Monthly Archives: January 2014

January 31, 2014

John 6:1-15 How many times does Christ make himself known to us, and we still doubt? Jesus’ ministry was well underway when he fed the five thousand. Scripture says that the people had been following him, and witnessed what he … Continue reading

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Prayer Request – Matthew Riak

Please be in prayer for our NALC Missionary, Matthew Riak. He was commissioned at our 2012 NALC Convocation. He has had to evacuate his ministry at St. Luke’s in South Sudan due to recent unrest. Please read the letter below … Continue reading

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January 30, 2014

Genesis 16:15-17:14 How often do we listen to God and believe, only to fall back into doubt because things don’t seem to go the way we think they should go? God came to Abram and made a covenant with him … Continue reading

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January 29, 2014

Genesis 16:1-14 This time every year, I begin to feel a growing sense of impatience. I am tired of cold temperatures and long, dark nights. I am weary of the drab grayness of barren hardwoods shivering in the chilly wind. … Continue reading

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January 28, 2014

John 5:1-18 On one Sabbath, John records that Jesus healed a man who had been sick for 38 years. This practice of healing on the Sabbath was opposed by many in his day, to whom he responded, “My Father is … Continue reading

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January 27, 2014

Genesis 14: 1-24; Hebrews 8:1-13; John 4:43-54 There are many commandments that God has given us but they are summed up for us by the Apostle Paul: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Rom 13:9) That is a tough job. Try … Continue reading

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January 26, 2014

Mark 7:31-37 “Did you hear me?” My mother would often ask me that question. Years later I would ask my own children that same question. If faith comes by hearing (as stated in Romans 10:17) then the people who were … Continue reading

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January 25, 2014

Acts 9:1-22; Galatians 1:11-24 Think of someone today whom you would label an impossible person to convert to Christianity. Are they an atheist? A Muslim? Are they someone so entrenched in their belief that it appears there is no hope … Continue reading

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January 24, 2014

Genesis 11:27-12:8 Abram, later renamed Abraham, is called to leave his home and family when he is 75 years old. Wow. We are five or ten years into retirement by then. But what if we were called by God to … Continue reading

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January 23, 2014

John 4:1-15 Like Jesus and the woman at the well, sometimes we have to overcome communications obstacles. One day, after arriving in Baghdad on our second tour to Iraq, I introduced myself to one of our newer Soldiers. Looking for … Continue reading

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