Matt Harrison Sermon at Ft Wayne — Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled

Fort Wayne, Indiana
Kramer Chapel
The Fourth Week of Easter
10:00 a.m.

Rev. Matthew Harrison preached today (30 April 2010) at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne. His text was John 14:1, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” This was especially fitting considering that a number of graduates at CTSFW did not receive calls on “Call Day.” In the sermon, Rev. Harrison told the seminary community “Thank You” for their faithfulness, mission outreach, and other scholarly works that serve the church. He concluded the sermon with a quotation from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration XI, 49: “… before time began God preordained what sort of crosses and sufferings he would use to conform each one of his elect to ‘the image of his Son,’ and that the cross of each should and must ‘work together for the good’ of that person …” Listen to the sermon below and / or download it.


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About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at


Matt Harrison Sermon at Ft Wayne — Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled — 6 Comments

  1. Just what our brothers and sisters at CTS-FW needed to hear. Just what we all needed to hear. Thank you brother Harrison for a wonderful message.

  2. Thanks for sharing this great encouragement as we all struggle in the Church Militant. Our prayers continue for you at Fort Wayne.

  3. Now this is how an under-shepherd speaks, calling the sheep to recognize the name of Jesus. This is what the delegates and all Christians need to hear, as it even calmed my anxious bleating and restored my soul. Why? Because he spoke the living Word of God and not the hollow word of man.

  4. Believe me, this was one sermon that the graduates were listening to and taking to heart and will not forget. That’s preaching.

  5. It was a comfort to hear the true Words of comfort of our Savior. After over 25 years as a Lutheran school teacher with its ups and downs, sometimes we need to be reminded and hear them said to us. Thank you, Sir. May God bless you and grant you many opportunities to share His word

  6. In the fourth chapter of Esther, Mordacai sent a message to his niece, Queen Esther, “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” When I was attending CTS, Matt Harrison was pastor of Zion Lutheran Church and I took my family to hear him preach as often as possible. He was very good then but now he appears to have inherited the mantle of both St. John the Baptizer and St. John the Apostle, Law and Gospel with such depth, such clarity.

    Who knows? For such a time as this a man who can be a bishop among us.

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