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Devotion - April 26, 2015

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The Lord is my Shepherd; I'll not be in want.

Psalm 23:1


Psalm 23 describes our Savior God as our Shepherd. And because he is our loving Shepherd, we come to this confident conclusion: we shall never be in want—we shall never lack anything we truly need.

How does the Lord our Shepherd give us such confidence? We can trust where our Good Shepherd leads us. He guides us for our benefit, even if it doesn’t always appear that way.

Many people want to be leading their own life. As they strive after numerous things, they look somewhat like a dog chasing its tail. They pursue money, possessions, popularity and many other things, but those things don’t give them any true peace and lasting fulfillment. They know what they want for themselves, but they miss what they need for a relationship with God.

Give thanks that we do not have to be part of this vain chase. We do not lead. Our Shepherd does, and his lead is always for our greatest benefit. He supplies everything we really need for our physical life. Most importantly, he gives us what we absolutely need for our souls: the forgiveness of sins which he provided by laying down his life for us!

Take comfort in the confidence that your Good Shepherd is always leading you. Trust him, and gladly follow the Lord who is your Shepherd.

Prayer: 

My Good Shepherd, I don't always trust in your lead. I sometimes focus on my wants and my needs which are based on my own selfish desires. Forgive me for the times I do not follow your lead. Help me to trust that you always give me what I really need. Fill me with the confidence that as you lead me, I will never be in want. Amen.

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Devotion - April 26, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - April 25, 2015

Sat, Apr 25, 2015

It was not with perishable things…that you were redeemed.

1 Peter 1:18


In the corner of a museum in Springfield, Illinois, there is a special room where people enter quietly. In that room there is a clear, glass case. The case has special lighting. The interior of the case keeps a specific temperature and a specific level of humidity. All of this technology is necessary because of what the case contains. Inside that case is Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat.
 
As you view this hat, there are two features that may jump out at you. One is that, on the hat’s brim, you can see wear marks from the first two fingers of Mr. Lincoln’s right hand from all the times he tipped his hat in greeting or held it steady in a stiff wind.
 
The second feature is more sobering. It is the simple fact that the hat looks old. For all the efforts to preserve the hat’s condition, the passage of time has still made its impact. With age has come deterioration. As time goes on, the deterioration will continue.
 
Deterioration does not just strike famous hats of former presidents, of course. Everything in this sinful, fallen world deteriorates. Everything wears out. Everything is perishable.
 
And so when God chose to buy us back from the curse of our sin, the payment price could not be something perishable. It could not be something of fleeting, temporary value. That’s why God sent his Son.
 
As a result, God’s forgiveness of your sins will not deteriorate. The peace you possess in Christ will not expire. The Lord’s promises to you will never perish. Not because of a museum’s preservation technology, but because of the perfect life, death and resurrection of the Son of God. 

Prayer: 

Heavenly Father, because of Jesus, your promises to me will never perish. In troubled times, comfort me with this truth. Amen

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Devotion - April 25, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - April 24, 2015

Fri, Apr 24, 2015

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 10:23


“Relax. Everything is going to be OK.” Chances are, if those words are being spoken, there is a reason. Something is going on that has caused you to not be relaxed, to not feel as though everything is going to be OK.

When someone says to you that everything is going to be OK, your response is directly related to the one who is speaking and your past experience with that individual. If it is a parent who has provided a stable and safe environment for you for many years, chances are you will listen and calm down a little. If it’s a complete stranger, you might not feel much better. A friend who has a tendency to get into trouble might actually make you more nervous by speaking those words.

When God tells you to relax—“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10), and that everything is going to be OK—“Whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:26), you can hold onto those words with complete confidence. The reputation of the One who speaks makes every one of his promises trustworthy. He has the reputation of loving you. That reputation was solidified on the cross where he sacrificed his own Son in your place.

He has the reputation of being powerful. Creating the world and everything in it and overcoming death by rising from the grave established a very impressive reputation of strength.

Your God and Lord loves you enough to take care of your every need from now to eternity, and he has all the strength needed to do just that. Every promise that he makes gives you hope in this world that is filled with heartache and sorrow. These are promises that you can hold onto without question and with complete confidence, “for he who promised is faithful.”

Prayer: 

Almighty Lord, you know all the situations in my life that cause me to worry and be afraid. Forgive me for the times when I have allowed those feelings to take over my life. Speak to me through your Word and give me a faith that holds unswervingly to your faithful promises. In Jesus’ name I ask it. Amen.

