Feb 20, 2018

Word of the Week - The Three Omnis

In our Word of the Week, Pastor Rob Sauers takes us through a study of the three omnis that we commonly use to describe certain attributes of God. Those words are omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence. Our study will consider just a few of the many Scripture passages that establish the fact that our God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and always present. We will also consider why these attributes of God might terrify us as well as why they are a comfort to us. 

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Feb 16, 2018

Review - Hymn 151 - Christ, the Life of All the Living

In today's podcast, Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Rob Sauers review the Lenten hymn, "Christ, the Life of All the Living." This is one of the more familiar of the Lenten hymns, and it appears in hymnals across denominations. This hymn really focuses not only on what Christ did through His life and death but what that means for us. As we study through the seven stanzas that make up this hymn, we will focus on what Christ suffered and what benefits we receive as a result. We pray that this review will help to prepare your hearts and minds for another Lenten journey.

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Feb 12, 2018

Word of the Week - Transfiguration

In our Word of the Week, Pastor Mark Tiefel takes us through a study of the word "transfiguration." Most of our churches celebrate this event in Jesus' ministry each year on the last Sunday before the beginning of the Lenten season. The significance of this event is often forgotten about among us, but as we'll see in this study, the transfiguration was a pivotal event in Jesus' ministry. This event demonstrates in a dramatic way who Jesus is, and it also had a lasting effect on the disciples. We pray that this study will help you better to understand and appreciate the significance of this very important event in the Jesus' ministry.

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Feb 9, 2018

CPR - The Divine Call

In today's podcast, Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Neal Radichel discuss the topic of the Divine Call. In one sense, all Christians have a divine call from the Lord as described in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 - "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” But typically when we talk about the Divine Call, we are talking about a call to the Public Ministry - when a congregation or a church body calls a pastor or teacher to serve them. In many denominations, the calling of a pastor or teacher is very similar to the process of applying for any other job. In the Lutheran church, we take a much different approach when it comes to issuing a call. Our discussion will define the Divine Call, discuss how we typically go about issuing a call, and how a pastor or teacher go about deciding what to do when they receive a call. We pray that this study will be informative and beneficial to you!

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Feb 3, 2018

Bible Study - Leviticus 16

In this Bible Study episode, Pastor Neal Radichel is joined by Pastor Nathanael Mayhew to look at the Day of Atonement in Leviticus 16. They dig into this very important chapter which helps us understand the entire book of Leviticus and also sheds light on the purpose of the work of Jesus as the Christ. They take a look at a couple of important Bible words in this chapter: Atonement, Skape Goat, and Offering, explain the context of Leviticus 16 and what it meant for God's Old Testament people and what it means for us as New Testament Christians. You won't want to miss this impoant journey through Leviticus 16!

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Jan 31, 2018

Word of the Week: Denomination

In our Word of the Week Pastor Nathanael Mayhew takes us into the word denomination. This is not used in the Bible but something that we should know and understand in our current religious landscape today. A denomination is a group or affiliation of churches that gather together because they share a common belief. Sometimes we call this a synod or a church body. Some people say that they don't go to church at all because there are so many differences between churches and they don't know which one is right. First of all, let's be sure that God's Word is true, and differences between church denominations don't make God's Word false or worthless. The problem which causes denominations is sin and false teaching which God has warned His people about throughout history. Jeremiah, Jesus, Paul and Peter all warn about the danger of false teachers and tell believers to stay away from them. It is because of false teaching that we have so many churches teaching different things today. But God's Truth CAN still be known. We can study His word and compare it with the teachings of different churches to see what is false and what is true. May the LORD bless us through the study of His Word of Truth and lead us to gather with others who believe and teach the same thing!

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Jan 26, 2018

CPR - Does Podcasting Hurt Preaching?

In today's podcast, Pastors Nathanael Mayhew, Mark Tiefel, Neal Radichel, and Rob Sauers all gather together for a roundtable discussion on podcasting. Our discussion is in response to a recent article published in Christianity Today entitled "How Podcasting Hurts Preaching" which you can read by clicking here. As the title of the article suggests, the author argues that podcasting takes away from the value of the Sunday sermon, even causing some not to see the value in going to church at all. In our discussion, we will highlight the importance of gathering together for worship regularly while also pointing out how podcasts like ours and sermons you may listen to online can be beneficial to you in your daily Christian walk. 

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Jan 23, 2018

Word of the Week - Conception

In our Word of the Week, Pastor Rob Sauers takes up a study of the word conception. This week marks the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that allowed women to abort their unborn children in our country. Related to this decision is the debate as to when human life begins. Does it begin at conception or sometime later? We, of course, have laws in our country against taking another person’s life. But isn’t that what we’re doing in an abortion? To try to relieve this tension, those who support abortion say that human life does not begin at conception, but rather, either when the fetus could survive outside of the womb or when the child is born.

Does God’s Word have anything to say about this? It most certainly does! Our study will look at those key Scripture passages that deal with this topic, and we will see that God’s Word clearly indicates that life begins at conception.

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Jan 19, 2018

Review: Patterns of Evidence

Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Neal Radichel give a summary and review of the documentary "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" in our podcast today. This video is available for purchase or on Netflix and covers the investigation of a man into the history of the Children of Israel in Egypt and their Exodus to the Land of Canaan. They will discuss some of the important archeological discoveries that verify the historical accuracy of the Biblical account of the Israelites in Egypt and their conquest of Canaan. They will also look into some of the reasons why this information is not better known today. In addition, this is not the typical documentery.  Filled with pictures, animation and computer aided reinactments, along with interviews with real people this is sure to keep you interested. If you are interested in the history of the Old Testament and how archeology verifies the Bible, you won't want to miss this documentary. 

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Jan 15, 2018

Word of the Week - Marriage

In our Word of the Week, Pastor Mark Tiefel takes us through a study of marriage. Marriage is under attack from many angles in our society today. As Christians, we can get caught up in talking about all of the sins against marriage that we sometimes forget about all of the blessings. As a result, there is a growing trend of people who no longer want to pursue marriage. Our study will remind us of all of the blessings that God intends for us to enjoy in marriage. We pray that this study will help you to see how the Lord intends to bless us through marriage.

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