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Everyday Celebrations: Working for His Glory

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Working for His Glory

In the Word

… whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31b NIV).

Of the Word

Do you remember receiving your first paycheck? Maybe it was received for lawn mowing, snow shoveling, or babysitting. That money was so special some have framed the first dollar ever made!

It is exciting to be chosen for a new job. From flipping burgers to fixing computers, from grocery bagger to store owner, from mail clerk to director of marketing, each job is special. For some, a first job continues until retirement. Others change jobs and careers in their search for fulfilling work. Some use their skills in a high-rise office and some in the family home.

God has given us the talents that we use in our work. Each person’s skill set may be different, but the Creator of our gifts wants us to do it all for the glory of God … (1 Corinthians 10:31b NIV). When we give our best at our job, we are honoring the Lord of our salvation and life, and can give witness to our Savior Jesus Christ who gave His all for us on the cross of Calvary. No matter the nature of our job, we can perform it for His glory and with the strength He provides.

Walking with my Lord

Giver of all things, I thank and praise You for my current employment. May what I do give glory to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Everyday Celebrations. Authors: Elaine Bickel and Jan Struck. 21/28 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40195

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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Everyday Celebrations: The Cleansing Water

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The Cleansing Water

In the Word

Baptism … now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, … (1 Peter 3:21).

Of the Word

New parents are bombarded with lists of “necessities” for their baby! Everyone has recommendations for the best car seat, stroller, and diapers, as well as differing opinions on feeding and sleeping schedules.

Realizing many things are essential to the physical well-being of a newborn, the Christian parent is also concerned about the child’s spiritual needs. As cute as this tiny baby is, sin separates the child from its Creator. God’s plan to redeem us meant sending His own Son to conquer sin by dying for us on the cross. That new life comes to us through the Holy Spirit in Baptism.

Baptism … now saves you … through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:21). Parents present the baby entrusted to them to the mercy of the Eternal Father. By grace, Baptism is a means of salvation by which the Holy Spirit produces faith in the child. The child receives the sign of the cross and assurance of life forever. That is the best gift parents can give their precious child.

Walking with my Lord

Father, I thank You for this precious gift You have given to me. Enable me to nurture and instruct my child according to Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Everyday Celebrations. Authors: Elaine Bickel and Jan Struck. 20/28 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40195

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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Everyday Celebrations: The Gift of Friendship

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The Gift of Friendship

In the Word

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

Of the Word

Friendships come in many forms: school friendships, childhood friendships, multigenerational friendships, work friendships. Some friendships are new; others remain solid after many years. We see some friends almost daily while others are miles away.

How wonderful it is to have a friend in whom we have complete trust. One who forgives us, encourages us, and loves us – warts and all. Our deepest friendships are those that share a mutual faith in Christ. What a blessing to have a friend who prays for us and shares God’s Word with us! These relationships are treasured gifts from our Savior Jesus Who is our truest friend.

We thank and praise God for the cross-centered love of Christian friendships. We celebrate the laughter that is shared, the conversations that never end, the hugs that give us strength. Whether a single day or years pass between visits, we can thank God that A friend loves at all times (Proverbs 17:17a).

Walking with my Lord

Jesus, how awesome that Your love comes to me through friends. Thank You! In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Everyday Celebrations. Authors: Elaine Bickel and Jan Struck. 19/28 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40195

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 Race of Faith: Hindrances

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The Race — Hindrances

In the Word

… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us … (Hebrews 12:1b).

Of the Word

Runners are often seen with a running belt or an armband that holds all their essential items: water, house keys, phone. Without a belt or armband, a runner’s hands would get full, and full hands would become a hindrance in running the race.

Our hands — and hearts — also become full if we carry around hurts, fears, and unforgiving attitudes. Sin weighs us down. It is hard to run the race of faith with all of that burden clinging to us.

But John tells us the Good News, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross, our sin-filled hands are empty. Nothing weighs us down. Nothing holds us back. We are now ready to run the race of faith!

Walking with my Lord

Merciful God, thank You for the forgiveness of sins through Your Son, Jesus Christ. With the help of the Holy Spirit, enable me to confess my sins and finish the race of faith with nothing weighing me down. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: The Race of Faith. Author: Amanda Stacy, DCE. 21/28 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40196

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The Race of Faith: Focus Ahead

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The Race — Focus Ahead

In the Word

... let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith …  (Hebrews 12:1b–2a).

Of the Word

A lot gets missed when you run with your head down and eyes focused on your feet. Encounters with potholes, low tree branches, and the unchained dog will teach you to keep your head up and eyes focused in front of you. You will not only avoid the obstacles but also reach your goal, the finish line.

The author of Hebrews tells us where our focus must be in this race of life: Jesus. With eyes focused on Him, He will help us through life’s obstacles. And with eyes focused on Jesus, the Holy Spirit will enable us to see that the race has already been won. His victory has become our victory.

Walking with my Lord

Heavenly Father, help me to take my eyes off myself. Instead, help me to focus on You, for I know that through Your saving work on the cross, You have finished the race and given me the final victory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: The Race of Faith. Author: Amanda Stacy, DCE. 20/28 ©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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The Race of Faith: Flee From Your Enemy

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The Race — Flee From Your Enemy

In the Word

Be sober minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith. … (1 Peter 5:8–9a).

Of the Word

Along your race route, have you ever found yourself running from a dog that is chasing you? Many runners have a story like that. While an unchained dog may just want to have a little taste of you, a prowling lion is looking for someone to devour. And that, Peter tells us, is exactly what the devil is and what he does.

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7b). The devil wants no part of the righteousness that comes to us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. So as you stand firm in your faith and follow Christ, there is no need to look over your shoulder as though you are being chased. Instead, focus on Jesus and His cross.

Walking with my Lord

Christ Jesus, help me to stand firm in my faith. Through Your victory on the cross, I know the devil has no power over me. He will, in fact, flee from me. In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: The Race of Faith. Author: Amanda Stacy, DCE. 19/28 ©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: Family Conflicts

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Family Conflicts

In the Word

“O God … Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me … " (Genesis 32:9b, 11a).

Of the Word

In Genesis 32, Jacob seemed to have much to fear. He had stolen his brother Esau’s birthright and blessing. Esau threatened to kill him, and Jacob ran for his life.

Years passed. Jacob was ready to return to his homeland. When he learned that Esau was advancing toward him with four hundred men, he feared attack. He had sinned, and he deserved his brother’s wrath; but in all confidence he prayed to the Lord: “But you said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude’” (Genesis 32:12).

Jacob faced his brother knowing that the Lord would be faithful to His promise. When finally they did meet, Esau forgave Jacob, and the brothers were reconciled.

We may sometimes face fear and uncertainty in our families. Yet, even in the midst of a family conflict, the same Savior Who paid for Jacob’s sin and ours promises to care for us according to His perfect will.

Walking with my Lord

Lord Jesus, let me cast my cares on You because You love me with an everlasting love. In Your name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: In Times of Need. Authors: Rev. Larry Krueger, Rev. Mike Mattil, & Rev. Kris Whitby. 21/30 ©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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