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Devotion - April 24, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - April 23, 2015

Thu, Apr 23, 2015

Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Psalm 25:4-5

Jesus is Our Hope

Drivers are required to follow rules and regulations.  Obey the speed limit.  Stop on red; go on green.  Don’t cross the centerline; stay in your lane.  Drive slowly in school zones and construction areas. Move over for emergency vehicles. The laws for road travel are set for the safety of everyone.  Accidents, injuries or even worse are caused when drivers disobey laws.

God has paved a way for us to follow.  He has marked out a path for us to travel through life.  He shows it to us, teaches us about it, and guides us along it by the directives that he gives us in his Word.  That path is clearly marked by the boundaries that God has set according to his perfect will and shown to us in his law.  To stay on his path we must do everything his law teaches and never break it, not even with a minor infraction.  God is just and holy.  He accepts only a perfect driving record.  If we cross over the line of what he demands–we are headed for a crash.

It seems hopeless!  Even the most careful attention and serious effort to walk in his ways can’t measure up to the demands of his law. Temptations trip us up.  Sin causes us to stumble.  We wander down paths that he has warned us will lead to harm.  We fail in our efforts to live for God and thus fall under his judgment. On our own we will never make it to the end of God’s pathway to glory and life with him. 

Indeed we can’t by ourselves, but it is not hopeless. The path of life for us is not a dead end.  Because, as we see from today’s Bible verse, God is our Savior.  He saw our struggle and came to our aid.  He sent Jesus from heaven who walked life’s path for us–perfectly.  And for all the times we fall and fail to follow God’s way, Jesus bore our guilt and suffered the judgment of God we deserved.  Instead of being charged with breaking the rules of the road of life, through everything that Jesus did for us we have a perfect record.   Instead of crashing into the destruction we deserve for lawbreaking, we have the joy of God’s love and assurance of life with him forever.

Prayer: 

Jesus, I praise and honor you for being my Savior who walked the path of life perfectly for me and rescued me from the destruction I deserve for my sin.  Guide me now to live and walk in God’s way out of thankfulness and joy for the hope that you give me.  Amen.

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Devotion - April 23, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - April 22, 2015

Wed, Apr 22, 2015

Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.' Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

Acts 4:8-12

God’s Love Won’t Quit

It was an incredible act of kindness. The apostle Peter had miraculously healed a man of his lifelong disability. You would think everyone who heard about it would be amazed and excited, but some people were actually angry.

It’s sad, but it’s not surprising. Jesus was treated the same way. He came from heaven, he preached, he healed, he rescued people, and he raised the dead to life. He filled the world with divine kindness, and still there were many who became angry. In the end, Jesus was rejected by many of his own people.

As sinners, you and I have rejected him too. On the pages of Scripture he offers us his word of forgiveness; there are no strings attached. You’d think we’d go running to read and study the Bible every chance we get. But to accept God’s kindness is to admit our weakness. He comes to help us, and we push him away.

Because all have sinned, the whole world rejected God’s Son, Jesus. Together, we nailed him to his cross. But even our rejection couldn’t make God’s kindness go away. On the third day after Jesus’ death, God the Father raised him to life. The Savior lives!

Peter knew just what to say to the people who were angry that day. Quoting Psalm 118 he said, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.”

Your Savior lives, and that means you are saved. Not even death can pry you away from God’s love now. Because Jesus lives, you too shall live.

As long as we are in this world, you and I can expect to face rejection, as Jesus did. Even the kind things we do in Jesus’ name will make some people angry. Don’t worry. Don’t give up. Jesus is your cornerstone, your foundation, your source of strength. When you rest in him, you’re on solid ground. Even if the whole world rejects you, the Lord your God will receive you. His kindness won’t quit.

Prayer: 

Dear Jesus, you were rejected in my place. Yours is the only name under heaven that saves me. Be my cornerstone today and always. Amen.

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Devotion - April 22, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - April 21, 2015

Tue, Apr 21, 2015

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 John 2:1-2

Sin and Sacrifice

God doesn’t want us to sin. Do you agree with that statement? Regardless of a person’s understanding of God and regardless of their idea of sin, most people probably would nod their heads in agreement when posed with that question. God doesn’t want us to sin. True.

