The Lord of Life Lutheran Church Sermon Podcast

Pastor Paul amlin

Messages of hope and inspiration in Jesus Christ from Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Dubuque, Iowa

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This week Jesus tells a parable that can really make us scratch our heads in wonder. Is it about paying people what’s fair? Is it about God’s grace dispensed radically? Is it about what keeps us from accepting God’s love as gift and not something we earn? Pastor Paul talks about all of that and more in this week’s sermon. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Sep 20

14 min

The Apostle Paul writes the fledgling church at Rome and in his instructions, provides some important information about what it means to be a Christ follower in the early church. Paul’s words resonate with us, today, as we ask what it means to live out lives of faith. To learn more about Lord of Life or to join us for worship online, please visit our website at www.lordoflife.online today! Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Sep 13

13 min

Jesus knew there would be conflict because Jesus followers are human. In today’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus offers a way through conflict. Have you ever been a part of a Matthew 18 conversation? Pastor Paul shares his own experiences and discusses an important reminder that Christ is with us through it all. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com.

Sep 6

11 min

What does it mean to deny ourselves and take up our cross? Pastor Derek asks this question and the answer may surprise you.  Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Aug 30

18 min

Our first parking lot service since the beginning of the pandemic. What a joy to be together to hear the Word! Pastor Paul talks about the stone from which we were hewn and why it matters that we remember our connectedness to our faith during these turbulent times. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Aug 22

13 min

The story of the Canaanite Woman gives us hope that God’s love is for everyone. No matter the hurts or pains we encounter, we can place hope in Christ. To learn more about Lord of Life, please visit our website today.     *Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Aug 16

19 min

Jesus calls Peter to come to Him on the stormy sea. Peter is obedient and he is changed by the experience. So, what do Lt. Dan, Forest Gump, and Peter have in common? Pastor Paul explores this idea and what it means for our lives and the life of the church in the days to come. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Aug 9

12 min

It’s easy to think we are alone, especially when we experience isolation and sheltering in place during a pandemic. Pastor Derek reminds us that wherever we are, Christ is with us. That’s a wonderful assurance for our lives.   Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Aug 2

17 min

Through all this, we are more than conquerors, because of Jesus. Pastor Kristen offers helpful reminders about Jesus' presence for us, and about faith and mustard seeds in this week's message from worship.Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Jul 26

12 min

Pastor Josh Martyn talks about identifying weeds amidst the wheat from Jesus' parable. Who's in charge of pulling those weeds and when? What do we need to learn from Jesus' words, today?    Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Jul 20

19 min

What would it be like to be free of condemnation? How might we live our lives differently or more boldly if we were? In this message, Pastor Paul invites us to think about the freedom we have in Jesus, no condemnation, and a little about forgiving ourselves.   Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Jul 12

13 min

Pastor Derek from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church preaches this week and shares the hope we have in Jesus Christ. What will we say about this generation? How do Christ's words speak into our lives, today?    Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Jul 5

23 min

What do cockroaches, spaghetti, NASCAR, and the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ have in common? That’s what Pastor Kristen shares with us this week in her sermon. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Jun 28

12 min

Pastor Josh Martyn encourages us to answer Jesus' calling to be active disciples in the faith. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Jun 22

19 min

How are your passions stirred these days? How is the Gospel comforting or afflicting you? In the midst of a global pandemic, economic crisis, and racial unrest and a movement toward ending the sin of racism, how do we accompany others? Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Jun 15

17 min

God's presences is everywhere, Bishop Ullestad tells us. No matter how prevalent or present a virus may be, Christ's presence is more so.   Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

May 24

15 min

We welcome Pastor Kristen, the new pastor at St Matthew Lutheran Church in Dubuque, to our shared worship experience. Pastor Kristen's message is one we need to hear, we are never alone. May you know the presence of God's love in the days ahead. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

May 17

11 min

It’s easy to lose site of what Jesus is promising in our reading. Too often we forget that Jesus is promising that his disciples have already encountered God because they have encountered him. Pastor Jay Ilten is the pastor of St John Lutheran Church in Dubuque, Iowa. This message was preached during our conference-wide worship service online on Sunday, May 10, 2020. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com.

