Lecture 175- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 40 Part 6

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Isaiah Chapter 40 – Part 6

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier 

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In this lecture we conclude our discussion of chapter 40. The Word of God speaks comfort to the afflicted and judgment to the self-righteous.

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Christ the Good Shepherd in the Old Testament

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about the theme of Christ the Shepherd as found in the Old Testament.

““Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, against the Man who stands next to me,” declares Yahweh of hosts. “Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.” (Zechariah 13:7)

 

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Lecture 174- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 40 Part 5

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Isaiah Chapter 40 – Part 5

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier 

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In this lecture we continue our discussion of chapter 40. We talking about false images made from in the form of fallen humanity and the True Image of God, namely, Christ.

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Lecture 173 – The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 40 – Part 4

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Isaiah Chapter 40 – Part 4

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier 

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In this lecture we continue our discussion of chapter 40. The Holy Spirit, the Comforter, is teaching us to listen to the comforting voice about Jesus. Behold your God.

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Lecture 172- Isaiah Chapter 40 – Part 3

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Isaiah Chapter 40 – Part 3

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier 

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In this lecture we continue our discussion of chapter 40. John the Baptizer is the voice calling in the wilderness.

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Lecture 171- Isaiah Chapter 40 – Part 2

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Isaiah Chapter 40 – Part 2

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier 

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In this lecture we continue our discussion of chapter 40. We focus on the words of comfort in the midst of suffering and death.

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Lecture 170- Isaiah Chapter 40 Part 1

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Isaiah Chapter 40 – Part 1

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier 

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In this lecture we pick up our study of the Prophet Isaiah. We begin at chapter 40 which starts the “second volume” of Isaiah. Now when we say “second volume” we do not mean second author.

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Lecture 169- Cyril of Alexandria Part 13

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Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ- Part 13

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier 

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In this lecture we conclude our discussion on Christology in light of St. Cyril’s text On the Unity of Christ. 

We also discuss the Cyril’s Twelve Anathemas from the Council of Ephesus.

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Lecture 168- Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ – Part 12

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Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ- Part 12

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier 

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In this lecture we continue our discussion on Christology in light of St. Cyril’s text On the Unity of Christ. 

We make a distinction between Adam the man of earth and Jesus the Man of Heaven.

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Christ in the Old Testament- Isaiah 12

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Isaiah 12.

In this chapter, we learn to make a distinction between propitiatory sacrifice on one hand and eucharistic sacrifice on the other hand. Christ is the propitiation for our sins. His sacrifice on the cross turns the anger of God away from us. His atoning death is the one and only propitatory sacrifce that gains for us favor with God. In response, the redeemed praise and thank God for what He has done. These are called sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving, that is, eucharistic sacrifices.

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Lecture 167- Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ Part 11

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Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ- Part 11

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier 

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In this lecture we continue our discussion on Christology in light of St. Cyril’s text On the Unity of Christ. 

We discuss Hebrews chapter 2 in which the Father made the Son perfect through suffering.

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Lecture 166- Cyril of Alexandria on the Unity of Christ Part 10

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Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ- Part 10

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier 

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In this lecture we continue our discussion on Christology in light of St. Cyril’s text On the Unity of Christ. 

We discuss the suffering and death of Christ. We cannot separate the words and actions that are befitting to the human nature from the words and action that are befitting to the divine nature.

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Lecture 165- Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ Part 9

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Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ- Part 9

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier 

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In this lecture we continue our discussion on Christology in light of St. Cyril’s text On the Unity of Christ. 

We discuss the Apostolic admonition to watch out for those who try to deceive us with empty words and take us captive by philosophy. Instead of being conformed to the way the world thinks, we are called by the Holy Spirit to be renewed in our minds.

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Christ in the Old Testament – Deuteronomy 34

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Deuteronomy 34.

In Deuteronomy 18, Moses teaches us,“Yahweh your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers. It is to Him you shall listen.” The book ends on this note, “there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses.” Jesus is the Prophet like Moses whom God the Father raised up.

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Lecture 164- Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ Part 8

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Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ- Part 8

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier 

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In this lecture we continue our discussion on Christology in light of St. Cyril’s text On the Unity of Christ. 