If we agree with that statement, we find ourselves agreeing with one of the most basic and repeated truths of the Bible. God doesn’t want us to sin. If we dig deeper into the pages of the Bible, though, we see that there is more. God demands that we don’t sin. He tells us that he hates sin and that those who sin are separated from his blessings. He even details for us the things he counts as sin. Among others those include: failure to love and trust him above all else; failure to hear his Word and to speak and live his truth faithfully; failure to honor authority; failure to treat others with gracious, forgiving, loving-kindness; failure to guard his gifts of sex and marriage as sacred; failure to use our tongues in a way that builds up and encourages; failure to be content with the things God has given. Thinking about it that way, we can only assess our ability to refrain from sin with these words: Epic fail!

God doesn’t want us to sin. But he also doesn’t want us to die because of our very real sins.  A beautiful reminder of that truth is given to us by the apostle John in a letter God gave us through him. If anybody does sin (we all raise our hands) we have one who stands up for us, Jesus Christ. He is like the defense attorney who comes to our aid when we have no excuse to give to the judge. He makes no false claim that we’ve been sinless. Rather, he reminds his Father who he is and what he’s done. Jesus is the Righteous One, who never committed a sin during his life on this earth. He is the one who laid down his life as an atoning sacrifice that has made peace through forgiveness. As we look to him in faith we wear his perfection as a clean garment and have every sin erased before God. God sees us as sinless on account of Jesus’ sacrifice.

God doesn’t want us to sin. John writes to us as children, children of God through faith in Jesus. He writes to us in a way that gives us comfort and assurance of full and free forgiveness in Christ for any and every sin. He writes to us in such a way that strengthens and encourages us to live every day in a battle against sin, striving to live as God’s children in a way that pleases him out of thanks for all that he does for us.

Prayer: 

Lord God, I thank you for sending your Righteous Son to be my Savior from all sin. Help me to live confident in your forgiveness and respond thankfully with a life of love and obedience to your will. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.

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Devotion - April 20, 2015

Mon, Apr 20, 2015

While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

Luke 24:36-39


God has his way of showing me–over and over again–that he’s faithful. I wasn’t sure how I’d make it through last month financially; God was faithful. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to handle the new responsibilities; God was faithful. I wasn’t sure how we could afford to replace the worn-out vehicle; God was faithful.

And yet when a new challenge comes, what often happens? Like those disciples, often I become troubled and doubts rise in my heart.

But can you imagine? God doesn’t abandon me! Instead, he remains faithful! He reminds me of his nail-scarred hands. He reminds me that he’s risen from the dead. Jesus reminds me that he is a real human being who understands me through and through because he’s one of me.

In short, he says to me what he said to those disciples: “Peace be with you.” I need to hear those words of peace over and over again! Thank you, Savior, for faithfully bringing those words of peace to me.

Prayer: 

Jesus, forgive me for my too-often-troubled heart. Assure me that I have peace with you. Build me up in that peace, O Savior! Amen.

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Devotion - April 19, 2015

Sun, Apr 19, 2015

Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

John 19:30-31


Following the resurrection, the disciple John offered a brief epilogue to Jesus’ earthly ministry. Instead of presenting an intricate record of accomplishments, he simply stated:  “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.”

This may lead me to wonder, “What were those miraculous signs?” While there is no harm in wondering what the signs were, I do need to exercise caution, because the devil is always ready to deceive me. He tempts me to question the Lord and his Word: “What isn’t God telling me?” “Maybe he is withholding valuable information.” Satan may even try to make me doubt if any part of God’s Word is true because something has been omitted. This is the oldest trick in the devil’s book. He wants me to focus on what isn’t recorded, instead of relying on what is. He used this deception with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-7), and he continues to use it today.

This is when I need to carefully consider what is written and believe what is there. The testimony God offers in his Word is clear. Its purpose is just as clear: “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

I need to trust what is recorded in the Bible. It came into being through God’s purpose and plan (2 Peter 1:20-21). It contains accurate, eye-witness accounts (2 Peter 1:16-18). It is God’s faithful testimony, and it is the truth (John 17:17). Even when the devil seeks to deceive me, I need to maintain my confidence in it. If I ever forfeit it through Satan’s deception, or if I let it slip through my fingers through my neglect, then I will lose everything God has secured for me through Jesus.

I need to put my faith in what God has recorded in his Word. Not only has it stood the test of time, it has endured challenges and critics and controversy. Even more important, it always continues to accomplish what it is sent to do (Isaiah 55:10-11), namely, work my rescue through Jesus.

