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Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen. Sharper Iron is underwritten by Lutheran Church Extension Fund, where your investments help support the work of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Visit lcef.org.

Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen. Sharper Iron is underwritten by Lutheran Church Extension Fund, where your investments help support the work of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Visit lcef.org.

Location:

Saint Louis, MO

Description:

Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen. Sharper Iron is underwritten by Lutheran Church Extension Fund, where your investments help support the work of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Visit lcef.org.

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@kfuoradio

Language:

English

Contact:

314-965-9000


Episodes

The Church Is the Bride of Christ

10/21/2020
Rev. Kyle Mietzner, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Anchorage, AK, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 31:10-31. The conclusion of the book of Proverbs is an acrostic poem extolling the wife of strong character. There is advice to be found here, primarily for a young man who desires to marry. Above all, he should seek a faithful Christian wife. Advice, however, is not all this acrostic poem has to offer. Primarily, this text speaks of Christ and His bride, the Church. These...

Duration:00:54:36

The First Proverbs 31 Woman

10/20/2020
Rev. Stephen Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 31:1-9. The name “Lemuel” means “dedicated to God.” Though absolute certainty is not possible, this may very well be a pseudonym for King Hezekiah. He has learned wisdom from his mother, a faithful woman who passed the Word of God to her son. She gives him wisdom particularly for his service as a king concerning three topics. She warns against adultery as harmful not only to...

Duration:00:54:11

The Words of Agur

10/19/2020
Rev. Carl Roth, pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Elgin, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 30:1-33. Although Agur son of Jakeh remains unknown to us, his wisdom in Proverbs 30 reflects the books of Moses and the rest of the book of Proverbs. In the first part of the wisdom he records, he laments his weariness in looking for wisdom in all the wrong places. Wisdom is found in the Son of God and the Word that He has given. Agur recognizes that sins against neighbor go hand in...

Duration:00:54:30

Looking Backward and Forward with the Proverbs

10/16/2020
Rev. Dr. Ryan Tinetti, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arcadia, MI, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 29:1-27. The proverbs copied by Hezekiah’s men come to a conclusion, speaking wisdom to all Christians as part of the Lord’s royal priesthood. Discipline is necessary for Christians; to refuse to receive it, to refuse to give it, or to abuse it is to harm both parties. Christians know the joy of God’s righteousness for themselves and their rulers; even when this is not...

Duration:00:56:35

The Christian’s Boldness in Christ

10/15/2020
Rev. Ryan Ogrodowicz, associate pastor and headmaster at Grace Lutheran Church in Brenham, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 28:1-28. Though unbelievers face the world with fear, Christians have boldness because their confidence is in Christ. Such confidence in Christ allows us to reflect honestly upon what the Proverbs reveal concerning our lives; we know that when we turn to Him in repentance, He responds with His mercy and forgiveness. In that forgiveness, Christians...

Duration:00:55:17

Sharpened by Christ in the Liturgical Dojo

10/14/2020
Rev. Gaven Mize, pastor at Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 27:1-27. The wisdom recorded in the book of Proverbs puts our confidence in the LORD who reigns over today and tomorrow. This faith keeps us both from the worry that thinks tomorrow is out of control and from the boasting that assumes tomorrow is under our control. In that confidence, Christians are set free to go about the simple daily vocations in which God gives...

Duration:00:56:02

Fools and Sluggards and Gossips, Oh My!

10/13/2020
Rev. Paul Pater, pastor at Shepherd of the Ridge Lutheran Church in North Ridgeville, OH and Hope Lutheran Church in Sheffield Village, OH, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 26:1-28. The proverbs of Solomon copied by Hezekiah’s men in this section give very vivid imagery to teach the wisdom of avoiding the way of the fool, the sluggard, and the gossip. Though a fool may not listen to wisdom, the threat of punishment does sometimes move him in the right direction. There is...

Duration:00:55:50

God’s Wisdom Revealed

10/12/2020
Rev. Chris Hull, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 25:1-28. The proverbs of Solomon were not meant to be read and used only once. The men of Hezekiah who copied them about three hundred years later is an example of the faithful use of the Word of God. God conceals in order to reveal in the way of His choosing and in the way in which we can receive Him. This happens through faithful preachers searching His Word and proclaiming it...

Duration:00:54:02

Justice, Honesty, and Hard Work

10/9/2020
Rev. Steve Andrews, pastor at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Lee’s Summit, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 24:23-34. Solomon provides another compilation of sayings of wise people that he has edited under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In these verses, he primarily deals with three topics: courtroom conduct, wise and foolish speech, and diligent labor. The matter of judgment without partiality finds its foundation in the character of God. Though Christians may not...

