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.
It’s the best one there is – the crown jewel of Bible teachings – the doctrine of Justification. Our Heavenly Father has declared us to be not guilty in his sight. Jesus was willing to take the punishment for sin and to become our atoning sacrifice. Salvation is ours by grace. It is ours solely because of who God is and what he, in his loving kindness, was willing to accomplish for us and give to us! To him be the glory!!
Jesus is our joy
Hiding in a safe house in Jerusalem, Jesus' followers were filled with fear of the authorities and confusion over the Master's Whereabouts. Our fears and frustrations are not the same as theirs, but they are real just the same. The living Jesus puts fear to rest and fills his followers with confident joy.
O risen Lord, you came to your disciples and took away their fears with your word of peace. Come to us also by Word and sacrament and banish our fears with the comforting assurance of your abiding presence; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Pastors Huebner and Hackmann join to discuss the next chapter - chapter 11 of Grace Abounds. It’s a dive into the work of Jesus. He is our Redeemier. work for us. We’ll explore his Humiliation and Exaltation and conclude with a review of his offices or roles for us of Prophet, Priest, and King. Jesus fulfilled all these roels and carried them to perfection to be our Savior from sin.
The Resurrection is the hope joy and life of the Christian! Today is what it's all about! Without Easter, there's no point to any of it! But Jesus is alive!! He's paid for sin, he's conquered death and he's guaranteed our resurrection and place with him forever in glory! That's why we shout: Alleluia! Praise the Lord!"
Almighty God, through your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, you overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life. We humbly pray that we may live before you in righteousness and purity forever; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Join the pastors at Grace for this special Holy Week episode. They follow Jesus' week and recount his steps as he enters into Jerusalem for the final times to be our sins' sacrifice! The Amazing Love of Jesus flows from every word spoken, place visited, and wound suffered for us! Marvel with us at the love of God that would save sinners liek you and me!
A blessed Holy Week to you all from us at Grace!!
All 3 of the current pastors at Grace joined together (but not too close together) to discuss the Person of Christ. We have the perfect Savior, not just the sinless, though he was. We have precisely the Savior that we needed, the God-man! Jesus Christ is the one who came to fulfill exactly what we needed to be our Savior – to stand in our place and be our substitute and to have his sacrifice be of value to us! The Person of Christ is exactly the person that we need him to be. We don’t have all the answers. We can’t fully grasp the fullness of our Savior Lord, but what the Scriptures reveal we confess and in him we rejoice.
It’s who we are! It’s not anyone’s favorite - to talk about sin or to dwell on being a sinner, but it’s reality. God knows who we are and we know who we are too. We can’t fool him or ourselves. We can’t hide from God and we shouldn’t try, but instead we ought to confess our sins to the Lord and then bask in his full and free and fantastic forgiveness! Pastor Hackmann and Strong chat about this chapter from Grace Abounds and how we can embrace the law, because it drives us to the One who kept the law for us and now it shows us how to live!! Jesus kept the law perfectly in our place, and now the law shines on our path and shows us how to live to thank him for his amazing love.
Jesus conquers spiritual blindness.
Despite the magnificence of the human mind and for all its achievements, we lack the ability to gain insights into the love of God. Jesus gave sign to a blind man to illustrate his power to heal spiritual blindness.
Almighty God, you sent your one and only Son as the Word of life for our eyes to see and our ears to hear. Help us believe what the Scriptures proclaim about him and do the things that are pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Pastor Hackmann and Huebner discuss the new normal at Grace thanks to the coronavirus and celebrate technology, like podcasting to be able to stay connected to people. This week’s reading was on original sin and how it has impacted and every generation that has been born since the Fall. The original sin in the Garden of Eden, now means that the rest of the human race inherits sin from their parents and is born in hostility to the gospel. Even though sin is a stark reality for us, the fact that we are bound to sin and evil from birth, (and thus incapable of playing a part in our own salvation) makes Christ’s calling of us through the Means of Grace and his unconditional saving love that much more amazing! He knew how powerless and weak we were, and he still saved us!! All thanks be to our God!!