May 10

14 min

How might the story of Jesus as the Good Shepherd speak to our current day and time? Pastor Will offers this message that helps us connect the dots between sheep, a shepherd, and our own experience. This message was preached during the Greater Dubuque combined worship service online on Sunday, May 3, 2020. Pastor Will is the pastor at St John Lutheran Church in St Donatus and St Paul Lutheran Church in LaMotte, Iowa. https://stjohnsandstpauls.org/ Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

May 3

16 min

How does Jesus' first encounter with his disciples on the Road to Emmaus connect with what we are going through today? In this week's message, Pastor Paul speaks to the hope that is found in recognizing Jesus with us on the journey through our grief and anger and disappointment. This message was preached for an online worship service for the Water of Life Conference of the Northeastern Iowa Synod, ELCA. If you are ever in the Greater Dubuque Iowa area, please know that you are welcome at any of our congregations. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Apr 26

13 min

Where do we turn when we feel like we have been sealed up in tombs of doubt and uncertainty during a pandemic? In this message, Pastor Josh from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church offers us hope in the resurrection message of Jesus Christ. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Apr 19

16 min

“Away with him! Crucify him!” On this day of remembrance, we hold onto hope and God’s love for the world. In our current global pandemic, this day may be even more poignant than ever. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Apr 10

21 min

The sermon for Maundy Thursday reminds us that Jesus takes the time to share his love with his followers through teaching and acts of service. How do these words speak to us in a time of global pandemic? Pastor Paul talks about Jesus’ story as a reminder of where our hope lies. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Apr 10

11 min

*Note, this message was recorded live over the Internet. There are additional noises and a couple of drop outs in sound, but the message is still powerful and worth hearing. Palm Sunday, Hosanna! Have mercy on us! Where do we turn in our affliction? God is present with us, even as we question for ourselves, “Who is this man?” Pastor Jay Ilten from St John Lutheran Church in Dubuque is our preacher for this week. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com  

Apr 5

11 min

Psalm 130 speaks to us in our time of social distancing. Out of the depths we, too, cry out to God. Seminarian John Evans offers a message that reminds us of our hope in Jesus Christ and helps us hear the Psalm for our time. This is a live recording over the Internet. There are a few short pauses that we have left in this recording to be authentic to the situation of interruptions in our communication. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Apr 2

14 min

The readings for the day seem so appropriate in our current wilderness. Pastor Will Layton of St John Lutheran Church, in a community-wide Lutheran worship service for the Water of Life Conference, shares his take on the valley of dry bones and the resurrection story of Lazarus. How might we find hope for our current circumstances through the Gospel for this week? Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Mar 31

19 min

What a day! Worship as an online practice in the midst of a global pandemic. What could the Scriptures have to say to us today? Jesus heals a man and restores his sight, but so much more. It reminds us of what we take for granted and how our testimony to the one who heals is so important. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Mar 22

15 min

What are we to do with our angst and worry in these days? Pastor Paul talks about the places Jesus goes to ensure that all are known and loved, and talks about toilet paper as a metaphor for our response. Really. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Mar 15

16 min

What was going through the mind of Nicodemus when he came to see Jesus that night? In this week’s sermon monologue, we ponder just that question. Listen to this insightful monologue written by Pastor Jeff Nicla and ready by Pastor Paul Amlin. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Mar 8

15 min

In the wilderness of our sin it is difficult to thrive, but in Jesus we have forgiveness of our sins and the Holy Spirit pushes us forward to be the people of God. Message by Seminarian Anthony Windau Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Mar 5

10 min

In today’s message, we have a special guest. This monologue sermon is based on the wilderness narrative about Jesus’ temptation following His baptism. Gospel reading by Pastor Paul Amlin, Monologue by Bri Ensign, Written by Pastor Adam Barnhardt     Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Mar 4

