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Psalm 29 “May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!” vs. 11 The psalmist had no doubt about the sovereignty of God, and believed that every part of creation reflected the power and majesty of its creator. Earthquakes, winds, thunder, and lightning were all a part of the earth’s posturing before the Almighty One–and as one caught up in the turmoil and messiness of it all, he cried out, “May the Lord…

Daily Devotions

Psalm 46:1-5 … “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” vs. 1  In the 1520’s as Martin Luther was facing increased resistance to his reformation writings and the forces of the Empire were poised to eliminate the fledgling Lutheran movement, he found great comfort in the words of Psalm 46. In fact it became the inspiration for his greatest song, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” a tune sometimes called “The Battle Hymn of the…

Daily Devotions: August 21, 2019

August 21, 2019 For full passage click: Psalm 71:1-6 … “Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.” vs. 6 What a blessing it is to have a life-long connection with God and be aware of it! Most of us know that we were born and that we have mothers, but not so many know God as the sustainer and protector of their lives. The Psalmist…

Daily Devotions: July 23, 2019

July 23, 2019 For full passage click: Psalm 138:1-5 …“On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.” vs. 3 This psalmist was a man of faith. He believed that there were many gods but he had made worship of the Lord a part of his daily life. Wherever he was, he would take time to turn toward the Jerusalem temple and offer his prayers of thanksgiving and praise. And he felt the benefits! Many…

Daily Devotions: May 17, 2019

May 17, 2019 For full passage click: Revelation 21:1-6 …“And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” vs. 2 In the final sequence of his vision, John speaks of a glorious future, not one in which humans go to heaven to be with God, but one in which God comes to dwell with us. Quite simply, “the dwelling place of God is with mortals”—…

Daily Devotions: February 15, 2019

February 15, 2019 To read passage click: Luke 6:17-19 …“They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured.” vs. 18 During his ministry, Jesus functioned both as a teacher and a healer. Luke says that great multitudes of people gathered to hear him speak and to seek healing from various diseases, and he didn’t let them down. They eagerly received his words of insight and wisdom…

Daily Devotions: January 26, 2019

January 26, 2019 To read full passage click: Luke 4:14-17a …“Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country.” vs. 14 When the Spirit connected with Jesus in a divine epiphany on the day of his baptism, it wasn’t just a momentary experience. This dove had come to hang around! The power of the Spirit remained and continued to give support during the time in the…

Daily Devotions: January 25, 2019

January 25, 2019                                                                                                             To view full passage click: 1 Corinthians 12: 20-31a …“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.” vs. 26 Contemporary culture, particularly in the Western World, is marked by a strong preference for rugged individualism, an attitude that has crept into the way we articulate our faith. Often we hear talk of personal relationships with Jesus and the resulting individual salvation that is ours. It’s…

Daily Devotions: December 11, 2018

December 11, 2018 To read full passage click: Isaiah 12:2-3 …“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.” vs. 2 Sometimes we get tentative when we think and talk about our salvation, and almost give the impression that it somehow depends upon what we have said or done. Of course, such a notion is pure foolishness and has nothing to…

Daily Devotions: October 23, 2018

October 23, 2018 Psalm 46:1-5  …“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” vs. 1 Martin Luther loved Psalm 46 and used it as the inspiration for his famous hymn, A Mighty Fortress is Our God. For him, the psalm was a source of comfort in a time of conflict and challenge. And doubtless that’s what it was for its writer too. Jerusalem was a tough place to live, constantly beset by enemies, and full of…

Daily Devotions: October 11, 2018

October 11, 2018 Hebrews 4:12-16  …“Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” vs. 16 Occasionally we run into folks who carry a heaven burden of sin. They’ve done or said things, mostly known only to themselves, that have left them with a giant dose of guilt. They know about forgiveness, but have the sense that it doesn’t apply for them; that somehow…

Daily Devotions: June 11 , 2018

June 11, 2018 Ezekiel 17:22-24…“Thus says the Lord God: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.” vs. 22 Ezekiel writes from Babylon at a time of crisis and turmoil in Jerusalem. The expected military help from Egypt had not arrived and the last Davidic…