Duration:00:54:39

Podcast Short: Pondering Proverbs 22:6

10/8/2020
The Lord is faithful, and His Word is powerful, both for parents and their children. Join Pastor Timothy Appel to ponder Proverbs 22:16 in this Sharper Iron podcast short. Proverbs 22:6 6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. “Wisdom and Instruction”...

Duration:00:07:50

The Sweetness of Wisdom

10/8/2020
Rev. Matt Ulmer, pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bishop, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 24:1-22. Solomon’s compilation of wise sayings continues. Christians might be tempted to become envious of evil men due to their success with earthly wealth. Yet this is the way of folly, for when Christians desire to be with such men, they fall into the same sins. Rather, the only lasting household is built by wisdom. This is true in terms not only of material blessings, but in...

Duration:00:55:26

Buy Truth and Wisdom

10/7/2020
Rev. Joel Heckmann, pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Okarche, OK, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 23:15-35. As Solomon continues to recount the thirty sayings of wisdom, he once again implores his son to listen. The wisdom that Solomon speaks is centered in a proper fear of the LORD, which is not the terror that a slave experiences before his master, but the respect and honor that a son has toward his father. This proper fear of the LORD trusts His Word of promise for...

Duration:00:56:49

The Words of the Wise

10/6/2020
Rev. Nate Hill, pastor at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Winchester, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 22:17-23:14. The book of Proverbs transitions into a new section which is often called “The Words of the Wise.” Solomon was led by the Holy Spirit to write, compile, and adapt many wise sayings to teach godly wisdom. His introduction to this section makes clear that his purpose is that those who listen who put their trust in the LORD. With that end in mind, Solomon...

Duration:00:54:46

Podcast Short: Pondering Proverbs 18:18

10/5/2020
Casting lots is a great equalizer between powerful contenders, because the LORD is more powerful than either one. Join Pastor Timothy Appel to ponder Proverbs 18:18 for this Sharper Iron podcast short. Proverbs 18:18 18 The lot puts an end to quarrels and decides between powerful contenders. English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. “Wisdom...

Duration:00:06:41

Catechism of Wisdom

10/5/2020
Rev. Jason M. Kaspar, pastor at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in La Grange, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 22:1-16. The wisdom of Proverbs provides a catechism that directs us back to the Ten Commandments. The value of having a good reputation drives the Christian to the 8th Commandment to recognize the same need to defend the neighbor’s reputation. The Christian Church is the place where rich and poor meet together under the Lordship of the one true God. His wisdom...

Duration:00:55:03

Wisdom, Righteousness, and Justice

10/2/2020
Rev. Jacob Dandy, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church and School in Terra Bella, CA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 21:1-31. The LORD’s rule over all creation is at the heart of this chapter of Proverbs. Even kings, who might think they can do whatever they want, remain under the authority of the one true God. His righteousness and justice, given to us through faith in Christ, direct all wisdom as Christians begin to live in it even now in matters of hard work, family life, and...

Duration:00:54:35

Podcast Short: Pondering Proverbs 16:33

10/1/2020
Lots seem to be pure chance, but the LORD rules over chance. Join Pastor Timothy Appel to ponder Proverbs 16:33 for this Sharper Iron podcast short. Proverbs 16:33 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord. English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. “Wisdom and Instruction” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that...

Duration:00:08:42

Chewing on God’s Wisdom

10/1/2020
Rev. Andrew Jagow, pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 20:1-30. God’s Word in Proverbs invites us to chew on His wisdom. We meditate upon what He says in this book in light of everything else He teaches us in Holy Scripture. This particular chapter has many verses that point us clearly to Christ. He is the faithful friend whose deeds match His words. He is the pure and sinless One who gives us His holiness through faith in Him....

Duration:00:53:37

The Science of Antiquity

9/30/2020
Rev. Mark Barz, pastor at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 19:13-29. The LORD is the source of all wisdom; He alone is wise and capable of being God. In giving us the fear of the LORD, He gives us wisdom to recognize how the world that He created operates and how we fit into it. This is true in the value of family; the way of wisdom sees family as a blessing and receives it as such. Though we sinners have failed to keep the...

Duration:00:55:26

Putting Proverbs into Context

9/29/2020
Rev. Tim Koch, pastor at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank, SD, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 19:1-12. The Proverbs of Solomon must be read within the larger context of the Christian faith taught in God’s Word. From that context, they invite us to use them in the various contexts we face in life. Solomon speaks to that variety of contexts within these verses. Integrity, acting consistently according to the Word of God, is far more valuable than earthly wealth. When raw...

Duration:00:56:30