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03/20/2019

The Song of Solomon may not be the book of the Bible used the most, but it involves a dramatic telling of the depth that is present in Christian marriage. Listen in not only to consider the meaning of this special Song of Scripture, but also how to make use of it. Plus, this book of the Bible makes a special argument for our persistence as Bible readers in general so that we gain the blessings of familiarity with the "whole of Scripture" and all God has to say to us.

Apologies for the audio quality. We are aware of what caused the "double sound" feedback and hopefully it won't happen again. =)

Bible Reading Challenge, Year 1, Episode 22

03/18/2019

Sermon on Philippians 3:17-4:1 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Daniel Bondow. 
The Lord Jesus was not deterred from his march to the cross by danger and rejection. He was determined to save the world from sin—even those who despised and rejected him. Jesus gives us his example and encouragement as we face opposition in our world today. In this section from Philippians, we see how the apostle Paul urged believers stand firm in the Lord in the face of opposition.

03/15/2019

Listen as Pastor Bondow and guest Drew Carter, Staff Minister at Grace, discuss the timeless tone, topics and goals of Paul's letter called 1 Thessalonians. The apostle Paul emphasizes a number of peculiar gifts we enjoy by God's grace - a faith assimilation into a larger body of believers in Christ, connectivity that features a mutual longing for one another and desire to encourage and build others up. This "model congregation" is urged to do more and more, and especially considering the hope we have in the face of death and the Last Day.

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03/20/2019

The Song of Solomon may not be the book of the Bible used the most, but it involves a dramatic telling of the depth that is present in Christian marriage. Listen in not only to consider the meaning of this special Song of Scripture, but also how to make use of it. Plus, this book of the Bible makes a special argument for our persistence as Bible readers in general so that we gain the blessings of familiarity with the "whole of Scripture" and all God has to say to us.

Apologies for the audio quality. We are aware of what caused the "double sound" feedback and hopefully it won't happen again. =)

Bible Reading Challenge, Year 1, Episode 22

03/18/2019

Sermon on Philippians 3:17-4:1 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Daniel Bondow. 
The Lord Jesus was not deterred from his march to the cross by danger and rejection. He was determined to save the world from sin—even those who despised and rejected him. Jesus gives us his example and encouragement as we face opposition in our world today. In this section from Philippians, we see how the apostle Paul urged believers stand firm in the Lord in the face of opposition.

03/15/2019

Listen as Pastor Bondow and guest Drew Carter, Staff Minister at Grace, discuss the timeless tone, topics and goals of Paul's letter called 1 Thessalonians. The apostle Paul emphasizes a number of peculiar gifts we enjoy by God's grace - a faith assimilation into a larger body of believers in Christ, connectivity that features a mutual longing for one another and desire to encourage and build others up. This "model congregation" is urged to do more and more, and especially considering the hope we have in the face of death and the Last Day.

03/07/2019

The book of Proverbs is more than just a collection of sayings that sound smart; it's an entire way of life that draws on God's love and trusts in him. Don't be fooled by a superficial reading of its content. This is another chance to be caught up in God's goodness and the blessings he has in mind in all settings of our lives. 

03/04/2019

Sermon on Luke 9:28-36 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Daniel Bondow. 

Then and now, the road to the cross is difficult and treacherous. Jesus prepared three of his followers for the journey to Calvary by enabling them to see some of the brilliance of his divine
majesty and to hear the witness of two Old Testament prophets. The disciples didn’t grasp what they saw and heard, but we understand the significance of the transfiguration and are
strengthened as we begin our walk through the rigors of Lent. What happened that day on the mountaintop counsels us on the way of the cross. 

02/27/2019

Pastors Bondow and Strong consider the kings and prophets at play in the book of 1 Kings. Also, how is reading a long book like this similar to enduring a long winter? Bonus: why some Bible names are so great for our kids. Thanks for listening and God bless your Bible reading!

02/25/2019

Sermon on Luke 6:27-38 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Aaron Strong. 
Life with a forgiving Savior ha an impact on our lives with others, even those who make our lives difficult and unhappy. Our everyday prayer is that Jesus would use his love to move us to love one another. In Luke 6, Jesus teaches us to be merciful, just as our heavenly Father is merciful.

Heavenly Father, keep your family continually in true faith, so that those who rely only on the hope of your heavenly grace may be protected by your mighty power, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

02/20/2019

Pastor Huebner returns as guest as we review Paul's letter to the Romans and what it has meant to readers past and present, giving us many favorite passages (like Wanda's). Don't be intimidated by the depth of this book. Paul poses hard question after question in a way that helps you see God's perfect answers to all our challenges. God's message through Christ gets to the heart of what matters most and sets you free to live in faith's clarity and to demonstrate God's love. 

02/12/2019

Sermon on Luke 5:1-11 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Daniel Bondow. 
Jesus came to our world to proclaim the good news of forgiveness that he would gain by his perfect life and innocent death. In his amazing wisdom and love, he called his followers to carry the gospel of forgiveness to all the world. Whether as individuals or as members of the public ministry, we share the message of Jesus’ love wherever we go. Here in Luke 5, through grace and power, Jesus calls Peter into his service to fish for people.

02/05/2019

Sermon on Jeremiah 1:4-10 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor James Huebner. 
Bad news is not only crime, poverty, disease, and inequality. These spring from the real bad news: sin, guilt, judgment, and death. Only the gospel can attack and destroy the world’s greatest problems, and the gospel is revealed in the words and works of Christ. Here in Jeremiah 1, the Lord called Jeremiah to proclaim law and gospel to destroy the devil's lies and give us confidence in our Savior-God in life and in death.

01/29/2019

Sermon on Isaiah 61:1-6 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Aaron Strong. Through the pen of the prophet Isaiah the eternal Son proclaimed his mission. What God promised in the Old Testament he fulfilled in the coming of Jesus. What he promises to us is as
certain as his Word, for his promises are based on the completed work of Christ.

01/28/2019

Pastor Strong joins in on the fun as we consider the incredible lessons and encouragement from the book of Acts. Even having the conversation is an inspiration to continue to share the Word and get the good news out. The risen Jesus is on the move - through little people like us, even despite us, and in the face of opposition in every chapter. Let this book spur you on to be a part of the special work of witnessing to others. 

01/22/2019

Sermon on John 2:1-11 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor James Huebner. The glory of Christ strengthens believers. At the beginning of his ministry Jesus performed amazing miracles to validate his claim to be the Son of God. His followers saw his glory and believed in him. Here, Jesus performed a miracle at a wedding to strengthen his disciples' faith. We still see Jesus’ glory, not only in his power over nature, but especially in his power to forgive our sins and strengthen our faith.

01/22/2019

Pastor Huebner returns as special guest to visit the book of 1 Samuel for our Bible reading challenge. In the process, he remembers another challenge - how to land a free Big Mac when the sandwich was first introduced...and how fast can you say the books of the Bible? Don't let witchcraft, Dagon or hemorrhoids scare you away from reading 1 Samuel or listening to this podcast. That's just some of the divine humor God put into this book.

01/10/2019

Staff minister Drew Carter is back as a special guest both as he awaits his firstborn child and to discuss the family and faith issues that surface in this not-so-family-friendly book of the Bible, Judges. Listen in to catch the cyclical nature of this period in Bible history and how to learn from bad heroes.