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Devotion - May 29, 2015

Fri, May 29, 2015

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 15:13

I am an admitted fan of March Madness. As the 2015 NCAA basketball tournament came to its conclusion, my favorite team was still competing—they had made it to the Final Four. I was hoping for two more wins for my team.

I was hoping, but there was no guarantee of victory. Frequently, hope is nothing more than wishful thinking, but the Bible speaks of hope in a much more exalted and glorious way. Because Biblical hope rests on God, that hope is different and brings about better results.
Human hopes are uncertain and create anxiety, but the hope that is at the heart of the Christian faith is a powerful producer of peace. Biblical hope is the present certainty that what God has promised will come true. It is not wishful thinking, it is concrete belief made possible by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Hope strips away the uncertainties of life and brings us peace. What will happen to us in this life? The apostle Paul wrote in Romans chapter 8: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him...We are more than conquerors…nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God.” These promises are built on the solid foundation of God’s faithfulness and give us the assurance that life with its challenges is not greater than God and his victory and love.

What will happen to us in the life to come? Paul wrote in Romans chapter 5: “Since we have been justified (declared not guilty) we have peace with God…since we have now been justified by his blood how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” Resting our life now and in eternity on the powerful promises of God gives us peace. Nothing can change his love for us or take away the forgiveness Jesus has already won for us. With Jesus the victory is won and our heads will be crowned with the glory of eternal life in heaven. This gives us peace.

Prayer: 

Dear Jesus, by your Spirit create in me a confident faith in the promises of God. Grant me the daily and eternal peace of knowing my life is safely held in the loving arms of the Father. Amen.

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Devotion - May 29, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - May 28, 2015

Thu, May 28, 2015

“The LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Numbers 6:26


It’s not just “Church-speak”

Many Christian Churches close worship with a “benediction.” “Benediction” means “to speak goodness upon someone.” The “Aaronic Benediction” originated when God gave Moses the words that Aaron and the priesthood should speak upon the Israelites: “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26). Could it be that this benediction, so regularly used at worship, beautifully sung by choirs, is just “church-speak”? Or, does it actually convey something? Answer: God intended it to speak his goodness, bringing peace to his people!

The Aaronic benediction does not, however, promise world peace, social or family harmony. The lack of peace in society consistently makes the daily news. To understand the promise and peace of this benediction we must recognize the heart and will of God revealed in Scripture. The Holy Word also clearly identifies God’s people. The New Testament confirms “God’s people” to be all those who are children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26-29)

The benediction declares that the LORD, the gracious God of the Bible, will “bless and keep” those who trust in his undeserved love and mercy, so clearly demonstrated in the person and mission of Jesus. “Bless and keep” do not mean “prevent,” however. You will face daily troubles and temptations. What did you expect in a sinful world?

Nevertheless, absorb the warmth of God’s picturesque promise!  “The LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you.” This is the warm smile of the Heavenly Father who wants to treat you graciously (with undeserved but genuine love); even when he disciplines. Rather than turn away from you in disgust over your sins, God will “turn his face toward you and give you peace,” for time and for eternity, for Jesus’ sake. Peace with God comes only through Jesus’ holy life and innocent death as our substitute, winning forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation for you, me, and all people!

The peace of the benediction is not just “church-speak.” It’s genuine blessing! Remember it daily! Hear it regularly at worship! Believe it! Tell others about it!

Prayer: 

Father, each day give me your benedition with forgiveness and peace, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

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Devotion - May 28, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - May 27, 2015

Wed, May 27, 2015

The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" I said, "O Sovereign LORD, you alone know." Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.' "So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.' "So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet–a vast army. Then he said to me: "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.' Therefore prophesy and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.' "

Ezekiel 37:1-14

God communicates great truths of comfort through this vision that he gave to the prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel sees a valley of very dry bones. God commands him to prophesy (speak God’s Word) to the bones and they came to life. God explains that his people think they have no hope, but the Lord will bring them back from the grave and give them hope and a future in their own land.

The basic truth God communicates? The Lord can bring life from death and give a future to people without hope. The Lord gave his Old Testament people a future and hope. They were hostages in a foreign country. His people had no armies or allies to rescue them. They had no hope. Yet, the Lord rescued them against all odds and brought them back to their motherland.

The Lord still gives his people a future and hope. Some days, though, we feel hopeless. Troubles tear apart our relationships. The doctor tells us the tumor is aggressive cancer. The car breaks down and we have no money to fix it. A flood (or drought) has wiped out all our crops. We have no true friends, no one really likes us. We have no hope.

The Lord can bring life from death and give a future to people without hope. God deals with the foundation of our hopelessness. We have violated God’s holy laws with our thoughts and our words.  Our sins separated us from God, the only source of true love and real hope. Our sins left our soul as dead as dried bones.

