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