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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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Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, pastor of St. Paul and Jesus Deaf Lutheran Church in Austin, TX joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 11:20-30. Jesus calls people to repentance (contrition for sin and faith in Him). His works in Chorazin and Bethsaida were done to blind eyes and Jesus does not want them to be led to judgment. His preaching of the …
 
Rev. Steven Theiss, vacancy pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, MO joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 11:1-19. The question, “Are you the one?” continues still today. Jesus reveals who He is and what He was to do, even though many didn’t think He was doing it the way they thought. He was the anointed one prophesied in Isaia…
 
Rev. Kevin Parviz of Congregation Chai V'Shalom in St. Louis, Missouri joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 10:34-42. Can you imagine a picture of Jesus with a sword? Jesus tells the disciples that to follow Him would bring a battle from the devil, the world, and even our own family members. The hard truth is that if our family is asking …
 
Rev. Joshua Knippa of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Nederland, TX joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 10:16-33. Jesus makes sure the disciples know what they are getting into. The apostles had a high calling that would involve flogging, persecution, and hatred from others. We see this play out in the book of Acts which shows us that God is fa…
 
Rev. Dave Hinz of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids, MN joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 10:1-15. The Kingdom of heaven is at hand. King Jesus has set aside an exclusive group, that, by all worldly standards, do not seem to be “worthy” of such a calling. By His grace He gives the 12 His authority, not their own. The sent ones would se…
 
Rev. John Zimmerman of St. John Lutheran Church in Pittson, PA & Immanuel Lutheran Church in Scranton, PA joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 9:32-38. As Jesus has proven His authority by healing and teaching and He gives us a shot of reality. The need for the Gospel to be preached is great, but the preachers are few. Each generation of the c…
 
Rev. David Boisclair of Faith and Bethesda Lutheran Church in Pine Lawn, MO joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 9:14-31. Jesus was not an extension of the old, but He was The Way. He presents the reality that we need to rejoice in Christ who made the hemorrhaging woman, dead girl, and two blind new and makes us new as well. We move forward in…
 
Rev. John Shank of Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Edwardsville, IL joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 9:1-13. What is our greatest need? The need for the paralytic seemed obvious: the ability to walk. Yet, Jesus gave His forgiveness as one can be saved without being able to walk, but without forgiveness of sins there is no salvation. It…
 
Rev. John Lukomski, co-host of Wrestling with the Basics on KFUO Radio joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 8:18-34. Find Wrestling with the Basics at kfuo.org/WrestlingWithTheBasics. Jesus proves again that He has authority over all creation (storms, disease, death, and devil). He warns those who desire to follow Him to “count the costs” beca…
 
Rev. Todd Niebling, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Oxnard, CA joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 8:1-17. It was Jesus’ will to heal the lowly leper, the centurion, Peter’s mother-in-law, and the demon possessed man. This healing we are able to see Jesus’ authority and power, now and into eternity. Unlike normal kings, He uses that pow…
 
Rev. Dr. Nathan Meador, Executive Assistant for Mission and Mercy for the South Wisconsin District in Milwaukee, WI joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 7:15-29. Jesus continues to warn believers of the narrow road to salvation in Him. Be aware of false prophets and false beliefs whose focus is away from Christ and His cross. We know that…
 
Rev. Justin Panzer, President of the Kansas District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri District joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 7:1-14. Context is king. To read Jesus’ words can easily be used to push personal agendas while forgetting His truth and our need to humbly love fellow believers. We repent for our lack of humility when addressing …
 
Rev. Dr. Paul Holtorf, Professor of Theology at Concordia University in Seward, NE joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 6:19-34. We are continually growing in Christ. Jesus calls us to faith so that when we battle the idols of earthly treasures, fear of God’s providence, and our lack of seeking His righteousness. We are challenged as Jesus say…
 
Rev. Dr. Robert Sorensen, Professor of Theology and Foreign Languages at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Illinois joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 6:1-18. Christ is our righteousness and our holiness. The world praises us by doing righteous deeds like giving to the needy, fasting, and prayer, yet Jesus shows a fuller understa…
 
Rev. Doug Minton, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford, IL joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 5:38:48. Jesus never allows us to assume that the Christian life will be easy. He quells any extremist thoughts concerning our enemies that we are not only to turn our cheeks but to love them. We are called to follow the example of Christ…
 
Rev. Daniel Golden, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Parkersburg, West Virginia joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 5:27-37. We are always looking for a loophole when it comes to sin. Jesus does not allow for any loopholes with adultery, divorce, and oaths as even a simple thought shows that we are completely dead in our sin. Jesus is no…
 
Rev. Steven Theiss, vacancy pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, MO joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 5:13-26. Fresh off the blessings of the Beatitudes, Jesus directly proclaims our identity in Him: Salt and Light. Human life is not possible without salt and light. Each person has value in Christ, joined with Him, to live …
 
