This is ... Most Certainly True!
The Church honors governing authorities.
Wisdom from God helps us to see the relationship between the Church and the government and the respect we owe to all who govern.
O Lord, our God, govern the nations on earth and direct the affairs of this world so that your Church may worship you in peace and joy; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
God gives us government as a gift and as his servant. Even when we can’t see it so clearly, God is working his plans and purposes for us and for all people through government. Church and state have different tools, different roles, and different goals. We would do well to keep these differences in mind. When we expect the government to accomplish what the Church has been called to do or vice versa, we will be left disappointed. Whether we have a government that is good, fair and equitable to us or not, we can rejoice that God is in control. Christ is King of both kingdoms and nothing can take from him his throne in either realm. Join us for a discussion on chapters 3-4 or Civil Government.
The Church is composed of those who believe the Gospel.
The Church is not made up of the good and the great, but only of those who
put their faith in Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
Almighty God, you invite us to trust in you for our salvation. Deal with us not in the severity of your judgment but by the greatness of your mercy; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
The Apostle John writes his letters to encourage his listeners toward truth and love! Both are absolutely necessary in the life and mission of a Christian! Read these short letters and join in to learn even more as Pastors Hackmann and Huebner discuss these New Testament gems!
Christians live by faith, trusting God to provide
Jesus cares for our physical needs just as he cares for our spiritual needs. He does this, however, in ways we don’t expect and can’t always understand. Just as he fed more than 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish, so he takes care of us in normal and supernatural ways.
God, our gracious Father, has forgiven all your sins. He sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior. Jesus paid the penalty for your guilt by his death on the cross and freed you from death by his resurrection from the grave. You are at peace with God. Live in the comfort and joy of his forgiveness.
What a gift to God's Church and to Christians this book of Romans is! Paul's letter to the churches that were gathering in several houses in the city of Rome has become a jewel in al of Scripture for the encouragement and edifying of all believers. His Bible Information Class for those believers and us guides us all through sin, grace, election, Christian living, godly service, vocational living and church fellowship. You would do well to spend a lot of time in this amazing book. And you'd also do well (in my opinion) to listen to this podcast!! Enjoy listening to the 3 pastors at Grace discuss Paul's letter to the Romans.
Christians live by faith, valuing spiritual wealth.
Christians must assess what has passing value and what has eternal value and then strive with diligence to secure treasures that will last. We pray that Jesus gives us wisdom to choose what is good and put aside what is not.
O God, you reveal your mighty power chiefly in showing mercy and kindness. Grant us the full measure of your grace that we may obtain your promises and become partakers of your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
John’s First Epistle is dripping with the love that the Savior has for us! Simple, yet profound, John points us to the love that the Savior has for us and how it motivates us to live in that love and show that love to one another! You’ll love this read this read through 1 John and we hope you love this podcast!
Christians live by faith, recognizing the battle between truth and error.
Jesus warns us that Satan plants weeds (false teachers) wherever the Spirit grows wheat (believers). Christians need to understand this truth lest they are misled by the power and success of false teachers. There is a promise in this Gospel: False teachers will be judged by God and believers will live safely forever in heaven.
O God, so rule and govern our hearts and minds by your Holy Spirit that, ever mindful of your final judgement, we may be stirred up to holiness of living here and dwellwith you in perfect joy hereafter; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Praise be to the Spirit that we have Paul’s inspired letter to the Colossians! In it, Paul spotlights Christ as the world’s only and all sufficient Savior from sin! His message is clear. His love is unquestioned. His work is sufficient. His gift is unmatched! He is all and is in all! Christ is the best!! He’s the only one that can give us heavenly hope. He’s the only one that bring peace, joy, unity, forgiveness and love! Read Colossians often and thank God even more that Jesus is your Savior from death and hell! He loves you and heaven is yours in his redeeming blood!!
Christians live by faith, thriving on the power of the Word.
Through the power of his Word Jesus creates faith in the hearts of people and through this Word leads people to offer lives of love to God and one another. We pray that the devil never keeps this Word from growing in us.
Blessed Lord, since you have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning, grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Pastors Huebner and Hackmann go backwards a week and cover a book that you’ve read previously (twice previously if you’re doing the extra readings). The letter drips with Joy, contentment, and celebration of unity. The memorable passages are on every page of this 4 chapter heartfelt and joy filled letter! “Rejoice in the Lord always! I’ll say it again, rejoice!”
Christians live by faith, finding rest in Jesus.
A loving God provided rest for physical weariness by creating his creatures with the ability to sleep. But there has always been more to the concept of rest in the Bible than a break from work and labor. God also provides rest for our souls. He gives us relief from sin and a reprieve from the threat of punishment by leading us to trust in his Son. We find our rest in Jesus.
Gracious God, our heavenly Father, your mercy attends us all our days. Be our strength and support amid the wearisome changes of this world, and at life's end grant us your promised rest and the full joys of your salvation; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.