“Do not be like a dead fish in the stream, that always goes with the water; be a live fish and swim against the stream. Too many dead fish in the Church these days, they are anything and everything because others are.
Rev. Simon Peter Long was a faithful and beloved pastor in the Ohio Synod. These sermons were delivered live from Advent 1903 to Advent 1904. This volume also includes his famous “Sermon on Secret Societies”.
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Be Something and Stand For It
“God’s truth is too plain to have a thousand opinions about doctrine. Let us find out what God teaches, and believe it, and tell the people. I expect to get the respect of every citizen in this city, not by siding in with everybody, but by being a man – a man of God, and that is what I want you all to be. Dear young people, who have come into the Church of God, be something and stand for it, and dare to be singular, as Rahab was.” – Simon Peter Long
“A man who will turn and twist one Word of the Bible is no Lutheran, I do not care by what name he is known. A Lutheran is a man who holds fast to the very form of God’s Word, and I come to you today, and tell you to hold fast to the Lutheran Church, because the Lutheran Church stands for the form of God’s Word.” – From the sermon for Pentecost.
A Remarkable Ride Matt. 21: 1-9. Advent Sunday.
Christmas Is Coming, And So Is Christ Luke 21:25-36. Second Sunday In Advent.
Our Christmas Catechism Matt. 11:2-11. Third Sunday In Advent.
An Advent Autobiography John 1: 19-28. Fourth Sunday In Advent.
Plain Philosophy For Poor People Luke 2:1-14. Christmas Morning.
The Christian Church Luke 2:33-40. First Sunday After Christmas.
Four Jewels From Jesus Luke 2:21. New Year’s Day.
The Christ-Child Crowned Matt. 2:13-23. Sunday After New Year.
How Heathen Reach Heaven Matt. 2:1-12. Epiphany.
The Lost Lord Luke 2:41-52. First Sunday After Epiphany.
A Marriage And A Miracle John 2:1-11. Second Sunday After Epiphany.
Which Way? Matt. 8:1-13. Third Sunday After Epiphany.
A Terrible Tempest Matt. 8:23-27. Fourth Sunday After Epiphany.
The Heavenly Harvest Matt. 13:24-30. Fifth Sunday After Epiphany.
The Transfiguration Matt. 17:1-9. Sixth Sunday After Epiphany.
God’s Gift Of Grace Matt. 20:1-16. Septuagesima.
The Royal Road To Ruin Luke 8:4-15. Sexagesima.
The Passion Proclamation Luke 18:31-43. Quinquagesima.
That Same Old Serpent Matt. 4:1-11. First Sunday In Lent. Invocavit.
A Beautiful Battle Matt. 15 21-28. Second Sunday In Lent.
Dumb Devils Luke 11:14-28. Third Sunday In Lent.
Let Nothing Be Lost John 6:1-15. Fourth Sunday In Lent.
Did Jesus Sin? John 8:46-59. Fifth Sunday In Lent.
(Reunion of Catechumens.) The Scarlet Thread. Joshua 2:15. Palm Sunday.
Resurrection Rocks Mark 16:1-8. Easter.
Sunday John 20:19-31. First Sunday After Easter.
The Heart Of History John 10:11-18. Second Sunday After Easter.
A Little While And A Long While John 16:16-23. Third Sunday After Easter.
The Truth Must Be Told John 16:5-15. Fourth Sunday After Easter.
The King’s Key John 16:23-30. Fifth Sunday After Easter.
The Celestial Counselor Mark 16:14-20. Ascension Day.
The Comforter Is Coming John 15:26 To 16:4. Sixth Sunday After Easter.
Hold Fast 2 Tim. 1:13-14. Pentecost.
Who Are Heathen? John 3:1-15. Trinity Sunday.
Nine Reasons Why Rich And Poor Should Be Saved Luke 16:19-31. First Sunday After Trinity.
Divine Enthusiasm Luke 14:16-24. Second Sunday After Trinity.
Pity The Poor Pharisee Luke 15:1-10. Third Sunday After Trinity.
Going To God’s Gallery Luke 6:36-42. Fourth Sunday After Trinity.
How The Savior Caught Simon Luke 5:1-11. Fifth Sunday After Trinity.
Admission Above Matt. 5:20-26. Sixth Sunday After Trinity.
Seven Loaves Of Bread And Seven Baskets Of Crumbs Mark 8:1-9. Seventh Sunday After Trinity.
Congregational Conscience Matt. 7:13-23. Eighth Sunday After Trinity.
Those Dirty Dollars Luke 16:1-9. Ninth Sunday After Trinity.
Why Did Jesus Cry? Luke 19:41-48. Tenth Sunday After Trinity.
The Heavenly Hunter Matt. 18:9-14. Eleventh Sunday After Trinity.
Two Sides Of Salvation Mark 7:31-37. Twelfth Sunday After Trinity.
The Lord’s Lodge Luke 10:23-27. Thirteenth Sunday After Trinity.
The Men, The Master And The Man Luke 17:11-19. Fourteenth Sunday After Trinity.
A Call For Catechumens Matt. 6:24-34. Fifteenth Sunday After Trinity.
A Rumor Of The Redeemer Luke 7:11-17. Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity.
Is It Right? Luke 14:1-11. Seventeenth Sunday After Trinity.
Silenced Sinners Matt. 22:34-46. Eighteenth Sunday After Trinity.
Sick Sinners Nineteenth Sunday After Trinity, Matt. 9:1-8.
Speechless Sinners Matt. 22:1-14. Twentieth Sunday After Trinity.
One O’Clock John 4:46-54. Twenty-first Sunday After Trinity.
Two Things Sinners Can Not Do With Their Sins Matt. 18:23-35. Twenty-second Sunday After Trinity.
John’s Vision Of The Reformation Rev. 14:6-11. Reformation Sunday.
Young America Matt. 22:15-22. Twenty-third Sunday After Trinity.
Twice Twelve Are Twelve Matt. 9:18-26. Twenty-fourth Sunday After Trinity.
Dangerous Deceptions Matt. 24:15-28. Twenty-fifth Sunday After Trinity.
The Apostles’ Creed On The Judgment Day Matt. 25:31-46. Twenty-sixth Sunday After Trinity.
A Sermon On Secret Societies 1 Kings 18:21.
That Holy Book Divine by Simon Peter Long
That Holy Book Divine. So deep from first to last, Whole Book, each Book, each word, Hold fast; hold fast; hold fast.
The doctrines in that Book Our Luther found at last And gave them to the world, Hold fast; hold fast; hold fast.
To Christ and not to man To Christ “the first and last,” To Him you cling for life. Hold fast; hold fast; hold fast.
The bird that has no wings Must not sail on the mast; Nor must the human soul By its own strength hold fast.
Nor must it hold to hands That pull to hell at last; But cling to “that good thing,” Eternal life – hold fast. – Amen.