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Joyful, Joyful: When Peace, Like a River

 

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When Peace, Like a River

In the Word

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ … (Romans 5:1).

Of the Word

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way;
When sorrows, like sea billows, roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul. It is well, it is well with my soul.

At times life can be calm and peaceful, but at other times trials and tribulations may come our way. No matter what happens, Christ gives us the ability to say, “It is well with my soul.”

Satan wants to disrupt our peace, ruin our calm. God the Father sent His Son Jesus to be our Savior from all sin, death, and the power of the devil. Jesus gave His life so that our sins are forgiven. By His resurrection He conquered death and defeated Satan. “He lives — oh, the bliss of this glorious thought; My sin, not in part, but the whole, Is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!”

The Lord will return at the trumpet’s sound, and the resounding refrain will continue for us: “It is well with my soul.”

Walking with my Lord

I praise You, my Savior. All that You have done for me makes me shout joyfully, “It is well, it is well with my soul.” In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 31/31. Hymn Text: LSB 763. ©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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Living in Praise: Worshipful Praise

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Worshipful Praise

In the Word

Praise God in his sanctuary … (Psalm 150:1b).

Of the Word

What can you expect when you enter church for worship? It’s a fair question, and God answers it.

In God’s House, you can expect God to minister to your deepest needs. In the reading of His Word, He speaks to you of His Law and His Gospel. In the preaching of His Word, He instructs, inspires, and encourages you in your Christian walk. In the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, you witness another person whose name is added to the Book of Life. In the Sacrament of Holy Communion, you touch and taste His presence and grace.

In God’s house, you can expect other believers to minister to you. One look tells you you’re not alone in discipleship. The sound of voices raised in song proclaims that you’re part of a living, joyful, and worshipful community. Hands reaching out to you in times of sorrow and in times of celebration express the unity of faith and oneness in the hearts of all believers.

Yes, God expects to see you in His house … and you can expect with certainty to find Him and His people there.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, thank You for the gift of worship and community;
Accept my praises, Lord, both here and in eternity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Praise. Author: Patricia Mitchell. 1/32 ©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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How, Lord … can I follow Jesus’ example?

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How, Lord … can I follow Jesus’ example of forgiveness?

In the Word

“Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37c).

Of the Word

Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered (Psalm 32:1).

The movie, The Passion of the Christ, has been viewed by millions of people. The arrest, trial, crucifixion, and death of Jesus were portrayed in utmost reality on the screen. Some people were unable to watch the movie in its entirety because every piercing of the thorns, every stroke of the whip, every blow of the hammer was too graphic.

 Perhaps that gruesome reality, however, helps us to understand the magnitude of Jesus’ suffering and the wonder of His words, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34a).

Let yourself think for a moment about what He endured: lies, ridicule, pain, abandonment by friends and even His Father. Yet He asked God to forgive.

What a model of forgiveness our Savior is! Let us remember His words when we pray, “Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us” (Luke 11:4a).

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for forgiving my sins. Make my heart like Your heart, filled with forgiveness. In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 31/32 ©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 my broken heart be healed?

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How, Lord … can my broken heart be healed?

In the Word

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3).

Of the Word

Broken bones require a doctor’s care, medication, a cast, and a time of healing. But how do you heal a broken heart? What words can help? What acts of love can ease the pain? How much time will it take?

God has healing words for His people. The psalmist writes, Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life (Psalm 138:7a). Proverbs 30:5b tells us “ … he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” And our loving Savior invites and promises, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Jesus took our burdens, our pains, and our broken hearts to the cross. He experienced our deepest hurts, and He understands heartbreak. He is the Great Healer for time and for eternity.

Walking with my Lord

Dear Jesus, my heart is hurting as I come to You. Shelter me with Your love, and give me peace and rest. In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 30/32 ©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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Simple Trust: His Name is My Name, Too

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His Name is My Name, Too

In the Word

Sing to the LORD; praise his name … (Psalm 96:2a).

Of the Word

What little jingle is sung repetitiously about no one?
“John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, His name is my name, too!”

This jingle, which goes on and on, has been sung by children since the early 1900’s — often when traveling in a car. The endless singing continues until the car stops or the singers are told to stop. It’s amazing that all this time is spent singing about someone who doesn’t even exist.

But Jesus Christ does exist. His name is our name, too. That is why those who travel through life trusting in Him are called Christians.

While silly songs can be annoying, our Heavenly Father is not annoyed but is delighted when we sing words of praise to Him. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song … (Psalm 33:2–3a). Sing to the LORD; praise his name … (Psalm 96:2a).

Enjoy the ride! Sing constantly. Even if no one else hears our songs, God will. He hears our hearts and our hearts’ songs.

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord, You have put a song in my heart and on my lips. May I always use beautiful words to praise You before others. In Your holy name I give thanks for my joy. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 29/29 ©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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Simple Trust: A Spirit of Enthusiasm

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A Spirit of Enthusiasm

In the Word

The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy (Psalm 126:3).

Of the Word

Who invented the smiley face?
Massachusetts adman Harvey Ball

The merger of two insurance companies in 1963 left many employees unhappy. Mr. Ball was hired to create a spirit of enthusiasm in the newly-formed company. In about ten minutes he sketched out what is now known as the happy face and was paid $45 for his work.

Decades later, the smiley face continues to appear on a host of items. Looking at it brightens us up. Its simplicity makes it easy to duplicate and adds to its charm.

We can have real smiles on our faces when we remember the God who created us. In fact, He wants us to be joyful and happy, fully relying on Him to take care of our needs. Jesus, true God and true Man, gave us this life assurance when He died on the cross for us.

The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy (Psalm 126:3).

Walking with my Lord

Dear Jesus, knowing You enables me to smile, even in the face of adversity. Use me to brighten the lives of others I encounter in my daily life and may I always be willing to share my happiness in knowing You as my Savior. Amen, Lord. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 28/29 ©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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Joyful, Joyful: Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name …

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Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name We Raise

In the Word

But he [Jesus] was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).

Of the Word

Savior, again to Thy dear name we raise
With one accord our parting hymn of praise;
Once more we bless Thee ere our worship cease,
Then, lowly bending, wait Thy word of peace.

By nature we are at war with God, sinning daily against Him. Jesus came to earth to live perfectly, to suffer and die on the cross, and to save us from the punishment for our sins. For the sake of Jesus, we are privileged to approach the Father and ask for His peace and guidance throughout our lives. It is a peace that transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7b).

No matter what life brings — success or failure, joy or sadness — God’s peace is sure. As life draws to a close we can say with confidence: “Then, when Thy voice shall bid our conflict cease, Call us, O Lord, to Thine eternal peace.”

Walking with my Lord

O Savior, remove my fears and worries and fill me with Your peace, the peace that only You can give. In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 29/31. Hymn Text: LSB 917. ©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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