Rev. Dr. Matthew Heise, Executive Director of Lutheran Heritage Foundation in Macomb, MI joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12. Learn more about Lutheran Heritage Foundation at lhfmissions.org. We are those who are poor in spirit and, in Christ, we are blessed. The weakest, meekest, and most needing righteousness are th…
 
Rev. John Lukomski, co-host of Wrestling with the Basics on KFUO Radio joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 4:12-25. Find Wrestling with the Basics at kfuo.org/WrestlingWithTheBasics. Jesus’ kingdom is clearly different. He goes to Capernaum in Galilee: Not His home in Nazareth, not where kings lived, and among foreigners. He brings with Him s…
 
Rev. Terry Forke, President of the Montana District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 4:1-11. Jesus’ temptation is not just a model of the holy life, but it reveals His authority over the devil by His Word. Jesus shows His kingly rule would be above the work of the devil, the father of all lies, by pro…
 
Rev. Scott Adle, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church & School in Collinsville, IL joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 3. The work of salvation begins. God begins this kingdom, through a humble prophet John, to begin with turning back in the right direction in repentance. This repentance is needed for all people, including Pharisees a…
 
Rev. Dustin Beck of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda, TX joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 2:13-22. The birth narrative continues with the LORD’s intervention to keep the holy family safe and to fulfill prophecies of His identity as the “perfect Israel.” Israel had left Egypt into the wilderness and failed. Jesus, true God and man, begin…
 
Rev. John Shank, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Edwardsville, IL joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 2:1-12. The Magi were outside the normal expectation. They were from an unbelieving, Gentile land who were looking for the King of the Jews. The LORD used this time to proclaim the truth of where Christ was born, the true King. …
 
Rev. Jason Shockman, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc, WI joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 1. What are the origins of Christ? Matthew lays out his goal to show the kingly rule of Christ by showing that He came from royalty. But his kingly rule was not of lording over people, but we see his compassion by highlighting th…
 
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Gibbs, professor emeritus of exegetical theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and author of the three Concordia Commentary volumes on Matthew, joins Rev. Brady Finnern to introduce the Gospel of Matthew. Find the Commentaries on Matthew at cph.org. Christ’s Reign has come. Christ’s reign continues. His reign is coming. His mer…
 
Rev. Dr. Jason Wagner, pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in High Ridge, MO joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 135. Boast in the LORD? The Psalmist literally tells us that we boast, not in ourselves, but in the work of God in the past and His work today. Why should we praise Him? He is great. He has defeated his enemies. He is above every…
 
Rev. Dr. Curtis Deterding, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Myers, FL joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Song of Songs 8. The Shulamite and Solomon give the last words of love. The LORD’s love brings His protection, guidance, and bearing fruit in love to others. The bride yearned to have her husband put his seal on her and make haste to r…
 
Rev. David Boisclair, pastor of Faith and Bethesda Lutheran Church in Pine Lawn, MO joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Song of Songs 7. Solomon expresses his deep love for the Shulamite by highlighting her beauty from head to toe. The desire to be together was beyond emotions but the beauty of the consummation of marriage. This desire to be united a…
 
Rev. Dr. Allan Buss, District President of the Northern Illinois District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Song of Songs 6. Solomon and the Shulamite woman desire to be together. The others call them back together and we hear the yearning of this couple to be united as one. The same happens with our life in C…
 
Rev. David Fleming, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church and School in Grand Rapids, MI & Executive Director of Spiritual Care with DOXOLOGY, joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Song of Songs 5. Learn more about DOXOLOGY at doxology.us. The Shulamite woman praises her husband, although she has moments of apathy, it is Solomon she desires. She realize…
 
Rev. Stewart Crown, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Palo Alto, CA joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Song of Songs 4. The Shulamite woman knows she is not perfect. Solomon speaks to her and pulls her into his framework by proclaiming what he knows to be true—She is beautiful from head to toe. Solomon not only proclaims her beauty but provi…
 
Rev. Jeremy Klaustermeier of St. John Lutheran Church in Warrenton, MO joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Song of Songs 3. The Shulamite woman had a dream, which is more like a nightmare, where she could not find her groom. The anxiety and fear of losing someone you love, even for a moment, is one of the worst nightmares we can imagine. Yet, th…
 
Rev. Dr. Nathan Meador, Executive Assistant for Mission and Mercy for the South Wisconsin District in Milwaukee, WI joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Song of Songs 2. Roses, lilies, apple trees, and fig trees. We see a vision of the church, not only as a bride of Christ, but as ones who are battling in a sinful and broken world. The church is …
 
Rev. John Lukomski, co-host of Wrestling with the Basics on KFUO Radio joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Song of Songs 1. Find Wrestling with the Basics at kfuo.org/WrestlingWithTheBasics. The Shulamite woman admits her failures and she pleads with her husband to “draw me after you.” She is dark and lowly, but by grace the king sees her as a bride …
 
