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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. Steven Theiss, vacancy pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church, New Wells, MO joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Psalm 140. Jesus’ prayer tells us to “deliver us from evil.” David is clearly seeking the LORD to take care of the evil that surrounds him (evil, wicked, & violent men). In the middle of his battles, David confesses that the LORD is th…
 
Rev. Shawn Kumm, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Cody, Wyoming joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 141. “Hurry, listen to me!” David pleads with the LORD. It is clear that David trusted in the LORD to not only hear him, but will answer. He asks the LORD to protect him from breaking His commands by His words, actions, and thoughts---an…
 
Rev. Adam Degroot, Calvary Lutheran Church, Rio Ranch, NM joins Rev. Brady Finnern to pray and study Psalm 12. Have you ever felt alone in your faith? Have you ever been on the evil end of lies, slander, and betrayal of other’s words? This Psalm is for you! In our prayers of lament during these painful times, our LORD promises to arise, protect, an…
 
Rev. Nabil Nour of Trinity Lutheran, Hartford, SD joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 11. David prays this Psalm like the children’s song, “I am weak but He is strong.” He book-ends this psalm filling us with the identity of the LORD as our refuge and our righteousness. Although the LORD is in His temple, on His throne in heaven, …
 
Rev. Dr. Leonard Payton, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Forest Park, Illinois joins Rev. Brady Finnern to review the riches of Leviticus. The whole Bible is a love letter from the LORD to His people and Leviticus. The author of Hebrews says, “For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these real…
 
Rev. Thomas Eckstein of Concordia Lutheran Church in Jamestown, ND, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 27. The LORD ends Leviticus with a reminder that all of God’s people are involved in the uplifting and upkeep of His Church. The Israelites were instructed to give voluntary offerings by devoting a person, animals, house, & land. By …
 
Rev. John Shank of Trinity Lutheran Church, Edwardsville, IL joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 26. The LORD establishes who He is and how we are to live. We can quickly assume that the “if-thens” of God requires God to bless us according to our desires. The LORD reminds us again that He is the LORD who brought them out of the land of Egyp…
 
Rev. John Lukomski, co-host of Wrestling with the Basics on KFUO Radio joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 25. Find Wrestling with the Basics at kfuo.org/WrestlingWithTheBasics. The land needs rest? The land I bought goes back to the original owner every 50 years? I should not charge interest to a family member when they borrow money? The L…
 
Rev. Matthew Knauss, pastor of Community Lutheran Church in Escondido & San Marcos, CA joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 23 & 24. God invites us to rest in His presence. He gives order so that we may not only follow His laws, but have the assurance of His rhythm of giving grace. All the feasts and rituals give us clarity of the One t…
 
Rev. Scott Adle of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church & School in Collinsville, IL joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 21 & 22. The LORD is one who makes us holy. The hard truth is that the LORD has no place for sin in His presence. He sets apart His priests to not only give atonement to the people, but to be holy themselves. In grace, He s…
 
Rev. Dr. Curtis Deterding of Zion Lutheran Church, Fort Myers, FL joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 20. The situation surrounding Israel was beyond sinful: child sacrifices, mediums, disrespect towards authorities, and sexual immorality. As the LORD was the landlord of the promised land, He warned the Israelites that He desires holin…
 
Rev. David Boisclair of Faith and Bethesda Lutheran Churches in Pine Lawn, MO, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 19. The LORD is holy and we are called to be holy. The LORD gives us eternal truths of Himself, love for Him, and love for our neighbor. The beauty of God’s law is that He has given us order that looks out for our well bei…
 
Rev. Dr. John Hellwege, professor of theology at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 18. The LORD calls you to sexual holiness. The LORD God calls us to live not as the Egyptians, Canaanites, other believers, and the culture. This is difficult because we want to live in the world…
 
Rev. Dr. Michael Morehouse of Catalina Lutheran Church in Tuscon, Arizona joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to joyfully study Leviticus 17. The LORD offers atonement, that is forgiveness, by blood. The LORD is a God of order and He offers complete grace in his way. His work for atonement was to be done not only in the right place, the Tabernacle, but a…
 
Rev. Dustin Beck of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda, TX joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 16. God wants to be with His people for He is a Gracious Giving God. By His grace, He gives His holy forgiveness through the blood of goats so that His people can enter His presence on His terms. The reality of atonement, the covering up of sin b…
 
Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, pastor of St. Paul and Jesus Deaf Lutheran Church in Austin, TX joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 15. Leviticus tells it like it is. Uncleanness does not discriminate. It affects both men and women in abnormal and normal ways, which also affects the whole community. We need to be clean, even in private things …
 