The Lord sent his Son to create life in the midst of death. Jesus suffered total separation from God because of our sins. God took out all of his holy anger on Jesus. There is no sin left for God to hold against us. God promises us his love and forgiveness. He promises he holds nothing against us. He promises to be our friend and our Father.

These promises bring life to our spiritually dead soul. They fill us with God’s love and God’s hope that we will live forever in heaven. We have a Friend in heaven. We have a future in heaven. We have a Father who will take care of us here and now by giving us strength and the blessings we need.

Ezekiel’s vision communicates the Lord’s promise to give us life and the sure hope of future glory in heaven—no matter how hopeless our life seems now.

Prayer: 

Lord, when I feel life is hopeless, remind me of your love and your forgiveness. Remind me of the promises you made to give me eternal life for the sake of Jesus. Amen.

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Devotion - May 27, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - May 26, 2015

Tue, May 26, 2015

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”

Acts 2:1-11

Language can be a very divisive thing. Because of language differences, tourists have been lost. Ordering at ethnic restaurants can be tough. Worse yet, people often distrust and dislike people who look and sound different than they do. Nations have gone to war against those who spoke another tongue.

The problem is not the tongue, though, but the heart. The fear, distrust and hatred that often flow from language and cultural differences, really spring from sinful hearts. Our God of love commands us to love our neighbors (including neighbors of different cultures and tongues). Have you ever distrusted people simply because they spoke a different language? Have you ever had hateful thoughts toward others because of cultural differences?

On Pentecost (50 days after Jesus’ resurrection), God did something remarkable. As Jesus promised, his Father sent the Holy Spirit. God marked this unique event with the sound of a violent wind and the sight of tongues of fire resting on each of the disciples. As the Holy Spirit filled the disciples, he blessed them with the miraculous gift of instantly speaking in languages they previously did not know.

The followers of Jesus used their new gift to tell other people the most vital news—“the wonders of God.” Peter became the main speaker. He told the crowds about their sin and their forgiveness through Jesus. God had removed the barrier of languages for the proclamation to everyone that he had removed the barrier of sin.

Christians throughout the world have opportunities to share the “wonders of God” with people of different languages and cultures. You may be thinking, “I’m not an apostle. I can’t speak in foreign languages. I can’t do what they did.” Actually, many of those very new Christians (the ones who heard and believed Peter’s message that day) went home to their neighborhoods and shared the wonderful news of forgiveness and peace through Jesus.

You know the wonderful things God has done for you and for all. How will you “declare the wonders of God”? Who in your own community or city needs to know Jesus? Are some of them from other cultures or speaking different languages? How will you participate in, support or pray for that local work? For our worldwide work?

Check out the online sources for more information on our: world and home missions or Word of God materials in many languages. These might be helpful for you or some people you know.

Prayer: 

Lord God, forgive me for the times that I’ve used language or culture as an excuse to not love others as you have loved me. Open my eyes and heart, my ears and tongue to declare your wonders to others. Amen.

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Devotion - May 26, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - May 25, 2015

Mon, May 25, 2015

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 14:25-27

A consolation prize is often awarded to those contestants who do not take first place in an event. But for those who work hard for months or years, anything less than the top prize can be seen as disappointing, rather than consoling.

When Jesus informed his disciples of his plan to return to heaven, leaving them the Holy Spirit, it might have seemed like a consolation prize to them. They had been with Jesus for three years, learning from him, growing in their faith and their understanding of God’s will for their lives. They came to trust in his protection in moments of danger and to turn to his wisdom in all matters. Their Rabbi Jesus had taught them so much in their time together, but they knew they had only understood a small part of it and had retained even less. So they were heartbroken and confused by his words of departure.

But the Holy Spirit that Jesus would send them was a different kind of consolation prize. He would truly console the followers of Jesus. The Spirit would not only remind the apostles of everything Jesus had spoken to them, he would open their eyes to see those truths more clearly than ever before. Strengthened in their faith in Christ, they would be emboldened to spread his gospel wherever they went.

The Holy Spirit who is given to us also today is not God’s second-best gift. By means of the words of Scripture that we read, or that are spoken over the water of Baptism and the bread and wine of Holy Communion, the Holy Spirit unites us to our Savior Jesus through faith. He calms our troubled hearts, assuring us that our sins are forgiven by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. He removes our fears, reminding us that in heaven Jesus continues to watch over us and intercede for us before the Father. The Holy Spirit is Jesus’ great prize of consolation to all who follow him today.

Prayer: 

Lord God, thank you for sending your Son Jesus to die for me and for sending the Holy Spirit to live with me. Amen.