Everything I need for this life and the life to come, God has placed into the Bible. No additional records or revelations are required. I need to believe what’s there. 

Prayer: 

We Pray: O gracious Lord, you have given me your holy Word. Help me to read it, learn it, and apply it to my life. In the end, make it my confidence of life in heaven with you. Amen! 

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Devotion - April 18, 2015

Sat, Apr 18, 2015

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. “Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. David said about him: “‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’ “Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.

Acts 2:14a, 22-32


When we were children and we were scared, wasn’t it good to have somebody’s hand to hold? I can remember as a child once being lost in the grocery store. In a panic, my mother nowhere in sight, I began to cry. A nice lady rounded the corner of the aisle, hearing my sobs, and extended her hand. She offered to help me find my mother. I no longer felt alone.

Peter’s words to the crowd on Pentecost echo some of these thoughts. He begins with the guilt of sin. Sin caused Christ’s horrible, painful death. And the horrible truth of his death is that it was our fault. “You…put him to death by nailing him to the cross,” Peter says. Though none of us were actually there, we did nail Jesus to the cross. It is the guilt of our sins that demanded his death. And by God’s plan, Jesus died instead of us.

As Christians we rejoice in this fact. Jesus Christ died to pay for our sins so that God’s anger over our sin would be removed. But Peter goes even further. Our joy is that “it was impossible for death to keep its hold on [Jesus].” Quoting one of King David’s psalms, Peter gives us a beautiful way to think about that truth. The Savior speaks through David’s words. He describes his strength and confidence even in death because God was at his right hand. Picture God the Father holding Jesus’ hand as if to remind him that God had not abandoned the Savior to death, but that life was just around the corner.

The Christian’s greatest joy is that Jesus not only died but was raised to life again. By the disciples’ firsthand witness we are able to testify about these facts in our lives. We know sins’ guilt was paid when Jesus died. We know he wasn’t conquered by death. He rose again. Together, these facts bring comfort. We know the payment for sin is made. We live free from guilt and fear. Because of Jesus’ power over death, the death we face someday won’t be able to hold us either. We can walk through life and even enter the grave with the confidence that God’s hand is firmly wrapped around ours. In Jesus our Savior, we are safe with God forever. 

Prayer: 

Lord, in your Son’s death and resurrection you assure me that I’m your dear child. As I study your Word, lead me by the hand, guide, and care for me today and every day.  Amen. 

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Devotion - April 18, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - April 17, 2015

Fri, Apr 17, 2015

We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God… And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Romans 5:2,5


“Dad, can I practice pitching to you now? Yesterday, you said, ‘Maybe tomorrow.’”
Unfortunately, after hearing my response, the young face that was filled with hope and expectation quickly transformed into one that reflected deep disappointment. Even though I had all but promised to be able to play catch with him, things came up and I just didn’t have the time.

We learn very early in life that some (if not many) of the things we believe will happen, things we really want to happen, don’t. Sometimes, the disappointment is relatively small: The movie I planned to see was sold out by the time I got there. Other times it’s a little more serious: The job interview that I thought went really well must not have because I never got a call back. Then there are the times when the disappointment threatens to consume us: The news from the doctor wasn’t good. My loved one is sick. Now my entire future is uncertain.

Disappointment is a frequent visitor to our hearts. As a result, we might become a little more guarded in our emotions, not getting our hopes up too high because we don’t like to be disappointed.

However, we never need to guard our hearts against disappointment when it comes to our relationship with our heavenly Father. “I hope that God will forgive me for the mistakes that I have made.” “I hope that he will have mercy on me when I see him face to face.” “I hope that there is a place for me in his kingdom of heaven.”

These hopes are not uncertain. God loves you. He proved it by sending his Son into this world to take your place and die to remove your sin and guilt. He continues to display his love to you through his Word, and by sending the Holy Spirit who works through that Word to create faith and hope in your heart, hope that is guaranteed to never disappoint.

In a world that is filled with false hope and disappointment, be assured that God loves you and always keeps his promises. Jesus died to pay the price you owe for sin. He rose from the dead to give you life that extends beyond this one that is so often filled with disappointment. Eternal life and glory are yours through faith. Doesn’t that give you every reason to rejoice?

Prayer: 

Heavenly Father, you know the disappointments and frustrations I have faced in life. Forgive me for allowing these things to rob my heart of joy. Continue to speak to me through your Word and help me to focus on your love that never waivers and your promises that never change. Fill my heart with joy in the hope you have given. In Jesus’ name I ask it. Amen.

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Devotion - April 17, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - April 16, 2015

Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 13:12


She was excited, hoping that the man she truly loved would soon ask her to marry him. But weeks, months passed. She was sure that he would “pop the question” on the anniversary of their first date, but he didn’t and her heart ached. Her birthday would be the day he would propose, she hoped–trying to visualize the romantic way it would take place. But that day too came and went. Her hope was not fulfilled and it was near impossible to hide the disappointment in her heart.

Hope is expectation of things that lie in the future. That’s the difficulty. For how can we know for sure what the future holds? What is the guarantee that our hopes in life will become reality, either sooner or later? You know what it’s like to hope for something, but then the days march on and you grow weary waiting. You wonder when…even if your hope will be fulfilled. You know what the writer of our Bible verse for today means: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Waiting and wondering can be heartbreaking.

Finally, one day to her surprise, the man of her dreams slipped a beautiful engagement ring on her finger. Her deep longing was fulfilled and there was no hiding the joy that filled her heart.

Jesus gives us hope; hope that will not disappoint us. The hope that Jesus gives us for the future is certain. He sealed it by buying us back from sin, death and hell with his blood.  And he guaranteed our hope for eternal life by rising from the dead. Now our Redeemer lives and reigns in the glory of heaven. From there, sooner or later, he will return. On that wonderful day, our longing for the life of bliss together with our Savior will be fulfilled. And for eternity, there will be no hiding the joy that fills our hearts.

Prayer: 

(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal – 382):
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare to make no other claim
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground in sinking sand.

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Devotion - April 16, 2015 --Daily Devotion

Devotion - April 15, 2015

Wed, Apr 15, 2015

When Peter saw this, he said to them: "Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see. Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus."

Acts 3:12-20

Think Big

He had never been able to walk. Every day his friends carried him to the temple gates so he could beg for money. Maybe someone would toss him a coin or two. Little did he know how much God had in mind for him. By the end of one memorable day, one lame beggar found himself literally jumping for joy (see Acts 3:1-8).

When we beg God for things, we tend to think small. Lord, just give me a little. Cut me some slack. Give me a boost. We think small because we don’t want to be let down. We think small because we don’t like to think we need something big.

When Jesus thinks about you, he thinks big. He knows you need little things, too, but he can’t help but think about the big, bad problem of sin in you, sin that traces back through your parents all the way back to the fall into sin, sin that sprouts and spreads its tendrils into every area of your life, choking the joy out of the blessings he has for you, choking out life itself. Jesus didn’t want that for you, so he did something big. He let your sin kill him instead of you. Then he came back from death, victorious, a living Savior who gives life to all who believe.

People who knew the beggar came running to the apostles Peter and John to find out what happened. Had these disciples healed the man? Could they heal others too? Like the beggar, they were thinking small, but by the end of the day, all of them had learned about Jesus, their Savior from sin and death.

There is a bigger picture for each one of us. Take your sin in all of its ugliness and lay it before Jesus. Don’t hold back. Don’t hide any of it. Go past the little sins you remember to the rebellious sinful nature always lurking behind them. Repent! And don’t ask God for just a little boost. Think big. Ask for a new life, a holy life, one with no sin, no stain, no death, a life that never ends. Ask for the sinless record of Jesus, your Savior. He will give it all to you. In fact, he already has.

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

Prayer: 

Dear Jesus, on your cross you paid for all of my sin, and now you live and rule all things for my good. Refresh me today with your forgiving love. Amen.

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Devotion - April 14, 2015

Tue, Apr 14, 2015

Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

1 John 5:5

Victorious

In his book entitled, The Case for Christianity, author Colin Chapman recounts the true story of what took place one day in the African nation of Uganda. It was 1973. The nation was reeling under the brutal dictatorship of Idi Amin. A Christian pastor there received word that three men were about to be put to death. The authorities ordered the local townspeople to gather at a stadium to witness the execution. Three thousand came and waited in silence and dread.

Into the stadium drove a truck. The truck stopped. Then, from the back, guards unloaded the three men. They wore handcuffs and their ankles had chains. The firing squad stood nearby.

The pastor had permission to speak to the three men before they died. And so out he walked into the center of that stadium. As he did, he asked himself, “How do you give the gospel to doomed men who are probably seething with rage?”

