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St. John Chester

49 EpisodesProduced by St. John Lutheran ChurchWebsite

St. John Lutheran Church in Chester, IL bringing the good news of Jesus Christ one podcast at a time. St. John is a congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

49 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

A Response to Abortion: Prayers, not Protests

March 25th, 2021


In a time of ugly protests, the Church acts in loving contrast to the fallen world.

A Lutheran Celebrates St. Patrick's Day?

March 16th, 2021


It seems everybody likes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  But who was the real St. Patrick? Why is he worth celebrating?

The Inauguration Challenge

January 20th, 2021


In his first letter to Timothy, Paul encourages the Church to pray for government leaders. Easy? A challenge? An opportunity? Let's explore.

Epiphany Postlude: Real Hope!

January 8th, 2021


The message of the Epiphany is especially fitting in the midst of this week's madness and chaos.

Epiphany Part 3

January 7th, 2021


In this final episode on the Epiphany, Pastor Sims considers the gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Epiphany Part 2

January 6th, 2021


Diving into the remarkable story of the Epiphany continues as we consider the Epiphany: Who?

Epiphany Part 1

January 5th, 2021


The visit of the Magi to worship Jesus is a remarkable story with lots of unanswered questions. The Epiphany: Where? Who? What?

Vote for your Neighbor, and Respect your Neighbor's Vote

October 30th, 2020


How are we Chrstians to conduct ourselves in the midst of such a contentious election?

Quarantine Thanks & Support

October 12th, 2020


Pastor Sims gives thanks in the midst of his own quarantine.

Here it comes. Are you ready?

July 20th, 2020


Pastor Sims explores how the Church is best prepared to respond to hatred and persecution.

Yes, Celebrate the 4th of July

July 2nd, 2020


Why American Lutherans and other Christians should celebrate the birthday of the USA

The Real Question & God's Saving Answer

June 17th, 2020


Part 2 of applying Romans 5:6-11 to America 2020

Who would you be willing to die for?

June 11th, 2020


Applying Romans 5:6-11 to 2020 America

One Creator, One Human Race, One Savior

June 5th, 2020


How do we find peace with God and each other amidst the sad chaos in our country? 

An Incorrect, but Good Answer

May 27th, 2020


How a son taught his father a valuable vocabulary lesson

What are we remembering on Memorial Day?

May 24th, 2020


Exploring how Church Holy-days transform the Christian's observance of the civic holiday of Memorial Day

Christian Holiday Quiz Part 2

May 22nd, 2020


Pastor Sims follows-up with the reasons why Ascension is such an important event and Holiday

Christian Holiday Quiz

May 20th, 2020


Pastor Sims explores the "Rodney Dangerfield" of Christian Holidays

Getting ready for Sunday: 1 Peter 3

May 15th, 2020


Contemplating some timely questions in light of 1 Peter 3:13-22.

Part 2-The Psalm 1 Life

May 14th, 2020


Pastor Sims walks through an example of praying and meditating on God's word using the beloved story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-9)

The Psalm 1 Life

May 12th, 2020


Exploring the ancient Christian concept of "Oratio, Meditatio, Tentatio" with the help of Psalm 1:1-2.

Thank you Mom(s)!

May 8th, 2020


Looking at Paul's 2nd letter to Timothy, Pastor Sims wrestles with what Mother's Day should and should not be for the Church and pays tribute to moms …

National Day of Prayer!?

May 7th, 2020


A look at the National Day of Prayer through the lens of Psalm 34

Living the Christian (COVID-19) life: Part 2

May 4th, 2020


The Good Shepherd still tends to us in this current struggle.

Living the Christian (COVID-19) Life: Part 1

May 1st, 2020


How do we live Acts 2:42 in our current struggle?

We are the Whos in Whoville

April 29th, 2020


What do a classic Dr. Seuss story and our current situation have in common? St. Paul has the answer for us!

Why a crucifix?

April 27th, 2020


Christ is risen, not dead! So, why wear a crucifix? Let's explore...

Hope in the Midst of Bad News

April 24th, 2020


Explore how Christian Hope helps us endure during these difficult times.

Thank You Teachers!

April 22nd, 2020


Praising God for the blessing that teachers are to us and our children.

2nd Sunday of Easter Follow-up

April 20th, 2020


This is why John 20:19-31 is of great comfort to us.

2nd Sunday of Easter Tease

April 17th, 2020


Consider why John 20:19-31 might be of greater comfort to you this year than ever before.

Easter Feasting

April 16th, 2020


A look at Easter feasting and the contrast between mere gluttony and true joy

Spiking the football in death's end zone

April 15th, 2020


The New Testament, as well as our Christian Hymnody, trash talk against death.

Three Beautiful Words

April 13th, 2020


The angel said of Jesus, "...he has risen." (Matthew 28:6) What does this mean for us?

What's so Good about this Friday?

April 10th, 2020


A brief exploration of the beauty and significance of Good Friday

What's Maundy Thursday?

April 9th, 2020


A brief exploration into the beautiful significance of Thursday in Holy Week (John 13:34)

Don't skip to the ending!

April 7th, 2020


Challenge to Christians to benefit from the entire Holy Week story

Palm Sunday Follow-up!

April 6th, 2020


How does Jesus fulfill the people's cry (and our cry) of "Save us now"?

Psalm Sunday Tease

April 3rd, 2020


Consider the peoples' cry of "Hosanna!" as you prepare for Palm Sunday

The end of the world?

April 2nd, 2020


Is the coronavirus related to the end of the world? Consider Matthew 24:3ff

Don't forget to pray for . . .

March 30th, 2020


In 1 Timothy, Paul reminds us of our calling as Christians.

The best way to begin (and end) each day!

March 28th, 2020


A look into Luther's morning and evening prayers as a valuable resource for individuals and families. 

Consider . . . the trashmen?

March 26th, 2020


Looking at Colossians 3:23, consider God's care for you through the hard working hands of others.

Consider the birds . . .

March 24th, 2020


The birds' chirping reminds us of God's love and care for us. 

As simple as 1, 3, 4, 5

March 23rd, 2020


In this time of the Coronavirus, we may be struggling with what we perceive to be conflict between several of God's commandments. 

The Home Altar

March 21st, 2020


In Genesis 12:8-9 Abraham is pitching his tent and building an altar, how about you?

There's Hope!

March 20th, 2020


2 Chronicles 7:13-14 - one of the most misused Bible passages of our time, but one of our young people nailed it. Thanks Addie!

Guardian and Protector

March 19th, 2020


In Matthew 1 and 2 we look at Joseph, the guardian and protector of Jesus.

Where does my help come from?

March 18th, 2020


Pastor Sims' initial podcast on Psalm 121

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