Ascension Lutheran Church and Preschool | Littleton Colorado


Sermons

  • December 13, 2017

    A Proud Father

    by Ascension

    Zechariah had to be a proud father. This son, born by God’s miracle, was going to do greater things than his earthly father could ever imagine. But as proud as he was, he wasn’t able to share this verbally for at least five months. Gabriel took away his speech. “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time.” (Luke 1:19-20)

  • December 6, 2017

    Great Songs of Advent, Part 1

    by Ascension

    Great songs have some history to them. I don’t think Mary was welcome in Nazareth, pregnant and not married. She left her town to go visit Elizabeth, her relative, who also was pregnant with John the Baptist. Her trip gave her time to think. When she gives us the 10 verses of the Magnificat she is borrowing words from Hannah, the mother of Samuel (see I Samuel 2:1-10). Hannah had tried for years to have a child with her husband, but she didn’t conceive. In I Samuel 1 it says, “Her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This went on year after year.” (Verse 6) It gets worse – “Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.” (Verse 7) Her husband loved her and had a heart for her pain. But she had no child. Her heart was heavy and she faced bitter remarks from others constantly.

  • December 3, 2017

    Upsetting News

    by Ascension

    God wants to upset us. That is what repentance is. We don’t have to wait until January 1 to start something new – God wants that day to begin now, today. What needs to be upset in your life? What needs to be upset or get turned around, in your life, and in my life, before we hurt ourselves and hurt others?

  • November 26, 2017

    The Work of God

    by Ascension

    There are many views as to what it will look like when our Lord returns and what it will be like forevermore. The reason why there are so many views is simply because many people lose sight of the truth of what it was like in the beginning. It is difficult to understand the end of the story if you do not understand how the story began. There is confusion and it rests upon the perception, or the misperception, of what is real and true; what was real and true in the beginning and what is real and true now. And this misperception is what we see in our Gospel text.

  • November 22, 2017

    Contentment

    by Ascension

    So, from this misery, Paul says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4) He must have been crazy. How can he say that? Had his heart become immune to feelings, had he become stoic? No!! Did he just look around and see that others had life worse than him and therefore he could be so optimistic? No!! Paul’s secret – Christ. Christ and His love and His strength and His presence brought contentment.

  • November 19, 2017

    The Permanent Record

    by Ascension

    Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost November 19, 2017 “The Permanent Record” Daniel 7:9-10 Rev. John R. Larson Ascension Lutheran Church  Littleton, CO   I’ve always had a loud voice.  That can be a good thing.  If I speak to those who are hard of hearing, I can often be heard.  I can sing loud, preach loud, [...]

  • November 12, 2017

    Three Strands

    by Ascension

    The cord of three strands is always connected to the cross. With great strength we stand under the cross where our Savior died for the evil in our lives and for the evil in the world.

  • November 5, 2017

    Who Sez?

    by Ascension

    There seems to be a problem. We don’t like to be told anything – especially if it exposes us. Give me praise. Tell me how great I am. But don’t mention my failures. Don’t enumerate my sins. Don’t tell me the truth if it is going to hurt.

  • October 29, 2017

    Proud?

    by Ascension

    I have something a little better and a little greater to be proud of. Be proud of the work of Jesus. Be even more confident of Him. Jesus takes us from death to life. Jesus takes us from unbelief to faith. Jesus takes us from bondage to freedom. Jesus takes us from misery to joy. We go from the pit of “A” to the surety of “B”. God has given us our own tower experience, one where we also are born again and we enter into paradise through open gates.

  • October 15, 2017

    Dress For Success

    by Ascension

    Let God dress you. Here is another picture from Isaiah, “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness.” (Isaiah 61:10a) “Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness my beauty are, my glorious dress…” (LSB, 563, Verse 1)