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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.

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The Decalogue Is Foundational

Rev. Tim Koch, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Linn, KS, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Deuteronomy 4:44-5:21. Moses begins his second sermon in Deuteronomy by echoing his exhortation at the end of the first: “Listen!” He reminds the people that the covenant the LORD made at Sinai was not simply for their fathers; it was for this generation as well. In the same way, God’s Word continues to be for Christians today. Moses had served as the mediator for the LORD’s Word to the people; Jesus is the prophet like Moses who is our Mediator. Moses repeats the Decalogue as the foundation for the LORD’s covenant. The LORD defines Himself for His people as their Savior from slavery in Egypt and calls them to live in His gift of freedom according to His will. The Decalogue continues to describe a godly life for Christians today and point us to our need for Christ, who fulfilled the Decalogue perfectly. “The Law of God is Good and Wise” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Deuteronomy. Though Moses’ lengthy sermons in Deuteronomy may be tempting to skip, this influential book is essential reading for Christians. As Moses strengthened Israel on the plains of Moab before the people entered the Promised Land, so the book of Deuteronomy still strengthens the Church as we prepare to enter the Resurrection with Christ, the Prophet greater than Moses.

55m
Aug 11
The LORD Alone Is God

Rev. Joel Haak, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Deuteronomy 4:25-43. Moses brings his first sermon in Deuteronomy to a close. He warns the people against spiritual senility once they have entered into the Promised Land. The temptation to forget the LORD and turn toward idolatry will be great. If Israel falls in that way, heaven and earth stand as witnesses against them that they will not live long in the land and will be carried away into exile. Yet even there, the LORD remains gracious and merciful, desiring that His people return to Him. Moses reminds the people that the LORD is God like no other. His work for Israel is entirely unique; He has shown them time and again that He is the only true God. Therefore, Israel must listen to the LORD’s Word. After concluding his first sermon, Moses sets aside three cities of refuge on the east side of the Jordan River in fulfillment of the LORD’s Word and as a reminder of the promise yet to be fulfilled when the LORD delivers the whole land to His people. “The Law of God is Good and Wise” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Deuteronomy. Though Moses’ lengthy sermons in Deuteronomy may be tempting to skip, this influential book is essential reading for Christians. As Moses strengthened Israel on the plains of Moab before the people entered the Promised Land, so the book of Deuteronomy still strengthens the Church as we prepare to enter the Resurrection with Christ, the Prophet greater than Moses.

55m
Aug 10
Listen and Live

Rev. Doug Griebenaw, mission advocate for KFUO Radio in St. Louis, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Deuteronomy 4:1-24. Moses makes a turn in his first sermon in Deuteronomy as he exhorts the people to listen. The Word of God defines their reality. Therefore, they must receive His Word without addition or subtraction, trusting that His Word is good and true. Following idols has never meant anything but death for Israel; Moses urges them toward life in the LORD, the true God. His Word is wisdom and understanding. Even the pagans will realize the unique grace of the LORD in being near to His people. Israel must hold onto this wisdom and pass it down to their children, lest they fall into idolatrous worship in the Promised Land. This will happen through the true fear of the LORD, who is jealous of His people as their husband. “The Law of God is Good and Wise” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Deuteronomy. Though Moses’ lengthy sermons in Deuteronomy may be tempting to skip, this influential book is essential reading for Christians. As Moses strengthened Israel on the plains of Moab before the people entered the Promised Land, so the book of Deuteronomy still strengthens the Church as we prepare to enter the Resurrection with Christ, the Prophet greater than Moses.