Rev. David Duke of Concordia Lutheran Church in Newfane, NY and St. John Lutheran Church in Youngstown, NY joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 14. ***Warning! We did not get through the whole chapter. We finished the first 20 verses focusing on the cleansing of the healed leper as Pastor Duke painted a wonderful picture concerning the …
 
Rev. John Lukomski, co-host of Wrestling with the Basics on KFUO Radio joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 13. Find Wrestling with the Basics at kfuo.org/WrestlingWithTheBasics. The LORD gave Moses and Aaron the full meal deal concerning leprosy. If one had leprosy, they were unclean. This disease points us to the need for being clean. As C…
 
Rev. Warren Woerth of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Arnold, Missouri joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 11 & 12. We all know that there are foods that are unclean, but is it really true that shrimp and pigs are unclean? Leviticus 11 & 12 remind us that we are indeed, “unworthy and unclean” before our LORD. The only hope we have is …
 
Rev. Dr. Mark Birkholz, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 10. God is holy and sin has no place with Him. Nadab and Abihu became their own gods and disregarded God’s law---and they paid the price. Our sins have consequences, but by God’s grace He continued to provide holy offering…
 
Rev. Dr. Brian Kachelmeier of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Los Alamos, NM joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 9. Worship without God’s Word is idolatry. Although Aaron had an issue with idolatry on Mt. Sinai, now the LORD patiently guides him as the high priest to worship by His Word. On the 8th day, a day of new creation in the Bible, Aaron m…
 
Rev. Dr. Kevin Golden, associate professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 8. God’s people needed to be purified and in His wisdom set aside priests from Aaron to bring His holiness to people. The ordination of the priests, just like ordination of pastors today, are never …
 
Rev. Dr. Timothy Saleska, professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 7. The guilt, peace, burnt offerings are not only a law for the people to follow, but also a promise of God’s grace. Moses gives a general overview of all the offerings to show us again the way that a Hol…
 
Rev. Chris Biernacki of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Florence, AL joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 5:14-6:30. Guilt and shame overwhelms us. Sometimes guilt is justified because we have broken God’s commands, but sometimes guilt is a tool of the devil to keep us away from the LORD. The LORD provides His grace to those with guilt …
 
Rev. Gregory Alms of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Catonsville, MD joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 4-5:13. Sin needs forgiveness. We often speak about sins of commission or omission. There is a tendency to try to justify unintentional sins as opposed to the ones we knew what we were doing. Whether it was the high priest, congregation…
 
Rev. Steven Theiss, vacancy pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, MO joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 3. Peace offerings acknowledge God’s grace toward His people. God provided cattle, sheep, and goats without blemish so that people would be able to know that He was a God of peace. This offering was not only a sacrifice t…
 
Rev. Dr. Adam Koontz, Assistant Professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 2. God’s depth of care for his people is evident with the grain offering. He provides the simple gifts of grain, oil, frankincense, and salt so that His people would, in faith, offer a s…
 
Rev. John Lukomski, co-host of Wrestling with the Basics on KFUO Radio joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 1. Find Wrestling with the Basics at kfuo.org/WrestlingWithTheBasics. The hymn, “Not all the blood of beasts” sums up Leviticus chapter 1 for us today, “Not all the blood of beasts On Jewish altars slain Could give the guilty conscienc…
 
Rev. Dr. John Kleinig, professor emeritus of Australian Lutheran College, Adelaide, SA and author of the Concordia Commentary on Leviticus joins Rev. Brady Finnern to begin our study on Leviticus. Find this Concordia Commentary at cph.org/p-681-Leviticus-Concordia-Commentary.aspx. “Why would you study Leviticus?” many of us ask. Yet, as we begin th…
 
Rev. David Boisclar of Faith and Bethesda Lutheran Church in Pine Lawn, MO joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 10. God allows us to lament. There are times in our lives that we feel abandoned by the LORD, alone, and in bitterness due to our life’s circumstance. The author sees the wicked prospering all the while the faithful seem …
 
Rev. David Boisclair of Faith and Bethesda Lutheran Church in Pine Lawn, MO joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 9. We need a reminder to make sure we remember His blessings. David gives thanks to the LORD for His wonderful deeds, even when enemies are a constant threat. For us, we are to give thanks even when sin, death, and the d…
 
Rev. John Shank of Trinity Lutheran Church, Edwardsville, IL joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 142. David was hidden in a cave and his spirit was faint. He prays out with complaints, trouble, and cries knowing full well that the LORD was his refuge, the One who delivers from prison, and God who is our portion in this world. We live i…
 
Rev. Dr. Jason Soenksen, professor of theology at Concordia University, Mequon, WI joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 143. We ask for the LORD to hear us and He does. Our spirit may faint and enemies pursue us, but we have the LORD on our side, our enemies are His enemies, and He delivers us. He nourishes us by His Holy Spirit li…
 
