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In the Word

And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me” (Mark 10:21).

Of the Word

What’s on your running playlist? Chances are it’s something upbeat that gets your blood pumping and feet moving to the rhythm. Music keeps a runner occupied and interested, but it can be distracting. For this reason, the rules of many races will not let you listen to music because you may not be able to hear traffic or the instructions of race volunteers.

Many things distract believers as they run the race of faith. Money, lust, and status are just a few of the things that keep minds busy and off the race. Take, for example, the rich young man in Mark 10. This young man asked Jesus what he needed to do in order to gain eternal life. Jesus told him to sell all of his possessions and then follow Him. The man went away sad because he had great wealth.

Unfortunately, earthly possessions kept the rich young man from following Jesus. Even today, distractions can rob people of heavenly treasures. Leave your distractions behind and instead follow Jesus. He will lead you to life everlasting!

Walking with my Lord

Father, help me not be distracted by worldly things. Lead me on Your path of righteousness that I may receive eternal life through Jesus Christ, Your Son. In His name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: The Race of Faith. Author: Amanda Stacy, DCE. 22/28 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40196

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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In Times of Need: My Worries or God’s Peace?

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My Worries or God’s Peace?

In the Word

… do not be anxious about anything … (Philippians 4:6a).

Of the Word

Worry is such an easy thing to do when it comes to family. It can swoop in from so many directions. “Am I giving the kids every advantage they’ll need to make it in life?” “Am I spending enough time with my parents, especially now that they’re getting older?” “Does the love I have for my spouse show? We seem to fight so often. Are we drifting apart?”

But worry does not solve anything. It simply directs us away from the certainty of God’s love.

With all the uncertainties that surround us, how can such a statement not to worry be real? Isn’t worry just part of family life? Paul finishes his statement to the Philippians with … but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6b).

When challenges within the family arise, God, Who has given us salvation in Christ, invites us to bring everything to Him in prayer. He offers us peace.

Walking with my Lord

Lord Jesus, what peace I have when I remember I can bring everything to You. When I am tempted to worry, remind me of Your peace. In Your name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: In Times of Need. Authors: Rev. Larry Krueger, Rev. Mike Mattil, & Rev. Kris Whitby. 24/30 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40197

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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In Times of Need: God's Authority

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God’s Authority

In the Word

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God (Romans 13:1).

Of the Word

It’s easy to complain about politicians. It’s easy to complain about taxes. It’s easy to complain about the ineptness of government. Often times, it may seem like such complaints are well-earned. Yet, our Lord never calls on us to complain about those He has set in authority. In Romans, God reminds us that He has established governing authorities. Giving respect and honor to those in authority over us glorifies the Lord Who set them in these positions.

Even when the burglar pops the screen on the bedroom window, when the drug dealer persuades another child to give drugs a try, or when the terrorists hatch their evil plot, we know that our Lord has placed governing authorities over us.

We can take comfort in the fact that He has a plan to keep us safe and to provide justice when evil occurs.

Walking with my Lord

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for the people who serve as leaders among us. Guide them to work in ways that please You and benefit Your people. In Your name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: In Times of Need. Authors: Rev. Larry Krueger, Rev. Mike Mattil, & Rev. Kris Whitby. 23/30 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40197

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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In Times of Need: God's Forgiving Grace

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God’s Forgiving Grace

In the Word

And he [Adam] said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself” (Genesis 3:10).

Of the Word

“Wait ‘til your father gets home!” When a child hears that, fearful clock-watching often begins. When dad’s footsteps are heard, the child, anticipating the wrath to come, may hide from the father. Ever since Adam tried to hide from God in the Garden of Eden, it has been our nature to hide from Him when we sin.

People will often try to stay far from their Lord, thinking that He only draws near to lay them bare in their guilt and punish them for their sins. Yet, in love, Jesus came into this world and allowed Himself to be laid bare on the cross and die for us all.

