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Trust That the Lord Is Bringing Final Deliverance
This universe will one day end. What is our attitude toward the coming of The End? Knowing that we will be face to face with God and our eternal destiny, what attitude fills our hearts—fear? dread? anxiety? How about faith! Our worship today focuses on trust that he builds in our hearts as we look to his final deliverance.
Sermon on Revelation 22:6-13 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Daniel Bondow.
Almighty God and Savior, you have set the final day and hour when we shall be delivered from this world of sin and death. Keep us ever watchful for the coming of your Son that we may sit with him and all your holy ones at the marriage feast in heaven; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Brace Yourself for the Dreadful Days of the End of Time
Jesus warns us that the days that precede the end of time will not be easy for believers. Our faith in Christ readies us for these difﬁcult days and gives us conﬁdent joy as we look forward to our Savior’s return.
Sermon on Luke 21:5-19 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Aaron Strong.
Lord God Almighty, so rule and govern our hearts and minds by your Holy Spirit that we may always look forward to the end of this present evil age and to the day of your righteous judgment. Keep us steadfast in true and living faith and present us at last holy and blameless before you; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.
Look Forward to the Best Which is Yet to Come
Faith cares little about the details of life in heaven with God but simply looks forward to the day when all believers will be with the Lord forever.
Sermon on Isaiah 65:17-25 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Brian Hackmann.
Living God, your almighty power is made known chiefly in showing mercy and pity. Grant
us the fullness of your grace to lay hold of your promises and live forever in your presence; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
“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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Jim Huebner.
"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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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.
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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."