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Walking with My Lord: God’s love is surer still.

nullDeath is sure. God’s love is surer still.

In the Word

Remember how short my life is; remember that you created all of us mortal! Who can live and never die? How can we humans keep ourselves from the grave? Psalm 89:47-48 GNT

Of the Word

The kindly pastor arrived to lead devotions at the nursing home. “Where is the lady who always sits here in the front row?” he asked a man in a wheelchair. “Oh, I don’t know,” he replied. “They die like flies around here!” While we may smile at the old man’s cavalier response, we have to admit that death comes to everyone in time. Life seems so short. It races by. Suddenly the vigor of youth gives way to the infirmities of age. Moses wrote about this in Psalm 90. Before you created the hills or brought the world into being, you were eternally God, and will be God forever. You tell us to return to what we were; you change us back to dust … You carry us away like a flood; we last no longer than a dream. We are like weeds that sprout in the morning, that grow and burst into bloom, then dry up and die in the evening (Psalm 90:2, 3, 5, 6 GNT). Though life is short and death is sure, neither can separate us from God’s love. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, …nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38a, 39b). Yes, death is a sure thing. But God’s love is surer still.

Walking with my Lord

Teach me how short my life is, Lord, so that I may become wise. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Walking with My Lord. Author: Donna Streufert. 25/30  ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. 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 GNT are taken from the GOOD NEWS TRANSLATION – Second Edition, American Bible Society, New York, NY. Copyright © 1992.
 

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Walking with My Lord: Jesus, my New Morning!

nullThis is Jesus, my New Morning!

In the Word

“‘One shall come who rules righteously, Who rules in the fear of God. He shall be as the light of the morning; A cloudless sunrise When the tender grass Springs forth upon the earth; As sunshine after rain.’” 2 Samuel 23:3b-4 (TLB)

Of the Word

Bev rolled over, stretched, and opened one eye. Brilliant sunshine flooded the room. She smiled to herself and prayed, “Thank You, Lord, for this new morning.” Just as a new day promises a fresh start, so also, Jesus comes into our hearts with His renewing love, lighting the darkness of sin, forgiving us fully. By faith we depend on Him as our Morning Light. At the end of his life, King David was conscious of God’s Spirit speaking to him, reminding him that the Messiah was “‘as the light of the morning’” (2 Samuel 23:4a TLB). Years before, David had written, The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear (Psalm 27:1a)? Now we need not cling to the sins, pains, and disappointments of yesterday. With Jesus we begin anew. Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).

Walking with my Lord

Joined to You in Baptism, dear Lord, I am a new being. You made me Your child. You forgive me and set me on my path today. I praise and thank You for this fresh start. In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Walking with My Lord. Author: Donna Streufert. 22/30  ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. 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 TLB are taken from THE LIVING BIBLE, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, IL. Copyright © 1971.
 

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Living in Praise: Blessed Praise

nullBlessed Praise

In the Word

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3

Of the Word

Long before identity theft became a widespread concern, people attempted to steal Jesus’ identity. A crowd wanted to make Him their bread-producing king. Temple leaders wanted to prove Him an associate of Beelzebub. A few of His disciples wanted to cast Him as the liberator of Jews from Roman oppression.

People today who identify Jesus as solely a “great teacher” reveal they’re willing to accept as a teacher someone who claimed first-hand knowledge of the mansions of heaven, declared He would rise from the dead and called Himself “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6b). Yet in denying that Jesus identified Himself as divine, they also ignore the fact He forgave sins, demonstrated power over nature, rose from the dead, and promised His presence “to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b). As 20th century author C.S. Lewis said, “Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.” Let no one steal His true identity from you. Praise Him by calling Him your Savior, Redeemer, and Friend.

Walking with my Lord

My praise is faith in Jesus, Savior, Lord, and Friend,
For He is truly Son of God, and truly Son of Man.
In His name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Praise. Author: Patricia Mitchell. 16/32 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118 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 Praise: Glad Praise

nullGlad Praise

In the Word

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. Psalm 30:11-12a

Of the Word

Before-and-after photos present the benefits (at least to the models!) of using a certain brand of wrinkle cream or of swallowing a particular diet pill. Advertisers want to convince us to buy the product capable of making such a difference in our lives.

The Bible says we — all of us — were born into sin. Before Baptism, before Spirit-given faith in Jesus Christ, we were dead in our sins with no hope of change. After Baptism, after Spirit-given faith in Jesus Christ, we became alive in Him. After Him and in Him, we’ve changed. We know God loves us. We know Jesus won our salvation. We know He continues to nurture faith in us through the gift of the Holy Spirit. What a difference!

But is it a visible difference? Would anyone looking at God’s “after” people be able to differentiate them from “before” people? Do your words and actions praise and proclaim the difference He has made in your life? Would your “after” photo convince others to find out more about Jesus Christ?

Walking with my Lord

When things aren’t going my way, let me go in Yours…
Walk with me, Lord Jesus, in these troubled hours.
In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Praise. Author: Patricia Mitchell. 15/32 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118 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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