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Hear an in-depth study of the books of the Bible with host Pastor AJ Espinosa and guest pastors from across the country. Thy Strong Word is graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation and produced by the LCMS Office of National Mission.

Hear an in-depth study of the books of the Bible with host Pastor AJ Espinosa and guest pastors from across the country. Thy Strong Word is graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation and produced by the LCMS Office of National Mission.
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Saint Louis, MO

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Hear an in-depth study of the books of the Bible with host Pastor AJ Espinosa and guest pastors from across the country. Thy Strong Word is graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation and produced by the LCMS Office of National Mission.

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@kfuoradio

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314-965-9000


Episodes

Isaiah 6: The Terror of Holiness, God for Us in Christ -- 2019/09/20

9/20/2019
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Rev. Braun Campbell, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Isaiah 6. Chapter 6 goes back to the beginning of Isaiah’s ministry, when he was first called to serve as a prophet. He has a glorious vision of God’s exalted robe, His flowing robe, and His fiery angel attendants serving in the Temple. The first five chapters of shown us though that God’s glory is to be feared: as the angels sing “Holy, holy, holy,” Isaiah nearly loses his...

Duration:00:54:46

Isaiah 5: Yahweh’s Unfaithful Vineyard, The Undoing of Exodus -- 2019/09/19

9/19/2019
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Rev. Neil Wehmas, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove, Iowa, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Isaiah 5. It begins as a beautiful love song fit for a vineyard wedding reception, but it quickly turns into an accusation fit for Good Friday: “When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?” Israel had been unfaithful to her God, and the bloodshed of injustice flowed like wine. The sung prophetic poem of Isaiah 5 is different from the previous prophecy, but it...

Duration:00:54:11

Isaiah 4: Fire Purges & Protects Yahweh’s Beautiful Branch -- 2019/09/18

9/18/2019
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Rev. Nate Ruback, pastor of Grace Lutheran Chapel in St. Louis, Missouri, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Isaiah 4. Isaiah 4 ends the same way that Isaiah 2 began, with a word of grace and a vision of a glorious future. This poetic structure distinguishes this section from chapters 1 and 5, and it draws our attention to how the destructive fire of judgment is transformed into a protective fire that provides warmth and light in the night. The fire of God’s presence is a terror to be...

Duration:00:54:57

Isaiah 3: Refusing Repentance in the Face of Terrifying Glory -- 2019/09/17

9/17/2019
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Rev. David Andrus, pastor of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in St. Louis and Not-Alone.net Ministries, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Isaiah 3. Chapters 3 and 4 of Isaiah continue the same poetic prophecy that began in chapter 2 of God’s judgement against Judah in its opulent idolatry. The boom will indeed be followed by a bust, but here Isaiah reminds us that busts do not force everyone to repentance by themselves. Isaiah describes a situation of spiritual depravity that dulls the...

Duration:00:54:47

Isaiah 2: Things are Messy, Not Messianic -- 2019/09/16

9/16/2019
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Rev. Nathan Meador, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Wisconsin, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Isaiah 2. Isaiah’s introductory chapter looks out on the wastes of Judah following Assyria’s siege of Jerusalem. Isaiah chapter 2 takes us back to ‘the good old days’ under Jotham and Ahaz, when Judah was “filled with silver and gold,” but those precious metals were often in the form of idols. Isaiah challenges the people of his day: Judah may look prosperous now, but...

Duration:00:54:46

Isaiah 1: The Assyrians are Knocking, Purifying Fir -- 2019/09/13

9/16/2019
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Rev. Scott Adle, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville, Illinois, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Isaiah 1. Like Daniel, the prophet Isaiah saw kings come and go. His first chapter begins by looking at the destruction experienced under Hezekiah, when the Assyrians destroyed much of Judah and nearly captured the city of Jerusalem. Isaiah declares that this destruction is punishment for Judah’s greed and indifference, their corruption and lust, their hypocrisy and...

Duration:00:54:48

Ezra 10: Christ the Holy Seed, Repent of Faithless Marriage -- 2019/09/12

9/12/2019
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Rev. Warren Woerth, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Arnold, Missouri , joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Ezra 10. The last chapter of Ezra seems harsh: those who had married foreign wives divorced their wives and even separated themselves from their children. This was done however not with a callous or unloving heart, but with a repentant one. Israel had clearly transgressed God’s command, putting the entire enterprise in jeopardy: if there were no holy people, then there would...

Duration:00:54:13

Ezra 9: Ezra Mourns Israel’s Covenant Faithlessness -- 2019/09/11

9/11/2019
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Rev. John Shank, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Edwardsville, Illinois, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Ezra 9. When Ezra arrives in Jerusalem, he’s met with terrible news: the people have abandoned Yahweh. Yet he doesn’t respond in divisive anger. He acts rather in unifying repentance and mourning, as more and more of the people join his shame and humility. The problem in Ezra 9 is much like the one in Numbers 25: by marrying outside the people of Israel, the people have made...

Duration:00:54:25

Ezra 8: Faithful Ezra Sent Levites and Protection -- 2019/09/10

9/10/2019
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Rev. John Lukomski, retired pastor in Northfield, Minnesota, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Ezra 8. The story takes a step back to look at one of Ezra’s very own journal entries from his four-month trip from Babylonia to Jerusalem. First, he made a record of everyone going on the trip. Even though Ezra had thousands of Judeans with him, there was not a Levite among them! Yet Ezra did not despair out of fear that God’s people would never be whole again. Neither did he cavalierly brush...

