This is ... Most Certainly True!
Sermon on Hebrews 12:1-13 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Brian Hackmann.
Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift of grace that we come into your presence and offer true and faithful service. Grant that our worship on earth may always be pleasing to you, and in the life to come give us the fulfillment of what you have promised; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
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.
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.
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.
Sermon on Isaiah 12:1-6 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Aaron Strong.
Jesus embraces us with undeserved love. No matter where we’ve been and what we’ve done, our Savior seeks us and accepts us in this love. The same holds true for all times and places as Isaiah also heartens his hearers with the truth that God is full of compassion.
Sermon on Exodus 3:1-15 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Jim Huebner.
Jesus came to our world with a deep love for sinners, but his patience with disobedience eventually wears thin. As we explore the Lord’s relationship with his Old Testament people, the Spirit urges us to put sin behind us and turn to Christ in faith, for he loves to forgive. In Exodus 3, God reveals himself to Moses and calls Moses to rescue God's people.
God, whose glory it is always to have mercy, be gracious to all who have gone astray from
your ways and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold
fast the unchangeable truth of your Word; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
1 Timothy may be a personal letter, but it has much to day to Christians, congregations, and church leaders. In the big picture, God has called us to pursue wonderful goals as his dearly loved people and we have many opportunities to reflect his grace through Jesus in the way we devote ourselves to what is important and to each other. At the center of it all is a most beautiful hymn of praise to God in Christ.
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Bible Reading Challenge, Year 1, Episode 23
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
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.
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.
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.
"What is the point?" Rather than just being a repeated and frequent question that comes up when you read Ecclesiastes, this book helps you learn that this question is a crucial stepping stone to getting an answer. Ecclesiastes is a cleanser that will de-clutter your life and bring a relationship with God into vital - all or nothing - focus. And don't forget - "it's a wonderful, beautiful, horsey day."
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.