55m
Aug 09
Now and Not Yet

Rev. Philip Hoppe, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Colby, KS, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Deuteronomy 3:12-29. Moses reminds the people how the LORD had already given and apportioned land to them on the east side of the Jordan River. The LORD gave that land to two-and-a-half tribes according to their need to care for their livestock. Though they had already received land, they were faithful to the whole people of Israel by going over the Jordan to fight with their brothers. Because Joshua would be the one to lead the people into the Promised Land, Moses strengthened him with the LORD’s promise. Moses’ request to go into the Promised Land shows both confidence in God’s mercy and humility to receive God’s answer. The LORD refuses to let Moses go into the Promised Land, yet Moses will still get to see the land and continue to encourage Joshua for the task ahead. “The Law of God is Good and Wise” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Deuteronomy. Though Moses’ lengthy sermons in Deuteronomy may be tempting to skip, this influential book is essential reading for Christians. As Moses strengthened Israel on the plains of Moab before the people entered the Promised Land, so the book of Deuteronomy still strengthens the Church as we prepare to enter the Resurrection with Christ, the Prophet greater than Moses.

54m
Aug 08
A Giant King Can’t Stop God’s Promise

Rev. Dan Speckhard, pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church and School in North Judson, IN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Deuteronomy 2:24-3:11. Moses’ first sermon in Deuteronomy now begins to recall events much closer to the present. Already on the east side of the Jordan River, the LORD had begun to give His people land as a foretaste of the fulfillment of the Promised Land. Sihon, king of Heshbon, had an opportunity to have peace with Israel. However, he rejected Moses’ offer, and Sihon received the judgment he desired. The LORD’s decisive victories over both Sihon and Og fits into the larger picture of His promise to send a Savior. Nothing, not even the gigantic king Og, will stand in the way of the LORD fulfilling His promise. “The Law of God is Good and Wise” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Deuteronomy. Though Moses’ lengthy sermons in Deuteronomy may be tempting to skip, this influential book is essential reading for Christians. As Moses strengthened Israel on the plains of Moab before the people entered the Promised Land, so the book of Deuteronomy still strengthens the Church as we prepare to enter the Resurrection with Christ, the Prophet greater than Moses.

55m
Aug 05
Wandering Around Relatives

Rev. Ryan Ogrodowicz, associate pastor and headmaster at Grace Lutheran Church and School in Brenham, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Deuteronomy 2:1-23. Moses recounts the wilderness wanderings of Israel. The LORD directed them around land that belonged to their relatives, Edom, Moab, and Ammon. The LORD is the One who owns all territory and apportions it according to His gracious will. While they wandered in the wilderness, all of the Israelite men of war perished, according to the Word of the LORD. The LORD’s faithfulness to His Word of judgment is a reminder that He is also faithful to His Word of salvation. “The Law of God is Good and Wise” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Deuteronomy. Though Moses’ lengthy sermons in Deuteronomy may be tempting to skip, this influential book is essential reading for Christians. As Moses strengthened Israel on the plains of Moab before the people entered the Promised Land, so the book of Deuteronomy still strengthens the Church as we prepare to enter the Resurrection with Christ, the Prophet greater than Moses.

55m
Aug 04
Senseless Unbelief Leads to Wandering

Rev. Tim Storck, pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Chesterfield Township, MI, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Deuteronomy 1:26-46. As Moses continues his first sermon in Deuteronomy, he reminds the people how their initial journey toward the Promised Land was quickly derailed by their unfaithfulness. Despite Moses’ reassurance that the LORD had not failed them in the past and He would surely keep His promise yet again, the people did not believe the LORD. When they refused to go into the Promised Land, the LORD swore in His anger that the rebellious generation of Israelites would not enter, except for Joshua and Caleb. Instead, the toddlers and children would receive the Promised Land as a gift from the LORD. When the Israelites again failed to receive this Word from the LORD and attempted to take the Promised Land on their own, they failed miserably and were forced to stay in Kadesh for quite some time. “The Law of God is Good and Wise” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Deuteronomy. Though Moses’ lengthy sermons in Deuteronomy may be tempting to skip, this influential book is essential reading for Christians. As Moses strengthened Israel on the plains of Moab before the people entered the Promised Land, so the book of Deuteronomy still strengthens the Church as we prepare to enter the Resurrection with Christ, the Prophet greater than Moses.

55m
Aug 03
A Journey Well-Begun

Rev. Stephen Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Deuteronomy 1:6-25. Moses begins his first sermon in Deuteronomy by rewinding the clock forty years, to the time when the LORD told His people to leave Sinai. He sent them toward the land He had promised to their fathers. According to the LORD’s promise to Abraham, the nation had grown extensively. Even as Moses prayed in thanksgiving and for such continued multiplication, he recognized his own inability to lead such a huge nation. Godly wisdom is on display throughout Moses’ work to put leaders in place who will lead in faithfulness to the LORD. When the LORD gave the command to enter into the Promised Land, the people initially sent spies into the land and recognized that the land God was giving them was good. God’s faithfulness to His promise dominates this part of Moses’ first sermon. “The Law of God is Good and Wise” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Deuteronomy. Though Moses’ lengthy sermons in Deuteronomy may be tempting to skip, this influential book is essential reading for Christians. As Moses strengthened Israel on the plains of Moab before the people entered the Promised Land, so the book of Deuteronomy still strengthens the Church as we prepare to enter the Resurrection with Christ, the Prophet greater than Moses.

56m
Aug 02
Deuteronomy Is Essential Reading

Rev. Adolph Harstad, Professor of Exegetical Theology at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in Mankato, MN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Deuteronomy 1:1-5. The book of Deuteronomy may not have action in the same sense as the book of Genesis, but the Word of God spoken by Moses in his farewell addresses to Israel is living and active, bringing repentance and faith to those who listen. Deuteronomy takes place on the plains of Moab in 1406 BC as the people of Israel are about to enter into the Promised Land. Before Moses dies, he speaks the Word of God to this new generation so that they would put their trust in the LORD as they begin life in the place God had promised to their fathers. The opening verses of the book introduce twin themes of the people’s unfaithfulness and God’s faithfulness. In this way, Deuteronomy points us forward to Christ, the fulfillment of all God’s promises. “The Law of God is Good and Wise” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Deuteronomy. Though Moses’ lengthy sermons in Deuteronomy may be tempting to skip, this influential book is essential reading for Christians. As Moses strengthened Israel on the plains of Moab before the people entered the Promised Land, so the book of Deuteronomy still strengthens the Church as we prepare to enter the Resurrection with Christ, the Prophet greater than Moses.

55m
Aug 01
NEW SERIES: The Law of God is Good and Wise

“The Law of God is Good and Wise” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Deuteronomy. Though Moses’ lengthy sermons in Deuteronomy may be tempting to skip, this influential book is essential reading for Christians. As Moses strengthened Israel on the plains of Moab before the people entered the Promised Land, so the book of Deuteronomy still strengthens the Church as we prepare to enter the Resurrection with Christ, the Prophet greater than Moses. 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.

2m
Aug 01
Trust Not in Princes

Rev. Peter Ill, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, IL, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 146. Psalm 146 is one of the five Hallelujah Psalms that close the Psalter, directing us to praise the LORD in our entire lives. This is a reminder of the resurrection, for the praises we sing now are the praises we will sing for all eternity. Our trust belongs in the LORD and not in any princes, for princes in all their planning still die. Only the LORD gives life eternally. Those who place their trust in Him are blessed because He is the Creator and Preserver of all things. He helps those who are needy as He gives His righteousness to sinners. In this, He is the King who reigns eternally over all generations. Alleluia! Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

55m
Jul 29
Acrostics Aren’t Just for Poetry Geeks

Rev. Andrew Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Haven, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 145. The structure of Psalm 145 as an acrostic poem serves to underline the complete nature of God’s reign as King over all. His Kingdom is eternal, calling forth praise from all people. Doxology and doctrine go hand-in-hand as one generation tells the next of who God is and what He has done. The greatness of God’s kingdom is His righteousness, given by grace for Christ’s sake. For this righteousness, all of His works praise Him, because He continues to care for all His creation. He is near to all who call on Him, for Jesus is Immanuel. At the resurrection of all flesh, He will bring His righteous judgment and all will praise His holy name forever. Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

54m
Jul 28
What Is the Day the Lord Has Made?

