 (Introit, Trinity 9)
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

Psalm 54, which is the Introit this day of the church year, the Ninth Sunday after Trinity, is a prayer of David, fleeing from Saul. He was hiding, then, among the Ziphites, and when they learned of it, they hunted David to earn favor with Saul.

David was surrounded by enemies.

He was in terrible danger.

So he cried to God:

“O God, save me by your name, and vindicate me by your might. O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth. For strangers have risen against me; ruthless men seek my life; they do not set God before themselves” (Psalm 54:1-3).

That’s the right sort of thing for Christians to ask when they’re surrounded by enemies.

But asking this does something to David.

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