Nahum prophesies the destruction of Nineveh and the Assyrians and comforts God's people that He is in control, that He is good and is our protection. This is a comforting assurance that the LORD is our refuge and strength through the troubles of this life. Our summary verse is from Nahum 1:7: “The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.” – (NKJV)
The church remembers the Apostle Andrew on November 30th. Andrew was one of the more familiar disciples, but as we dig into the life of this apostle, there may be a few details that you were not aware or did not remember. He was the brother of Peter, but was first a disciple of John the Baptizer and the one who introduced Peter to Jesus. He was a fisherman from the city of Bethsaida, was a witness of the Savior's ministry and resurrection. Tradition holds that he was crucified on an X shaped cross, which has become known as St. Andrew's Cross. Join us as we dig into the Bible and other historical information to learn about this disciple of Jesus and as we apply what we learn to our own lives today!
Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Rob Sauers for this special Thanksgiving episode as they discuss the Thanksgiving hymn: Sing to the LORD of Harvest. The author, John Monsell wrote hundreds of hymns, several of which are in The Lutheran Hymnal. This hymn highlights the LORD's daily "first article" blessings related to our life and the sustaining of it. But it will also points us to the redemption won by Christ and our response to these blessings as we give witness to our Savior-God with our lives! Join us as we study this familiar Thanksgiving hymn!
Micah prophesied during the time of the Assyrian. It was a time of a crumbling nation, and crumbling faith. He makes strong judgments, strong promises, and strong pleas toward repentance. Our summary verse is from Micah 6:8: “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” – (NKJV) Note the verbs of vocation: Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly. Strength comes from our LORD and Savior!
Isaiah is the longest prophetic work in the Old Testament. He condemns the externalism of the people, but he also proclaims a message of hope. Jesus is found in many beautiful pictures in Isaiah. Our summary verse is from Isaiah 9:6: “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – (NKJV) Why this Christmas text? Because Isaiah points to the promised Child Who fulfills God's promises and the One who takes us from the Garden of Eden to Garden of Gethsemane.
Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Neal Radichel for part four of our Christian Parenting series. This episode will discuss the importance of a solid marriage and the impact the marriage relationship can have on children. They will discuss the importance of helping your children look for a God-fearing spouse even at a young age, and modeling a Christian marriage for your children. They will discuss what that looks like and why it is important, not just for your marriage, but also for your children.
Hosea prophesied to Israel during its final and very tumultuous years. Hosea speaks out against idolatry which he compared to spiritual adultery. We see Christ in the faithful Husband who loves His wife (the Church) as pictured in Hosea's relationship with Gomer. Our summary verse is from Hosea 6:6: “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings” – (NKJV)
Amos was sent by God from Judah to Israel to declare God's judgment on those who rejected Him: Syria, Philistia, Phoenicia, Edom, Ammon, Moab, Judah and finally Israel. They were prosperous, but they forsook the LORD. Amos reminds us that the LORD alone is God and is to be worship. Our summary verse is from Amos 4:13: “For behold, He who forms mountains, And creates the wind, Who declares to man what his thought is, And makes the morning darkness, Who treads the high places of the earth — The LORD God of hosts is His name.” – (NKJV)
Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Neal Radichel for part three of our Christian Parenting series. This episode will discuss the importance of Christian discipline in the home. They will lay the Biblical foundation for discipline and discuss some real world application as they talk about what discipline looks like in a Christian home, as well as offering resources to help parents with this God-given responsibility.
Jonah is one of the more familiar prophets of the Old Testament, but was not the best example. He is often called the reluctant prophet, because he didn't want to go to Nineveh where the LORD sent him. So what can we learn from this reluctant missionary? First, that God desires the salvation of all people. Second that we are not to determine if someone is worthy of the Gospel, but to preach the word and let the Spirit do the work. Our summary verse is from Jonah 4:2: “I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness.” – (NKJV)