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Humble Faith – Luke 7:1-10
Pastor Stéphane Kalonji
Reformation Lutheran Church – New Bern, NC

Did You See the Gorilla? – Luke 7:1-10
Pastor David Nuottila
Union Lutheran Church – Salisbury, NC

What does this mean? – Summer Sermon Series
Luther’s Small Catechism – Romans 1:16-17 & Gal. 1
Pastor Dieter Punt
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church – Troutman, NC

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The Daily Lectionary – May 30, 2016

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Proverbs 10:1–12; 1 Timothy 1:1–17; Matthew 12:22–32

Jesus tells us that we can be forgiven of any sin except for “blasphemy against the Spirit.” Many Christians worry that they have committed the “unforgivable sin” by saying something blasphemous against God, perhaps in anger when something went wrong—when a loved one died or when they lost a job. But Jesus tells us that even these outbursts can be forgiven. He reminds us that “every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people.”

Then what is the unforgivable sin? Simply put, it is the continual rejection of Jesus Christ as Lord for a lifetime. Jesus loves us and wants nothing more than to forgive our sins, every one of them, and to convert our souls. So we can be confident that through his blood, shed on the cross of Calvary, that Jesus will wash away all our sins and make us white as snow. Jesus will even save those who turn to him on their deathbeds! He relentlessly searches us out to bring us to his heart, today and for evermore. So let us rejoice in God’s everlasting love, a grace that will never trap us in an unforgivable sin, but that seeks to forgive any sin, encouraging a lifetime of faith in him.

Prayer: Jesus, help me lay all my sins and burdens in your loving arms, trusting in your boundless love and forgiveness. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by the Rev. Dr. Dennis Di Mauro, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Warrenton, VA.

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The Daily Lectionary – May 29, 2016

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Proverbs 9:1–12; Acts 8:14–25; Luke 10:25–28; 38–42

A quick search of my Bible app shows there are more references to “bread and wine” in the Old Testament than one might think. In Genesis, the righteous priest/king, Melchizedek, brings out bread and wine as a sacrifice to God Most High. In Judges, bread and wine are sustenance for a weary Levite making his way home with an unlikely bride. In Ruth, bread and wine are the meal at the beginning of a blossoming romance. In Proverbs, Lady Wisdom spreads her banquet of bread and wine before the world, inviting the simple to eat and to drink. Given in her meal is understanding, knowledge, the fear of the Lord, and the gift of life.

In the hands of Jesus, the bread and wine of the Old Testament find their fulfillment. Our most righteous Priest and King offers bread and wine in thanksgiving to God Most High. It is the sustenance given by a Rabbi to an unlikely bride, the Church, for the long journey home. It is the feast of Divine love, where our Bridegroom draws near. It is the Word of God’s banquet where he gives his very own Body and Blood for the life of the world.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, as we come today to receive your bread and wine that you have prepared for us, may we in faith receive the forgiveness of our sins and be filled with your wisdom, understanding, knowledge, reverent fear, and everlasting life. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Ian Wolfe, Pastor of First Lutheran Church, Baker City, OR.

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Proverbs 9:1–12; Acts 8:14–25; Luke 10:25–28; 38–42

A quick search of my Bible app shows there are more references to “bread and wine” in the Old Testament than one might think. In Genesis, the righteous priest/king, Melchizedek, brings out bread and wine as a sacrifice to God Most High. In Judges, bread and wine are sustenance for a weary Levite making his way home with an unlikely bride. In Ruth, bread and wine are the meal at the beginning of a blossoming romance. In Proverbs, Lady Wisdom spreads her banquet of bread and wine before the world, inviting the simple to eat and to drink. Given in her meal is understanding, knowledge, the fear of the Lord, and the gift of life.

In the hands of Jesus, the bread and wine of the Old Testament find their fulfillment. Our most righteous Priest and King offers bread and wine in thanksgiving to God Most High. It is the sustenance given by a Rabbi to an unlikely bride, the Church, for the long journey home. It is the feast of Divine love, where our Bridegroom draws near. It is the Word of God’s banquet where he gives his very own Body and Blood for the life of the world.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, as we come today to receive your bread and wine that you have prepared for us, may we in faith receive the forgiveness of our sins and be filled with your wisdom, understanding, knowledge, reverent fear, and everlasting life. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Ian Wolfe, Pastor of First Lutheran Church, Baker City, OR.

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The Daily Lectionary – May 29, 2016

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Proverbs 9:1–12; Acts 8:14–25; Luke 10:25–28; 38–42

A quick search of my Bible app shows there are more references to “bread and wine” in the Old Testament than one might think. In Genesis, the righteous priest/king, Melchizedek, brings out bread and wine as a sacrifice to God Most High. In Judges, bread and wine are sustenance for a weary Levite making his way home with an unlikely bride. In Ruth, bread and wine are the meal at the beginning of a blossoming romance. In Proverbs, Lady Wisdom spreads her banquet of bread and wine before the world, inviting the simple to eat and to drink. Given in her meal is understanding, knowledge, the fear of the Lord, and the gift of life.

In the hands of Jesus, the bread and wine of the Old Testament find their fulfillment. Our most righteous Priest and King offers bread and wine in thanksgiving to God Most High. It is the sustenance given by a Rabbi to an unlikely bride, the Church, for the long journey home. It is the feast of Divine love, where our Bridegroom draws near. It is the Word of God’s banquet where he gives his very own Body and Blood for the life of the world.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, as we come today to receive your bread and wine that you have prepared for us, may we in faith receive the forgiveness of our sins and be filled with your wisdom, understanding, knowledge, reverent fear, and everlasting life. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Ian Wolfe, Pastor of First Lutheran Church, Baker City, OR.

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The Daily Lectionary – May 29, 2016

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Proverbs 9:1–12; Acts 8:14–25; Luke 10:25–28; 38–42

A quick search of my Bible app shows there are more references to “bread and wine” in the Old Testament than one might think. In Genesis, the righteous priest/king, Melchizedek, brings out bread and wine as a sacrifice to God Most High. In Judges, bread and wine are sustenance for a weary Levite making his way home with an unlikely bride. In Ruth, bread and wine are the meal at the beginning of a blossoming romance. In Proverbs, Lady Wisdom spreads her banquet of bread and wine before the world, inviting the simple to eat and to drink. Given in her meal is understanding, knowledge, the fear of the Lord, and the gift of life.

In the hands of Jesus, the bread and wine of the Old Testament find their fulfillment. Our most righteous Priest and King offers bread and wine in thanksgiving to God Most High. It is the sustenance given by a Rabbi to an unlikely bride, the Church, for the long journey home. It is the feast of Divine love, where our Bridegroom draws near. It is the Word of God’s banquet where he gives his very own Body and Blood for the life of the world.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, as we come today to receive your bread and wine that you have prepared for us, may we in faith receive the forgiveness of our sins and be filled with your wisdom, understanding, knowledge, reverent fear, and everlasting life. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Ian Wolfe, Pastor of First Lutheran Church, Baker City, OR.

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The Daily Lectionary – May 28, 2016

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Proverbs 8:22–36; 3 John 1–15; Matthew 12:15–21

God has been in possession of wisdom in eternity. Before anything was created, God was wise. As we are made in his image (Gen 1:27), we too are to get wisdom. There is no better way to do this than to walk in the truth. This is not only a matter of believing correct doctrine. Walking in the truth involves living it out by leading an upright and repentant life, and supporting those who proclaim the truth.

There may be no better way to walk in the truth than to join in the journey of those who have “gone out for the sake of the name.” Pray for missionaries today (and every day). Listen to the Spirit about how else God would have you support them. Pray for your pastor and other pastors and evangelists in your community and in the whole Church. They proclaim the one who is God’s wisdom in the flesh, he who brings truth and wisdom, as well as hope and peace, to the whole world.

This is how we acquire wisdom: by walking in the truth together, as the Church of Christ, and for his sake.

Prayer: Help me, Holy Spirit, to walk by faith in the truth of the Word, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman, Communications Coordinator for the NALC. 

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The Daily Lectionary – May 27, 2016

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Proverbs 8:1–21; 2 John 1–13; Matthew 12:1–14

The Holy Spirit, the wisdom of Proverbs, calls us to “walk in the way of righteousness.” God is always calling us to “hear” and “learn sense” so that we might walk with him in the truth. But how do we know we are walking in the way of the Spirit, that God’s will is being done in our lives? Loving one another, as John exhorts, is a strong indicator.

Loving each other means so much more than enjoying those whom we like and putting up with the others. Real love means that we are walking in righteousness together, that we are walking according to the commandments. In Jesus, we learn to do more than keep religious regulations; we learn to be yoked with him (Matt 11:29–30). We learn to walk this way, to live together this way, by Jesus’ example. We have “heard from the beginning” about loving one another in this way of Christian discipleship, this life together. That is how Jesus loves his disciples. So, “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:9). This is exactly what Jesus commands all of his disciples—including you—when he says, “Follow me.”

Prayer: Lord of the Sabbath, help me to follow you. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman, Communications Coordinator for the NALC. 

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The Daily Lectionary – May 26, 2016

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Proverbs 7:1-27; 1 John 5:13–21; Matthew 11:25–30

The survival of children depends on older and wiser persons providing for all their needs. Then children grow in knowledge and wisdom to provide for themselves. With every breath, children fall deeper and deeper into sin as they seek independence and control over their own existences.

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate” (Gen 3:6).

Our desire to control our destiny has given us knowledge of the universe, and ever-advancing technology. Many consider this wisdom. What this knowledge has not done, is make us any closer to the Father. Knowledge of the Father is revealed to those whom Jesus chooses. This requires no degree, no possessions, and no wisdom. It only requires a child-like dependence on the Son.

To those who know the Father through the Son, the promise remains: “You will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Prayer: Gracious and holy Father, may I come to you with a childlike faith and find rest for my soul this and every day. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Ernie Sheldon, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Statesville, NC.

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The Daily Lectionary – May 25, 2016

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Proverbs 6:1-19; 1 John 5:1–12; Matthew 11:16–24

Living as a disciple of Jesus Christ can seem to be a lonely way to live. As we read the woes Jesus speaks to unrepentant cities where he had performed miracles, yet did not see the people repent, we imagine those words could ring true in many places in today’s world. Sometimes it is difficult to be hopeful and encouraged when it seems our society is pushing away God and his Word, becoming more tolerant of what God has called sin.

Yet, often in Scripture, when it seems there is no hope, God maintains a faithful remnant, using them to rebuild what sin has destroyed. It is central to our faith that God used what seemed to be evil in the death of his Son on the cross, for our good and the good of his kingdom, restoring relationships with him and enabling people to live as his redeemed, forgiven disciples through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, God is calling us to share his word of forgiveness and life to our world. Who knows, you might be an instrument God uses to bring someone to repentance and to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, renew me daily in your Word, through faith in your Son and the power of your Holy Spirit, that I might be used to share your love, forgiveness, and life. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Christopher Martin, Pastor of Emmons Lutheran Church, Emmons, MN.

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