This is ... Most Certainly True!
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Daniel Bondow. The star they saw in the East led the Magi to see and worship Jesus. Their experience emphasizes and reveals God's great work to bring all people to faith in his Son, the Savior of the world.
Sermon on Hebrews 2:10-18 preached at Grace Lutheran Church by Rev. Aaron Strong. Christ came to be our Substitute in life and in death. Hebrews 2 demonstrates that Jesus became a human being to atone for the sins of all people.
Sermon on John 1:1-18 preached at Grace Lutheran Church by Rev. Aaron Strong for Christmas Day, 2018. Included at the end of this podcast is a fantastic setting of Martin Luther's classic Christmas chorale, "From Heav'n Above" by Kevin Hildebrand.
Sermon on Hebrews 10:5-10 preached at Grace Lutheran Church by Rev. Daniel Bondow. To save the human race God's Son became a human being.
Deuteronomy may be a re-reading of sorts, but it's worth it. Find out why and more as Pastors Bondow and Huebner discuss the flow and feel of this last book of Moses. Bonus question: Are we really thinking about Lent just before Christmas?
Why are there four Gospels that tell the story of the same Jesus? What sets the Gospel according to Luke apart from the others? Also, learn how to make a butterfly or clover map of Jesus' ministry travels and enjoy the warm burn of the good news inside you like the Emmaus disciples.
Background music: "Oh Bless the Lord, My Soul" played by Troy Hergert.
Sermon on Malachi 3:1-7 preached at Grace Lutheran Church by Rev. Jim Huebner. Prepare the way for the Lord! The Messenger exposed sin and cleared the way to God.
Sermon on 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 preached by Pastor Daniel Bondow. Paul prays out loud for the sake of the Thessalonians' love and faith that they may continue blameless until the day Jesus returns in glory.
Pastor Bondow and Pastor Strong take up the book of Hebrews and enjoy the deep dive through Old Testament themes that all point to Jesus as faith's treasure. This written sermon of a book will challenge, confront, encourage and guide you to push through all trials by hanging on to the hope Jesus alone inspires.
Sermon on Mark 13:26-37 preached at Grace Lutheran Church by Rev. Aaron Strong. As we consider the coming of our Lord on the Last Day, we hear Jesus' call to keep watch and be ready for his return.