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Thy Strong Word is a daily in-depth study of the books of the Bible with host Rev. AJ Espinosa and guest pastors from across the country. Thy Strong Word is graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation and produced by the LCMS Office of National Mission.

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Thy Strong Word is a daily in-depth study of the books of the Bible with host Rev. AJ Espinosa and guest pastors from across the country. Thy Strong Word is graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation and produced by the LCMS Office of National Mission.

    Exodus 1: Fruitful & Multiplied in Egypt by ☧ the Word

    Exodus 1: Fruitful & Multiplied in Egypt by ☧ the Word

    Rev. Dan Torkelson, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in North Prairie, Wisconsin, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Exodus 1.

    “The people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly.” Exodus 1 flows seamlessly out of Genesis while also foreshadowing the confrontation with Pharaoh. Israel fulfills God’s commandment to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” even while serving the King of Egypt. Yet Pharaoh prefers “wisdom” over life, which will lead to disaster as in Genesis 3. But the midwives, even before Moses and the Apostles, boldly obey God rather than men. God’s blessing and promise could not be stopped, even as Christ the Word cannot be stopped.

    • 54 min
    Psalm 109: David's City Wrapped in Graveclothes of Risen ☧

    Psalm 109: David's City Wrapped in Graveclothes of Risen ☧

    Rev. Kevin Parviz, pastor of Congregation Chai v'Shalom in St. Louis, Missouri, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Psalm 109.

    “May his days be few; may another take his office!” Psalm 109 only seems harsh or unforgiving when taken out of context. Although King David curses his betrayer, he does so not for his own benefit, but so that his betrayer’s reign of terror and oppression over Israel would come to an end. Similarly, Christ had no grudge against Judas, but the curse of the Cross was reversed to clothe God’s people in salvation and to clothe Jerusalem’s corruption in shame.

    • 54 min
    Mark 16: From Fear to Phase 2, Emboldened by Risen ☧'s Word

    Mark 16: From Fear to Phase 2, Emboldened by Risen ☧'s Word

    Rev. Darrin Sheek, pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Anaheim, California, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Mark 16.

    “They went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them.” Mark 16 shows that miracles don’t produce faith—only the Word does. Every last one of Jesus ☧’s disciples ran away in fear, but God sends His Word to transform their faulty ideas and incomplete actions into an abundance, like the Feeding of the Five Thousand. Mark’s account of ☧ walking on the water gives the key: the risen ☧ reveals Himself through His authoritative Word to save us and to continue His gospel through us as His bold witnesses.

    • 54 min
    Mark 15: All React, Centaurion Sees How ☧ Dies as Son of God

    Mark 15: All React, Centaurion Sees How ☧ Dies as Son of God

    Rev. Duncan McLellan, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ankeny, Iowa, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Mark 15.

    “Truly this man was the Son of God!” Of all the various responses to Jesus ☧ in Mark 15, it seems only the centaurion has the right reaction. Pilate is dumbfounded. The crowd has no pity. The soldiers and passersby mock. The women stand at a distance. The centaurion however focuses on “this way he breathed his last.” Mark leaves out the dialogs to focus our eyes on the Cross, which shows us how Jesus is Messiah unlike anyone else, releasing us from death and bringing the age of God’s kingdom.

    • 54 min
    Mark 14: Different Approaches to ☧, Strong in Spirit for Passover

    Mark 14: Different Approaches to ☧, Strong in Spirit for Passover

    Rev. Doug Nicely, pastor of Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Collinsville, Illinois, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Mark 14.

    “One of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” Mark 14 slows down the pace and narrates the Passion of Jesus ☧ in detail. On the one hand, there are various contradictory goals and reactions swirling about ☧ as the disciples scatter in fear. On the other hand, everything unfolds according to ☧’s plan, as God secures a new Exodus for His people through the Lamb. “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” ☧ shows that, even amidst His real human turmoil, He is selflessly resolved to confront Judas and even the High Priest for the sake of His people.

    • 54 min
    Mark 13: World of Caesar & Annas Passes Away, ☧'s Word Won't

    Mark 13: World of Caesar & Annas Passes Away, ☧'s Word Won't

    Rev. John Lukomski, retired LCMS pastor, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Mark 13.

    “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones!” Jesus ☧ however tells His disciples to “Look out!” He shifts their attention away from appearances and onto His Word. The Temple will soon pass away, “but my words will not pass away,” He says. Like the disciples, we are often preoccupied with the material logistics, afraid that the church’s mission will fail without big donations and powerful allies. ☧ however teaches that God works grace out of hardship. Amidst the crisis in Jerusalem He caused the gospel to go out to the nations. We can only rely on this unchanging Word. ☧ reigns even when it feels chaotic.

    • 54 min

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