Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1300 Beltline Road
Collinsville, Illinois  62234
(618) 344-3151

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November 1, 2009


Trust in the Face of Persecution - Revelation 7:2-17

We need to think about the Christians who are being persecuted today and be prepared for the persecution that may happen in the future.

July 5, 2009


When Is It Necessary to Be Intolerant? - Mark 6.7

When is it necessary to be intolerant? It is definitely necessary when it comes to sin and unbelief. We can thank God that He is not tolerant of this.

June 21, 2009


Without Dread - Job 38.11

God wants us to approach the potential disasters of this life… Not with indifference or  paralyzing fear… but with hope and confidence in God.

December 21, 2008


The Best Thing About Mary… - Luke 1:26-38

Mary was a Virgin, and she found favor with God, but the best thing about Mary was that she brought the Son of God into this world to save us.

November 9, 2008


Are You Ready? - Matthew 25:1-13

The most dangerous thing people can do is to pretend to be a Christian. Our goal as Christians is to be disciples and to help others become disciples.

September 7, 2008


On Being a Christian: Dying - Luke 2:29-32

Part seven of Pastor Walther's sermon series "On Being a Christian" looks at a topic which most people avoid, but the Christian does not fear.

February 10, 2008


The Fall and the First Promise - Genesis 3.1-21

Because of the Fall, we, like our first parents, need to be saved. God, in His infinite love, gave His Son to become the sacrifice for our salvation.

January 27, 2008


The Importance of Our Unity in Christ - Corinthians 1.10-18

Unity is based on true faith and true faith is a gift of God not a work of man.  We must look to God to bring and maintain the unity of faith among us.

November 25, 2007


How Could This Have Happened… and Other Questions at the Cross - Luke 23.27-43

As we think about Jesus and His death on the cross, there are some very important questions, the answers to which are the basic truths of life.

October 28, 2007


The Eternal Gospel - Revelation 14:6-7

When the final judgment comes the only one thing left will be The Eternal Gospel and all who have been set free from the slavery of sin by its truth.

May 13, 2007


Eve: The Mother of All Living - Genesis 2.18-24;  1:28;  3.1-5;  3.15, 20

Eve began the tradition of bringing new physical life into the world, as well as spiritual life into the world through God’s Word as it is taught to children.

April 8, 2007


Our Hope In Christ - 1 Corinthians 15:19

God doesn’t give up easily on the people He loves.  God calls men everywhere to repent and to believe, and this is the true miracle of salvation.

March 11, 2007


The Watchman of Israel - Ezekiel 33:7-20

Part of the Watchman's message is a warning against unrepented sin.  But the heart of the Watchman’s message is the truth of salvation.

March 4, 2007


Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord! - Luke 13:31-35

God’s love for sinners is steadfast and endures forever. A day of judgment is indeed coming. But God’s Son has already come to save us.

February 1, 2007 Learning and Sharing God's Word - Mark 4:3-20

Pastor Walther's sermon for the school's Chapel Service emphasizes the importance of  learning God's word so we can spread it to others. 

January 14, 2007


The Wedding at Cana - John 2.1-11

Mary told the servants at Cana "Do whatever Jesus tells you to do."  As we struggle with the burden of sin we also would do well to follow Mary's advice.

August 20, 2006


Learning and Living in Christ - Ephesians 4:17

Everyday we are tempted make compromises with the Devil.  We cannot be of this world. We are here to change it, not to have it change us.

August 6, 2006


Living in Each Dimension - Mark 6:30-34

There is nothing in this world or inside of us that will help us live fully in the spiritual dimension of faith. We truly need Jesus as our shepherd.

July 16, 2006


Trust in the Face of Terror - Psalm 3:1-8

We who ask for God’s mercy and forgiveness also have His help and blessing in the face of our enemies.  In the face of terror we can trust God.

July 2, 2006


Heaven Help Us - 2 Corinthians 5.1-10

When we find ourselves facing something that wants to separate us from God, "Heaven help us" is our cry. Heaven’s Help in Christ will be God’s answer.

June 18, 2006


Our Rest in Christ - Deuteronomy 5:12

Spiritual rest is being reconnected to God which happens when God comes to us through His Word.  A new spirit of love for God then grows and thrives.