Rev. Stewart Crown, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Palo Alto, CA joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 144. We pray this psalm as when we are surrounded by chaos to be reminded of our hope in the LORD. David was the point man of reclaiming the truth for God’s people of the coming Messiah. He proclaimed this Christological pray…
 
Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minot, ND joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 13:17-25. The final instructions of the author to obey, submit, & pray for your spiritual leaders reminds us of the high calling our church leaders possess. Pray and encourage your pastor and other leaders to give His gifts and continue …
 
Rev. Ben Meyer of Hope Lutheran Church in Sunburry, OH joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 13:1-16. Let brotherly love continue. We see the love of Christ who was brought outside the camp to sanctify us. From His love we extend mercy through hospitality, visits to those in prison, keeping the marriage bed pure, caring for our spiritual l…
 
Rev. Dan Eddy, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Beloit, WI, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 12:18-29. The author brings us back to Mt. Sinai to see God, without Christ, who even Moses feared. Yet, in Christ, we do draw near to a God not in fear of damnation, but a God who brings us to the heavenly places to receive His heavenly b…
 
Rev. Keith Lingsch of Grace Lutheran Church in Naples, FL, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 12:1-17. Jesus took our sin, shame, and hostility. Therefore, look to Him. Therefore do not grow weary or fainthearted. Therefore lift up your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees. Therefore make straight paths. He has called you sons,…
 
Rev. Shawn Kumm of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Cody, Wyoming joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 11:29-40. By faith in Christ we move forward. The author ends chapter eleven by highlighting the “heroes of the faith”, well-known or short-lived in the Bible and connects us together to the LORD. Gideon had the victory. Samson died. David wa…
 
Rev. Sam Powell of Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Jefferson City, MO joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 11:13-28. Without faith it is impossible to please God. The patriarchs and matriarchs were strangers on this earth waiting for a Messiah, we can feel the same realities as we wait for Jesus’ second coming. We wait like Abraham, Isaac,…
 
Rev. Dave Hinz of Trinity Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids, MN joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study the great chapter of faith, Hebrews 11. “It’s a great time to be a Christian.” The author reminds the Hebrews that there is always hope, although many of the promises are not seen, our LORD has worked faith in the saints and they lived in that faith. He has…
 
Rev. Benjamin Dose of Zion Lutheran Church, Arcadia, IA joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 10:19-39. We all desire our loved ones to be confident. The author shows the Hebrews what it means to be confident as Christians: Christ has washed you clean by His blood and invites You near. This hope leads us to be with other Christians around His g…
 
Rev. John Lukomski, co-host of “Wrestling with the Basics” joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 10. Jesus has done it all. You have been sanctified, made holy, by the final, once and for all sacrifice of Christ and He remembers our sins no more. The author repeats himself with this message throughout the book because we forget it! “Lord Jesus …
 
Rev. David Boisclar of Faith and Bethesda Lutheran Church in Pine Lawn, MO joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 9. A clear conscience is like looking through a clear window so that we see what is really outside. A seared conscience is like looking through a fogged up window where we can not see the full picture. By the blood of Christ, ou…
 
Rev. Nabil Nour of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hartford, SD joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 9:1-10. The author brings us back to the Tabernacle to show us Christ. As it has been said, “The Old Testament concealed—New Testament revealed.” Jesus says “I am the bread of life”, “I am the Light of the World”, “the temple”, and “this is my …
 
Rev. Steven Theiss, vacancy pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, MO, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 8. When we speak of Jesus sitting at the right hand of God in the apostle’s creed we are reminded that He is all powerful and all things are under His feet. The author emphasizes that Christ is in heaven in order to serve …
 
Rev. Bruce Timm of Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Cloud, MN joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 7:18-28. We all want a “life-time, money-back” guarantee on any product we purchase. We don’t trust that anything can last forever so at least we know that we will have a replacement at no cost to us. The author presents Jesus not only as a g…
 
Rev. Derek Waffel of Christ Lutheran Church in Pascagoula, Mississippi joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 7:1-17. Jesus is like Melchizedek? Who is that? In Genesis 14 we receive only four verses concerning the priest & king Melchizedek, but the author of Hebrews uses these verses to nail us to the ground concerning hope. Is our hope in gene…
 
Rev. Timothy Sims of St. John Lutheran Church in Chester, IL joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 6. It’s never too early to grow in Christ through repentance and the Word. There is never a time where we do not need to hear of the better things with a just God who never overlooks you in Christ. As God called Abraham with His promise, He c…
 
Rev. Scott Adle, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville, IL joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 5. Jesus is our high priest. The high priest of the Old Testament was acting in relation to God on behalf of the people to restore their relationship with God. These sacrifices were not only continuous, but required him to pre…
 
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