Posts Tagged ‘devotional’

Christmas Day Devotion

The first to bow down, and the first to rise up When:  A few days before Christmas 1971. Where: The fellowship hall of Lutheran Chapel Church in Gastonia. What: The kindergarten Christmas production. More importantly? My debut as a shepherd. Could very well have been the best, most authentic shepherd in the history of kindergarten…

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Christmas Eve Devotion

Love has come down Last year, a young man in our youth group experienced Christmas Eve for the first time. For the first time he heard choirs singing phrases like, “O Come Let Us Adore Him.” For the first time, he sat with a community of faith and found himself captivated by the story of…

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Advent Devotional – December 23

‘The Lord is with you’ Please read Luke 1:26-35, 38 God’s story unfolded through Mary in a way that would change the world. God’s story with Mary began with a simple greeting that invited Mary to faith: “The Lord is with you.” Mary’s response, Mary’s story, began with fear and anxiety. Mary was shaken by…

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Advent Devotional – December 22

More than a party The yearly celebration of Jesus’ birth has become a big, long-lasting party — which seems to start even before Advent. In the congregation where I preach the Word and preside at the sacraments, we had our congregational Christmas dinner on the first Saturday in December.  But during this time of preparation,…

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Advent Devotional – December 21

From pitch darkness to great light At 23, I had just completed my first year at our Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia. I was hungry to experience ministry, and I wanted to explore a non-church setting. I accepted a 10-week assignment as resident chaplain for Valley Forge Boy Scout Camp in eastern Pennsylvania. Things went very…

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Advent Devotional – December 19

Shine forth with God’s promise In John 8:12 Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but have the light of life.” Our good Shepherd was referring in this verse to the light of his truth, of his word, and of  eternal Life. Those who perceive…

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Advent Devotional – December 16

Running toward the light The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, upon them has light shined.  – Isaiah 9:2   This summer, I quite literally walked in darkness. Or, to be more accurate, I ran in darkness. My friend Laura and I were…

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Advent Devotional – December 14

The mystery of light Light! What a cool subject. I think about light all the time. Now you know what I do when I have mind-numbing duties such as scrubbing the fellowship hall floor or feeding another 1,000 feet of Cat 6e network cable above the ceiling tiles. I use this time to think about…

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Advent Devotional – December 15

Sharing light with a friend It was Christmas 2012 and my friend Eric Lentz was dying. At 6’ 4” and almost 300 pounds, he towered over most people. His favorite way to greet someone was with a big ol’ bear hug. He was the big man around the Salisbury/Spencer area, with an even bigger heart.…

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Advent Devotional – December 13

Reflecting God at work Please read Matthew 12:15-21  I am involved with a ministry at a school for children living in poverty in Guatemala. The school provides the students (and their families) with food, emotional and spiritual support and an education.  Repeatedly, the families and older  children tell me that they thank God for the…

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