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Joyful, Joyful: Crown Him with Many Crowns

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Crown Him with Many Crowns

In the Word

… God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9–11

Of the Word

Crown Him with many crowns, The Lamb upon His throne;
Hark how the heav’nly anthem drowns All music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing Of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless king Through all eternity.

This majestic hymn shows us visions of heavenly grandeur. The King of the Universe is sitting upon His heavenly throne and we give Him all glory and praise.

King Jesus is identified specifically throughout the hymn. He is the Lamb who died for our sins. He is “the virgin’s Son, The God incarnate born” and the “Lord of love.” He is the “Lord of life, Who triumphed over the grave” and He is the “Lord of heav’n, Enthroned in worlds above.”

What a wonderful Lord He is! How privileged we are to be the people of Christ’s kingdom! “Crown Him with many crowns As thrones before Him fall; Crown Him, ye kings, with many crowns, For He is king of all.”

Walking with my Lord

Lord, I ask You to keep me strong in faith so that I may use the gifts You have given me to help spread Your kingdom of grace and love. In Your royal name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 4/31. Hymn Text: LSB 525. ©2011  Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.
All hymns are public domain with the text reprinted from Lutheran Service Book, ©2006, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO.

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How, Lord … can I be more loving?

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How, Lord … can I be more loving?

In the Word

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12

Of the Word

Jesus did not suggest we love each other — He commands we do it. So does that include showing love to the car mechanic who swears and smells bad, the check-out girl with all the tattoos and piercings, and the woman in the office who gossips about each of us, and my enemies? Yes, it does. The command is “love each other” (John 15:12b).

In His command Jesus is not talking about emotional love. He is talking about love in action: the kind of love that is more patient and forgiving, a love that will not react in anger to the gossip in the office, a love that uses kind words and shows a smile to the car mechanic and check-out girl, a love that is not prejudiced, a love that is not too busy to listen to someone who is hurting.

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth (1 John 3:18). This love in action is a learned love and our teachers are a loving Father and His Son who show us how love can be accomplished: We love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord, when I am confronted with people I find hard to love, show me how I can be loving. Remind me that in spite of all my sins You still love me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 6/32 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

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How, Lord … can I be Your servant?

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How, Lord … can I be Your servant?

In the Word

Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. Colossians 3:23b (MSG)

Of the Word

If we ask God how we can serve Him, He’ll show us. The question is: Are we ready for His answer?

We live in a “me-first, make-yourself-look-good world.” Society would have us believe that life is about position; humble acts of service to others would be beneath us. But Jesus, our servant example, was all about meeting the needs of others. He walked among lepers, touched the unclean, and washed dirty feet. He may not call us to do any of those things, but when He does call us He will search our hearts and know our willingness to do the task at hand.

True servants don’t bring attention to what they do but instead are willing to serve quietly, away from the spotlight of success. While here on earth true servants may never be recognized for their humble service and acts of kindness toward others, but God will remember how they answered when He called for they knew: It is the Lord Christ you are serving (Colossians 3:24b).

Walking with my Lord

Lord, I ask that when You call I will eagerly answer “Yes.” Christ humbled Himself and died on the cross to save me. May I always be willing to serve in His name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 5/32 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.
Scripture quotations marked (MSG) are taken from The Message. Copyright ©1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

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How, Lord … can I stop envying others?

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How, Lord … can I stop envying others?

In the Word

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

Of the Word

Envy is a gnawing desire to get what we don’t have. Comparing our lives to others will continually make us struggle to keep up. Envy leads us to sin: “You shall not covet … anything that belongs to your neighbor” (Exodus 20:17). Envy is also a waste of energy and a source of unhappiness!

God’s love for each of us is just as great as His love for our neighbor or sister or coworker or best friend. Each time we focus on what someone else has, we take our eyes off Him and the good things He has given to us. God desires that our joy comes from walking with Him and not in obtaining material things. What we are and what we have are God’s unique gifts to us.

Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. … God assures us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,”… (Hebrews 13:5 MSG).

Walking with my Lord

Forgiving Father, help me be satisfied with what You have given me. Through Your Holy Spirit may I daily be reminded that in the death and resurrection of Your Son Jesus I have been given eternal life. What more could I need? In the saving name of Jesus I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 4/32 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.
Scripture quotations marked (MSG) are taken from The Message. Copyright ©1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

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Living in Praise: Yes! Praise

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Yes! Praise

In the Word

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God (2 Corinthians 1:20).

Of the Word

“We’re never quite sure what you’re saying,” staff members told their manager. The manager, eager to please everyone, rarely uttered an outright “yes” or “no” to employees’ questions. Her failure resulted not in a pleased staff, but employees left to guess what she wanted.

Christianity is clearly a “yes” religion. It doesn’t leave us wondering what it offers or where we stand with God. Jesus came not as “perhaps” the Messiah, but as “I am” the Messiah, the Christ. His “yes” to death on Calvary and His resurrection from the grave gives us certainty in our relationship with God, the Father. Jesus’ “yes,” His unchangeable and eternal “yes,” means His answer is still “yes” today. Yes to His Word. Yes to His forgiveness. Yes to His promise to remain with us, to work all things according to His will, to give us every spiritual blessing we need for this life.

Our Spirit-inspired response leads us to wholeheartedly respond “Amen” to His “yes.” “Amen” — yes, yes, it is so! — lets the lips of believers return glory and praise to God, the everlasting and unchanging “Yes.”

Walking with my Lord

Your “yes” gives me my confidence …
Your “yes” is my secure defense.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Praise. Author: Patricia Mitchell. 14/32 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Scripture quotations are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Living in Faith: Looking to the Future

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Faith is … Looking to the Future

In the Word

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God …” (Job 19:25–26)

Of the Word

Job was in agony. His strength had left him; all hope of recovery was gone. What was left? His only comfort was the living hope of seeing his Redeemer with his own eyes.

Perhaps Job could see himself, clothed with flesh, listening to the invitation of Christ, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world” (Matthew 25:34b).

Nothing helps a Christian through difficult days more than knowing that Jesus lives. Gloom may weigh us down, but glory waits. Job’s faith is the same faith we need when everything seems to fall apart. Can we look beyond our problems? Can we fix our thoughts on the day when we will see the Lord with eyes that see only misery and suffering today? Job looked into the future. We can, too!

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord, let me see Your Son on the glorious day of the resurrection and hear His invitation to the blessings of heaven. In His name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Faith. Author: Rev. Darold Reiner. 30/30 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Scripture quotations are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Living in Faith: Grace and Mercy

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Faith is … Relying on Our Heavenly Father’s Grace and Mercy

In the Word

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead … (1 Peter 1:3)

Of the Word

A German submarine sank a British freighter off Africa in 1941. The sub surfaced amid wreckage, lifeboats, and wounded men. When the British were ordered to board the sub, they thought they would be killed or captured. Instead the German captain had his doctor treat their wounds. His crewmen repaired their lifeboats. He gave them food, water, wine, and tobacco, then set them on a course for the nearest land. They were not treated as enemies, but they were shown mercy.

We have not been treated as enemies of God. Because of our sin we deserve hell which is eternal separation from Him. The grave should swallow us, and we should sink into a sea of torment forever.

No, God has not dealt with us as we deserve. He put our sins on Christ and dealt with Christ. Our Father gave us what we have not deserved. God, who is full of grace and mercy, has given us a living hope.

Our wounds have been treated and we have been clothed with Christ’s own holiness. He has set us on a course for heaven. That is the sweetest truth we will ever hear!

Walking with my Lord

I thank You, O God, for Your mercy toward me, a sinner. In Jesus’ most precious name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Faith. Author: Rev. Darold Reiner. 25/30 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Scripture quotations are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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