Posts by Rev. Steve Holm (Page 196)

Posts by Rev. Steve Holm (Page 196)

Daily Devotions: November 4, 2017

Matthew 5:1-6 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” vs. 5 In the context of today’s political climate and the general trend of culture this word of Jesus to his disciples seems more of a joke than anything else. A glance at the dictionary tells us that the meek are submissive and unassuming, willing to put up with injury, and unwilling to speak up or offer any kind of resistance. In our world the meek aren’t even…

Daily Devotions: November 3, 2017

1 John 3:1-3 “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.” vs. 1a Folks in the early Christian communities lived precariously as they waited for the promised revealing of the Lord Jesus. There were a multitude of forces arrayed against them, ranging from the erratic cruel Roman despots to the insidious false prophets who tried to undermine the gospel of grace. Believers found solace in faith,…

Daily Devotions: November 2, 2017

Psalm 34:5-10, 22 “This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble.” vs. 6 The little bit of personal testimony in today’s verse provides an intriguing backdrop for this psalm of thanksgiving. It reminds us that our scriptures emerged from an historical context that was not much different from our own. Like many of us, the psalmist had experienced suffering. It could have been any number of things: health, relationships, persecution…we really don’t…

Daily Devotions: November 1, 2017

Psalm 34:1-4 “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” vs. 1 Not all of us bless the Lord with every breath we take, nor is it likely that we continually offer praise with the words of our mouths. If we did there’d certainly be a different atmosphere in our social environment. Too often we forget the importance of a word fitly spoken and instead fill the air with careless and sometimes…

Daily Devotions: October 31, 2017

Revelation 7:13-17 “They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” vss. 16-17 Today is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg,…

Daily Devotions: October 30, 2017

Revelation 7:9-12 “After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands.” vs. 9 Christians of every generation have been fascinated by the vivid imagery of John’s Apocalypse and particularly this inclusive picture of the triumphant saints before the throne of the Lamb. It seems that no one…

Daily Devotions: October 29, 2017

John 8:34-36 “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” vs. 36 We all yearn for freedom! Early on in our lives, chafing under real and imagined parental oppression, we begin to look forward to the day when we will be free of all restraint and able to do as we please every moment of every day. We’ll do as we please when we want and our lives will be full of pleasure and joy. And…

Daily Devotions: October 27, 2017

Romans 3:25b-28 “For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.” vs. 28 It’s pretty much agreed among followers of Jesus that all sinners are justified, i.e. made righteous, by grace through faith. But then a sometimes heated conversation can occur. Which of those two words, grace or faith, shall get the emphasis? It can make a difference. Those who emphasize grace tend to focus on God’s initiative in salvation. They happily…

Daily Devotions: October 26, 2017

Romans 3:19-25a “For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” vss. 22b-24 Martin Luther had studied Paul’s words in Romans for years and then one day a light went on for him and for the first time he saw them as an offering of grace. He had struggled with his own righteousness for…

Daily Devotions: October 25, 2017

Psalm 46:6-11 “He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.” vs. 9 One hundred years ago our country sent hundreds of thousands of troops to Europe to kill Germans in what was called “the war to end all wars.” Since that time scarcely a decade has passed without our involvement in yet another “engagement.” In the process we have become the dominant military power…

Daily Devotions: October 24, 2017

Psalm 46:1-5 “Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.” vss. 2-3 Humans have always had a dickens of a time dealing with the environment. We talk about the vagaries of “Mother Nature” and lament the unpredictable “Acts of God” that are a part of life in this world. It’s seems like we’re always cleaning…

Daily Devotions: October 23, 2017

Jeremiah 31:31-34 “No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.” vs. 34 Jeremiah describes a new covenant that God will make with the house of Israel, one not based on law but grace, and his picture now hangs on the wall of every faithful…