April 2, 2006


Determination, Termination, Restoration - John 12.20-33

Jesus came to bring new life to souls that have lived constantly for themselves.  We are all  revived by his determination, termination and restoration.

January 29, 2006


Amazing Encounters with God in Worship - Mark 1:21-28

Pastor Walther's annual sermon in which he examines some of the elements of worship, this year the Baptismal Font, Pulpit, Cross and Altar.

December 11, 2005


What Is on Your Christmas List? - Isaiah 61.1-11

In our natural state we lack righteousness, so we must remember to seek it from God which he freely gives to us through his grace and forgiveness. 

July 24, 2005


Trusting God in the Midst of Troubles - Romans 8.28-30

The wise person understands that there will always be troubles in this life. The wisest person is the one who knows what to do with those troubles.

July 10, 2005


Man Resists / God Persists - Matthew 13.1-23

When we realize we are resisting God’s Word, we need to heed God's  command in the Parable of the "Sower" "Let him who has ears to hear, hear!"

June 19, 2005


A Challenge for All True Christians - Matthew 10.32-33

Living the Christian life is truly a challenge.  The words of our Lord are encouraging as we consider the difficulties that every true Christian will face.

June 5, 2005


The Mercy of God Calls Us - Matthew 9:9 

The whole story of the Bible is the story of God’s mercy or steadfast love.  Those who know the mercy of God will show the mercy of God.

May 22, 2005


I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth - Genesis 1:1 - 26

In the opening chapter of the Bible we are challenged to think about some important questions: Where did we come from? And, Why are we here? 

February, 20, 2005


What the World’s Been Waiting For - John 4:5-26

Thirst of the soul. This is the longing we have for peace, true friendship, and satisfaction with life. Jesus came to quench the spiritual thirst of the soul.

February 6, 2005


Does God Perform Miracles? Matthew 17.1-9

One of the very clearest characteristics of God is that He performs miracles, and He does so many that they are beyond number.

January 23, 2005


Following Jesus - Matthew 4:12-23

Jesus leads us through all the darkness and density of this world.  As we keep our eyes on Jesus, so others see us and find the right course as well.

November 28, 2004


Living with the End in View - Romans 13.11-14

On the last day, those who have been saved by faith will continue to reign with Jesus in eternity. Those who have denied Him will be cast out forever.

October 24, 2004


Why We Believe in God - Ruth 1.1-19

Ruth did not understand what was happening to her and what the future would unfold. But Ruth knew that the one true God was with her all the way.

Sept. 24, 2004

Fidelis Deus - 1 Corinthians 1.9

Special Sermon preached by Pastor Walther for the Memorial Service of VMF422 Jefferson Barracks, Missouri.  God is Faithful.

August 29, 2004


The Race of Faith - Hebrews 12:1-13

Most of us are spectators when it comes to athletics. But all of us are called to the race of faith – The race of faith in Jesus Christ.  Jesus will give us the victory.

May 16, 2004


Since Jesus is not with us physically...   John 14:23-29

Today, as the disciples did long ago,  we listen to Jesus’ explanation of the work of the Holy Spirit and realize how important the Holy Spirit is to us. 

March 28,2004


God Sent His Son - Luke 20.1-19

Jesus is never ashamed to be with us and desires us to join with him and be forgiven, even though all of us have crucified Him in our wickedness.  

March 3, 2004

The Clinking Coins - Matthew 26.14-16 14 

Like Judas who betrayed for 30 pieces of silver, we also betray Jesus through selfishness and hypocrisy.  Even so, Jesus still loves us and died for our sins.

December 31, 2003

Who Am I? Whose Am I? - Galatians 3.26-27

Who am I, and how do I fit into this world?  The question is not "Who am I?" but "Whose am I?"  You are all sons of God through faith in Jesus. 

December 24, 2003

The Shepherd's Peace - Luke 2.14

The Shepherd's Peace is the peace of the Lord which overcomes the struggles of this world, and brings lasting happiness of eternal life in Jesus. 

October 5, 2003


The Christian's Cross - Mark 8.27-35

Christ carried His cross to save us by taking all the evil of this world upon Himself.  We carry our cross  to live by faith and as a witness to the world.

September 7, 2003


Should We Take Our Faith Seriously? - John 6.51 - 58

God’s love in Christ has prevailed over sin.  With "Saving Faith", the righteousness of Christ is alive and well in us and sin is forgiven by God’s grace. 

