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Thy Strong Word is a daily in-depth study of the books of the Bible with host Rev. 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.

Thy Strong Word is a daily in-depth study of the books of the Bible with host Rev. 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.

Location:

Saint Louis, MO

Description:

Thy Strong Word is a daily in-depth study of the books of the Bible with host Rev. 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.

Twitter:

@kfuoradio

Language:

English

Contact:

314-965-9000


Episodes

2 Samuel 3: Noble Abner Repents, Dies as ☧ for King David

10/20/2020
Rev. Paul Cain, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sheridan, Wyoming, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 2 Samuel 3. “God do so to Abner and more also, if I do not accomplish for David what the LORD has sworn to him, to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and set up the throne of David.” Abner again proves himself to be a good man on the wrong side in chapter 3, but he finally realizes his mistake. In sincere repentance, he hands David the keys to the kingdom, but David’s...

Duration:00:54:44

2 Samuel 2: David & Abner Jockey for Power, God's Will in ☧

10/19/2020
Rev. Doug Nicely, pastor of Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Collinsville, Illinois, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 2 Samuel 2. “And Joab said, ‘As God lives, if you had not spoken, surely the men would not have given up the pursuit of their brothers until the morning.’” Even though the North had pledged its allegiance to Saul’s son Ish-bosheth and the South had anointed David, it’s not all black and white. In chapter 2, Ish-bosheth’s general Abner shows three times that he wisely seeks to...

Duration:00:54:48

Psalm 44: God's Children in ☧ Yell Out in Faith, Hope after Temple

10/16/2020
Rev. Ben Maton, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Psalm 44. “Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?” The Korahites were devastated when Babylon destroyed the Temple and carried off the holy things they were sworn to protect. Why would God let this happen? “We have not forgotten you!” It didn’t seem fair. As our true Father through Jesus ☧, God mercifully invites us to speak our hearts as in Psalm 44. Faith takes its complaints...

Duration:00:54:55

2 Samuel 1: Mighty Saul & Son Fallen, Risk Life & Give as ☧

10/15/2020
Rev. Steven Theiss, retired LCMS pastor in Frohna, Missouri, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 2 Samuel 1. “You daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet, who put ornaments of gold on your apparel. How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle!” David responds with the highest piety to the news of Saul’s death in 2 Samuel 1. He executes the Amalekite who served under Saul for letting his sword end the king’s life. He mourns Saul and Jonathan alike...

Duration:00:52:32

1 Samuel 31: Irreverent Philistine Gospel | Respect for ☧ Saul

10/14/2020
Rev. John Shank, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Edwardsville, Illinois, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 1 Samuel 31. “He was badly wounded by the archers. Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, ‘Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and mistreat me.’” Riddled with arrows and barely able to move, Saul knows he doesn’t have much time left in chapter 31. His actions spare Israel further scandal at the hands of the...

Duration:00:54:47

1 Samuel 30: Restored 3rd Day, David ☧ Rises w/ Gifts

10/13/2020
Rev. John Lukomski, retired LCMS pastor, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 1 Samuel 30. “David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him. [...] But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.” Rejected by Saul, then by the Philistine lords, and now by some of the very people who had rallied around him, it would be easy for David to have doubts. Why did he insist on being loyal to Achish? His morality left an opening for the Amalekites to swoop in! Yet David doubles...

Duration:00:54:46

1 Samuel 29: David ☧ Faithful to God, to God's Enemies Also

10/12/2020
Host Rev. AJ Espinosa studies 1 Samuel 29. “But what have I done? What have you found in your servant from the day I entered your service until now, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?” How can David say this with a straight face? He’s been lying to Achish all along! Yet David speaks in chapter 29 with the same sincerity as he did back in chapter 26 with Saul. David demonstrates the paradoxical submissiveness of God’s people, showing love and loyalty to both...

Duration:00:54:44

1 Samuel 28: Ironic Appar-ances, Asked-For ☧ Asks God

10/9/2020
Rev. Brian Kachelmeier, pastor of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Los Alamos, New Mexico, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 1 Samuel 28. “Then Samuel said to Saul, ‘Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?’” The medium of En-dor performs a seance for Saul in chapter 28, and Saul receives a haunting echo of what Samuel told him years ago: “The LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hand.” Like Saul, we often ask God for answers that He’s already given us. But God isn’t a magic...

Duration:00:54:44

1 Samuel 27: Humble Exile for Achish, David ☧ Quietly Saves

10/8/2020
Rev. David Boisclair, pastor of Faith and Bethesda Lutheran Churches in North St. Louis County, Missouri, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 1 Samuel 27. “When Achish asked, ‘Where have you made a raid today?’ David would say, ‘Against the Negeb of Judah,’ or, ‘Against the Negeb of the Jerahmeelites.’” Achish of Gath learns of the bad blood between David and Saul, and he seizes upon the opportunity to flip David to his side. Little does he know, David isn’t actually raiding his fellow...

Duration:00:53:33

1 Samuel 26: ☧ Saves Saul Thrice, Takes Spear in Respect

10/7/2020
Rev. Lucas Witt, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baltimore, Maryland, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 1 Samuel 26. “As the LORD lives, you deserve to die, because you have not kept watch over your lord, the LORD’s anointed. And now see where the king’s spear is and the jar of water that was at his head.” Atop the hill across the valley, David shouts down to Abner like Goliath in chapter 17. Chapter 26 makes surprising connections as David again demonstrates his unwavering loyalty...

