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09/19/2019

Don't be afraid - both of the book of Revelation, but also because of its core message. Through terrifying sights and terrific sounds, incredible imagery and poetry in song, Revelation is a masterpiece of apocalyptic literature in which Jesus triumphantly shouts - "Hang in there, I've got this!" We discuss some helpful ways to outline and interpret this special book of Scripture that its purpose might not be lost on us and we be left in despair because of the threats of the world around us. Ultimately, we are not abandoned, but hear the reassuring promise of our Lord, "Yes, I am coming soon."

09/16/2019

"10 for 10"

Today we begin a three-week stewardship emphasis to lead us toward giving ten percent of our income for ten weeks. The word stewardship is often regarded as a dirty word—a gimmick to get people to dig deeper and “give ’til it hurts.” Nothing could be further from the truth! Instead, stewardship is a precious word that sums up the Christian life. It encourages us to be who we truly are in Christ: Precious people who have been richly blessed by a Father who knows how to give good gifts to his children!

Sermon on Haggai 1:1-11 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Brian Hackmann.

Prayer:

O Lord, giver of life and source of all love, we know that all we have received comes from your gracious hand. Help us to always use your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously. Send your Holy Spirit to work through us, that many more might come to know the saving riches of your Son. May our faithful stewardship bear witness to the love of your Son in our hearts, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

09/10/2019

Keep Christ Jesus as Life’s Highest Priority.    The Christian life is all about setting priorities. Faith asks: what is most important in my walk with God? Faith answers: To make God and his message the highest priority of life.

Sermon on Luke 14:25-35, preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Brian Hackmann. 

O merciful Lord, you did not spare your only Son but delivered him up for us all. Grant us courage and strength to take up the cross and follow him, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

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09/19/2019

Don't be afraid - both of the book of Revelation, but also because of its core message. Through terrifying sights and terrific sounds, incredible imagery and poetry in song, Revelation is a masterpiece of apocalyptic literature in which Jesus triumphantly shouts - "Hang in there, I've got this!" We discuss some helpful ways to outline and interpret this special book of Scripture that its purpose might not be lost on us and we be left in despair because of the threats of the world around us. Ultimately, we are not abandoned, but hear the reassuring promise of our Lord, "Yes, I am coming soon."

09/16/2019

"10 for 10"

Today we begin a three-week stewardship emphasis to lead us toward giving ten percent of our income for ten weeks. The word stewardship is often regarded as a dirty word—a gimmick to get people to dig deeper and “give ’til it hurts.” Nothing could be further from the truth! Instead, stewardship is a precious word that sums up the Christian life. It encourages us to be who we truly are in Christ: Precious people who have been richly blessed by a Father who knows how to give good gifts to his children!

Sermon on Haggai 1:1-11 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Brian Hackmann.

Prayer:

O Lord, giver of life and source of all love, we know that all we have received comes from your gracious hand. Help us to always use your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously. Send your Holy Spirit to work through us, that many more might come to know the saving riches of your Son. May our faithful stewardship bear witness to the love of your Son in our hearts, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

09/10/2019

Keep Christ Jesus as Life’s Highest Priority.    The Christian life is all about setting priorities. Faith asks: what is most important in my walk with God? Faith answers: To make God and his message the highest priority of life.

Sermon on Luke 14:25-35, preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Brian Hackmann. 

O merciful Lord, you did not spare your only Son but delivered him up for us all. Grant us courage and strength to take up the cross and follow him, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

09/08/2019

At the right place and the right time, God used a cupbearer to King Artaxerxes to lead a remnant of his people back into his grace. We get to relive this wonderful history and breathtaking book where persecution is met with perseverance and tired, weak arms find their strength in the Lord and his faithfulness. Nehemiah may be the name of the book, but the ultimate goal of this story shows a different main Character and praises the Lord of full and free grace to sinners. With such a Savior, we delight to see the storied examples of joyful worship, selfless service and undying courage in the pages of this book. The Lord encourage us all to imitate their fruits of faith as blesses the work of our hands and fuels us with his faithful love.

09/06/2019

Seek the way of humility.   Arrogance is a cancer that eats away at our relationship with God and our friends and neighbors. Faith grasps the danger of arrogance and strives to live in humility.

Sermon on James 2:1-13, preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor James Huebner. 

O Lord of grace and mercy, teach us by your Holy Spirit to follow the example of your Son in true humility, that we may withstand the temptations of the devil and with pure hearts and minds avoid ungodly pride; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

08/30/2019

The Door to Heaven Is Narrow.   Who will enter the gate that leads to eternal life with God? Jesus’ followers believe that only faith in their Savior will enable them to enter heaven. They also understand that many will be surprised and horrified at the end of time.

Sermon on Luke 13:22-30 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Aaron Strong. 

Almighty and everlasting God, give us an increase of faith, hope, and love; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

08/29/2019

...Grace Bible Study Days! What a thrill! These congregational growth nights of August mark a special time of year for our faith family. Listen in for a recap of the sessions offered, and to hear about some of the great blessings that come from an evening together in the Word in such a format. If you didn't make it this year, see you next August!