August 24, 2003


You Will See Greater Things - John 1.43-51

What is the greatest thing you have ever seen? Nothing will be greater than the person of Jesus, God’s Son.  He is the salvation for all believers.

July 20, 2003


See That You Abound In This Grace Also -
2 Corinthians 8.7

The Lord Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."  This sermon explains why God wants us to excel in the grace of giving.

March 30, 2003


But Deliver Us From Evil - John 3.17

God curbs evil with force, but preserves and delivers us from evil in the gift of His Son, which is freely granted to us through faith in Him.

August 25, 2002


Sing to the LORD a New Song - Psalm 92.1-2

God is in control and his salvation always prevails despite the works of Satan.  For this we glorify him and sing to the LORD  a new song.

August 11, 2002


Do Not Be Afraid - Matthew 14.22-33

Just as Christ stretched out his hand to save Peter from the sea when he walked on the water, Jesus' saving hand is extended to us through his living word.

July 28, 2002


Do You Understand The Kingdom of Heaven? - Matthew 13.44-52

The Kingdom of Heaven is a pearl of the greatest value which we only receive by submitting ourselves entirely to God and his saving grace.

May 5, 2002


Men of Athens or Disciples of Jesus? -
Acts 17.22-34

The men of Athens had many Gods and not all accepted Paul's teaching of the one true God.  We must be like those did believe in order to be saved.

January 27, 2002


Unity in the Christian Church -
1 Corinthians 1.10

Schisms in the Church have always been a problem.  We need to look to God's Word for answers and pray to the Holy Spirit for unity in the faith.

January 20, 2002


Life Under The Cross - Romans 12:12

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." - Romans 12:12.  Live your life the only way that life can be truly lived, under the Cross.

January 13, 2002


Jesus’ Baptism Identifies Him as God’s Son and Gives Us Confidence and Courage
Matthew 3.13-17

In his Baptism, Jesus took all of our sins on himself and gave us his righteousness.  This brings us to the Father and gives us confidence and courage. 

August 19, 2001


The Distinction Between Temporal and Eternal Gifts and the Proper Approach to Both – Luke 12.12-21

God is the source of all our gifts.  The key is that the temporal earthly gifts are to be used to serve the higher purpose of the eternal spiritual gifts.

July 15, 2001


Freedom in Christ and the Fruit of the Spirit - Galatians 5

The "works of the flesh" separate us from God and morality alone can not save us.  We are only cleansed in heart and soul by faith in Jesus.

April 29, 2001

Is It Necessary to Believe in Jesus Christ to Be Saved?  Acts 9.1-20

The answer is yes, because this is what the Bible teaches, you cannot save yourself, and salvation by faith alone gives all the glory to God.

April 22, 2001

"Peace Be With You" John 20:19-23

Just as Christ appeared to his disciples in the locked room and gave them absolution, we also are freed from guilt and sin by God's forgiveness.

April 8, 2001

Survivor or Savior?  Philippians 2:1-11

Do not treat other people with the selfish attitude exhibited by the participants on the show Survivor.  Follow instead Christ's example as our Savior

March 25, 2001

Two Lost Sons – Luke 15.11-32

Jesus' great parable about the prodigal son is really about two lost souls and two forms of rebellion.  Learn how this applies to our own lives.

March 11, 2001

Why Some Are Not Saved – Luke 13.34

Some are not saved because they resist God's word and saving grace; but God's persistent love gives hope that this resistance can be overcome.

February 4, 2001

An Encounter With God – Isaiah 6

Through Isaiah's encounter with God we learn about God's holiness, our sinful condition and the blessing of God's forgiveness.

January 21, 2001

Abhor What Is Evil; Cling to What Is Good - Romans 12.9

Like slavery in the book Uncle Tom's Cabin, abortion is inherently evil.  We cling to God's word and salvation through Jesus to triumph over such sin.

January 11, 2001

The LORD Will Take Care of Me

The funeral sermon for Ruth Simon describes her fascinating life and her deep faith that God would always help her over any obstacles.

December 17, 2000

Sing, O Daughter of Zion - Zephaniah 3.14 An interesting instructional sermon in which Pastor Walther explains the parts of our worship service and liturgy; and why they are important.

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