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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. Dr. Phil Booe, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church of Luverne, MN, and graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation. Continue Reading >>
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. Dr. Phil Booe, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church of Luverne, MN, and graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation. << Show Less
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Romans 2:12-29: God's Judgement and the Law Rev. Steven Theiss, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, MO, joins the Rev. Dr. Phil Booe to study Romans 2:12-29.“It is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.” (v.13) St. Paul writes this bold statement as he begins explaining the role of the Law in the believer's life. The Apostle reveals that when non-Jews, who have never been given the Law, still do what it commands, it shows that God has written his Law on their hearts. This is why even unbelievers today still tend to agree that certain things are wrong. But in this section Paul also has strong words for the Jews of his day: Genuine faith and obedience to God comes from within, not from hypocritically boasting in God’s favor while breaking his commandments.
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Romans 2:12-29: God's Judgement and the Law Rev. Steven Theiss, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, MO, joins the Rev. Dr. Phil Booe to study Romans 2:12-29.“It is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.” (v.13) St. Paul writes this bold statement as he begins explaining the role of the Law in the believer's life. The Apostle reveals that when non-Jews, who have never been given the Law, still do what it commands, it shows that God has written his Law on their hearts. This is why even unbelievers today still tend to agree that certain things are wrong. But in this section Paul also has strong words for the Jews of his day: Genuine faith and obedience to God comes from within, not from hypocritically boasting in God’s favor while breaking his commandments.
Romans 2:1-11: God's Righteous Judgment Rev. Neil Wehmas, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove, IA, joins the Rev. Dr. Phil Booe to study Romans 2:1-11.Only God has the right to judge. This doesn’t mean that Christians can’t, in love, call out sin in themselves, fellow Christians, or the world. But the Christian who judges others out of haughty pride condemns himself when he ignores his own sinfulness. Instead, we must cling to Christ in full knowledge that the Day of God’s wrath is coming. When will that be? Only God knows, but St. Paul warns his readers, and us, against presuming that God’s kindness and patience toward us means he doesn’t take unrighteousness seriously. Instead, God will judge us according to the works which flow from our faith.
Romans 1:16-32: The Righteous Shall Live by Faith Rev. Jason Bredeson, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sacramento, CA, joins the Rev. Dr. Phil Booe to study Romans 1:16-32.St. Paul declares he is not ashamed of the gospel, but what does that mean? Hearing the term “gospel” would have caused the Roman Christians to think of the emperor, but Paul uses the expression to redirect them to the true God-King, Jesus. Paul establishes the main thesis for this letter with a quote from Habakkuk: “The righteous shall live by faith.” But after proclaiming that salvation is for all people, his tone shifts as he turns his focus toward unrighteousness. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Paul points out the depravity of how sinful people have exchanged the truth of God and for their own carnal desires. He addresses homosexual behavior, but ends this section with a litany of sinful behavior everyone can identify with in some way.
Romans 1:1-15: Paul Longs to go to Rome Rev. John Lukomski, co-host of Wrestling with the Basics on KFUO Radio, joins the Rev. Dr. Phil Booe to study Romans 1:1-15. Find Wrestling with the Basics at kfuo.org/WrestlingWithTheBasics. St. Paul begins his letter with an introduction more detailed that in his other epistles. Filled with words of faith that hint at the content to come, St. Paul begins his longest letter by focusing on his call as an Apostle and his mission to spread the Gospel to the Gentiles. After telling the Roman Christians of his desire to visit them, Paul ends this introduction by speaking of his obligation to preach the Gospel—a commitment he’s eager to accomplish. Tune in to Pastor Booe’s first episode as he’s welcomed by fellow KFUO host, Pr. John Lukomski.
Genesis 50. What you meant for evil, God meant for good! Rev. Dr. Phil Booe, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne, MN joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Genesis 50. Today is the changing of the guard for Thy Strong Word. Pastor Booe will be taking the baton as our new host, and Pastor Finnern is stepping down to focus on his new vocation as Minnesota North District President.Grief and fear grew among the brothers as Jacob died. The grief for the family and Egyptians was great and a witness to us on how to allow time to grieve the loss of a loved one. In this grief, questions arose concerning all of his power and how he would treat his brothers. Yet, by faith in the Lord’s promises, Joseph proclaims that the brother’s goal was evil, the LORD is greater and meant for good. It is difficult to remember, but God promises that no matter the evil in our world, the LORD is still at work that will ultimately be for good now and when Christ returns. “Lord God, Heavenly Father, You work for the good of Your people and we ask that you do so among us also. Keep us close to You and Your everlasting grace. Lord have mercy. Amen”
Genesis 49. The blessings keep coming. Rev. Greg Alms, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church & School in Catonsville, MD joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Genesis 49.Jacob blesses His sons as sons of the promise of Abraham from the Lord. He assembles his family and we receive a glimpse of what the Lord has done and what He will do in the future. God is always moving us forward, even though the future, let alone the past, may not be bright from our perspective, but God’s grace is always before us. Each son had a checkered story, but yet, God continued to bless His people. We pray as Jacob, “I wait for your salvation, O LORD” “Lord God, the past is covered by Your blood and the future is in Your hands. Fill us with Your promise of forgiveness, life, and salvation that we may trust in Your promises and serve with grace as You are gracious with us. Amen”
Genesis 48. God will be with you. Rev. Martin Schultheis of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Baltimore, MD joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Genesis 48.As Jacob nears the end of his life he blesses Joseph’s sons (Manasseh and Ephraim), in essence adopting them. It is not much different than the times we visit our loved ones in hospice care. Jacob/Israel remembers the days of old and how the LORD had blessed his family and the promise of future blessings. For whatever reason, Jacob chooses the younger and unexpected to receive the right hand of blessing. We are reminded that the LORD chooses the weak to show us His glory which is best revealed to us by His cross. “Lord Jesus Christ, our Shepherd, Redeemer, and Immanuel, as You walked with the Israelites and blessed them, we plead with You to walk with us, redeem, and carry us. Fill us with Your promise of salvation that we receive now and will receive when You return. In Your name, Amen”
Genesis 47. Egypt becomes home. Rev. David Boisclair of Faith and Bethesda Lutheran Church in Pine Lawn, MO joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Genesis 47.Pharaoh graciously gave the Israelites the best land of Egypt. The LORD provided for His people, through Pharaoh, with the land and gave them a home for the next 400+ years. The journey was filled with blessings of reality. We can see this account of the Israelites with pessimistic eyes—eventually they would become slaves and have to endure years of issues. Yet, we are people of hope. We see how God provided for all of their needs which led to freedom from slavery and the promise of salvation. “O Holy Spirit, fill us with hope. Hope not in ourselves, but hope that as You provided for the Israelites, You will also provide for us. Keep the hope of Christ before us so that we know that if the Son is willing to die for us, indeed You will provide for our other needs. In Your name, Amen”
Genesis 46. Don’t forget the begets. Rev. Mitchell Gowen, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Lutheran Church in Aiea, HI joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Genesis 46.Israel was making his journey to Egypt filled with questions of the future. He stopped to make a sacrifice and the LORD filled him with His promise to always be with Him. In this promise we see how God blessed Israel with each member of his family. In our own families we usually make an effort to include EVERY member of your family when introducing them to others. The LORD knew everyone of Jacob’s family as He also knows you! One has a hard time not tearing up when hearing of Jacob and Joseph’s reunion. We are reminded of the Prodigal Son when the Father ran to his son and how the LORD reunites us back to Himself through Christ. “Lord God, thank You for remembering, protecting, and saving us in Your mercy. We pray once again for You to be with us so that we may enjoy the eternal family reunion with the Lamb of God who has taken our sins. In His name, amen”
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