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Devotion - May 25, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - May 24, 2015

Sun, May 24, 2015

When he [the Counselor] comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.

John 16:8


It is never easy to serve as a witness in a court room. The challenge starts when the oath is taken to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” After the testimony is given, an even greater challenge follows. It is the cross-examination. Here attorneys from either the defense or the prosecution will try to find flaws in the testimony. Certainty of facts will be questioned, as will eye-witness accounts. Even the reliability of the witness will be scrutinized. It is a stressful process, but it becomes necessary to either refute or convince.

It is interesting that Jesus chooses this concept to explain the work of the Holy Spirit, who is the Counselor. When he comes, he will cross-examine the world and its testimony about sin, righteousness and judgment. It is a cross-examination to which I need to pay careful attention.

It is easy for me to adopt the world’s wisdom and ways. I downplay the severity of my disobedience. I lower God’s standard for my life. I maintain false notions about Judgment Day. However, will my adherence to these ways pass the Counselor’s cross-examination?

Worldly ways and wisdom will be refuted when compared to the wisdom that comes from God’s Word. The truth will always stand. It will clearly define God’s position on sin, righteousness and judgment. God’s truth is that I deserve his sentence of eternal punishment for my sin. My righteous works will never measure up to God’s perfect standard. It is impossible for me to stand on my own accomplishments on the Day of Judgment.

With worldly ways and wisdom refuted, I cling to the truth God provides. That truth directly leads me to Jesus. Through his work as my Savior, I am forgiven. Through his sinless life of obedience, I am clothed with his righteousness. Through his humiliation and exaltation, I am declared not guilty and ready for Judgment Day. What Jesus has done will always stand as true, and will always stand up under cross-examination.

That is why I put my confidence in Jesus alone. He is my Savior from sin. He is my righteousness. He is my Rock and my Hope. He also assures me, when I put my confidence in him, I will never be put to shame.

Prayer: 

O blessed Savior, you have promised to send me your Holy Spirit. Fill me with his power. Lead me through his counsel. Strengthen me with his presence, so that I never fail or fall. Amen.

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Devotion - May 24, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - May 23, 2015

Sat, May 23, 2015

And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

Joel 2:28-29


I used to be the only person in my family who mowed the lawn. As a result, my lawn was not always the best looking in the neighborhood. There were times in the summer I had to be away for work. Whenever I returned home after one of those trips, the grass would be out of control. But now I have five children who are of “lawn mowing age.”  Now that they are old enough and ready, I let them share in the yard work. With all of this help, the lawn usually looks pretty good, even when I have to be out of town.

In the times before Christ, God chose specific people do his work of sharing his Word. These people were called prophets. God gave his Word directly to them and they proclaimed the messages from God to his people. But this method of communication had its drawbacks. There weren’t very many true prophets of God and sometimes there were long periods of time when God did not send a prophet. Also, it was a challenge for the prophets to reach all of God’s people.  

After Jesus came into the world to give his life as payment for sin and to rise from the dead, God worked to communicate the good news of his love in a far-reaching way. He poured out his Holy Spirit on people. The Holy Spirit worked through God’s message of salvation to bring many people to know God’s love and trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins.

Today God continues to pour out his Spirit. Every time a person believes in Jesus as his Savior, the Holy Spirit is at work. Every time a child hears a Sunday School lesson, the Holy Spirit is at work. As you read these words from the prophet Joel, the Holy Spirit is at work. The Holy Spirit works through God’s people every time they share the hope they have in Jesus.

After Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, God poured out the Holy Spirit on all people so that they might come to know Jesus. He gives all believers the opportunity to share in this work by telling the message of God’s salvation to people everywhere. Give thanks to God for the many faithful people he uses to communicate his Word. Praise the Holy Spirit who works through that message of God to bring you and many others to faith in Jesus and keeps you close to him.

Prayer: 

O Holy Spirit, come to me with your powerful Word. Fill my heart with the message of God’s love. Direct me to my Savior Jesus that I may trust in him for the forgiveness of my sins and have the gift of eternal life. Amen.

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Devotion - May 23, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - May 22, 2015

Fri, May 22, 2015

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation…”

Luke 2:29,30

As a young man awaiting the birth of our children I never worried that something could go wrong. I just didn’t think about the dangers of pregnancy or childbirth; not even after our second child required time in the neo-natal intensive care unit. Later, after experiencing the tragedy of still birth and the death of infants, I found myself very anxious especially when waiting for news that a new grandchild had safely arrived and all was well with mother and child.

Anxious waiting…this well describes Simeon’s experience. As a Jewish man with Messianic hopes, he was waiting for a baby…waiting for a Savior…waiting for God’s salvation…waiting to die in peace. Then the day came and Simeon, led by the Spirit went to the temple so that he might see Jesus. How many people are like Simeon! They are led by the Spirit to go to the “temple”—to a place of worship so that they can see Jesus with the eyes of faith and embrace Jesus in the arms of faith.

Why? So that they might have peace. In Jesus there is the peace of forgiveness for all our sins instead of painful separation from God because of sin. There is the peace of God’s personal presence in our lives. There is the peace of the present rescue from the guilt of sin and the peace of future rescue from every painful effect of sin. Jesus removes anxiety, fear and shame and in their place grants us his peace.

So many people say with thanksgiving: “My eyes have seen God’s salvation.” We see it in the Word God has given us. We see it through the faith the Holy Spirit works in our hearts. As the Lord has promised, we can, with Simeon, one day depart this world, and praise God we can go in peace just as the Lord has promised.

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, help us to see you in your Word and to hold you in our hearts. Fill us with your peace. Finally grant us a blessed end that we might leave this world of sorrow and enter the glory of heaven. Amen.

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Devotion - May 22, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - May 21, 2015

Thu, May 21, 2015

Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

A “Mixed Bag”

Are you having a good Thursday? On that Thursday night before Jesus died, he celebrated a special meal with his disciples, conducted a “counseling session,” and prayed earnestly (John 13-17). Jesus’ words that night were a “mixed bag.” He foretold betrayal, denial, and desertion. The disciples protested: “Even if we have to die with you, we will never disown you” (Matthew 26:35). But they did.

Jesus also spoke words of comfort, with a specific goal: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.” Yet, what he also said is always true: “In this world you will have trouble.” Peace and trouble? A “mixed bag!” The only solution lies in Jesus’ victory: “I have overcome the world!” Jesus battled Satan with a sinless life and rose from punishment-paying death to overcome the world and satisfy the justice of God. Only Jesus could get that job done.

A coach sends in a sub when the “starter” is not getting the job done. God’s justice requires a totally sinless life or an eternity of punishment in hell. We cannot accomplish the former and we tremble at the latter. Moved by his amazing grace, the heavenly Father sent his Son, the only one whose life and death are totally sufficient for all. Jesus died announcing, “It is finished!” (John 19:30) His rising from the dead on Easter morning proves the payment was accepted! Heaven is won!

Jesus restored peace with God for sinners, offering you peace of mind. Peace with God comes to you through the forgiveness of sins received by Spirit-worked trust in Jesus. Jesus urges, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me” (John 14:1).

Life is a “mixed bag.”  But, “Take heart!” Jesus says. “Day-by-day, celebrate your peace with God in humble repentance.” “Be thankful and be strong ‘in me’ to face any troubles.” At day’s end, he reassures you, “Enjoy peaceful sleep. I’ll watch over you. I’ll be up anyway.”

Prayer: 

(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal - 422:1):
Jesus, lead us on till our rest is won; and although the way be cheerless, we will follow, calm and fearless. Guide us by your hand to our fatherland. Amen.

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Devotion - May 21, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - May 20, 2015

Wed, May 20, 2015

In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) and said, "Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus—he was one of our number and shared in this ministry." (With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) "For," said Peter, "it is written in the book of Psalms, " 'May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,' and, " 'May another take his place of leadership.' Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from John's baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection." So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they prayed, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs." Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.

Acts 1:15-26

God has unlimited patience. We do not have unlimited second chances.

Jesus picked Judas to be one of his friends and students. For three years Judas followed Jesus and saw the miracles. Judas heard Jesus’ teaching. He heard Jesus warn against the love of money, yet Judas let greed linger in his heart. One day Judas agreed to betray Jesus for money. Later he regretted his act of betrayal, but sin had so crushed his faith, he couldn’t believe Jesus forgave him. In despair Judas committed suicide.

About a month later, the believers held a meeting to pick another student to bear witness with them that Jesus rose from the dead. We have the minutes from that meeting in Acts 1. What can we learn from this? God has unlimited patience. We do not have unlimited second chances.

Jesus died for Judas’ sins. Jesus loved Judas and wanted him to believe and have eternal life in heaven. But Judas went to hell. Not because his sin was so horrible. Not because Jesus had not forgiven him. Not because he committed suicide. Judas went to hell because sin had destroyed his faith. Judas died an unbeliever.

Maybe you stopped going to church because someone hurt your feelings there. Maybe you want to check out Jesus and this forgiveness thing he offers, but right now you feel is not a good time. Maybe you are letting a sin (like greed or lust or complaining) linger in your heart.

God has unlimited patience. We do not have unlimited second chances. Tragically, Judas kept renting out more and more of his heart to sin until finally there was no room for Jesus. He did not out-sin God’s patient forgiveness. But he did out-sin his second chances.

“Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation,” the Bible says (2 Corinthians 6:2). Now is the time to know Jesus’ complete forgiveness. Now is the time—in the power of his love and forgiveness—to turn away from sin. Now the message of God is patiently calling you to trust in your Savior Jesus who loves you completely and unconditionally.

God has unlimited patience. We do not have unlimited second chances. Now is the time. Be reconciled to God.  Through Christ you are forgiven. God loves you. He wants you in heaven with him.

Prayer: 

Jesus, thank you for your forgiveness. Fill my heart with a firm trust in you as my Savior. Change me so sin no longer controls me. Thank you for never running out of patience with me. Amen.

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Devotion - May 20, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - May 19, 2015

Tue, May 19, 2015

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

Ephesians 1:18-19

Several years ago, I got to chaperone a youth trip. On our journey, we stopped off at the Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. To explore the cave, we followed a tour guide down into the dark tunnels. On our own, we would have had no idea where we were going. But, the tour guide was leading us and the stony hallways were well lit.

We arrived in a large open space 100 feet or so below ground and sat down on benches. The guide spoke to us for a few minutes. Then he flipped the lights off—total darkness! You couldn’t see your hand if you put it 2 inches in front of your face. It was perfectly quiet too… until a bat swooped overhead and screams filled the air. The lights were flipped back on. We could see again.

Have you ever felt like you were sitting in darkness—lost and startled by every little thing? Perhaps your life felt that way when you thought you had little direction or purpose. You wondered: “Where am I going? What am I doing?” Maybe you were stuck in some bad habits that were hurting you or others. You thought: “Is this the way I should be living? Am I doing what’s right and good?” Maybe you’re feeling this way right now. Does God want you to feel like you’re lost in complete darkness?

The apostle Paul wrote these words in a letter to Christians he loved in the city of Ephesus: I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

Paul prayed for them. He prayed for God’s light to shine more and more brightly in their hearts. What did Paul want them to see? The hope to which God had called them. They could be confident that by God’s grace through faith in Jesus they had been forgiven and saved. Paul prayed that they would see just how spiritually rich they were now and eternally. And, despite any trouble or hardship they might face, Paul prayed that they would know God’s great power was on their side and working for them.

God shines the light of his grace and hope in our hearts. He keeps cranking up the brightness as we read and hear his Word more and more. As you do that, my prayer for you is that God keeps shining his light brighter and brighter in your heart so that you see even more clearly the sure hope and glorious inheritance he’s given you. The light of God’s sure hope and promises will change your heart and life; it will help you find direction and purpose.

The lights in Mammoth Cave were helpful. But then, when we stepped out into the full sunlight, we were nearly blinded. Now that was bright! I pray for God to step into your heart and life to turn on the lights and to turn them up with the full brightness of his hope and love for you.

Prayer: 

Lord God, so often I wander—lost in my thoughts and following my own way. Shine brightly in my heart and life through your Word. Fill me with your grace and hope. Guide my path and give me purpose in all I do. Amen.

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Devotion - May 19, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - May 18, 2015

Mon, May 18, 2015

“Holy Father, protect [my disciples] by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. … My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.”

John 17:11b,20

Jesus was preparing to finish his mission of dying and rising for a world of sinners. He knew that after he returned to heaven his followers would come under attack from without and from within. False teachers would introduce deceptive heresies to divide Christians from one another, and the devil’s accusations would tempt them to despair of remaining united with their Lord. So our Savior prayed for his Church, that we might be protected from our enemies who threaten such division.

Jesus knew that the protection we need comes from one source: the power of God’s name. His name is not a mantra superstitiously repeated to ward off evil, but the gracious revelation in Scripture of who God is, what he has done, and what he promises to do. When Satan, the great accuser, points out your many faults and insinuates that you have no hope of seeing heaven, you can find comfort in the fact that God has revealed himself in Scripture as merciful and loving, the One who forgives your sins and removes your guilt. When false teachers create disunity in the Church by proclaiming half-truths and outright lies so that you are no longer sure what to believe anymore, you can return to God’s eternal Word.  With God’s faithful people, rally around his unchanging truth as that which unites all believers to God and to each other.

In a special way, Jesus himself is that “name of God.” As the Son of God in human flesh, everything that Jesus said and everything that he did, revealed to us the nature of our invisible God. See him lying as a baby in the manger and know that God is willing to do the impossible to reconcile himself with mankind. Watch him patiently and powerfully heal the sick, and be assured that God cares for every individual. See Jesus die and rise again, and trust that your sins have been paid for and your eternal future with God is sealed. Listen as Jesus prays for all believers to be one with each other, and understand that he desires you to be a part of his loving family.

