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St. John Chester

St. John Chester

By St. John Lutheran Church
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.
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A Response to Abortion: Prayers, not Protests
In a time of ugly protests, the Church acts in loving contrast to the fallen world.
March 25, 2021
A Lutheran Celebrates St. Patrick's Day?
It seems everybody likes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  But who was the real St. Patrick? Why is he worth celebrating?
March 16, 2021
The Inauguration Challenge
In his first letter to Timothy, Paul encourages the Church to pray for government leaders. Easy? A challenge? An opportunity? Let's explore.
January 20, 2021
Epiphany Postlude: Real Hope!
The message of the Epiphany is especially fitting in the midst of this week's madness and chaos.
January 08, 2021
Epiphany Part 3
In this final episode on the Epiphany, Pastor Sims considers the gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
January 07, 2021
Epiphany Part 2
Diving into the remarkable story of the Epiphany continues as we consider the Epiphany: Who?
January 06, 2021
Epiphany Part 1
The visit of the Magi to worship Jesus is a remarkable story with lots of unanswered questions. The Epiphany: Where? Who? What?
January 05, 2021
Vote for your Neighbor, and Respect your Neighbor's Vote
How are we Chrstians to conduct ourselves in the midst of such a contentious election?
October 30, 2020
Quarantine Thanks & Support
Pastor Sims gives thanks in the midst of his own quarantine.
October 12, 2020
Here it comes. Are you ready?
Pastor Sims explores how the Church is best prepared to respond to hatred and persecution.
July 20, 2020
Yes, Celebrate the 4th of July
Why American Lutherans and other Christians should celebrate the birthday of the USA
July 02, 2020
The Real Question & God's Saving Answer
Part 2 of applying Romans 5:6-11 to America 2020
June 17, 2020
Who would you be willing to die for?
Applying Romans 5:6-11 to 2020 America
June 11, 2020
One Creator, One Human Race, One Savior
How do we find peace with God and each other amidst the sad chaos in our country? 
June 05, 2020
An Incorrect, but Good Answer
How a son taught his father a valuable vocabulary lesson
May 27, 2020
What are we remembering on Memorial Day?
Exploring how Church Holy-days transform the Christian's observance of the civic holiday of Memorial Day
May 24, 2020
Christian Holiday Quiz Part 2
Pastor Sims follows-up with the reasons why Ascension is such an important event and Holiday
May 22, 2020
Christian Holiday Quiz
Pastor Sims explores the "Rodney Dangerfield" of Christian Holidays
May 20, 2020
Getting ready for Sunday: 1 Peter 3
Contemplating some timely questions in light of 1 Peter 3:13-22.
May 15, 2020
Part 2-The Psalm 1 Life
Pastor Sims walks through an example of praying and meditating on God's word using the beloved story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-9)
May 14, 2020
The Psalm 1 Life
Exploring the ancient Christian concept of "Oratio, Meditatio, Tentatio" with the help of Psalm 1:1-2.
May 12, 2020
Thank you Mom(s)!
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 in his life.
May 08, 2020
National Day of Prayer!?
A look at the National Day of Prayer through the lens of Psalm 34
May 07, 2020
Living the Christian (COVID-19) life: Part 2
The Good Shepherd still tends to us in this current struggle.
May 04, 2020
Living the Christian (COVID-19) Life: Part 1
How do we live Acts 2:42 in our current struggle?
May 01, 2020
We are the Whos in Whoville
What do a classic Dr. Seuss story and our current situation have in common? St. Paul has the answer for us!
April 29, 2020
Why a crucifix?
Christ is risen, not dead! So, why wear a crucifix? Let's explore...
April 27, 2020
Hope in the Midst of Bad News
Explore how Christian Hope helps us endure during these difficult times.
April 24, 2020
Thank You Teachers!
Praising God for the blessing that teachers are to us and our children.
April 22, 2020
2nd Sunday of Easter Follow-up
This is why John 20:19-31 is of great comfort to us.
April 20, 2020
2nd Sunday of Easter Tease
Consider why John 20:19-31 might be of greater comfort to you this year than ever before.
April 17, 2020
Easter Feasting
A look at Easter feasting and the contrast between mere gluttony and true joy
April 16, 2020
Spiking the football in death's end zone
The New Testament, as well as our Christian Hymnody, trash talk against death.
April 15, 2020
Three Beautiful Words
The angel said of Jesus, "...he has risen." (Matthew 28:6) What does this mean for us?
April 13, 2020
What's so Good about this Friday?
A brief exploration of the beauty and significance of Good Friday
April 10, 2020
What's Maundy Thursday?
A brief exploration into the beautiful significance of Thursday in Holy Week (John 13:34)
April 09, 2020
Don't skip to the ending!
Challenge to Christians to benefit from the entire Holy Week story
April 07, 2020
Palm Sunday Follow-up!
How does Jesus fulfill the people's cry (and our cry) of "Save us now"?
April 06, 2020
Psalm Sunday Tease
Consider the peoples' cry of "Hosanna!" as you prepare for Palm Sunday
April 03, 2020
The end of the world?
Is the coronavirus related to the end of the world? Consider Matthew 24:3ff
April 02, 2020
Don't forget to pray for . . .
In 1 Timothy, Paul reminds us of our calling as Christians.
March 30, 2020
The best way to begin (and end) each day!
A look into Luther's morning and evening prayers as a valuable resource for individuals and families. 
March 28, 2020
Consider . . . the trashmen?
Looking at Colossians 3:23, consider God's care for you through the hard working hands of others.
March 26, 2020
Consider the birds . . .
The birds' chirping reminds us of God's love and care for us. 
March 24, 2020
As simple as 1, 3, 4, 5
In this time of the Coronavirus, we may be struggling with what we perceive to be conflict between several of God's commandments. 
March 23, 2020
The Home Altar
In Genesis 12:8-9 Abraham is pitching his tent and building an altar, how about you?
March 21, 2020
There's Hope!
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!
March 20, 2020
Guardian and Protector
In Matthew 1 and 2 we look at Joseph, the guardian and protector of Jesus.
March 19, 2020
Where does my help come from?
Pastor Sims' initial podcast on Psalm 121
March 18, 2020