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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.

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).

BRC01: Episode 25

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.

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.