“O Church Arise! Confess Christ Confidently.”
Pastor John Gensmer’s Sermon: “O Church Arise! Confess Christ Confidently.“
July 05, 2020 at Abiding Love Lutheran Church
(Jeremiah 20:7-13) 7 You deceived me, Lord, and I was deceived;
you overpowered me and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long;
everyone mocks me. 8 Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the Lord has brought me insult and reproach all day long. 9 But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. 10 I hear many whispering,
“Terror on every side! Denounce him! Let’s denounce him!” All my friends
are waiting for me to slip, saying, “Perhaps he will be deceived; then we will prevail over him and take our revenge on him.” 11 But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.
12 Lord Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance on them, for to you I have committed my cause. 13 Sing to the Lord! Give praise to the Lord! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked.