Thy Strong Word From Kfuo Radio



An in-depth study of the books of the Bible with guest pastors from across the country. Hosted by Rev. William Weedon. Thy Strong Word is graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation and produced by the LCMS Office of National Mission.


  • Hebrews 12:1-17: Speaking to us by His Son: Do not grow weary, Lift up, & be strong—Christ takes your shame.

    31/08/2021 Duración: 57min

    Rev. Keith Lingsch of Grace Lutheran Church in Naples, FL, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 12:1-17. Jesus took our sin, shame, and hostility. Therefore, look to Him. Therefore do not grow weary or fainthearted. Therefore lift up your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees. Therefore make straight paths. He has called you sons, even though He disciplines us, He does it for our good and to share in His holiness. Therefore strive for peace, live a moral life, & receive the grace of God for it was Christ’s joy to take Your shame on the cross and today! “Lord God, we thank You for the saints of old that surround us today and fix our eyes on the same Jesus that we may receive His holiness and be strong in Him. Lord have mercy. Amen”

  • Hebrews 11:29-40: Speaking to us by His Son: Awaiting a better, heavenly country.

    30/08/2021 Duración: 56min

    Rev. Shawn Kumm of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Cody, Wyoming joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 11:29-40. By faith in Christ we move forward. The author ends chapter eleven by highlighting the “heroes of the faith”, well-known or short-lived in the Bible and connects us together to the LORD. Gideon had the victory. Samson died. David was immoral. Rahab was a prostitute. Some were resurrected. Some were persecuted. We are together knowing that He there is a heavenly, better country awaiting for us on account of His cross. “Lord God, keep us in Christ. As Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, Sarah, and Abraham believed the promise we have the assurance of God’s salvation in Christ. Keep us in this promise. In Him, Amen”

  • Hebrews 11:13-28: Speaking to us by His Son: Faith in the promise

    27/08/2021 Duración: 57min

    Rev. Sam Powell of Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Jefferson City, MO joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 11:13-28. Without faith it is impossible to please God. The patriarchs and matriarchs were strangers on this earth waiting for a Messiah, we can feel the same realities as we wait for Jesus’ second coming. We wait like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses in this broken world for the Messiah to come, knowing that He not only knows us but is not ashamed of us by preparing a city in heaven. “O Holy Spirit, keep us with Christ in faith. Help us as we wait for the Second coming, as the patriarchs of old, to eagerly anticipate the heavenly Jerusalem to come. In Christ, Amen.”

  • Speaking to us by His Son: Same faith as Abel, Abraham, and Sarah

    26/08/2021 Duración: 57min

    Rev. Dave Hinz of Trinity Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids, MN joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study the great chapter of faith, Hebrews 11. “It’s a great time to be a Christian.”  The author reminds the Hebrews that there is always hope, although many of the promises are not seen, our LORD has worked faith in the saints and they lived in that faith.  He has worked that same Christ-centered faith in you and He helps us to live like Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, & Sarah.  To have faith in Christ is to have hope of the eternal gifts while knowing that He strengthens us today with His heavenly gifts of grace.  “Lord God, point us forward to the hope of heavenly glory by showing us the saints of old who had faith in the same promises.  As they lived as people of faith, help us to live the same in the promises of Christ.  Lord have mercy.  Amen”

  • Hebrews 10:19-39 - Speaking to us by His Son: Gather Together in Confidence and Hope

    25/08/2021 Duración: 57min

    Rev. Benjamin Dose of Zion Lutheran Church, Arcadia, IA joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 10:19-39. We all desire our loved ones to be confident.  The author shows the Hebrews what it means to be confident as Christians: Christ has washed you clean by His blood and invites You near.  This hope leads us to be with other Christians around His gifts in worship and to hold fast to Him through trial.  Go to church, saints of our LORD, for the Day is drawing near.  “Lord God, by the curtain of Christ’s flesh, we can confidently come to You without fear.  Help us to walk with You, even through trial, and to extend compassion to others.  In Him, Amen” 

