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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Several contributors offer prayers, readings, music and thanksgiving in this special episode as we celebrate the manifold wonders of God in our lives.