Devotions

Light in the Darkness

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2). The hill behind my house, not grand by mountain standards, is a challenge for my legs and lungs. One very dreary fall...

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Fountains of Blessings

For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence (Psalm 21:6). Babies, weddings, family and friends Gardens full of fresh flowers and produce Timely rains and sunshine Freedom, puppies and kittens Blessings Go back and...

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He Lives/We Live

As children, many of us learned that “April showers bring May flowers.” If you live in the U.S. desert southwest, however, “April showers” are in short supply! Despite the lack of rain, April is a month of renewal, regeneration, and resurrection as the...

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God’s Fireworks

(Remember: two readers, three copies of devotion. If suggested hymn is used, need musical accompaniment and accompanist, hymnals.) Reader One: Do you remember your first fireworks display? Do you remember “oohing" and "aahing" under a canopy of brilliant...

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Always the Cross

My children, when young, were the typical squirmy kids who found it difficult to sit still in church on Sunday. As with many churches, many well-meaning matriarchs of the church offered unsolicited advice to young families. Noticing my distressful attempt...

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Elisha and the ShunamMITE Woman

Read: 2 Kings 4:1–14  God sent many prophets to his people who were separated into two kingdoms, Israel and Judah. Some like Hosea and Elisha preached in the northern kingdom of Israel during the eighth century B C. Hosea was married and had children. He may have...

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The Perfect Lamb

Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29) I collect sheep. Not the living, bleating, shearable kind. I collect stuffed sheep. I have herded together a few quite large ones and literally a couple of hundred li’l ones. I like...

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The Family Table

Hymn: “Come, Lord Jesus, Be Our Guest” LSB # 776 Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest and let these gifts to us be blest. Amen. Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever (Ps. 106:1b NKJV). Sound familiar? Yes, these are the words...

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What’s in a Name?

Driving through the Flathead Valley in western Montana, I noticed that the road signs are bilingual. In Canada, you expect French and English signage. In Los Angeles, you often see Spanish and English on signs. But on this drive, you will find translations...

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Got Joy

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not for behold, I bring you good news of great joy for all the people. For unto you is born this day in...

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Heavenly Banquet

Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb! (Revelation 19:9a) An invitation to a banquet is an exciting prospect and we anticipate it with much expectation. We begin thinking of the clothes we will wear; the delicious food we will...

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Remember Me

In the first act of Hamlet, the Shakespearian prince encounters his ghost of a father. Before the ghost vanishes, the haunting figure whispers an echo across the ramparts, “Remember me.” Many of us fear being forgotten once we are gone. The realization that nothing we...

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Always Learning

Let the wise hear and increase in learning (Proverbs 1:5a). Do you remember being excited as a child about going back to school? There are times in my life now that I want to go back to school. I would like the routine of a school day to structure my busy...

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Love One Another

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). In his book, Living Faith,...

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