Category Archives: 2014 Devotions

December 21, 2014

Ephesians 6:10-20 Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent. All four candles on our wreath are lit. Christmas is four days away. Excited children await Santa’s coming. Would that we taught them to be equally excited about Jesus’ coming. Are … Continue reading

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December 20, 2014

Luke 3:1-9 “Tell it like it is!” is an expression that has crept into our American vernacular. Another is, “What you see is what you get!” Both of these phrases could have been descriptions of John the Baptist’s ministry. Calling … Continue reading

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December 19, 2014

Matthew 11:2-15; 2 Peter 2:17-22 Concerning church attendance, there is good news and bad news. The good news is numbers have recently increased. The bad news is attendance usually picks up just before Christmas. Many who have lapsed in their … Continue reading

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December 18, 2013

Matthew 3:1-12 It amazes me that the most anti-Christian group (Hollywood) is the quickest to use themes from the Bible. Take the movie “The Matrix” for example. Morpheus (a John the Baptist figure) is looking for the coming of “the … Continue reading

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December 17, 2014

Mark 1:1-8 The opening verses of the Gospel of Mark proclaim Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the beginning of his public ministry. In preparation, John the Baptist was performing baptisms of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. An … Continue reading

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December 16, 2014

Isaiah 9:2-7; 2 Peter 1:12-21; Luke 22:54-69 When the musician, Ray Charles, was still a boy, his mother said to him, “You’re blind, son, not stupid. You lost your sight, not your mind!” When people have their minds made up, … Continue reading

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December 15, 2014

2 Peter 1:1-11 Being a Christian is not something we do, but a free gift from God through Jesus Christ. There is nothing we can do to earn our salvation. As Lutherans we learn this from Scripture: it is by … Continue reading

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December 14, 2014

John 3:22-30 The best part of the day is when the sun throws its afternoon shadow across my patio. I simply love sitting out there, listening to the birds chipper and the neighborhood kids run by, as the gentle breeze … Continue reading

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December 13, 2014

Luke 22:31-38 It is the night of the Last Supper. Jesus has re-interpreted the bread and cup to be his body and blood of the new covenant. He tells his disciples they must be servants if they want to be … Continue reading

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December 12, 2014

Luke 22:14-30 Jesus was eager to celebrate Passover with his disciples. His body was to be broken and given for them; the new covenant would be given in his blood. Understandably, the disciples could not comprehend his meaning, nor the … Continue reading

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