This is ... Most Certainly True!
Jesus appears in glory as the Son of God.
Shortly before he began his journey to Jerusalem to suffer and die, Jesus took three of his disciples to a high mountain and showed them the divine reality that existed within his humble appearance: the Suffering Servant is truly the Son of God. We see this same sight through the eyes of faith as we prepare to follow the Savior to the cross during Lent.
Lord God, before the suffering and death of your one and only Son, you revealed his glory on the holy mountain. Grant that we who bear his cross on earth may behold by faith the light of his heavenly glory and so be changed into his likeness; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
A gift is only worthwhile if it is used and used in the proper way. God’s Word is an enormous gift to mankind, yet it doesn’t come without God’s instructions on how to use it! In this latest episode, Pastors Huebner and Hackmann discuss the Proper Use of the Bible. Four rules of biblical interpretation are explored and put into practice. The discussion ends with the need for and purpose of creeds and confessions. This discussion on Grace Abounds chapter 4 rounds out the introductory chapters on the Word of God!
Live a holy life.
How does God want us to live? How do we deﬁne “obedience” from God’s point of view? Jesus has the answer.
Lord God, in mercy receive the prayers of your people. Grant them the wisdom to know the things that please you and the grace and power always to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
“People will come from east and west and north and south and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.” This is Jesus’ promise. In it we find joy and purpose. Jesus died and rose to forgive the sins of everyone, and all those across ages and miles who believe in him are united with God and with all other believers on earth and in heaven. In John 17, Jesus prays for the unity of his people.
Sermon on John 17:20-26 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Brian Hackmann.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.