Rev. Mark Barz, pastor at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 118. Psalm 118 begins and ends with a familiar refrain of thanksgiving to the LORD for His enduring steadfast love. All people are invited to join in singing in a procession leading to the temple. The psalmist has confidence in the LORD in the midst of danger. The LORD is the place of refuge when all human help fails. Even when the psalmist is surrounded by enemies, the LORD remains his strength and salvation. As the procession nears the temple, the picture of the Messiah becomes clearer. Jesus enters Jerusalem as the coming King. Though He is rejected and sacrificed there, the Father sets Him as the cornerstone for the Church. This is the Day of salvation that the LORD has made. The Church now sings Psalm 118 in anticipation of the day of salvation the LORD will bring on the Last Day when He takes us into resurrection life. Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

55m
Jul 27
The Wounded Victor is King and Priest

Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing, Professor of Theology and Ministry, Director of the Pre-Seminary Program, and Director of the Center for Biblical Studies at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN, and associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Eagan, MN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 110. Psalm 110 is the most-quoted and referenced psalm in the New Testament. In Psalm 110, David writes prophetically concerning the Messiah. First, the conversation between the Father and the Son shows that the Messiah truly is God who reigns over all. Second, the Father’s oath to the Messiah shows that the Messiah is a priest who serves forever and makes intercession for us sinners. Third, the Messiah is the wounded victor who has fulfilled the Gospel promise to crush the evil foe. In this way, Psalm 110 points us clearly to Jesus as our crucified, risen, ascended, and returning Savior. Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

55m
Jul 26
The Justice and Love of God

Rev. Mark Squire, pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Ansgar, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 109. David prays to the LORD as wicked men accuse and attack him without cause. He prays that the LORD will bring about salvation for him by bringing justice in the face of those who are filled with malice toward the LORD and His Church. As Judas was filled with Satan and so betrayed Jesus, so the devil still stands behind those who seek evil against God and His Church today. Our response is David’s: we give ourselves to prayer and trust that God will turn their curses into blessing. In this way, we refuse to take vengeance ourselves and trust that God’s justice, whenever He brings it, will result in our salvation. We have this confidence because we have seen the fullness of God’s love and justice in Christ crucified for us sinners. Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

55m
Jul 25
Praising God for the History of His Grace

Rev. David Vandercook, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Little Rock, AR and Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church in Maumelle, AR, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 105. Psalm 105 calls upon God’s people to praise Him for His grace shown to them throughout their history. The psalmist traces all that the LORD has done for His people starting with the covenant made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The LORD was gracious even when He summoned a famine and sent Joseph in chains to Egypt. The LORD’s grace persevered through Israel’s enslavement in Egypt and deliverance after the plagues. The LORD gave His people their daily bread and more as He brought them through the wilderness and into the Promised Land. At each turn, Psalm 105 teaches us to praise God by recounting the specific things God has done for us throughout history. This praise continues in the Church as we point to all that Christ has done for us. Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

54m
Jul 22
The Gospel Squillo

Rev. Chris Hull, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 96. The Church’s song is always new because the Church sings of the saving works that God has done in bringing about His new creation. Though the world sings a loud song for its idols, this song can offer nothing but emptiness. The Church’s song cuts through the noise with true hope in Christ. We sing together with all creation for what God does as our gracious King and righteous Judge.

