Thy Strong Word from KFUO Radio

Thy Strong Word from KFUO Radio

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.

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May 6, 2021 57 min
Rev. Curtis Deterding, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Myers, FL, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 9. The LORD appeared to Solomon a second time, I Kings 3:5 was the first.  He brings beautiful words of promise, “I have heard your prayer”, “I will be putting my name there forever”, and in faith, “I will establish your throne over Israel forever.”  Yet, there is a big “IF” inserted.  If he is not faithful, ther...
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Rev. David Fleming, associate pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Executive Director of Spiritual Care with DOXOLOGY, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 8:54-66. Learn more about DOXOLOGY and the Respite Retreats for pastors at doxology.us. Solomon blessed and made peace offerings for God’s people. He asked the LORD to be with them, to keep them in the faith, and that the Word may be nea...
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Rev. Kevin Parviz of Congregation Chai V Shalom, St. Louis, Missouri joins host Rev. Brady Finnern of Messiah Lutheran, Sartell, MN to study 1 Kings 8:22-53. It’s time to pray.  Solomon stood before the Lord’s altar with all of Israel and pleaded with the LORD.  He asked for the Lord’s mercy to help them be faithful as He was faithful, faith for the unbelievers, forgiveness when we sin, and providence in all trials (especially in ...
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Rev. Jason Shockman of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, West Salem, WI joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 8:1-21. The temple is ready.  The ark of the covenant is in the Holy Place and leaders and many nations gather to see the place that God would dwell.  Solomon reminds the people that it is the LORD that keeps HIs promises and they are able to see God’s handiwork that brings hope for the future.  We pray for the sam...
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Rev. Timothy Sims of St. John Lutheran Church in Chester, IL joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 7:13-51. Bronze pillars, stands, sea of cast metal, oxen, cherubim, palm trees, and lions...oh my.  The LORD gave Solomon a very detailed list of furnishings to assure that everyone knew where to be made clean by the water and the bloody sacrifices.   In the Temple everything was covered by gold, showing the purity and sacre...
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April 29, 2021 56 min
Rev. Gregory Alms of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Catonsville, MD joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 7:1-12. The Temple has been built after seven years of work.? As Solomon was a King he was to make a place to live, work, and care for his family.? It reminds us much of our own country’s political centers: The White House, the Capital, the supreme court chambers, the house, and the senate.? These places are? where the L...
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Rev. Matthew Ruesch of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingsford, Michigan, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 6. 480 years after the Israelites left Egypt, the temple was finally being built.? We see the intricate details of the building of the sanctuary, nave, holy place that has shaped how we build our modern-day churches.? God set aside a place for people to be around the Holy Things and today He has set aside the ...
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Rev. John Lukomski, host of Wrestling with the Basics on KFUO Radio, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 5. Find Wrestling with the Basics episodes at kfuo.org/wrestlingwiththebasics. Solomon’s calling is clear: Build the Temple (2 Samuel 7:13).  To accomplish this goal God uses people outside of Israel like in Sidon and Tyre.  As a construction crew needs to prepare to build a home, God prepared the Israelites for His ...
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April 26, 2021 57 min
Rev. Peter Schmidt, pastor of Beautiful Savior, Waukesha, WI joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 4. The author gives us a whole list of Solomon’s cabinet as he led all of Israel.  A wise leader understands that they can not do it alone, but God provides people around us to use His gifts to His glory.  God also gave Solomon wisdom to understand all of His creation (proverbs, songs, cedars, hyssop, beasts, birds, reptiles...
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Rev. John Rickert, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Newark, Delaware, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 3:16-28. Each day we are presented with ethical questions and conflict to be resolved.  King Solomon was presented with the most conflicted situation anyone could imagine.  By God’s grace, Solomon was able to give proper judgment as to fair and in accordance with God’s Word.  We pray that He would grant us wisdom so th...
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Rev. Brain Davies, pastor of Lord of Glory Lutheran Church in Grayslake, IL, joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 3:1-15. What do you seek from the LORD?  Our prayers will often function like a vending machine.  “Please grant me ________.” And we wait to see if he gives it.  We seek the tangible: health, protection, providence, and healing.  Yet, when Solomon was given the opportunity to ask for whatever he desired, he asked ...
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Rev. Nathan Meador, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Wisconsin, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 2:13-46. All Adonijah wanted to do was get married, right?  Solomon’s reign in his kingdom had begun after David’s death.  As requested by David before his passing, there were some that needed to be taken care of.  There had been disobedience and sin on the part of Adonijah, Shimei, and Joab and when there ...
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Rev. Peter Lange, First Vice President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 2:1-12. What words do you want to share with your family before you leave this world?  David clearly had reflected on this question as he spoke to his son, Solomon, before his death.  He proclaims to Solomon what was most important, “Be strong and keep the charge of the LORD.”  David points Solomon back to t...
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April 19, 2021 58 min
Rev. David Boisclair of Faith and Bethesda Lutheran Church in Pine Lawn, MO joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 1:28-53. Our plans are not our own.  Adonijah appointed himself to be king, but David and the LORD had different plans--Solomon.  Our plans are not always God’s plan, most likely they aren’t even close.  We move forward by faith trusting in the promises that we do know: Christ and Him crucified.  “Lord God, as...
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April 16, 2021 57 min
Rev. Dr. Walter Maier, III, professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Kings 1:1-27. Who is next in line to be king?  David was near the end of his journey on earth and his oldest son, Adonijah, tried taking the throne against the will of God.  In one way, we can relate with the desire to do something we are convinced is right because WE want ...
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April 16, 2021 2 min
When we think of kings, we may think of all-wise, upright, strong men who fairly rule the land with patience and love.  Yet, the stories of 1 and 2 Kings do not paint a heroic picture. Deception, idolatry, lies, and immorality summarizes the success of the kings of this era. The books of Kings were written for a greater purpose: to show a patient and merciful God. Join us these next few months as we slowly walk with the Kings in th...
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Rev. Steven Theiss, vacancy pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, Missouri, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Psalm 150. Praise the LORD!  Praise the LORD where his name is given, praise Him where He has placed us, praise Him for He has done marvelous things through our Savior Jesus.  The Psalmist reminds us of our need to praise the LORD of all creation and shows us the gifts He gives to do so: our bodies, trumpet...
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Rev. Dr. Timothy Saleska, professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Psalm 1. The Psalms are what God gives to us as we wait for Him.  In Psalm 1, the LORD shows us that we are blessed as He knows and has chosen us.  He compares the righteous to a tree by streams of water.  Our connection to the LORD is a delight because He bears the fruit of faith.  We pray that t...
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Rev. John Lukomski, host of Wrestling with the Basics on KFUO Radio, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 2 Thessalonians 3. Find Wrestling with the Basics at kfuo.org/wrestlingwiththebasics. The Christian life is not idle.  Paul tells the Thessalonians to keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness, even going as far as to say that if one is not willing to work they should not eat.  Paul challenges us to live an activ...
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Rev. George Murdaugh, pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Douglasville, GA, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 2 Thessalonians 2. Paul points the Thessalonians to what really matters: the comfort and good hope through God’s grace in Christ.  There were rumors in Thessalonica that Christ had already returned, but the end will not come until the man of lawlessness is revealed.  He will be the son of destruction, he will...
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