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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.

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+).