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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"

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.

03/07/2019

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. 

03/07/2019

"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."

03/04/2019

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. 

02/27/2019

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!

02/25/2019

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.

02/20/2019

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. 

02/12/2019

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.

02/05/2019

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.

01/29/2019

Sermon on Isaiah 61:1-6 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Aaron Strong. Through the pen of the prophet Isaiah the eternal Son proclaimed his mission. What God promised in the Old Testament he fulfilled in the coming of Jesus. What he promises to us is as
certain as his Word, for his promises are based on the completed work of Christ.

01/28/2019

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. 

01/22/2019

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.

01/22/2019

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.

01/10/2019

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.

01/09/2019

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.

01/04/2019

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.

12/29/2018

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.

12/28/2018

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.

12/23/2018

Join Becky and Jessica as they talk with Pastor Schroeder from St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church about the practical parts of celebrating Christmas. To gift or not to gift? Does your gingerbread house need a cross? Did Pastor Schroeder invent a new holiday that already exists, but we just didn't know about it? A special thank you to Psallos for permission to use "Ex Paradiso" as well as the many moms that lent their voices. Merry Christmas to all!

12/19/2018

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?

12/14/2018

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.

12/10/2018

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.

12/03/2018

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.

11/28/2018

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.

11/26/2018

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.