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08/12/2019

Hold on to the promises of God. Life is full of surprises, some good and some bad. We place our lives in the hands of the man who stilled the waters, Jesus our Lord, knowing that he always has out eternal interest in mind.

Sermon on Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor James Huebner. 

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve. Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

08/05/2019

Earthly wealth is passing. Where to find true happiness? Would you agree that many look for happiness in the material things of this world? Have you been down that road? The readings for our worship today remind us that everything of this world, including our money, is passing away. Seek the one treasure that will endure, and find it in Jesus who gives us the treasure of eternal life that can never perish, spoil, or fade.

Sermon on Colossians 3:1-11 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Daniel Bondow. 

O Lord, grant us wisdom to recognize the treasures you have stored up for us in heaven that we may never despair but always rejoice and be thankful for the riches of your grace; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

08/01/2019

Different Gospel writer, but same gospel message. Listen in for discussion of a new Bible, some audio Bibles and the Gospel of John. This Gospel has a unique perspective of the life of Jesus (different from the "Synoptic Gospels" of Matthew, Mark, and Luke). He offers his readers (Jews and Gentiles = you!) many memorable statements and unique stories that showcase Christ's saving love and work in the face of opposition and rejection. John helps us know that his words are God's words and are "written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name" (see John 20).

Start Music: "The B-I-B-L-E," performed by Elsie B. (age 3) and Kevin B. (age 3+).

End Music: "Jesus Loves Me"

06/16/2019

The true God, the Lord, reveals himself to the world as the Triune God: One God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Although we cannot fathom or understand this truth, we believe
what God tells us and praise the God who created us, redeemed us, and calls us to be his own through faith. Our triune God gives us peace.

Sermon on Numbers 6:22-27 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Daniel Bondow. 

06/09/2019

On the Day of Pentecost Jesus authorized and empowered his followers to proclaim the good news to all the world. In a different way from that first Pentecost and with different miracles, the Holy Spirit still moves the Church to carry out its mission on earth. In John 14, Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit to teach us all things.

Sermon on John 14:23-27 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor James Huebner. 

06/04/2019

This Grace is For You - a series that highlights the work and workers of Grace Lutheran Church, both past and present.

Listen in to learn more about our new pastor, Pastor Brian Hackmann, the 12th in our 170-year Grace history! We cover a wide range of topics from Alaska to Grace Center pillars and why he wanted to be a pastor.

 

06/02/2019

“People will come from east and west and north and south and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.” This is Jesus’ promise. In it we find joy and purpose. Jesus died and rose to forgive the sins of everyone, and all those across ages and miles who believe in him are united with God and with all other believers on earth and in heaven. In John 17, Jesus prays for the unity of his people.

Sermon on John 17:20-26 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Brian Hackmann. 

05/31/2019

Staff Minister joins in as guest to help tackle the topics of 1 Corinthians. Despite Pastor Bondow's bike accident, this podcast was recorded, concussion or no concussion. We have the challenge two swap medical stories during worship services, but focus mostly on the book at hand - 1 Corinthians - and not just what Paul wrote, but how he found a way to correct and rebuke a struggling congregation with care and love. 

Enjoy listening, and we'd love for you to give a podcast review, offer feedback or start a discussion in our Facebook Bible Reading Challenge Group. Don't be a stranger!

05/26/2019

Even for believers, life on earth is hard. Although we find Jesus in his Word and sacraments, we often wish he could be present with us in person so we might see his smile and feel his touch. Jesus understands and points his followers of all time to the day when we will join him in heaven forever. But we find joy with Jesus even now, as St. Paul did when he witnessed the faith of a new follower of Christ. We long for the day of complete joy, but we rejoice in the joys Jesus brings every day. 

In Revelation 21:21-27, John describes the beauty of eternal life with God. Sermon preached at Grace Lutheran Church on May 26, 2019, by Pastor Brian Hackmann.

05/24/2019

Whet your appetite for more with this discussion of Isaiah. This Bible book gives us more than a lick and a promise effort when it comes to proclaiming God's Word. It features elegant poetry with an unparalleled look at God's Servant, the ultimate Redeemer. Listen to learn how the repeated, honest look at humanity and the repeated promises of a gracious God give rise to timeless truths we can appreciate and apply today.

05/19/2019

Jesus’ Disciples Are Known by Their Love
In suffering and dying for our sins, Jesus established the ultimate definition of love: the attitude of the heart, mind, and will that gives freely and faithfully even to those who do not deserve to be loved. The love of Jesus we call grace. On the night before he died, Jesus called on believers of all time to imitate his love: “As I have loved you,” he said, “so you must love one another.” In Acts 11, God teaches Peter the special nature of his love for all people.

Sermon on Acts 11:1-18 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Daniel Bondow. 

05/09/2019

What was Hosea’s first day on the job as prophet to Israel like? Finding a wife who would, according to the Lord’s own decree, cheat on him, have an affair with another man or men, and even bear children as the result of this adultery!  Could he forgive her for this?  Could God?

In the 14 chapters of his dealings with the people of Israel, the prophet Hosea condemns the sins of the Israelites no less than 150 times, and over half of those target their adultery against the Lord as pictured by the adultery of Hosea’s wife. As we apply this spiritual adultery to ourselves, we rejoice that God remains his unchanging, faithful self, calling us to know his forgiveness.

05/06/2019

Sermon on Acts 9:1-22 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Jim Huebner. 

Whether in sight or by faith, the loving face and gentle smile of Jesus brings joy and power to his people. In Acts 9, Jesus appears to the apostle Paul and leads him to believe. His power to give sight, wash away sins and to give his Holy Spirit equip Paul to be his missionary.

05/02/2019

Trying to imagine a strange, dirty, wild-eyed shepherd from Tekoa barge into the marbled palace of the king of Israel with something to say may seem ridiculous, but the message he brought wasn't meant to be funny. Spiritual complacency, social indifference and abuse, and hypocrisy in the heart...these are no laughing matters. We need the warnings of Amos today so that outward prosperity might not become the downfall of true treasure in the Lord...that the best of times might not be in truth the worst of times.

04/28/2019

Sermon on Acts 5:12, 17-32 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Jim Huebner. 

With his death and resurrection, Jesus completed the work he had come to earth to do: He overturned the terror of sin and death and brought sinners back God. As the Savior’s work came to an end, the work of his followers was about to begin. He appeared to his fearful and doubting apostles and commissioned them to carry out the ministry of the gospel. The peace he brings to his followers of every age is what leads us to share that peace with the world.

04/21/2019

Sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Jim Huebner. 

04/12/2019

"Drew gets me ready." If anyone enjoys local Milwaukee meteorologist commercials, they should also enjoy this podcast with guest Drew Carter, Staff Minister at Grace. In this Bible Reading Challenge episode, we take on just one chapter of God's Word, but it's a doozy, Psalm 119. Plus, find out where to borrow a felt board for learning the Hebrew alphabet and how to say Anfechtung without sounding like you're sneezing. Ultimately, may the Lord lead you to say with the psalmist: "Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge" (Psalm 119:54).

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04/08/2019

Sermon on Luke 20:9-19 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Daniel Bondow. 
The contrast is striking: The Savior’s own people reject him and still he reaches out to them in patience and love. God’s grace does not change despite the reaction of his creatures. He loves
us to the end. Like a father, he warns us not to leave him; as his children, we strive to hold to
his blessings. This parable of the tenants from Luke 20 is a crushing account from our closest ally.