But this is what happened next. As the pastor approached, the three men turned to look at him. To his great surprise, their faces were beaming with joy. Bubbling with excitement, they told the pastor how each of them had come to faith in Christ after their arrests. One of them said, “Heaven is now open, and there is nothing between me and my God. Please tell my wife and children that I am going to be with Jesus.” He then asked the pastor to tell his family to trust in Jesus as their Savior too.

The three smiling men waved to the crowd, and the crowd waved back. Their words of Christian witness so moved the members of the firing squad that they clearly became rattled. Nevertheless the execution had to proceed. And so there they stood, three victorious men–three victorious men who now knew what life was all about; three victorious men who now knew they were at peace with God; three victorious men who now knew they had overcome the world.

The shots rang out, and home to heaven they went. But their proclamation of the gospel went on to touch the lives of others. As will ours.

Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, you died for my every sin and you have risen from death. Through faith in you, heaven is mine and all is well. Thank you for this victory. Thank you. Amen.

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Devotion - April 13, 2015

Mon, Apr 13, 2015

Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

John 20:30-31

A Preponderance of Evidence

Lawyers deal with facts. They rely on evidence and eyewitness testimony. Their entire case is based on a preponderance of evidence to convince a jury.

As I consider the life and ministry of Jesus which culminated in his resurrection are there enough facts and evidence to be convincing? The answer from John's Gospel is a resounding yes. There is a preponderance of evidence.

The second evening visit following Easter Sunday is all about evidence. Jesus presented Thomas and the rest of his disciples with unmistakable proof he was alive. By virtue of his personal testimony, John presents that same evidence to me, as well as to all people.

John's account needs to be properly understood. Did John, as well as the other Gospel writers provide every detail of every moment of Jesus' life? Hardly! That is not the purpose of the four Gospels. Certainly, "Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples which are not recorded in this book." Does this mean that I cannot trust what John did record because it is incomplete? Nothing could be more removed from the truth. Even with what was written, there is a preponderance of evidence to proclaim the truth regarding Jesus.

When I carefully read, study and meditate upon this divinely inspired author's record, there is only one conclusion to which I can come: Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and through his name I have eternal life.

This is a fitting conclusion to what Jesus accomplished throughout his ministry. Now, as I prayerfully consider everything he accomplished, I see more than enough evidence to lead me to the truth and to faith. In addition, I see God's undeserved love for me, God's complete forgiveness for my sin, and yes, even God's undeniable assurance of life in heaven. It is all presented so clearly and concisely, and without any embellishment or exaggeration.

Truly, I am blessed because my God and Lord has provided a preponderance of evidence regarding Jesus, and this leads me to faith and to eternal life through his precious work.

Prayer: 

O gracious Lord, I thank you for providing signs and wonders which proclaim the truth about your plan for my rescue. Use these precious accounts about Jesus and his resurrection to not only bring me to faith, but to keep me in faith until I am taken to be with Jesus eternally. Amen.

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Devotion - April 12, 2015

Sun, Apr 12, 2015

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Colossians 3:1-4


What is your heart set on? Are you set on getting outside with the warmer weather and doing some springtime planting? Are you perhaps just itching to get out fishing? When your heart is set on something, notice how much of your life revolves around your mindset. If you can’t wait to plant, you are now getting all the things prepared and purchased. If it’s fishing, you’re working to prepare gear and tackle so that everything is ready to go.

We are just a few days removed from Easter Sunday. Do you remember what Christ’s heart was set on? He made it his entire life’s goal and passion to win our eternal salvation by crushing the head of Satan, giving up his life, and then rising in three days. If Christ would have been distracted by the things of this world—power, prestige, earthly wealth, he would not have won our salvation and we would still be dead in our sins. Praise God that Jesus set his heart on things above—on doing his Father’s will, so that we might now have forgiveness, life and peace.

The apostle Paul shares with us what it means to have our minds set on things above. He says that we died. That is to say that the controlling power of the sinful nature inside each of us is now dead. Christ has set us free and truly made us alive, just as Christ Jesus is alive and alive in us by faith. No longer does the sinful nature rule, but Christ lives and rules in us. What is more, we know that nothing can separate us from God’s love. Jesus lives in us to preserve us to the end. When Christ appears in glory on the last day, then we will be with him in glory where we will be free from all sin, sadness and suffering!

May our hearts and minds always be set on things above. In the same way, may we also reflect what’s in our hearts and on our minds as we speak to one another about Christ’s victory over sin, death and hell. It’s the best mindset to have and an even better one to share!

Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, give me a heart that filled with love for you and a mind that is focused on all that you have accomplished for my salvation. Preserve me in saving faith and finally bring me to share in the glory that you have prepared for me and all believers in heaven. Amen. 

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Devotion - April 11, 2015

Sat, Apr 11, 2015

"The LORD Almighty will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken."

Isaiah 25:8


What did you have for breakfast today? How long will it keep you full? What kind of health benefits will it bring? For how long? Most breakfast meals keep you full for a few hours. Then you're hungry for lunch. The right morning diet can bring some solid health benefits, but even the best breakfast lasts only so long and needs to be eaten day after day.
 
This past Sunday, we celebrated a mega-breakfast. It didn't feature pancakes, eggs and freshly cut fruit. We celebrated Jesus' resurrection. In your and my place, and for all the sins of the whole world, Jesus had suffered on the cross. Then Jesus had died. Early on that Sunday morning about 2,000 years ago, Christ was raised from the dead.  God accepted his sacrifice for all our sins. Jesus had defeated sin and death.  
 
About 700 years before Jesus was born, the Old Testament prophet Isaiah wrote about the effect of Jesus' death and resurrection. Isaiah said that Jesus would: "swallow up death forever." What an Easter morning breakfast! Jesus devoured death. He "ate" it up once for all. That's not a meal Jesus will need to eat day after day. Jesus' victory over sin and death is lasting and forever.
 
Jesus' breakfast carries tremendous spiritual blessings. The blessings are not just for the one who ate death. Now, death cannot hurt those who believe in Jesus. Jesus gives believers eternal life in heaven. Although death can still be painful and sad, Isaiah tells us that Jesus’ victory over death now brings us comfort and peace. To his people faced with the death of a Christian loved one, God promises: "The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces." 

Prayer: 

We Pray:
Sovereign LORD, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus Christ, to swallow up death forever. Thank you for his victory over sin and death. Forgive my sins for Jesus' sake.   Give me comfort in the face of death. Keep my faith in you strong until the day you call me home to eternal life in heaven. Amen. 

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Devotion - April 10, 2015

Fri, Apr 10, 2015

Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31


Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who doesn’t like to run. I know that’s silly, but with all of the color runs and 5k’s out there, it seems like more and more people enjoy running. I don’t. I never have. From little on, I just never seemed to be able to develop the endurance. I always found myself growing weary when running.

Maybe that’s what your spiritual life feels like. The Bible describes the life of the Christian as a race, a marathon. Maybe you feel like your strength is waning. Perhaps you are growing weary of the temptations of this world, the obstacles that Satan puts in your path, the hill of challenges you have to climb. Maybe, just maybe, you don’t think you can take one more step.

If you feel that way, you’re not alone. That’s how we all feel when we try and do it on our own, when we put our hope in our own strength. But notice what Isaiah tells us: “Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.” When we stop looking to ourselves and start looking to the LORD, we find renewed strength. Our strength comes from the good news that there is One who already ran the race for us. There is One who withstood the temptations, avoided the obstacles, and climbed the hill of Calvary to pay for all the times that we’ve failed. By his perfect life and his innocent death in our place, Jesus has already won the victory for us. And he’s promised that he will be with us always to help us finish our race.

Put your hope in the LORD. Find your strength in his precious promises. And see if those challenges don’t become just a little bit easier to endure because you know you’re not alone. Run the race marked out for you with Jesus by your side and he’ll take you all the way to the finish line. And here’s the best part: once your race is finished, you’ll be able to run and never grow tired, to walk and never grow faint because you’ll be enjoying the perfection of heaven. That’s some running that even I can look forward to!

Prayer: 

Risen Savior, we are so thankful that you came to earth to run the race for us. Help us to keep our eyes focused on you. Renew our strength that with your help, we might finish the race and keep the faith. Amen.

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Devotion - April 9, 2015

Thu, Apr 09, 2015

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

1 Peter 1:3-6


Thirty years ago it was a beautiful springtime in Wisconsin. My wife and I eagerly awaited the arrival of our third child and my assignment to public ministry on Call Day at the Seminary. Hope filled my life. I hoped that I would preach and people would listen; that I would teach and people would grow; and that I would do outreach and people would come.