15 min

Ash Wednesday begins a time of reflection and prayer and pondering. We live into a cycle of life and death and resurrection. What does this mean for our lives of faith over these 40 days ahead? Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Feb 26

11 min

Have you ever had a mountaintop experience? A time when you knew you were in the presence of God? Our lives are filled with mountaintop and valley experiences, the important thing is that God is with us through it all. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Feb 23

14 min

A challenging bit of teaching by Jesus leads us to ponder what the meaning could be. In this case, Jesus uses his teaching to invite us into a deeper understanding of righteousness and relationship. To learn more about Lord of Life Lutheran Church, please visit our website. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Feb 16

16 min

God would not change a thing about you. Through our life experiences, God invites us into lives of discipleship as we share SALT [goodness] and LIGHT [truth] with the world. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Feb 9

13 min

Jesus goes for a walk and invites fishermen to follow. That invitation to ordinary people leads to them doing extraordinary things. That invitation is still alive and well in our hearing, and God welcomes us into the work God is doing in our world. Come and follow! Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Jan 26

15 min

Come and you will see! Jesus invites these first disciples (and us) to follow him and realize what we have been seeking is found in Christ. Music licensed via and provided by www.pond5.com

Jan 20

14 min

Water has amazing power, imagine the power of erosion that caused the Grand Canyon to be shared and formed from the rocks! What do the Grand Canyon and the Baptism of Our Lord Sunday have to do with each other? Pastor Paul explains in this week’s message. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Jan 12

11 min

Have you ever thought about the power of words? Words can have great influence over us and over others. Words can build us up or tear us down, but there is one Word that stands out among all others. The Word made flesh. On the second Sunday of Christmas, we recall the gift of God for all people. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Jan 6

14 min

God responds in love. The Christmas story is about God’s response in love through the Christ Child who goes on to bless all humanity. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Dec 2019

12 min

It takes courage to be loved and to love. In our reading, courage in love is modeled by Joseph and by Mary. What can we learn about courage and love for our lives today? Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Dec 2019

11 min

Are joy and happiness the same thing? How does a life of faith bring us joy, even when life is hard? This and more in this week’s message from Pastor Paul. God’s promised day of JOY can’t wait! Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Dec 2019

12 min

For our Midweek Advent message this week, Seminarian Anthony Windau offers some words on peace and repentance, and how these are key for living with others. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Dec 2019

10 min

Is peace in our world possible? Spoiler alert: YES. But God, who invites us to be peacemakers, calls upon us to also repent and name our own part in the dis-ease that exists around us. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com  

Dec 2019

14 min

What Can’t Wait? What do the prophet Isaiah, an old Aerosmith record, and hope have to do with each other? Seminarian John Evans provides a glimpse to God’s dream for us, hope in the midst of chaos through Isaiah the Prophets words. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Dec 2019

13 min

Advent is a season of waiting, but it is filled with hope. Hope for the Christ child of Christmas and for the coming again of Christ. In today’s message, Pastor Paul talks about the hope that the Prophet Isaiah speaks into the Israelites when all seemed hopeless. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Dec 2019

11 min

Christ the King Sunday invites us to prepare for the Season of Advent to come, and gives us a framework for our waiting for the coming agin of Jesus Christ. As we approach Thanksgiving, Pastor Paul calls us to “thanks-living” as well. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Nov 2019

10 min

When storms rage and the world seems to be going crazy, what message does Jesus offer to bring us hope? Pastor Paul talks about that and more in this week’s sermon from Lord of Life. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Nov 2019

16 min

In our reading for this week, the elders and priests of the temple try to trap Jesus by asking a long and convoluted question about resurrection. Jesus says that hey are focused on “that age” but asking “this age” questions. How do WE live into this age where Jesus invites us to be his hands and feet? Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Nov 2019

12 min

Who are the people who’ve influenced your life? Who are the ones you admire for their contributions to our world? We are all sinner and saint and on this All Saints Sunday, Pastor Paul reminds us of why that matters and the Good News of God’s love for us. Music provided by and licensed via www.pond5.com

Nov 2019

14 min

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