Rev. Dr. Christopher Mitchell, Concordia Commentary Editor at Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO joins Rev. Brady Finnern to start off our study of Song of Songs. Find the Concordia Commentary for Song of Songs at cph.org/p-683-Song-of-Songs-Concordia-Commentary.aspx. Solomon, in the prime of his life, writes concerning the deep love for his…
 
Rev. Bill Cwirla, retired from parish ministry in Port Angeles, Washington, joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 136. God’s steadfast love is a covenantal love. A love that He promised to be everlasting in Christ’s cross. The Psalmist proclaims the truth that our thanksgiving stands on two pillars: Creation and Redemption. Creation is H…
 
Rev. Steven Theiss, vacancy pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, MO joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Psalm 137. The Israelites sat by the river in Babylon in grief. They were in captivity and were asked to sing. How often are we able to sing when in despair? The time we like to sing is for times of joy, not while in angst. The Isr…
 
Rev. John Rickert, pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Newark, Delaware, joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 138. David gives thanks to the LORD with His whole heart. He gives thanks that His name is above all names, He gives strength, sustains us in trouble. Keep praying saints as He remembers the lowly, those who recognize thei…
 
Rev. Paul Cain, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Martin Luther Grammar School in Sheridan, WY joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 14. David pulls out many difficult words as he laments. “There is none who does good, not even one.” We all fall short of the glory of God, corruption is real for each one of us, and our only chance fo…
 
Rev. Chris Matthis, pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, CO joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 13. “How long, O LORD?” David laments as he does not see a way out of his situation. How often do you feel that way? “How long will you forget me forever?” The brokenness of this life was felt by David and by us. The LORD allow…
 
Rev. Dr. John Nunes, interim pastor of Lutheran Church of St. John the Evangelist, Brooklyn, NY and author of the book, Meant for More: In, with, and under the ordinary, joins Rev. Brady Finnern to end our study of Ecclesiastes. Find Dr. Nunes' book at cph.org/meantformore. Solomon invites us into a poetic reflection on our life. First, the avoidan…
 
Rev. Tom Eckstein of Concordia Lutheran Church in Jamestown, ND, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Ecclesiastes 11. Plunge onward. God is in control. Be generous. God is generous with us. Enjoy the days He has given. God provides. Rejoice in the LORD no matter the life situation. God provides all that we need in Christ. We live out the line “C…
 
Rev. John Shank of Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Edwardsville, IL joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Ecclesiastes 10. Trust in the LORD. Be prepared, be careful and plan ahead. Humanity has been in a constant state of rebellion since Adam and Eve which leads us down paths that are not pleasing to Him or loving to others. Solomon slowly unpacks…
 
Rev. John Lukomski, co-host of Wrestling with the Basics on KFUO Radio joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Ecclesiastes 9. Find Wrestling with the Basics at kfuo.org/WrestlingWithTheBasics. The same event happens to all: Death. Solomon gives us a glimpse of life without the LORD, which easily leads us to despair. The grace of our LORD allows us to la…
 
Rev. Dr. Brian Kachelmeier, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Las Alamos, NM joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Ecclesiastes 8. Wisdom comes from God by the Holy Spirit through Christ. By His Wisdom, in faith, He makes our face shine and have peace by His work. Although the wheels of justice move slowly, God’s day is now as we wait for the day H…
 
Rev. Jacob Heine of Faith Lutheran Church in Topeka, KS joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Ecclesiastes 7:14-29. Consider God. The words are very simple, yet, we consider ourselves more than Him. Solomon reflects back on his “vain” life seeing his own faults, lamenting his past while realizing that everyone has their own sins and we all come to…
 
Rev. Dr. Curtis Deterding, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Myers, FL joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Ecclesiastes 7:1-13. Solomon was a realist. He didn’t try to make it sound like everything was perfect, but proclaims our need to see the real brokenness of the world (mourning, sorrow, and death) in order to fully understand the need …
 
Rev. David Boisclair, pastor of Faith and Bethesda Lutheran Churches in Pine Lawn, MO joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Ecclesiastes 6. Ecclesiastes shows us the dead end of trying to find hope in the light of nature. Yet, in the light of God’s grace, we always have hope because it is all a gift from Him in Christ. Solomon challenges us today,…
 
Rev. Christopher Maronde, pastor of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bingen, IN joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Ecclesiastes 5. God calls us to humility, faith, and contentment. Contentment so that we do not feel the need to speak words we are not called to speak. Contentment to not think that possessions will bring us joy. Contentment to …
 
Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minot, ND joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Ecclesiastes 4. Ecclesiastes shows us the real world. Solomon doesn’t hold back in his angst toward the oppression done under the sun. These realities point us to the oppressed Christ who was tempted like us, but did not sin and took these …
 
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