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Trinity 10 ~ Luke 19: 41-48 ~ August 20, 2017

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JESUS SHOWS HIS COMPASSION AS WELL AS HIS ANGER Luke 19: 41-48 Opening Prayer:   O most gracious Heavenly Father, Not only have You created us and continue to bless us with so many earthly gifts, but You also visit us with Your grace and mercy in the Means of Grace.   To You belongs all glory […]

Trinity 9 ~ Romans 6: 3-11 ~ August 13, 2017

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There is no god but God and Muhammad is his prophet! Come to Prayer! Come to forgiveness! God is great! There is no god but God! These are the words, spoken in Arabic that echoed across the loudspeakers from the tall minarets in every town and city we visited in the country of Turkey five […]

Trinity 8 ~ I John 4: 1-6 ~ August 6, 2017

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HOW TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN A LIE AND THE TRUTH I John 4: 1-6 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and […]

Trinity 7 ~ Romans 6: 19-23 ~ July 30, 2017

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Sometimes slavery is good.   The other evening in our devotion we read about the story of Joseph and his brothers who sold him into slavery.   God used that slavery ultimately to save the 11 brothers and one sister and the parents of Joseph bringing them into Egypt and sparing them from starvation.      These 12 brothers […]

Trinity 6 ~ Matthew 5: 20-26 ~July 23, 2017

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Psalm of the Day: 28 The Old Testament Lesson: Exodus 20: 1-17 The Epistle Lesson: Romans 6: 3-11 The Gospel Lesson: Matt. 5: 20-26 Hymns: 342, 389, 371, 412 Trinity 6 Introit: The Lord is the Strength of His people.  He is the saving Strength of His Anointed.   Save Your people and bless Your inheritance, […]

Trinity 5 ~ Luke 5: 1-10~ July 16, 2017

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 “From now on you are going to catch men.”   These are the words Jesus spoke to Peter, James and John, the first of the disciples.     Finally, they are words of forgiveness and comfort.    And they are the miracle that often goes unnoticed.   Let’s take a moment to find out why. One day, early in His […]

Trinity 4 ~ Luke 6: 36-42 ~ July 9, 2017

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Psalm of the Day: 79 Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 58: 6-12 Epistle Lesson: Romans 8: 18-23 These words are loved by many because they think the words excuse their behavior no matter what they have done.    They love them because they think that all judging is wrong.    Years ago, while attending the University in Mankato, […]

Trinity 3 ~ I Peter 5: 6-11 ~ July 2, 2017

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Precious redeemed in Christ. In verse 5 of this chapter, Peter bids, “Wear humility as a sign of service to one another.”     To all of this, our Old Adam says, NO!  The world, in complete cooperation with our Old Adam, encourages us to assert our rights, to sue everyone and anyone who crosses us, to […]

Trinity 2 ~ Luke 14: 16-24 ~ June 25, 2017

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“If you were to die today, where would you go, heaven or hell?”     A while back, I met with a couple that asked me to do their wedding who do not go to church.     The first question I asked is this: “If you were to die today, where would you go; heaven or hell?”      I […]

Trinity Sunday ~ Titus 3: 3-7 ~ June 11, 2017

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“They are liars.   They are savage animals.   They are lazy gluttons.”   No, I am not talking about some of our politicians although this description may be applicable to them.    This was St. Paul’s assessment of the people of Crete.    Crete was that island in the Mediterranean Sea just south of the southern tip of Greece.   […]