Prayer: 

Holy Father, I ask nothing more than your Son already asked: that you would protect me and all believers everywhere from disunity and despair by opening our eyes to see your precious promises in the Bible. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Devotion - May 17, 2015

Sun, May 17, 2015

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.

John 14:15-19


Do you like being alone? Sure, it can be nice to take a walk by yourself to clear your head, or escape to the garage for some quiet tinkering. But when the bad news comes, or the holidays arrive, or the empty solitude joins in, do you like being alone?

As Jesus prepared his disciples for his departure—both his departure to death on the cross and also his departure to heaven at his ascension—he comforts his disciples. He doesn’t want them to think that they are being abandoned by him and left on their own. So he makes a promise to them. God was going to give his Counselor, the Holy Spirit, to be with them forever. They were not going to be alone, in good times or in bad times.

The promise Jesus made to his disciples is also for you. He knows there are times that you are going to feel alone. There are times when temptation will seem ready to overwhelm you. There are times that sorrow or trouble or the death of a loved one will leave you standing not knowing what direction to turn. Yet God has not left you alone.  When he made you his child, he sent the Holy Spirit to be with you. By your side he reminds you of the comfort and promise of the Resurrection. Because Jesus lives, you too will live. No matter what the trial or the sorrow, nothing can take away the sure fulfillment of this promise. You will live because Jesus has rescued you from death. He has rescued you from sin. He has replaced it with eternal life.

Prayer: 

Dearest Jesus, I give thanks that you have not abandoned me, but have sent your Holy Spirit to keep your promise of eternal life before me. Amen.

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Devotion - May 16, 2015

Sat, May 16, 2015

Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

John 17:3


When Bob retired, he thought he had everything in order. His finances were secure. He felt great. He even made plans to pursue hobbies, enjoy travel, and do volunteer work. After the first few weeks of his new life, he regularly commented to his wife, “Now this is living!”

Suddenly everything changed. First there were unexpected emergencies which caused him to dip deeply into his savings. Soon after that Bob’s health began to deteriorate.  Bob’s life changed dramatically. Because of the steady stream of challenges he soon started to say, “Is this living?”

Bob offers a valuable insight on life. Too often I measure my life by the standards of this world. I have to be financially secure. I have to have good health. I have to have my life in perfect order. What if I don’t have many or any of these? Would life cease to be enjoyable? Would despair lead me to the same question it led Bob? Is this living?

Jesus provides me with a better standard for life. His words are simple and demonstrative. He says, “Now this is eternal life…” Before I possibly dismiss what Jesus says as unimportant for this life, I need to understand what Jesus means by eternal life.

Eternal life is centered on the knowledge of God and his Son, Jesus. That knowledge assures me I will live with him forever. Just as important, it assures me of a life now blessed by God.

I was dead because of my sins. I was also separated from God because of my disobedience. I should have been abandoned forever. God chose neither to abandon me, nor to give me what I deserved, because of his Son. Not only do I have life through Jesus, I also have the assurance I am forgiven and reconciled to God.  

This is really living. It is living because I am free from the devil’s deceptive control. It is living because I am free from the burden of guilt and fear. It is living because I am free from the punishment of eternal death and hell.

Knowing what God has done and declared through Jesus changes me. It also changes my life. Not only can I depend on God’s blessing here and now, I can also look forward to his blessing forever. This is the life to which Jesus calls me and for which he prepares me. Knowing what Jesus has done for me and the life he offers, I can declare with complete confidence–this is living!

Prayer: 

O precious Savior, because of your love and your work I can be certain of eternal life. Lead me to recognize it is the life I can enjoy now through faith, and will enjoy forever in heaven. Amen.

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Devotion - May 15, 2015

Fri, May 15, 2015

The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

The Peace of God Will Guard You

God wants you to live in peace. Not just external peace. Not just a shallow, temporary peace. This is what God wants for you: peace of heart and mind; peace that permeates your entire being; peace that reaches into eternity.

Such peace cannot come from diplomacy or peace talks. It cannot come from the accumulation of wealth or a balanced portfolio. It cannot come from a bevy of friends or a preponderance of popularity. Certainly, there is always the temptation to think and act like it can. But it can’t.
Such peace, the peace of God, can only come from God—through Christ Jesus. The peace of God that permeates your being and reaches into eternity comes through Jesus’ perfect life for you. It comes through his willing suffering and death for you. It comes through his glorious resurrection for you. It comes through all these things which are “of God” and therefore cannot be diminished or depleted by time.