  • Hebrews 10:1-18-Speaking to us by His Son: Christ is THE final sacrifice

    24/08/2021 Duración: 57min

    Rev. John Lukomski, co-host of “Wrestling with the Basics” joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 10. Jesus has done it all.  You have been sanctified, made holy, by the final, once and for all sacrifice of Christ and He remembers our sins no more.  The author repeats himself with this message throughout the book because we forget it!  “Lord Jesus Christ, by Your final sacrifice I am holy and accepted by God the Father, fill us with this grace so that we may rest in Your unending peace each day.  In Your name, Amen”

  • Hebrews 9:11-28-Speaking to us by His Son: His blood gives you a clear conscience.

    23/08/2021 Duración: 57min

    Rev. David Boisclar of Faith and Bethesda Lutheran Church in Pine Lawn, MO joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 9. A clear conscience is like looking through a clear window so that we see what is really outside. A seared conscience is like looking through a fogged up window where we can not see the full picture. By the blood of Christ, our High Priest, He gives us a clear conscience to fully see the love, grace, and forgiveness in Him. “Lord God, in You we know that Christ is our mediator and our salvation has been won. Grant us a clear conscience before You, fill us with Your peace, so that we may rest in Your full forgiveness. In Him, Amen”

  • Hebrews 9:1-10: Speaking to us by His Son — God meets us in Christ, not the tent.

    20/08/2021 Duración: 57min

    Rev. Nabil Nour of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hartford, SD joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 9:1-10. The author brings us back to the Tabernacle to show us Christ. As it has been said, “The Old Testament concealed—New Testament revealed.” Jesus says “I am the bread of life”, “I am the Light of the World”, “the temple”, and “this is my body and blood.” We hear these words and better understand that the bread of presence, the washings, the lampstand, the mercy seat, the sacrifices by the High priest IS CHRIST. The rituals of the Jewish people were pointing to Christ, but they did not give a clear conscience. It is only by Christ’s work & sacrifice where a worshiper receives full peace. “Lord God, the Prince of Peace, grant us Your peace as we see all the washings, sacrifices, buildings, and rituals knowing that You have done all the work of our salvation and still takes care of us. In Christ, Amen”

  • Hebrews 8: Speaking to us by His Son: The High Priest serves from the heavenly tent.

    19/08/2021 Duración: 57min

    Rev. Steven Theiss, vacancy pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, MO, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 8. When we speak of Jesus sitting at the right hand of God in the apostle’s creed we are reminded that He is all powerful and all things are under His feet. The author emphasizes that Christ is in heaven in order to serve us as our “heavenly liturgist” in the REAL heavenly tabernacle. The earthly temple, tabernacle, and priests are only a shadow of what was to come. As we see the new covenant with Christ, we are able to look back to the old realizing that the main purpose from the beginning was to serve His people with salvation through Christ. “Almighty God, You came not to be served, but to serve and give Your life as a sacrifice for us. As You are our heavenly liturgist to continually bring Your gifts, help us to faithfully receive these gifts and rest in the promises of Your love, forgiveness, and salvation. In Christ, Amen”

  • Hebrews 7:18-28: Speaking to us by His Son — He is our guarantee, high priest, intercessor, and perfecter.

    18/08/2021 Duración: 55min

    Rev. Bruce Timm of Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Cloud, MN joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 7:18-28. We all want a “life-time, money-back” guarantee on any product we purchase. We don’t trust that anything can last forever so at least we know that we will have a replacement at no cost to us. The author presents Jesus not only as a greater and better covenant than the Law given at Mt. Sinai, but the holy, innocent, unstained, highly exalted High priest as a guarantee for your salvation. We can therefore draw near to Him with confidence as we are people of hope in His guarantees that lasts forever. “Lord Jesus Christ, as You are the guarantor of our salvation and our advocate in prayer and forgiveness, help us to draw to the Father with confidence as You have been made perfect forever, You share this perfection with us. Amen”

