The Right Distinction Between The Law & Gospel | Sermon

Pastor Bramwell preached this sermon on Luke 10:25-29 on the Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, September 11, 2022.

Did the lawyer understand the Law correctly?

Why did he justify himself?

When Jesus says, “do this, and you will live,” (10:28) do is in the present imperative, which means “keep doing” continually. Can you keep the Law continually?

What does the Law do to you?

What does the Gospel do to you?

Who is the doer of the Law?

What inheritance is already yours in Christ Jesus?


St. Mark Lutheran Church posts Rev. Bramwell’s sermons online for the sake of the members of our congregation who are unable to gather with us due to illness, work, etc. This resource is not intended to encourage anyone from gathering in person around God’s Word and Sacraments. Matthew 18:20 and Hebrews 10:25 make it clear that God’s Divine Service is meant to be experienced physically with other Christians.

We give thanks to God that these sermons are a blessing to you and pray that if you’re in Humboldt County, you will join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM as God wills. (See the map below for directions.) If you’re not within driving distance of Ferndale CA, we encourage you to use the Church Locator at LCMS.org to find a church near you so you can gather in person with the communion of saints in your area.


The Christian’s Two-Party System and Guarding Against Insurrection – Cross Defense

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Politicians and reporters are talking about insurrection, political violence, and even civil war. Martin Luther admonished Christians to guard against insurrection in 1522. Are his words applicable 500 years later? We review the two opposing parties President Biden described in his recent speech and listen to what Luther teaches about party identities and insurrection.

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Mary Magdalene: A Reminder

Mary Magdalene is a phenomenal reminder of the historical verifiability of the New Testament documents. Eyewitnesses saw the events of Christ’s public life, death, and resurrection. Some of them were followers of Jesus. Some were adversaries. All of them were able to corroborate the claims made by the evangelists!

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” (Hebrews 10:23-24) This video (with its cinematic feel) was created with the above instruction in mind. As we hold fast our confession of hope in the resurrection of Christ without wavering, we’re striving to stir up one another in love and good works.

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With the Mouth One Confesses and Is Saved | Sermon

Pastor Bramwell preached this sermon on Romans 10:9-10 on the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, September 4, 2022.

What are you doing every time you take Communion?

Why was St. Hermenigild killed?

When was the last time you confessed your faith to someone in your life?

Which one requires you to do the work, confessing your faith in Jesus or not confessing your faith in Jesus?

When you confess your belief in Jesus who is doing the work?

Who opened the ears and released the tongue of the deaf man?

Who opened your ears and released your tongue?


St. Mark Lutheran Church posts Rev. Bramwell’s sermons online for the sake of the members of our congregation who are unable to gather with us due to illness, work, etc. This resource is not intended to encourage anyone from gathering in person around God’s Word and Sacraments. Matthew 18:20 and Hebrews 10:25 make it clear that God’s Divine Service is meant to be experienced physically with other Christians.

We give thanks to God that these sermons are a blessing to you and pray that if you’re in Humboldt County, you will join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM as God wills. (See the map below for directions.) If you’re not within driving distance of Ferndale CA, we encourage you to use the Church Locator at LCMS.org to find a church near you so you can gather in person with the communion of saints in your area.


Bringing Your Kids to Church – Cross Defense

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The struggle is real, isn’t it? Our children don’t always want to go to church, especially during their teenage years. Pastor Bramwell confirms that you’re far from alone in your hardship, provides encouragement from church history, gives practical instruction from Scripture on how to ease the struggle, and finally offers an excellent resource to aid you in your parental vocation. Not a parent? Don’t think this episode is for you? Not true, friend. Pastor Bramwell’s biblical instruction will help you in your evangelistic witness, too! 

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Education: This Week’s Sign and Pastor’s September Letter

Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices. For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.

Proverbs 1:29-33

This week’s sign recognizes that true knowledge begins with and involves Christ. When our schools promote the LGBTQ agenda and teach critical race theory, when they actively redact history to omit Christ’s positive influence on the world through the innovative and brilliant services of Christians throughout history, choosing instead to instruct our children in the latest scientism derived from evolution’s godlessness, when they remove even the mention of the Bible from English and History classes and fly rainbow flags in biology classrooms, when they villainize the great contributors to the Western world because their sins are currently politically incorrect, while propping up other sinners to hero-status because they have a socially acceptable skin color, bedroom behavior, or victimization classification, then our kids are receiving a worldview that hate’s the Lord. Christians recognize that America’s public school system is teaching our children to despise God’s counsel, and so our choices counter this evil as we intentionally and continually return to the study of the Holy Scriptures… for ourselves, for our children, and for all of our neighbors. See the following video.


Tax Collectors | Sermon

Pastor Bramwell preached this sermon on Luke 18:9-14 on the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity, August 28, 2022.

What are some words that describe false piety?

What words describe true piety?

What is Jesus’ answer to the Pharisees when they ask him why he eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners? (Luke 5:31)

Money is often a stumbling block to Christian discipleship. Did having wealth stop Levi and Zacchaeus from becoming Christians? (Read about Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10)

Consider what sins you have committed. Repent of them, asking the Lord to forgive you, and trust that like the tax collector, you have been justified and exalted by Christ. You. Are. Forgiven.

Since in your baptismal faith you are defined by Christ, what no longer defines you?


St. Mark Lutheran Church posts Rev. Bramwell’s sermons online for the sake of the members of our congregation who are unable to gather with us due to illness, work, etc. This resource is not intended to encourage anyone from gathering in person around God’s Word and Sacraments. Matthew 18:20 and Hebrews 10:25 make it clear that God’s Divine Service is meant to be experienced physically with other Christians.

We give thanks to God that these sermons are a blessing to you and pray that if you’re in Humboldt County, you will join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM as God wills. (See the map below for directions.) If you’re not within driving distance of Ferndale CA, we encourage you to use the Church Locator at LCMS.org to find a church near you so you can gather in person with the communion of saints in your area.


Wokeness is the Antithesis of Christianity – Cross Defense

Did you know that in today’s woke culture Christians are the heretics? Listen to a voice message that says as much before Pastor Bramwell addresses nine wicked spiritual effects that wokeness has on Christianity. Francis Schaeffer once observed that the spiritual battle is bigger than Christians often realize. He was right!

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God Bless Humboldt Farmers – This Week’s Sign

You [God] cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart.

Psalm 104:14-15

The doctrine of vocation helps us understand and appreciate our participation in the blessings God bestows on our neighbors. One such vocation is the farmer. In this time of food shortages, supply chain problems, and high prices at the grocery store, we give thanks and praise to God for the work He has called farmers to do, especially those in our area. May He continue to bless them!