We discuss the titles “Son of Man” and “Son of God.” We critique the Nestorian notion of relating the dwelling of a man in a city to the dwelling of the Son of God in the man Jesus of Nazareth. We also talk about the indwelling of God in the individual believer. Download this lecture by clicking on the link below:

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Lecture 163- Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ Part 7

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Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ- Part 7

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we continue our discussion on Christology in light of St. Cyril’s text On the Unity of Christ. The Eternally Begotten Son of God emptied Himself to take the form of a servant.

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Christ in the Old Testament- Isaiah 62

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Isaiah 62.

Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Through the waters of holy baptism, He sanctifies and cleanses her so that He might present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle. In Christ, she is holy and without blemish. She is given a new name: “My Delight Is in Her.”

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Lecture 162- Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ Part 6

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Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ- Part 6

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we continue our discussion on Christology in light of St. Cyril’s text On the Unity of Christ. The Natural Son of God assumed the human nature so that we who are human by nature may become sons of God by grace.

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Lecture 161- Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ Part 5

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Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ- Part 5

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we continue our discussion on Christology in light of St. Cyril’s text On the Unity of Christ. To illustrate the unity of the divine nature and the human nature in the one person of Christ, Cyril uses the example of the unity found in the soul and body of a human being. This union constitutes one person.

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Lecture 160- Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ- Part 4

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Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ- Part 4

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we continue our discussion on Christology in light of St. Cyril’s text On the Unity of Christ. The Nestorians liked to say that Jesus is the Son of God “insofar as” he was conjoined with the Natural Son of God who dwelt within him. Cyril confessed that Jesus is the Son of God. For Cyril, is means is.

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Christ in the Old Testament- Micah 5

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Micah 5.

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for Me One Who is to be Ruler in Israel, Whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” (Micah 5:2)

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Lecture 159- Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ – Part 3

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Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we continue our discussion on Christology in light of St. Cyril’s text On the Unity of Christ. While the Nestorians falsely taught that the Only-Begotten Son of God assumed a man, Cyril correctly taught that the Only-Begotten Son of God became man. In other words, the Nestorians confessed that the Son of God was conjoined or connect to the man Jesus. Thus, wherever the Son of God went, the man Jesus followed. Cyril notes thus silliness of such thinking. Instead, Cyril confessed that the Son of God assumed the human nature. After all, Jesus was crucified because He claimed to be the Son of God Himself. Jesus did not claim to be connected or conjoined to the Son of God.

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Lecture 158- Christmas Message

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Christmas Message

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this episode we talk about two Gospel texts for the Nativity of our Lord. Merry Christmas!!!

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Fourth Sunday in Advent

Redeemer Theological Academy

The Fourth Sunday in Advent
December 20, 2015

Readings:
Micah 5:2-5
Psalm 80
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:29-45

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

During this Advent season, we watch, we wait, and we anticipate the Christmas Day. That is the day of our dear Savior’s birth. This is not a birthday in which we eat birthday cake. No, this is the Day of Lord’s Visitation in which we eat the bread of His presence. In days of Micah, the people of God were waiting for the Christ Child to be born. Instead of seeking the LORD at Jerusalem, they we to search for the LORD in Bethlehem.

The Prophet preached, “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel.” (Micah 5:2–3, ESV)

This Child would be the promised Ruler. He will sit on the throne of His father David. He will be born in the city of David- not Jerusalem, but in Bethlehem. The city where David was born. This would be a new Kingdom. He would reign over the house of Jacob forever. His Kingdom will have no end.

This Child would be the promised Ruler. His coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. He is eternally begotten from God the Father. He was in the beginning. He is the beginning. His coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. The promise of His coming was given to Eve in the Garden of Eden.

This Child would be the promised Ruler. Ruler’s reign and govern bringing order where there is disorder. That means that there will be a regime change. Under the old way, there was injustice and wickedness. Under the new way, there will be justice and righteousness. In order to bring about this change, the current establishment must be disestablished.

This Child would be the promised Ruler. He comes to overthrow the ruler of this world, that is, the devil. The devil usurped the reign of God among us, buy Christ is the rightful heir of the Kingdom.

Now, here in lies a problem. We all have invested interests in this fallen world. We are born loyal to the lying serpent.. By nature we are intoxicated with iniquity. We want wickedness. We desire disobedience. We treasure transgressions. We think that we are in control. We will not let go without a fight. We need a Ruler from God who can override, overrun, and overrule the control and governance of sin in our lives.