  • Hebrews 7:1-17: Speaking to us by His Son: Our king and High Priest

    17/08/2021 Duración: 56min

    Rev. Derek Waffel of Christ Lutheran Church in Pascagoula, Mississippi joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 7:1-17. Jesus is like Melchizedek? Who is that? In Genesis 14 we receive only four verses concerning the priest & king Melchizedek, but the author of Hebrews uses these verses to nail us to the ground concerning hope. Is our hope in genealogies, circumcision, or the Law? Or is our hope in the LORD and His full work of salvation in Christ? Jesus is unique--appointed to be our High Priest, not by lineage, but chosen to be THE indestructible life for your salvation. “Lord God, by Your Holy Spirit You connected all of Scripture under one hope---Christ and His cross. Open our eyes, hearts, and ears to receive this message and see our final and great hope to be in You. In Christ, Amen”

  • Hebrews 6: Speaking to us by His Son: Certainty and assurance is in Christ.

    16/08/2021 Duración: 58min

    Rev. Timothy Sims of St. John Lutheran Church in Chester, IL joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 6. It’s never too early to grow in Christ through repentance and the Word. There is never a time where we do not need to hear of the better things with a just God who never overlooks you in Christ. As God called Abraham with His promise, He calls us to be assured in the hope of the LORD. God is unable to lie, so we believe Him at His Word showing us Christ our forerunner who continues to serve us today. “Lord God, keep us steadfast in Your Word. Grant us the gift of repentance and show us again the steadfast anchor of our soul that we may be faithful to the end. Amen”

  • Hebrews 5: Speaking to us by His Son: The source of our salvation.

    13/08/2021 Duración: 56min

    Rev. Scott Adle, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville, IL joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 5. Jesus is our high priest. The high priest of the Old Testament was acting in relation to God on behalf of the people to restore their relationship with God. These sacrifices were not only continuous, but required him to prepare a sacrifice for himself. Jesus as THE High Priest made the FINAL sacrifice, He restores the relationship with the Father by humility to submit to the Father’s will. His work is the source of salvation for all who believe. “Lord God, help us to grow to maturity in You that we may understand and receive the joy of Your full work as our High Priest and forgiveness won on the cross. Lord have mercy. Amen”

  • Hebrews 4: Speaking to us by His Son: In Him we have our rest.

    12/08/2021 Duración: 57min

    Rev. Dr. Brian Kachelmeier, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Las Alamos, NM joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 4. We, like the receivers of this epistle, are restless and anxious people. We are reminded of Jesus’ words, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” We are able to receive the gift of grace from the LORD with confidence, not on our own merits, but by the merits of Christ. “Lord Jesus, keep us from disobedience and help us to enter Your rest, to hold fast to our confession, and draw near You with confidence on account of Your merits. Help us today to rest in Your grace. Lord have mercy. Amen”

  • Hebrews 3: Speaking to us by His Son: My Jesus is greater than Moses.

    11/08/2021 Duración: 57min

    Rev. John Shank, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Edwardsville, IL joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 3. The author says, “Consider Jesus.” He does not use Jesus as a club, but gently points the Hebrews back to Christ by teaching. Teaching by comparing Jesus to Moses—clearly Jesus is better. Teaching by warning them concerning the danger of unbelief like the Israelites of old. He makes it very clear: The LORD is the builder and Moses was simply a steward. In the same way, we are simply stewards as ones called holy brothers and His house to hold on to Him for our confidence. Exhort one another “today” for today is the day of salvation and the alternative is not good. “Almighty God, we thank You for Moses, but we thank You more for the one who built Moses for the sake of nourishing, loving, and saving us today. Help us to always consider Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith. Lord have mercy. Amen”

  • Hebrews 2: Speaking to us by His Son: The payment of salvation has been made.

