This is ... Most Certainly True!
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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!