55m
Jul 21
The Psalter: Refuge from Every Danger

Rev. Andrew Jagow, pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 91. The one true God is Almighty, yet He is not aloof. He is the LORD, the God of His people. He provides refuge for His people from every danger, whether sudden, unseen, or seemingly inevitable. He wins the victory over His people’s enemies as His people look on with thanksgiving and praise. Whether the LORD’s deliverance comes now temporally or in the resurrection eternally, He never fails to keep His promise. He sends His angels for protection and crushes the evil angels who mean us harm. He speaks His Word to us to assure us that His refuge and salvation will remain ours eternally. Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

55m
Jul 20
The Psalter: The Solid Rock That Withstands the Flood

Rev. Caleb Adams, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bend, OR, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 69. Through David’s afflictions, Psalm 69 gives a vivid description of Jesus’ suffering and death. Even though afflictions threaten to overwhelm him, David still cries out in trust to the LORD. Even though his enemies kick him while he’s down, David still trusts in the LORD to deliver him. He puts the matter of justice in the hands of the LORD and praises God for His coming deliverance. Psalm 69 points us to Christ as the One who suffered God’s wrath in our place to bring us eternal life and salvation. Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

56m
Jul 19
Joy from Our Ascended Lord

Rev. Clint Poppe, pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 47. Joy pervades Psalm 47. All nations are called to rejoice because the God of Israel reigns over all the earth. His kingdom is not like any earthly kingdom; He reigns according to His steadfast love seen most fully at the cross. Jesus’ reign has been made certain by His ascension, which is an occasion for joy for God’s people and all nations. Jesus is the offspring of Abraham through whom all the families of the earth will be blessed. In Christ, God calls Jews and Gentiles to the joy of salvation. Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

55m
Jul 18
The LORD Regards the Needy

Rev. Rick Jones, chaplain and director of spiritual life at the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch in Minot, ND, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 41. The LORD is the God who considers the poor; those who belong to Him by grace are blessed and formed after Him to show similar compassion to the needy. In his sickness, David cries out to the LORD for such help. David takes the opportunity to confess his sin because he knows full healing can only come from the LORD’s forgiveness. As David waits for the LORD’s deliverance, he cries out as his enemies add insult to injury during his sickness. Even his close friends will not stand by David; they betray him in his need. In this way, Psalm 41 speaks prophetically about Judas’ betrayal of the Lord Jesus. Jesus has felt the deep pain of betrayal; He is our Brother who sympathizes with us in our sufferings. Even in the midst of such enemies, Psalm 41 teaches us to remain confident in the LORD’s deliverance. Blessed be His name forever! Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

55m
Jul 15
Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit

Rev. Sam Wirgau, pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ossian, IN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 31. Because the LORD is a rock, fortress, and refuge, He is the One to whom His people commit themselves. Jesus’ use of this prayer from the cross allows us to commit ourselves to God not only every day of our lives but even in the moment of death. We know that He will raise us on the Last Day. This gives us confidence even when enemies assail us from every side. The LORD has our times in His hands, and He will win the victory over His enemies in His time. Christian faith waits patiently for the LORD, taking courage in the knowledge that He will fulfill His promises. Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

54m
Jul 14
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

Rev. David Boisclair, pastor at Bethesda and Faith Lutheran Churches in north St. Louis County, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 24. Psalm 24 may have been composed for the entrance of the ark of the covenant into the tabernacle. The LORD comes to His sanctuary as the Creator, Owner, and Preserver of all things. The one who ascends with Him on His hill is holy both inside and out, having remained free from idolatry. Such righteousness is not our own doing, but it is God’s gift to us through His Son Jesus Christ, who has lived entirely without sin for our sake. Psalm 24 calls upon the gates of the tabernacle to open wide to welcome the LORD as the King of glory. Similarly, the Holy Spirit opens our hearts to receive Jesus as our Savior. We welcome Him with joy, not only now in Word and Sacrament, but especially on the Last Day. Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

55m
Jul 13
The Passion of Our Lord According to St. David

Rev. Matt Wietfeldt, Director of Admissions and the Christ Academy program at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 22. Psalm 22 is one of the clearest Old Testament depictions of Christ’s suffering and death. The Father’s abandonment, the mockery of the bystanders, the nails through Christ’s hands and feet, and the gambling for Christ’s garments are all foretold. Even as Christ prays Psalm 22 from the cross in His great suffering over the Father’s abandonment, yet Christ also prays in great hope and trust that God will rescue Him. This trust is seen quite clearly in the last part of Psalm 22, where the hope of the resurrection shines brightest. Because Christ was abandoned by the Father on the cross, we have the assurance that Christ’s promise to be with us always is true. Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