    10/08/2021 Duración: 56min

    Rev. John Lukomski, host of Wrestling with the Basics on KFUO Radio, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 2. Find Wrestling with the Basics at “Do not neglect this great salvation”, the author tells us. This salvation is manifested by God calling us brothers, even though we owe Him due to our sins. The author proclaims this salvation with the word “propitiation.” Propitiation is to make full payment. Christ has made the full payment for our sins. There is no stain left, and we are in a perfect relationship with God the Father. The author gives us these comforting words so that we would not neglect this salvation, but give thanks for His unending grace. “Lord God, thank You for our relationship with You as brothers on account of Your payment for our sins on the cross. Keep us from neglecting this salvation, but that we may receive it with gratefulness and live in accordance to Your calling. In Christ, Amen”

  • Hebrews 1: Today He has spoken to us by His son.

    09/08/2021 Duración: 58min

    Rev. Dr. John Kleinig, professor emeritus of Australian Lutheran College in Adelaide, SA, Australia, and author of the Concordia Commentary on Hebrews joins Rev. Brady Finnern to begin our study of Hebrews. Find the Concordia Commentary on Hebrews at We often think of the benefits that we WILL receive in heaven, which is true. Yet, the author to the Hebrews emphasizes all the gifts of heaven that we receive now. Jesus, the Great High Priest, brings cleansing, atonement, the Holy Spirit, blessing, heavenly food, and grace to His people now by His Word. As we begin our study on Hebrews, we get a picture of heaven by seeing the Tabernacle of the Old Testament connected to the better covenant that we have today in Christ. “Lord Jesus, as You are the great High Priest, we ask for Your cleansing by Your blood that we may draw near with confidence Your throne of grace upon grace. Lord have mercy. Amen”

  • Psalm 8: How majestic is Your name in all the earth.

    06/08/2021 Duración: 57min

    Rev. Dr. Nathan Meador, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church & School in Plymouth, WI joins Rev. Brady Finnern to pray and study Psalm 8. David directs people to sing of the majesty of the LORD. He gives thanks to the LORD as He looks at creation (stars, moon, sheep, oxen, beasts of the LORD, birds, and fish) and realizes the unworthiness of God’s love for him. The Holy Spirit also led David to point us to Christ, who was made lower than angels yet a King who shows us the greatest of His majesty on the cross. Psalm 8 is a perfect prayer as we meditate and enjoy God’s creation. “Almighty Father, we are unworthy to receive Your love, grace, and attention, yet Your majesty has been poured on us through Christ’s salvation. Help us to take a step back and enjoy Your creation keeping You in mind and giving thanks for Your forgiving grace. Amen”

  • Psalm 7: Keep praying saints-The LORD is your refuge.

    05/08/2021 Duración: 56min

    Rev. Dr. Curtis Deterding of Zion Lutheran Church, Fort Myers, FL joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 7. What is your refuge?  To take refuge is to know that you are safe, the work has been done, and where we find comfort.  David reminds us that our refuge is the LORD.  He is a righteous judge, He is our shield, and although He could bring His wrath at any time, in love He has placed that wrath on Christ.  We pray that He would take evil and our enemies from our lives and to trust in His help.  “O LORD God Almighty, You are our refuge.  We pray that You would take away evil and destroy the enemies of Your name.  Bring repentance to all of our hearts so that in You, we are saved.  In Christ. Amen”

  • Psalm 6: Keep praying saints: Our Lord is steadfast in love, even when your bones are troubled.

    04/08/2021 Duración: 57min

    Rev. Matthew Wurm, pastor of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Brookings, SD joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 6. God’s steadfast love is so great that He allows us to lament to Him, admit our weaknesses, and show our pain. David shows us the connection of body and soul that when one is struggling the other is affected. We are shown our relationship with the LORD is real. He knows what it is like to feel what we feel and addresses us not as a judge, but more as a merciful Father. We can speak “How long O LORD?” and reminds us that He not only hears our prayers, but accepts us on account of His work in Christ. “O LORD, hear our prayer. When we are troubled, we come to You. Turn to us with Your grace, keep away evil, and we know that by the cross of Christ, You will be near to us and will deliver us by Your strength. In Him, Amen”

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