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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"

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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.

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.

03/31/2019

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.

03/28/2019

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.

03/28/2019

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.

How's the audio quality? Improvements have been made... =)

Bible Reading Challenge, Year 1, Episode 23

03/20/2019

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

03/18/2019

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.

03/15/2019

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.