All humanity is conceived and born in sin. The fruit of Eve’s womb has been cursed. We are brought forth in iniquity. We live out our days addicted to sin. We have all been given the death sentence. Yet, ever since the days of Eve, we have received a promise of a substitute who would take our sentence and grant us pardon. This substitute would be born of a woman at the proper time.

Until that time came, God instituted a sacrificial system. Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins. Under Moses a tabernacle was constructed. Under Solomon a temple was built. The city of Jerusalem was chosen by God to be the place of His presence. It was a great city. However, the offerings of goats and bulls God did not desire. The sacrifices of animals were merely types and shadows of the True Atoning Sacrifice. God desires a change of heart and mind, eyes and ears, lips and mouths, feet and hands. God wills that the whole body and soul of each individual to be renewed and restored.

In Psalm 40, the Only-Begotten Son declared, “Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me.”” (Psalm 40:7–8). In order to do God’s will, in order to be our substitute, a body was prepared for Him in a womb. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin. He received a heart and mind, eyes and ears, lips and a mouth, feet and hands. Mary believed the promise and was called blessed. Blessed is she amongst women. Blessed is the fruit of her womb.

In her womb a body was prepared for the Son of the Most High. In this body, the Only-begotten Son of God was given an open ear to hear. The Father’s words were placed within His heart. He went from little to great. Over His head the anointing of the Holy Spirit remained. His hands did the deeds of good. His own feet were set upon a rock. His steps were made secure. He did not slip. A new song was placed in His mouth and His lips did not refrain from teaching. “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

He preached the glad news of deliverance to His brothers. However, His brothers did not receive Him. His own people did not believe Him. They chose to abort Mary’s boy and put an end to His teaching. They wanted to terminate His life and cut Him off from the land of the living. They tried to prevent His Kingdom from coming.

Judas sold His body parts for 30 pieces of silver. The soldiers struck His head and placed a prickly crown upon His brow. They pierced His hands and nailed His feet to a tree. They would need to some type of forceps to extract that body from the cross. His ears were filled with mockery. His eyes beheld the priests and rabbis looking at Him with disgust. His mouth was swollen from being struck. Blood was upon His lips. A spear sliced through His side like a surgical scalpel. The body that came forth from the womb of a handmaiden was placed in the tomb of a rich man.

By the offering of Christ’s body, we have been sanctified once for all. Christ comes to do away with the First Testament in order to establish the Second Testament. The old is over and the new is now. With His holy, precious blood of the New Testament, He makes us His own so that we would live under Him in His Kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness. He is preparing our bodies by pardoning them from treason. The King comes to populate His Kingdom with sinners. The Prince of Peace comes to colonize His city with rebels. His rule means our release from the captivity of sin. His rule means the remission of our transgressions. He is our Ruler. His our peace. Amen.

 

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier
Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church
Los Alamos, NM

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Lecture 157- Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ- Part 2

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Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we continue our discussion on Christology in light of St. Cyril’s text On the Unity of Christ.

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Third Sunday in Advent

Redeemer Theological Academy

The Third Sunday in Advent
December 13, 2015

Readings:
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Psalm 85
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 7:18-28

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Last week we heard the word of the Prophet Malachi, “And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his Temple; the Messenger of the Covenant in whom you delight, behold He is coming” (Malachi 3:1). This week we listen to the question of the Prophet John the Baptizer, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” (Luke 7:20). John the Baptist is the messenger preparing the way of the LORD. “Repent for the Kingdom is at hand. Jesus the Messiah is the Messenger of the Covenant. “Repent and believe.”

The role of the prophet was one of attentiveness to God’s actions in the life of His people. The duty of the Seer was to see the vision of the Christ and make the revelation known. The prophet looks, watches, and searches.  He hears and listens to God’s Word and then preaches and teaches God’s Word. The prophets were God’s messengers. The message of the coming Messiah was proclaimed by the prophets of old. He would purify the sons of Levi. He would dwell in the midst of His people. The promise of the appearance of the King of Israel was foretold.  He would come from the sons of Judah. He would extend His Kingdom to all nations.

John was sent by God to seek the One upon whom the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove. John was instructed by God to be the voice crying out in the wilderness. Suddenly, Christ appeared. “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” The disciples of John were now set on Jesus. As their eyes are set on Jesus, our ears are extended to hear Jesus. Jesus declares, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard, the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”” (Luke 7:22–23). The role of the disciples is one of attentiveness to God’s actions in the life of His people. The disciple, sees and hears. He observes and heeds. The disciple set his eyes on the miracles and lifts up his ears to the message. The disciple looks at the sacraments and listens to the word.

