Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 31, 2015

Isaiah 51:1-8 When I sat down to write this devotion, my home instantaneously erupted with activity. My parents stopped by. My sister and niece brought my oldest daughter home from church. My three-year-old burst into loud, singsong conversation with her … Continue reading

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January 30, 2015

Mark 6:47-56 “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” This is one of my least liked statements. People usually say something like this when they experience various hardships, when friends are struggling or in times of loss. This … Continue reading

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January 29, 2015

Mark 6:30-46 Is it not interesting that our reading from Mark’s sixth chapter begins and ends with Jesus encouraging rest and prayer? We get so busy doing God’s work that we fail to take time to relax and reflect. We … Continue reading

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January28, 2015

Galatians 2:11-21 Here’s a story of what it means to live to God, filled with the faith of Christ. In 1994, members of the Hutu tribe in Rwanda carried out mass murders of the Tutsi tribe. At the town of … Continue reading

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January 27, 2015

Isaiah 48:12-22; Galatians 1:18-2:10; Mark 6:1-13 Nearly a century ago, King George V (1865-1936) broadcast a yearly Christmas message to the entire British Empire (ironically, including the USA). During a program one year, a technician saw that the wire to … Continue reading

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January 26, 2015

Mark 5:21-43 “Just a touch more” you might say when the wait staff comes to offer you more coffee. So what is a touch more? Is it a little bit, a tad more, a smidgen? We have many expressions to … Continue reading

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Epiphany 3B Sermon Audio

January 25, 2015 – Third Sunday after Epiphany Click the links below for sermon audio. “The Time Is Short,” Pr. Stéphane Kalonji, Reformation Lutheran Church, New Bern, NC “Time Out,” Pr. Dieter Punt, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Troutman, NC “Changed Hearts,” Pr. Mark … Continue reading

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January 25, 2015

Isaiah 47:1-15, Hebrews 10:19-31, John 5:2-18 In a world of twerking and wardrobe failures, where nakedness is no longer a source of embarrassment or shame, we hear these words of the prophet Isaiah warning Babylon that her pretension to power … Continue reading

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January 24, 2015

Mark 5:1-20, Ephesians 6:10-24, Isaiah 46:1-13 In the healing of the demoniac, the responses to Jesus’ gift were mixed. Jesus freed the possessed man from the demon that possessed him for years. In doing so, he also freed the people … Continue reading

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January 23, 2015

Ephesians 6:1-9 “Children…” Paul addresses the children of the congregation. He is writing “to the saints who are at Ephesus” Eph 1:1 and he not only includes the congregation’s children among these saints, he wants to speak with them directly. … Continue reading

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