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 20, 2022 57 min
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...
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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 gen...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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Rev. Thomas Eckstein, pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Jamestown, ND, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 John 4:1-6. Our itching ears can be led away from Christ by attractive words. It can be difficult to distinguish what is from God or from some other spirit, but it is clear that only the Holy Spirit calls us by the Gospel and keeps us with Christ. John proclaims the truth of the Holy Spirit but confesses who is NO...
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Rev. Doug Griebenaw, Mission Advocate for KFUO Radio in St. Louis, joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study I John 3:11-24. Our culture often equates love with a nice feeling in our heart. One does not need to live very long to realize that our hearts can lead us astray. John knows that the darkness in this world is REAL, therefore we need light & love. God’s power, love, forgiveness, and healing is greater than our feelings. The f...
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Rev. John Lukomski, co-host of Wrestling with the Basics on KFUO Radio, joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study I John 3:1-10. Find Wrestling with the Basics at kfuo.org/WrestlingWithTheBasics. God’s love in Christ is something to see. This love, by His cross, He calls us His children now and by His blood we are purified of all our sins. In response to this love we move forward to not be deceived, make a practice of sinning, or to kee...
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Rev. Kevin Yoakum, pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Riverview, FL joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study I John 2:18-29. Definitions are important. To say that someone is an antiChrist is not a small statement. John is warning the Church that those deny Christ’s full salvation by the cross is an antiChrist. Our goal is not to run around to find out who this antiChrist is, but to stay steadfast with Christ’s salvation. His...
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Rev. Jeremy Klaustermeier, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Warrenton, MO joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study I John 2:7-17. Love your neighbor. It is a command going back to Leviticus 19:18 that is now written with a forgiveness pen with bloody ink (I John 1:8-9). Darkness surrounds the world, but darkness can not share time with Light. Darkness has a timetable but Light is eternal. Love your neighbor, little children as You...
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Rev. Curtis Deterding pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Myers, FL joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study I John 2:1-6. We all need an advocate who will stand up for us when we are unable to stand up for ourselves.  It is the righteous Christ who took on our sins, made the payment for our salvation, and has done all of this for the whole world.  In this payment, we joyfully follow His commandments, repenting as we fall, but comfo...
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Rev. David Boisclair of Faith and Bethesda Lutheran Church in Pine Lawn, MO joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study I John 1:5-10. John heard, saw, & touched the good news of Christ and now he proclaims it to others: God is light, His cleansing, and His forgiveness by His blood. He warns us to re-think how we speak about sin as our Old Adam can say, “I’m not that bad of a sinner” but if that was true, why did Jesus die on the cros...
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Rev. Kevin Parviz, pastor of Congregation Chai v’Shalom in St. Louis, MO joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study I John 1:1-4. John preaches to the saints who were struggling in faith. This epistle is for us as we struggle in faith. From the beginning, Christ was the word of life that would be the one to unite us with the Triune God. We can knit-pick many details, but it comes down to the Truth of Christ’s life giving blood for you. T...
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Rev. Warren Woerth, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Arnold, MO joins Rev. Brady Finnern to start off our study of John’s three epistles. John writes these epistles that you “believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life (I John 5:13).” He writes these epistles toward the end of his life and is ardent with the desire for people not to believe the false messages going around the chur...
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Rev. Andrew Lehenbauer, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Concordia, MO joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 26. It appears that David was being falsely accused from others that led him to ask the LORD to do something we would fear ever to do: “LORD, judge me!” He knows that he was indeed a sinner (Psalm 51) AND knew that the Lord’s promises of steadfast love and faithfulness are real. Our conversations with Go...
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Rev. John Hopkins, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hicksville, NY joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 25. “Remember when…” we will say while with old friends. David realizes his sin and asks the LORD not to remember his sins—which we all hope, but also to remember that He is mercy. This Psalm is a prayer of a faithful person who not only seeks forgiveness, but for the LORD to lead, teach, guard, and give them r...
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Rev. Dan Torkelson, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in North Prairie, WI joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 126. The LORD restores fortunes. This Psalm might have been written after the Israelites were restored back to their homeland. Although everything was not perfect, it was another opportunity for a time to give thanks, to dream of what might be, and to see once again how the LORD takes care of us. He rest...
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Rev. John Lukomski, co-host of Wrestling with the Basics on KFUO Radio, joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 23. Find Wrestling with the Basics at kfuo.org/WrestlingWithTheBasics. We are like lost sheep who need a Shepherd. David’s words remind us all that the LORD gives: daily needs, righteousness, peace, comfort, goodness, mercy, restoration, and all that we need to support this body and life. This psalm is a great...
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Rev. Bryan Stecker, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Waconia MN, joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 22. We hear the prayer of David and we see Christ on the cross. The connections to Christ are everywhere: mocking from others (v.7), bones are out of joint (v.16), piercing of my hands and feet (v.17), my tongue sticks to my jaws (v.15), and dividing the garments (v.18). The LORD worked through David...
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