Thy Strong Word reveals the light of our salvation in Christ through study of God’s Word, breaking our darkness with His redeeming light. Each weekday, two pastors fix our eyes on Jesus by considering Holy Scripture, verse by verse, in order to be strengthened in the Word and be equipped to faithfully serve in our daily vocations.
Thy Strong Word is hosted by Rev. Brady Finnern, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Sartell, MN, and graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation.
Jude: Contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints.
Rev. Joshua Knippa, pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran in Nederland, TX, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study the Epistle of Jude.
Jude tells us the Christians of the 1st century “to contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints.” The Christians in those days were surrounded by ungodly people who perverted the grace of our Lord Jesus. Sound familiar? Jude exhorts us to rely on the LORD alone while keeping ourselves in the love of God. He has called us beloved ones of the Father and promises that He will keep us with Him. “Lord God, keep us from stumbling, help us to wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ who leads us to eternal life. In Christ, Amen”
3 John. Walk in humility.
Rev. Dr. Michael Morehouse, pastor of Catalina Lutheran Church in Tuscon, Arizona joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study 3 John.
Walking in the truth of Christ leads us, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to humble service in all our vocations. By God’s wisdom, John shows an example of hospitality with Gaius and Demetrius. We pray that He would lead us to be generous as our Lord is generous toward us. John does call out the lack of generosity of Diotrephes. One of the greatest challenges in the church is to call out sin, but John handles this spiritual concern in light of Matthew 18, by calling out sin and doing so face to face. “Lord God, grant us a generous heart to love others, help us to be like Gaius & Demetrius, that by Your Holy Spirit, we may walk in Your truth that our joy may be complete in You. In Christ, Amen”
2 John: Walk in the truth and love of Christ.
Rev. Bob Hiller, pastor of Community Lutheran Church in Escondido and San Marcos, CA joins host Rev. Brady Finnern study 2 John.
In John’s 2nd letter to the elect lady, the church and her members, he rejoices for those who are walking in the truth and staying from those who deceive away from faith. We are called to abide with Christ as His love has been given for you by His physical death and resurrection which still comes to us today in His body and blood. “O LORD, keep us from those who deceive and help us to abide in Your Word. Amen”
I John 5:13-21: You may know that you have eternal life: Confidence in Christ.
Rev. Jacob Heine, Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Topeka, KS, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 John 5:13-21.
John ends his letter with a purpose statement, “That you may know that you have eternal life.” We live in a world that is obsessed with confidence. Confidence in our strengths, finances, personality, and station in life can easily lead to narcissism or depression. Confidence in Christ is faith that He hears you, He forgives you, and His Word is true! The call of the Christian is to repent. Repent for your lack of faith and know that “Christ is enough!” “O Holy Spirit, open our eyes, ears, and hearts to know and have confidence in the truth and new life in Christ. Help to realize that we will never be enough, but Christ is enough. Lord have mercy. Amen”
I John 5:1-12. You may know that you have eternal life: Believe in the testimony.
Rev. Jason Bredeson, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sacramento, CA joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study I John 5:1-12.
John is very clear: To believe in Christ’s life, death, resurrection, and ascension is to be born again in Him. Through faith in Him, we overcome this evil world by His work and grace. He has overcome evil and our hope is not in vain. Hold fast to the water claimed in water and the Word. Hold fast to the body and blood that we are able to eat and drink. Hold fast to the Spirit that opens our hearts to believe in Christ and HIs Word. “Lord Jesus Christ, Your testimony is true, send Your Holy Spirit that we may have life in You. In Your name, Amen”
I John 4:7-21. You may know that you have eternal life: Perfect love casts out fear.
Rev. Nabil Nour, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hartford, SD joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study I John 4:7-21.
Love is from God. Love is referenced over 20x which fills us with an unconditional love that we fully see with the cross and empty tomb. God’s love is in spite of us. This love given to us is not an opportunity to justify something that we desire, but a love that realizes that when we go against His will, His hand of mercy still extends to us. We see God’s love actively at work through the Church as she serves their community through food pantries, homeless shelters, homes for pregnant women, and services for all in need. “My song is love unknown, My Savior’s love to me, Love to the loveless shown, That they might lovely be. Oh, who am I? That for my sake, My Lord should take Frail flesh and die?" (Lutheran Service Book 430, "My Song is Love Unknown").
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