Duration:00:54:45

Ezra 7: Ezra Arrives, Cooperating with Common Ground -- 2019/09/09

9/9/2019
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Rev. Thomas Vanderbilt, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Holt, Michigan, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Ezra 7. Ezra 7 shows us in two ways how we need to work with people: not because of who they are individually, but because of what they represent. Ezra may have been a Persian official from Babylonia, but by ancestry he was the rightful high priest of Israel. The people may have been skeptical of him, but he was well-versed in the Scriptures. May God give us a spirit of humility...

Duration:00:55:27

Hebrews 2: The Founder of Salvation -- 2019/09/06

9/6/2019
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Rev. Michael Salemink, Executive Director of Lutherans for Life, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Hebrews 2. They also discuss the Southern California Defending Life Conference, defendinglifeconference.org. Do you think of halos, harps, and feathery wings when you hear “angel”? In the Bible, the word literally means “messenger,” so in a way of speaking, Jesus Christ is God’s angel in the truest sense! In Hebrews 2 however, the writer argues that Jesus is no mere angel. In fact, there’s a...

Duration:00:54:46

Ezra 6: Temple Completed, God Blesses through Government -- 2019/09/05

9/5/2019
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Rev. Curtis Deterding, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Myers, Florida, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Ezra 6. We can’t go along with the polarizing ideology of our day: government is neither all good nor all bad. It is an instrument of God, an instrument at times of wrath and at times of blessing. In Ezra 6, we see that God uses King Darius of Persia to not only bring the Temple to swift completion, but to rebuild it twice as tall, to pay for it completely with government funds,...

Duration:00:54:21

Romans 8: Free from the Flesh, Meaning for the Body -- 2019/09/04

9/4/2019
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Rev. Scott Stiegemeyer, Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Theology at Concordia University Irvine, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Romans 8. They also discuss the Southern California Defending Life Conference, defendinglifeconference.org. A special “defending life” episode with a presenter at this week’s conference: What does it matter what I do with my body? It’s mine, isn’t it? It’s just going to die anyway, so shouldn’t we focus on spiritual things instead? Ironically, if we...

Duration:00:54:49

Ezra 5: Rebuild Restart, Confess Boldly amidst Uncertainty -- 2019/09/03

9/3/2019
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Rev. Tim Scharr, President of the Southern Illinois District of the LCMS, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Ezra 5. How do we live out our faith in the midst of a shifting legal landscape? Sometimes the authorities are permissive or even supportive! Sometimes they are difficult or even antagonistic, threatening to shut down our work or penalize us. That was the situation of the Judean exiles, uncertain whether King Darius would be more like Artaxerxes who interrupted the reconstruction of...

Duration:00:53:33

Psalm 30: Joy Comes with the Morning -- 2019/09/02

9/3/2019
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Rev. Ryan Ankersen, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fremont, Nebraska, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Psalm 30. Psalm 30 contains one of the best-known lines of the entire Psalter: “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” It has been quoted and adapted countless times, such as in the classic hymn “The Church’s One Foundation.” What is the rest of the psalm talking about though, and what real-life events does it describe? The first question comes...

Duration:00:53:57

Ezra 4: Love, Submission, and Samaritan Sabotage -- 2019/08/30

8/30/2019
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Rev. Joseph Barlau, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Seymour, Indiana, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Ezra 4. They seem loving and tolerant, but they have ulterior motives. The Samaritans in Ezra chapter 4 claim to worship the same God, but when the Judeans faithfully stick to the First Commandment, “the adversaries” resort to bribery and political maneuvering. The language switches to Aramaic as imperial letters are exchanged; the North is after power. This chapter presents us...

Duration:00:54:47

Ezra 3: Reconstruction of Repentance and Reformation -- 2019/08/29

8/29/2019
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Rev. Thomas Eckstein, pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Jamestown, North Dakota, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Ezra 3. The elders cried even as the crowds celebrated. Rebuilding the altar and the temple foundation was just another reminder that God had punished them justly. The rebuilding project was a moment of repentance and reformation. The Judeans saw through faith that they were to fear God above all; their enemies were God’s instruments to punish disobedience, and this time...

Duration:00:54:47

Ezra 2: Faith & Family Identity Amidst Trauma -- 2019/08/28

8/28/2019
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Rev. Brian Davies, pastor of Lord of Glory Lutheran Church in Grayslake, Illinois, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Ezra 2. Just as Moses counted the Israelites in the first exodus, so here in Ezra 2 we have a census of the second exodus, the deported Israelites who came back home from Babylonia after 50 years. Every name and number is cause for both celebration and mourning. Families had lost so many loved ones, and some families had hardly any survivors. Many families were greatly...

Duration:00:45:07

Ezra 1: Yahweh’s Spirit Among the Pagans, Israel Resurrected -- 2019/08/27

8/27/2019
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Rev. John Lukomski, retired pastor in Northfield, Minnesota, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Ezra 1. In Hebrew, Ezra and Nehemiah form one large book that follows Daniel. Daniel shares his stories of life in exile, and now Ezra tells of the return home to Jerusalem. In chapter 1, we hear of Emperor Cyrus’s policy of allowing deportees to return home and rebuild. More than simply a lesson in history or political theory, this is testimony to how God uses all things to accomplish His...

Duration:00:54:49

Daniel 12: You Shall Rest, Stand, and Shine in Your Allotted Place -- 2019/08/26

8/26/2019
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Rev. David Boisclair, pastor of Faith and Bethesda Lutheran Churches in North St. Louis County, Missouri, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Daniel 12. Daniel 12 is one of the few places in the Old Testament where we get direct and explicit mention of the bodily resurrection: “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Gabriel immediately speaks of the martyrs and the traitors among Israel during the...

Duration:00:54:47