The Season of Advent is a time of preparation. The Day of Inspection is at hand. Listen to God’s Word spoken to you God’s people, “At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The LORD will not do good, nor will he do ill.” (Zephaniah 1:12). “Repent and believe.” On the Last day, all that is part of this corrupted creation will be wiped off of the face of the earth. It is a day of wrath, a day of darkness, a day of burning anger, and a day of the trumpet blast and battle cry against the earthly kingdoms of darkness. Silver and gold will be unable to deliver on the Day of the LORD. Woe to those who are defiled and dead in their sin. Without Christ as your Savior it is you and your sin against God. Without Christ as your King it is you and your kingdom against God’s Kingdom. “Repent from you sin and believe in your Savior.”

Ever since the beginning of time, there have been those who refuse to see and believe. They do not seek the LORD. Such people do not want to look and listen. They do not desire His Word. They sing about the sinfulness. The songs of the world are about sin. The words are filled with ragging and boasting in their iniquity. Their jingles are about rejoicing in their rebellion. These are the songs that the world teaches us to sing. It is in our human nature to declare war on God and set up our own little kingdom. In our realms we establish our reign. It is in our DNA to fight against the Creator and hide behind our own sinful freedom. In our independence we pretend there is no pain.

Let us not be fooled. Where there is sin, there is suffering, there is sorrow, and there is sadness. The message of all of the Prophets of old was given to us in order to make us wise. The Holy Spirit is teaching us a new song in which we boast in Christ. Seek the LORD and live. He is the Deliverer from whom true liberty rings. Seek the Light in the darkness. He is the Sun of Righteousness with true healing in His wings. Blessed are those who do not turn back to folly but live in Wisdom. Christ is God’s Wisdom with us. Blessed are those who hear the Word of Peace. Christ is the Prince of Peace for us. Blessed are those who take refuge in Christ. He is the King in our midst.

Where Christ is present in the midst of His people, there is restoring, there is repairing, there is rejoicing. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4). The Holy Spirit is placing a new song upon our lips. “Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!”

What is our cause for rejoicing? The LORD has taken away the judgments against you. Christ is the Lamb that carries our sin. He has cleared away your enemies. Do not fear death or the devil. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst. He is in our midst today coming to us in bread and body. Our King comes to us in wine and blood. In Him, you shall never again fear evil. He delivers us from the evil one.

What is the reason for the Advent season? In Christ, God will rejoice over you with gladness. He will quiet you by his love. He will exult over you with loud singing. God’s joy is the source of our joy. On the Day of the LORD He removes the things that do not belong in His Kingdom. He is casting out spiritual darkness. He is expelling the enemies who try to prevent His kingdom from coming through false doctrine and false liturgy. Christ is eliminating physical sadness from pain and sorrow, from sickness and illness, and from diseases and death.

In the days of John the Baptists He removed the things that do not belong to His Kingdom. He threw out the false teachers and spiritual oppressors and replaced them with the Apostles and their successors. He removed the physical and spiritual things that do not belong to His Kingdom. He eliminated blindness, paralysis, and deafness. He started with the physical and moved toward the spiritual in which He bestowed the grace, mercy, and the forgiveness of sins. In our day He is starting with the spiritual and working toward the physical. He removes transgression, sinful expression, and immoral obsession. We hear it now. We will see it in the resurrection of our bodies on the Last Day. On that day, there will be no more pain, sorrow, or sadness.

On this day, we see it in His resurrected body given to us to eat. We are beginning to look and listen as we receive His Sacraments and Words. We are starting to see and hear as we sing and rejoice. He is the Lord whom we seek. He is the Messenger of the Covenant in whom we delight. On the Last Day, we will see and hear the resurrected LORD with our own resurrected eyes and ears. Until then, He continues to heal our hearing and correct our sight with His Word and sacraments. Amen.

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier
Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church
Los Alamos, NM

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Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

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This week on LampLight Conversations, Pastor Brian Kachelmeier, who serves at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Los Alamos NM, and also hosts the Redeemer Theological Academy, joined our conversation on the lessons for the Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost, which are:

Daniel 12:1–3
Psalm 16
Hebrews 10:11–25
Mark 13:1–13