08/23/2019

History-lovers, look no further: it's time to read the book of Daniel. God certainly equipped his people with foresight through the specific prophecies given to Daniel. The point is clear - hard days are ahead, but the Lord's eternal kingdom endures and an eternal inheritance is ours through his Anointed One. After some chit-chat, we're ready to soak in the bold comfort of God's presence in our world for his purpose of saving us all. We'll cover some context and the outline for this great book with the goal of growing in our Savior's love and the peace he alone gives in the midst of spiritual danger and turmoil.

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

End Music: "Jesus Loves Me"

08/20/2019

Opposition to Christ Can Come Our Way. No one enjoys opposition to what they believe. No one usually looks forward to receiving flack. But the reality is that opposition to what we believe and know to be true from Holy Scripture will come. How do we handle that? God’s word and promise shift our attitude from fear of opposition to the recognition that we are blessed when we face opposition because through it our trust in the Lord Jesus is deepened.

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.

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"

07/28/2019

As Jesus teaches us how to pray, he encourages us to pray about spiritual priorities and to be confident that he will answer.

Sermon on Luke 11 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Aaron Strong. 

O Lord, your ears are always open to the prayers of your humble servants, who come to you in Jesus’ name. Teach us always to ask according to your will that we may never fail to obtain the blessings 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.

07/24/2019

Congrats in advance to the listener who makes it to the end of this podcast (and to the reader who finishes Ezekiel's 48 chapters!). MKE Downtown Workers Appreciation Week never had such an impact on a podcast until now. Grow in your own appreciation for Ezekiel's prophetic work that utilized a variety of genres (apocalyptic, poetry, parable) in order that people would "know that I am the LORD."

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

End Music: "Jesus Loves Me"

07/21/2019

The Word of God is the one thing needful. Life is full of distractions, but followers of Jesus know how to balance busy lives with time spent in the Word, the source of life.

Sermon on Genesis 18:1-14 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Daniel Bondow. 

Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your Word. By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy and to bring forth fruits in faith and hope and love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

07/18/2019

How would you spell "fludubered"? There may be no right/wrong answer, but we do know the Word of God is one-of-a-kind and vital for true life. Pastor Huebner joins in to podcast on both 1 & 2 Peter and the special way we are encouraged in Christian living and believing through difficult times by these two letters.

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

End Music: "Jesus Loves Me"

07/14/2019

Because the Lord loves us, we love one another. We imitate the Lord’s love for us by coming to the aid of those in need, no matter who they are.

Sermon on Luke 10:25-37 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Brian Hackmann. 

God of all power and might, you are the giver of all that is good. Help us love you with all our heart, strengthen us in true faith, provide us with all we need, and keep us safe in your care;
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

07/11/2019

Consider this a throwback Thursday as the original thinkers for this podcast, Jessica Tess and Becky Schermerhorn, join in to give an update on the Bible Reading Challenge, what we've learned, and find out the status update for all our coffee mugs. We've made it to the last page of the Bible Reading Challenge, so "don't stop now!" and "it's never too late to jump in!"

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

End Music: "Jesus Loves Me"

07/09/2019

Jesus promises to provide for his witnesses. When he calls his people to share the good news of forgiveness, he doesn’t send them out alone. He provides all they need as his children and witnesses.

Sermon on 1 Peter 5:1-4 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Jim Huebner. 

Almighty God, You have built your church on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. Continue to send your messengers to preserve your people in true peace, that, by the preaching of your Word, your Church may be kept free from all harm and danger; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

07/05/2019

Pastor Brian Hackmann reminds us of his great cookie challenge as he tries to get to know names and faces at Grace. Our book this week is James, which gives us a refreshing call to repent and stay humble in our walk with the Lord. The historical context and setting greatly assist us in how we interpret the words of this letter and remind us how important a message this book is for both new and mature Christians today.

Special start and end music, "The B-I-B-L-E," performed by Elsie Bondow (age 3) and Kevin Becker (age 3+).

07/01/2019

Jesus has called us to be his witnesses in the world. By faith we accept his commission and make it our highest priority. In this section from 2 Corinthians 11, the apostle Paul talks about giving up everything to share the power of the gospel with others.

Sermon on 2 Corinthians 11:21b-30 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Aaron Strong. 

06/30/2019

Pastor Aaron Strong joins in as we talk about Jeremiah, the book and the prophet. This book is the longest of the Old Testament, which allows us to take a deep dive with Jeremiah into his life as God's servant. We see what the ministry of the Word meant over the course of many years, several Judean kings and tons of adversity. Jeremiah, the sinner-saint, is on full display that God's enduring love and strength would be revealed to us and fashioned also in us.

06/23/2019

To Testify to the Power of God: Faith is always active, never passive. When we view God’s power and
love through the eyes of faith, we are compelled to share the story. 

Sermon on Luke 8:26-39 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Brian Hackmann. 

06/21/2019

The special guest has a special ministry anniversary approaching this summer, and what a better way to prime the pump than with a ministry-encouraging letter like 2 Corinthians. Don't regard servants of the Word by what you see, understand the many contrasts at play that emphasize gospel glory in jars of clay, hand-written letters from God's representatives, and love that comes from and is compelled by Christ. This list goes on as we work to stand firm in Christ and bear the rich fruits of his grace in our lives.

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!

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.