56m
Jul 12
Thou Art the Portion I Have Sought

Rev. Tim Storck, pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Chesterfield Township, MI, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 16. In Psalm 16, David prays in complete confidence that the LORD will preserve him. Only in the LORD is there any good. He alone is the Giver of all good gifts; idols make demands and give only growing sorrow. With the LORD as our inheritance now and forever, we have true security. In this way we can truly rejoice, for we know what the LORD has done for Jesus. The Father fulfilled His promise and did not let His Son see corruption in the grave, for the Father raised the Son on the third day. In the same way, we know that we will be raised on the Last Day, and so we are filled with joy and pleasures in God’s presence. Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

55m
Jul 11
Thou Art the Portion I Have Sought

Rev. Tim Storck, pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Chesterfield Township, MI, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 16. In Psalm 16, David prays in complete confidence that the LORD will preserve him. Only in the LORD is there any good. He alone is the Giver of all good gifts; idols make demands and give only growing sorrow. With the LORD as our inheritance now and forever, we have true security. In this way we can truly rejoice, for we know what the LORD has done for Jesus. The Father fulfilled His promise and did not let His Son see corruption in the grave, for the Father raised the Son on the third day. In the same way, we know that we will be raised on the Last Day, and so we are filled with joy and pleasures in God’s presence. Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

55m
Jul 11
The Majesty of God’s Name

Rev. Kyle Mietzner, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Anchorage, AK, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 8. Psalm 8 sings praise to the LORD for the majesty of His name throughout all creation. Though surprising to human eyes, the LORD’s strength is seen in the praises of infants. Even in the vastness of His creation, the LORD gives a place of dominion to humanity, that we might care for all of God’s creation in service. Psalm 8 points to the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who as Son of God and Son of Man has shown for the true glory and majesty of God’s name. Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

56m
Jul 08
King of Kings and Lord of Lords

Rev. Dr. Tim Saleska, professor of exegetical theology and Dean of Ministerial Formation at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Psalm 2. Psalm 2 pictures the nations and their rulers assembling together in an attempt to cast off the bonds of the LORD and His Anointed. Yet the LORD is the true King; He sits on His heavenly throne. He laughs, derides them, and speaks to them in wrath by proclaiming that His King, the Anointed One, has been set on Zion. The Anointed speaks concerning the decree that the LORD gave, in which the LORD promised His Anointed that His requests would be granted. The Psalm ends with instruction for all rulers to place themselves in subjection to the authority of the Son, the Anointed. Psalm 2 points us to Christ Jesus as the Son of God who did not ask His Father to be spared from death as He reigned from His cross. By His ascension, Jesus is the true King over all. Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

54m
Jul 07
Introduction: The Psalter

Join Sharper Iron during the month of July to study several Psalms. In the Psalter, God speaks His Word to us and teaches us how to speak back to Him in prayer. Even in the great variety of the Psalms, each one points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ. 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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Jul 07
The Word of God Is Not Bound

Rev. Jacob Dandy, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church and School in Terra Bella, CA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 28:17-31. Paul’s time in Rome begins similarly to his visit to other cities. He addresses the Jews first. He defends his own innocence, and, at the same time, he opens the door to proclaim the fulfillment of their hope in Christ. The Jews have not heard anything about Paul particularly and are willing to give him a hearing, although they know that Christianity is spoken against as a sect by most Jews. Despite a potentially hostile audience, Paul takes the opportunity to proclaim the Gospel to the Jews. By the Holy Spirit’s work, some believe, though some do not. Paul preaches the warning from Isaiah 6 before moving on to proclaim the Gospel to the Gentiles. St. Luke concludes the book of Acts by noting how the Word of God continued to go forth in Rome for two years during Paul’s house arrest. This ending reminds us that no matter how Paul or Peter or any messengers of the Gospel die, the Word of God endures forever. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord’s Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God’s grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

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