A House of Prayer for All Nations

A House of Prayer for All Nations And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,     and holds fast my covenant— these I will...

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Jesus’ Mercy for Those in Need

Jesus’ Mercy for Those in Need Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.  Luke 4:40 Our Lord Jesus is revealed to the people...

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A Place Where Children Are Welcome

A Place Where Children Are Welcome Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven."   Matthew 19:14 A church can be an intimidating place for parents with young children.  More than anything else, parents are concerned about...

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Our Down-to-Earth God

Our Down-to-Earth God But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  Galatians 4:4-5 We do not have an absentee God, sitting in...

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Christmas Isn’t Over

Christmas Isn’t Over But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.  And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.   Luke 2:19-20 The return lines at department stores are so long they wrap around the...

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Wait, Watch, Pray!

Wait, Watch, Pray!  The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a...

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St. Lucia: A Sicilian Saint Celebrated in Scandinavia Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 There is a group of Norwegian students who study at Saint Paul Lutheran High School...

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Jolly Ol’ Saint Nicholas

Jolly Ol’ Saint Nicholas In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  1 John 4:10-11 The writer to the...

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Christ is Coming Soon, Therefore, Encourage

Christ is Coming Soon, Therefore, Encourage Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 For eight years, this message has been sent out each week.  Occasionally, I will receive an appreciative response regarding a particular “Encourage.”  Most weeks though there is...

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For All This

For All This Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Dr. Luther writes, “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”  However, he does...

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