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 Daniel 12:1-3 preached at Grace Lutheran Church by Rev. James Huebner. At the coming of the Lord, those made righteous by faith will rise to live forever.
Consider the communication of God to us through the laws of Leviticus. Find out Pastor Huebner's plan for teaching this book to high-schoolers, and what makes him reach for tissues. It's great to be a Christian; it's great to belong to the Lord forever. Lord Jesus, you are our center.
Sermon on Mark 12 preached at Grace Lutheran Church by Rev. Daniel Bondow. Jesus warns us from a kind of self-fulfillment in life that perishes for eternity. He points out the generosity of a poor widow to highlight her inner joy of faith.
Grace pastors flip around Exodus faster than fingers on a fiddle in this delightful exploration of God's great deliverance and grace to his people.
Sermon on Deuteronomy 6:1-9 preached by Pastor James Huebner. Moses encouraged the people to love the Lord with heart, soul, and strength.
Pastor Bondow flies solo in this shorter episode to talk Galatians with an old friend on the most important topic of how we are saved.
Mentioned Resource: Pastor Bondow referred to a summary of Luther's commentary on Galatians which can be found here:
This week Most Certainly True breaks from the usual format to bring you a Special Reformation Episode. Some might even say Extra Special. Guests Dr. Wade Johnston, WLC professor, and Rachel Jankovic, author, join the show for an investigative look at culture of yesterday and today, the Reformation, and how God’s Word gives Christ back to us as often as you read it. Listen to find out how we discover our narrative completely outside of ourselves, how social media is the new printing press, and what President Josh Schermerhorn prays for when he thinks of the members at Grace. Grab a blanket and cozy up...this is a collect call you definitely want to take!
Sermon on Psalm 46 preached at Grace Lutheran Church by Rev. Aaron Strong. Confident of God's strength and might at work for us, we know we are never alone. Included is the choral version of the psalm from Sunday's worship service. Happy Reformation 501 this week!
Sermon on 1 Corinthians 9 preached at Grace Lutheran Church by Rev. Daniel Bondow. Though he deserved high respect, Paul was a servant to all.
Our Bible Reading Challenge takes a break from the books to talk a little further about prayer, introduce and welcome a new staff member, Drew Carter, at Grace, and even sit back to relax to the soothing sounds of a new song.