Such peace is beyond understanding. I simply cannot comprehend it. I cannot truly fathom the fullness of God’s peace. But I do experience it by God’s grace. And so can you.

The peace of God stands guard over your heart and mind. It protects you from that which brings anxiety and despair. When finances or health issues or strained relationships or an unknown earthly future threaten to fill you with anxiety or worry or worse, the peace of God stands guard. It calms your mind with the words of Jesus. It settles your heart with the work of Jesus. It sends the devil and temptation packing, and it fills you with the life that is yours in Jesus.

Dear friend in Christ, may the peace of God be yours today.

Prayer: 

Lord God, give to your servant that peace which the world cannot give. Defend me from the fear of my enemies, that I may live in peace and quietness, through the merits of Jesus Christ my Savior. Amen.

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Devotion - May 14, 2015

Thu, May 14, 2015

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

Peace that Drives Out Fear

Children say they’re scared of the dark. During the night they’re afraid of monsters they imagine are hiding under their beds or in their closets. They may even call mom or dad into their room in the middle of the night to check the closet or under the bed for those monsters. And, of course, no monsters are found. There was nothing to be afraid of after all.

As we grow older fears of imaginary monsters go away, but then we become afraid of different things, things which we would say are actually real. We are afraid for a loved one who has suddenly become ill. We are afraid for our children because it seems like this world is becoming a scarier and scarier place. But the one that tops them all is our fear of our own end, our own mortality. What will happen when our last hour comes? When we stand before God’s judgment seat, what will he say?

Jesus’ disciples had much to be afraid of as well. In John chapters 13 & 14 we read that Jesus was gathered with his disciples on the night before he died. He spoke to them about what was going to happen in the coming hours. He talked about how he would be betrayed into the hands of his enemies. He talked about how Peter would deny him three times that very night. He said that he was going to leave very soon and return to God the Father. You can imagine the fears running through their minds.

Yet Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Yes, Jesus was going to go to the cross, but there he would pay for the sins of the world. Yes, he would die, but on the third day he would rise to life, giving life everlasting to all his believers. That is the peace he gives to us—the peace of knowing that in him, our sins are forgiven and eternal life stands on the other side of death’s door. It’s the peace that Jesus alone can give, and he gives it to us freely.

So the things we are afraid of in life, even death itself, are no real cause for fear. The peace that Jesus gives drives out our fears and calms our troubled hearts.  For through Jesus our Savior, God forgives all our sins and gives us eternal life.  Finally, when we stand before God’s judgment seat, there will be nothing to be afraid of after all.  God will say, “Come into my heavenly kingdom, dear child of mine.”

Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, whenever I am afraid, help me to remember that you have given me your eternal peace. Assure me that I have nothing to be afraid of because you died and rose to save me. Amen.

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Devotion - May 13, 2015

Wed, May 13, 2015

Now those who had been scattered by the persecution in connection with Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, telling the message only to Jews. Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord's hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. News of this reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.

Acts 11:19-24

Encouragement from God

Time and time again the Lord takes a bad situation and makes it good. This Bible lesson from the book of Acts took place during a dark time in the history of the early Christian Church. Stephen, the man mentioned in verse 19, had actually been stoned to death. After his death, the persecution of Christians was so bad that many had to leave their homes and area just to be safe. But the Lord used this sad situation for good. As the Christians moved to other places, they took the good news of forgiveness through Jesus Christ with them. As a result, God’s Word spread to people who had never heard it before. Two times we are assured in these verses, “A great number of people were brought to the Lord.”

This lesson also gives us a window into the life of a very special Christian man. His name was Joseph and he was a Levite from the island of Cyprus. But nobody called him Joseph. They called him by his nickname, Barnabas, which means “Son of Encouragement.” Barnabas had a gift of being able to convey the good news of Jesus Christ and to offer courage to face the troubles of each day. Barnabas encouraged others with the encouragement he himself had received from God.

Who of us doesn’t need encouragement? We live in a world that is overrun with sin. We have hearts that have been corrupted by sin. We mess up our lives with sinful behavior that separates us from God and those who are close to us. Sometimes things seem so bad that we can’t see any type of resolution to our problems. What a blessing that we receive encouragement from God in his Word. Jesus assures us that our sins have been forgiven. Through his perfect life, death and resurrection, he restores our relationship with God and gives us courage to face the challenges of each day with the strength he gives.

Time and time again the Lord takes a bad situation and makes it good. Trust Jesus with your life and enjoy the encouragement he brings.

Prayer: 

Jesus, I am encouraged with the good news that you have rescued me from the guilt of sin. Continue to uplift me with your promise that you will make even bad situations work out for my good. Amen.

