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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.
Jesus conquers spiritual thirst.
Parched and panting—that’s what we are without Jesus. Healthy on the outside by all appearances, but feeling the dry deadness of sin in our consciences. Jesus comes with the water of life, forgives our sins, and shows us a new life with him.
O God, in your love you have always shown mercy. Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word; 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 college basketball post-season which is an exciting time for at least Pastor Hackmann and Strong, yet they take time (doesn’t really start until tomorrow, so don’t be too impressed) to sit down and discuss Grace Abounds Chapter 7. The beginning of the section on mankind (Anthropology) dives into the Creation of Man, body and soul, the image of God and the loss of that image through the fall into sin. It good to review God’s intentions for his Creation, our failure to live up to those intentions and God’s willingness to step up and fix what we’ve broken. It all ties together to make a good discussion on this next episode of Most Certainly True!
Jesus Conquers Uncertainty
God’s plan to save the world overturns human intelligence and logic: How can the innocent death of one man overcome the deserved death of the human race? Can this be true? Can we stake our lives on this? Jesus conquers our doubts and compels our conﬁdence.
Almighty God, you see that we have no power to defend ourselves. Guard and keep us both outwardly and inwardly from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Pastors Huebner and Hackmann discuss the differences between March in Wisconsin and Alaska and share their excitement (though one of them might have been faking it) for the upcoming Iditarod Sled Dog Race. This week’s chapter is Chapter 6 – God’s Creating Activity. This chapter offers a review of the Creation of the World and how God still daily preserves the entire world, and especially the crown of his creation, mankind! “God does not concur with evil, but he normally won’t interrupt nature to prevent it either.” “God’s foreknowledge of evil doesn’t make him culpable for that evil,” “It’s not God’s fault (or the teacher’s) that Fritz failed out of Geometry!” and other truth gems await the reader of chapter 6 and the listener of this podcast!
Jesus Conquers Satan.
The old evil foe means deadly woe. We know his power. Beginning with his confrontation in the wilderness and ending with his triumph on the cross, Jesus destroyed the devil’s power. We, too, will conquer!
Lord our strength, the battle of good and evil rages within and around us, and our ancient foe tempts us with his deceits and empty promises. Keep us steadfast in your Word, and when we fall, raise us up again and restore us through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
It’s not as easy as you think, to smoothly end a podcast episode. Here’s the story, Pastors Strong and Hackmann were so enamored with the glory of who our God is that they forgot how to end the show. Listen to this episode and praise our God who reveals himself to us in his holy Word. Explore the glory in everything that we know about our Triune God and then laugh with our pastors (not at them, please) as they look for a gentle way to “land” the episode.
Ash Wednesday: Remembering that We are Dust
Christians gather to begin the somber season of Lent – a 40 day period of repentance, reflection, and sorrow over sin. The name Ash Wednesday, comes from Genesis 3:19 and the reminder that we are given there about our sinful mortal state. After the Fall into sin, God declares to Adam and Eve: “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Mindful of our sinful state, our inability to please God and the fact that our sins caused Jesus’ passion, we come before God’s throne with heavy hearts to confess our sins. Yet, even on this day of sorrow, the light of the love of God shines forth to point us to the cross and the forgiving grace that flows from there!
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us! We don’t deserve your ear to hear us, your eyes to see us, your heart to consider us, yet, you do all these things and so much more. We praise you for your love and forgiveness. Helps us to never forget the lengths to which you went to save us. Keep us ever remembering, ever repenting of our sins, ever rejoicing in your love – for you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit are the one and only, our true and saving God! Amen.
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.