I believe those are all good things for which a young pastor might hope. Thirty years later I realize that sometimes those hopes were fulfilled and sometimes they were not. Thirty years later I have a much better grasp of the hope that Peter writes of in our Bible reading today.

Peter speaks of a “living hope.” Living hope has little to do with me and my personal circumstances and everything to do with God and his eternal plans. God is a God of “great mercy.” He saw my great need and compassionately did something about it. He took a baby whose sinful nature should have brought nothing but separation and condemnation and gave him a new birth. Cleansed of sin and given spiritual life in the waters of Baptism, I have lived my life, like many other baptized children of God, knowing that heaven is my home—that I have “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade…”

This hope is not human ambition or wishful thinking but certainty that rests on God’s power and his promise of “the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”

The new mission I was assigned to plant never sprouted. The preaching, teaching and outreaching didn’t always bear fruit, and I suffered my share of human grief in all kinds of trials. Thirty years ago I didn’t know how the living hope of God would sustain me. I do now, and it leads me to say, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!”

Prayer: 

Dear Lord Jesus, we praise you for your great mercy and the victory of the resurrection that gives us living hope. We thank you because the hope of Easter morning is ours every day. In this we greatly rejoice. Amen.

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Devotion - April 8, 2015

Wed, Apr 08, 2015

On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine – the best of meats and the finest of wines. On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The Lord has spoken. In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

Isaiah 25:6-9


Think of the hunger you have for something more than what the daily grind is doing for you. Think of the thirst you have for something more than the headlines and news alerts are giving you. Think of the heartache you have when tragedy claims someone you love. Think of the stress you have because life is just being life and it’s wearing you to tears. Think of the shame you have when the one who lets you down the most is you. And then think how none of this should surprise you. What do you expect from a world of sin and sinners? And yes, you’re one of them.

But then think of the Lord’s invitation, “Come to me, all you are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Think of God’s command, “Comfort, comfort my people” (Isaiah 40:1). Where do you find this rest and comfort? “On the mountain,” Isaiah says. It’s a term that applies to the church of God. Now think of what you find there:

• You find “the bread of God who came down from heaven and gives life to the world” (John 6:33).
• You find “water that becomes a spring within you and wells up to eternal life” (John 6:14).
• You find “the resurrection and the life where whoever believes in this resurrection and life will never die” (John 11:25, 26).
• You find a meal of bread and wine together with body and blood for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:26-28).
• You find the promise that “you are not condemned” (John 8:11).
• You find your crucified and risen Savior, Jesus Christ, who died for your sin and rose in victory over that sin.

And so on this day you say with trust, “This is my God. He saved me. I will rejoice and be glad.”
Forget the daily grind. Forget the stress. Forget the shame. It’s a blessed day!

Prayer: 

Dear Lord God, thank you for the great comfort you give my soul. In Jesus’ saving name I pray. Amen.

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Devotion - April 7, 2015

Tue, Apr 07, 2015

Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:20

No Blade Sharp Enough

To say that Thomas Jefferson liked to read would be a grand understatement. “I cannot live without books,” he once said. In his day, Jefferson had the largest personal collection of books in the United States. It numbered in the thousands, and the volumes covered every conceivable subject, from history and literature to science and philosophy and everything in between.

In this massive library that Jefferson loved, however, there was one written history that received unique treatment. It was the Bible’s written history of Jesus. For reasons fully known only to him, Jefferson took the written account of Jesus’ life and proceeded to remove any verses that described supernatural events and any verses that described Jesus as anything more than a man. He simply sliced them out of the text. As one historian described it, he “kept his blade busy.” Then Jefferson pasted together the remaining verses to make a book of his own. He called it, The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth.

Given the kind of book it was, it probably is not difficult to guess how the book ends. The book ends with this sentence: "There laid they Jesus, and rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed." In Jefferson’s version of events, Jesus does not rise from the dead. In his book on Jesus’ life, Easter does not survive Jefferson’s blade.

But there’s no blade sharp enough to remove the reality of Easter. Whether it’s a blade that cuts verses from the written account of the Gospel, or a blade that cuts down the lives of early Christians, or a blade that puts present-day Christians to death for their faith—no matter the sharpness of the blade, the tomb is empty. No matter the sharpness of the blade, Jesus lives. No matter the sharpness of the blade, God has kept his promise, we stand forgiven, eternal life is ours.

Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, there is no blade sharp enough that can separate your promises from my life. Thank you for the reality of Easter. Thank you for the reality of your empty tomb. Amen.

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