Duration:00:54:46

1 Samuel 25: Abigail of ☧ Feeds 5 & 2, Saves David from Self

10/6/2020
Rev. Kevin Martin, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 1 Samuel 25. “Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from working salvation with my own hand!” Even David needs saving in chapter 25, and it’s Abigail who saves him from himself. This woman “with whom the Father is well pleased” is both faithful to her house and hospitable to David, reminding him that he stands for...

Duration:00:54:36

Psalm 142: With ☧ at Cave Bottom, Faint Spirit to Arise

10/5/2020
Rev. Kevin Parviz, pastor of Congregation Chai v'Shalom in St. Louis, Missouri, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Psalm 142. “When my spirit faints within me, you know my way! In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me.” David didn’t always feel the Spirit powerfully guiding his every move; sometimes he felt alone and uncertain. Much darker than Psalm 57, Psalm 142 offers a lamentation from the bottom of David’s soul, providing a way for God’s people later to make sense of...

Duration:00:54:45

1 Samuel 24: ☧ Submits in Mercy, Saul's Kingdom in Hand

10/2/2020
Rev. Richard Mittwede, pastor of University Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 1 Samuel 24. “And Saul lifted up his voice and wept. He said to David, ‘You are more righteous than I, for you have repaid me good, whereas I have repaid you evil.’” Saul shows true repentance in chapter 24, moved by David’s mercy. In turn, Saul extends mercy to David, sending his battalions home and even acknowledging that David is meant to be king. Neither man was an angel or...

Duration:00:54:46

1 Samuel 23: ☧ Saves Keliah, Besieged Rock and Curse

10/1/2020
Rev. Curtis Deterding, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Myers, Florida, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 1 Samuel 23. “O LORD, the God of Israel, your servant has surely heard that Saul seeks to come to Keilah, to destroy the city on my account. Will the men of Keilah surrender me into his hand?” David had become a curse, even though he had just saved Keliah from the Philistines. In chapter 23, King Saul shows his willingness to starve a whole city just to draw David out of hiding....

Duration:00:54:29

1 Samuel 22: ☧ David Blows Cover to Shelter Hungry Souls

9/30/2020
Rev. Andrew Jagow, pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 1 Samuel 22. “Stay with me; do not be afraid, for he who seeks my life seeks your life. With me you shall be in safekeeping.” David’s covert wanderings continue in chapter 22, but his cover is quickly blown as people rally around him. Like Christ Jesus, he welcomes the burn-outs, the turned-downs, and the left-behinds in compassion. David acts to minimize the danger to those...

Duration:00:54:44

1 Samuel 21: Bold ☧, King's Son Takes Loaves, Called Crazy

9/29/2020
Rev. Ken Wagener, retired LCMS pastor in Mooresville, Indiana, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 1 Samuel 21. “So the priest gave [David] the holy bread, for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence, which is removed from before the LORD.” Why is David being so ‘selective’ with the truth and so bold as to ask for the bread of the Presence? Chapter 21 shows how David at this time was a desperate man on the run—he was bold out of necessity. David, the son-in-law of King Saul,...

Duration:00:51:36

1 Samuel 20: David Bows to Lord Jonathan, Both as ☧ for Us

9/28/2020
Rev. David Boisclair, pastor of Faith and Bethesda Lutheran Churches in North St. Louis County, Missouri, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 1 Samuel 20. “Therefore deal kindly with your servant, for you have brought your servant into a covenant of the LORD with you. But if there is guilt in me, kill me yourself, for why should you bring me to your father?” David was Jonathan’s subordinate, and he comes to him in chapter 21 as a supplicant. Their “love” was like the love between God and...

Duration:00:54:45

1 Samuel 19: ☧ David Slandered, Save Life to Honor Father

9/25/2020
Rev. Robert Paul, pastor of Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 1 Samuel 19. “Let not the king sin against his servant David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his deeds have brought good to you.” Jonathan and Michal both prove their love for David in chapter 19 as they risk their own lives to save his. Even as they do so however, they do not dishonor their king and father. They continue to show him respect, and in fact, they...

Duration:00:54:44

1 Samuel 18: Yah-Nathan's Robe & Protection, Irony of Saul

9/24/2020
Rev. Waldemar Vinovskis, pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Macungie, Pennsylvania, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 1 Samuel 18. “Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David.” Idol worship? Man crush? Not here. In chapter 18 Jonathan, prince of Israel, takes David under his wing and pledges his royal protection. Unlike mutual contracts of modern times, ancient covenants...

Duration:00:54:27

1 Samuel 17: The Philistine to See and Bow as ☧ David Does

9/23/2020
Rev. Dr. Martin Noland, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in San Mateo, California, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 1 Samuel 17. “So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him.” Who doesn’t love the story of David and Goliath? So many children’s Bibles prominently feature this story from 1 Samuel 17, a little clean-shaven shepherd boy defeating the big bearded bully. The thing is, David was not a plucky little boy. He had...

Duration:00:53:34