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Devotion - May 12, 2015

Tue, May 12, 2015

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 John 4:10

Willing to Say Goodbye

Brian Birdwell was a lifelong Christian. He was an army veteran. On September 11, 2001, he was serving as a military aide at the Pentagon. On that day, Brian Birdwell received a profound insight about God’s definition of love for him.

He was just walking out of the restroom when the plane hit. In an instant he was on fire. Somehow he stumbled out. Colleagues found him and carried him to the nearest available triage unit. As they did, he screamed in pain.

Later, he found himself at a nearby hospital. His prognosis was grim. He realized how dark his chances were when someone suggested that his young son come into the room so that he could tell his son goodbye.

Birdwell later said, “In 20 years of military service, the hardest thing I’ve ever been asked to do is say goodbye to my son.

“[But] as hard as that was,” Birdwell went on to say, “I [now] think about how difficult it must have been for God the Father to say goodbye to his Son.”

At the cross, God did the unimaginable. He said goodbye to his Son. He sacrificed the Son he loved to wash away your sins and mine. And because he did, he will never have to say goodbye to us.

Brian Birdwell survived. He lives today with a deeper understanding of what God’s love for us in Jesus really means. By his grace, we can do that too.

Prayer: 

Heavenly Father, for me you sent your Son. For me you sacrificed him on the cross. For me you raised him from the dead. Now there are no goodbyes between us. Move me to grow in my grasp of your love for me. Amen.

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Devotion - May 11, 2015

Mon, May 11, 2015

“You did not choose me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.”

John 15:16

He Chose Me

Why would the Lord choose me? Why would he want me to go and be his representative in this world? Why would he want me to produce good works to the glory of his name? Why indeed!

Some may answer these questions with the assumption God wanted me because he liked what he saw in me. Others may answer differently. God wanted me because I wanted him first. Neither of these answers get to the truth.

So, why did the Lord choose me? Why does God choose anyone? The answer is explained by the apostle Paul: "When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy" (Titus 3:4-5). It was God's undeserved love which sent Jesus into this world. It was the same love which brought Jesus to the cross and his sacrificial death. It was finally his love which moved him to choose me even when I should have been rejected.

As I view my Savior's undeserved love in choosing me, I want to love, thank, praise and serve him. I want to go and tell others of the great love I have experienced firsthand. I want to bear the fruit of good works to the glory and praise of his wonderful and gracious name.

There is no other response which Jesus desires, deserves, or which I want to give him who loved me first. How blessed I am to know that when it was impossible for me to choose Jesus, he chose me.

Prayer: 

O dearest Jesus, in your undeserved love you called me to be your own. You also cleansed me from my sin and changed my rebellious ways. Fill me with love and thanks to go and bear fruit to the praise of your name. Amen.

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Devotion - May 10, 2015

Sun, May 10, 2015

As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.

Acts 17:10-12


Years ago there was a television commercial for the soft drink Dr. Pepper that asked, “Wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper too?” A “Pepper” was someone who drank Dr. Pepper.  In the commercial, everyone was drinking Dr. Pepper as they danced and sang their way through what amounted to a thirty-second musical. Everyone was happy and smiling and thoroughly enjoying life because, after all, they were “Peppers.” When you saw how much fun they were having, it seemed obvious that you would want to be a “Pepper” too.  

Here is a far more important question: “Wouldn’t you like to be a Berean too?” When the apostle Paul preached about Jesus in the city of Berea, the Bereans did two important things. They “…received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Too often we receive the message of God’s Word with great boredom and great indifference. Too often we are too lazy to examine the Scriptures to know what is true and what is not. Too often we are too busy and too bedazzled by the baubles of this world to be bothered.  

Wouldn’t you like to be a Berean too? Wouldn’t you like to receive God’s Word with great eagerness rather than great indifference? Ironically, the key to being a Berean is to act like a Berean. When we get into God’s Word, we discover the glorious riches of his grace. We discover his great love for us, his patience, his forgiveness. God’s Word creates in us a great excitement about God’s Word. The more of God’s Word we know, the more of God’s Word we want to know.  

It is silly to think that drinking a Dr. Pepper will make people’s lives suddenly so wonderful that they can’t help but dance and sing their way through the rest of their day. It is not silly to think that being a Berean, a person dedicated to the study of the Bible, will give a person peace beyond all understanding, the freedom of being forgiven and the hope of eternal life. You have God’s Word on it. With all these blessings and more, wouldn’t you like to be a Berean too?

Prayer: 

Heavenly Father, thank you for working all of world history in such a way that I have such easy access to your Word. Savior Jesus, thank you for paying the price for my sins of indifference to the study of your Word. Holy Spirit, create in me a heart that yearns for the much-needed nourishment of your Word. Amen.

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