Because of Christ’s sacrifice there is no more wrath for those who trust in Him. Instead, the Lord draws near to us to grant us forgiving grace in the waters of Holy Baptism and in the body and blood of Holy Communion. These gifts are given in the Father’s house.

Walking with my Lord

Father, always remind me that in Your house, there is forgiving grace because of Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: In Times of Need. Authors: Rev. Larry Krueger, Rev. Mike Mattil, & Rev. Kris Whitby. 22/30 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40197

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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The Word: Wisdom for Living: Best Friends Forever!

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BFF — Best Friends Forever!

In the Word

… there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24b).

Of the Word

A century ago, families often lived within a few miles of each other. For Sunday dinners, holidays, and birthdays, and even workdays, parents and siblings were together.

Today, families may communicate by phone, email, and Skype while separated by miles or even continents. A different kind of “family,” a family of friends, may be close in heart as well as in geography.

Consider the friendship of David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18:1–4). When King Saul, Jonathan’s father, was determined to harm David, Jonathan defended and protected him. After Jonathan’s death, David remembered their friendship and lovingly cared for Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s crippled son (2 Samuel 9).

How is friendship demonstrated today? A cup of coffee, a ride, a note (handwritten or typed), a smile, a hug: all show the care and concern of a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

A Point to Ponder: To whom can I be a friend today?

Walking with my Lord

Loving Lord, thank You for faithful friends who have shared Your love with me. Help me to be a loving, caring friend to someone today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: The Word: Wisdom for Living. Authors: Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer. 24/32 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40198

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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The Word: Wisdom for Living: What Seems Right

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What Seems Right

In the Word

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death (Proverbs 16:25).

Of the Word

Sin looks pretty good — sometimes even tasty, exciting, glamorous, or handsome. The forbidden fruit in Eden looked delicious, but what catastrophic repercussions followed that first bite!

Like he talked to Eve in the Garden, Satan is still talking today. “Did God actually say…?” he asks. Does God actually say anything about the sanctity of human life? Does He actually say anything about marriage? Does He actually have guidelines about getting along with others?

When confronted by Satan (Luke 4:1–12), Jesus used Scripture to refute him. We, too, can use the Word to show us not just what seems right, but what is right for the people of God. King David advised, Seek the LORD and his strength (1 Chronicles 16:11a).

We can hold fast to this promise, The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life (Psalm 21:7).

A Point to Ponder: What is Satan’s favorite way to tempt me? How do I resist him?

Walking with my Lord

Lord Jesus, when temptations come — and I know they will come — keep me focused on You. Send the Holy Spirit to make me strong. In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: The Word: Wisdom for Living. Authors: Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer. 23/32 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40198

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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The Word: Wisdom for Living: Firstfruits or …

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Firstfruits or Leftovers

In the Word

Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; … (Proverbs 3:9).

Of the Word

How do you like leftovers? Most people don’t like yesterday’s soggy pasta, overcooked steak, or mushy vegetables. Even when leftovers are doctored up, they’re still leftovers.

What does God say about leftovers? When it comes to gifts, He wants our firstfruits, not leftovers!

Stories are told about families who made conscious decisions to give their offerings to the Lord first and then pay their monthly bills. God blessed their firstfruits, offerings given with love and in faith.

God gave His Firstfruit, His one-and-only Son, Jesus Christ. His death on Calvary’s cross assures us of life and salvation, and those gifts are ours through His Spirit’s gift of faith.

Because He gives us His best, can we offer Him our leftovers? No, in faith-filled response to His love, we want to give Him our best.

A Point to Ponder: What time, talent, and treasure firstfruit gifts can I offer today?

Walking with my Lord

Heavenly Father, I give You thanks for the gift of salvation that is mine through faith in Jesus. Fill my heart with such love and praise for You that I will willingly serve You with all that I am and have. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: The Word: Wisdom for Living. Authors: Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer. 22/32 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40198

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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