devotion

A Devotion to Begin Your Week

PSALM 42 The 42nd psalm is a psalm of prayer in which the psalmist laments over his sorrow that God was angry with him and had afflicted him. Because of these he is mocked by the godless who taunt, “Where is your God now?” For the godless cannot restrain themselves; when they see that things(…)

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“Waiting for Contentment,” A Devotion from Living Life, Living Faith

Waiting for Contentment Philippians 4:11–13 When I was young, I prayed for patience. When I was older, I prayed that I would have to stop waiting for things to happen! As I grew older, I learned firsthand that if you wait for contentment it will never come. In searching for that time of peace and(…)

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The Incarnation Is for Us

Psalmody: Psalm 119:169–176 Additional Psalm: Psalm 89:46–52 Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 3:5–24 New Testament Reading: John 11:38–57 Meditation The incarnation is for us. It is not an issue external to our lives. The incarnation calls into question the meaning of our lives, indeed, what it means for us to be fully human and how we(…)

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A Devotion for Ascension Day

Ascension Day is the coronation celebration of the Lord as He is proclaimed to be King of the universe. Jesus’ ascension to the Father is His entrance to the greater existence beyond the confines of time and space, being no longer bound by the limitations of His state of humiliation. Jesus now sits at the(…)

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A Devotion for Monday of Easter 2

Psalmody: Psalm 146:1–10 Old Testament Reading: Exodus 22:20–23:13 New Testament Reading: Luke 4:16–30 Writing Why, then, did Moses, after the prohibition of any “likeness of anything” (Ex. 20:4) set forth a bronze serpent, placed on a “tree” in a hanging posture, for a spectacle of healing to Israel during the time when, after their idolatry,(…)

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Valerius Herberger and the “Two Books”: Bible and Creation

This excerpt introduces the meditations on Genesis prepared by Valerius Herberger (1562-1627), a Lutheran pastor in Fraustadt (now Wschowa), Poland. Here Herberger discusses God’s revelation in Scripture and in creation as “two books.” The “Book of Creation” especially should lead us to praise God for His wisdom, power, and beauty.

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A Devotion and Prayer for Monday

Exhortation to Evening Prayer on Monday In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 Gratitude is a beautiful grace, delightful to both God and people. Accordingly, believing Christians should always consider when the evening arrives that it is God who permitted them(…)

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Where Our Treasure Lies, a devotion for January 11

I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8) Where Our Treasure Lies Therefore, as the dear children and heirs of God, we ought to glory in neither our wisdom, nor strength, nor riches, but in this, that we have the “pearl(…)

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A Prayer for Monday

O loving and merciful God, with Your help I begin this new week. I do not know what will happen to me in the course of it. Much evil and misfortune can happen in a single day—how much more in a whole week! And so I come to You at the very beginning of the(…)

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Devotions for Pentecost

Yesterday the Church celebrated Pentecost, the fiftieth day after Easter Sunday when the Holy Spirit was outpoured on the disciples and many people came to faith in Christ. Posted below are the devotions for the day of Pentecost and the day after Pentecost from The Lord Will Answer, a devotional book arranged by the seasons(…)

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