Weekly Devotions

June 10, 2013

How Much is that Doggie in the Window?
By Rev. Ted Moeller, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA

Looking for a puppy? I came across the loveable mug of a dog named Hagrid in the paper the other day. This dog, ready to be adopted, is not just a pretty face. I’ll let the Humane Society’s blurb speak for itself:

Hagrid is a 5-year-old Neapolitan mastiff. He would make a great companion, but he snores, grunts, slobbers, and has offensive flatulence. He can be messy,...

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June 3, 2013

Dual Citizenship
By Sharolyn Sander, Devotional Writer and Interpretive Scripture Reader, Roselle, IL

Do you love the flag-waving, band-playing, patriotic celebrations in our great land? Regardless of political persuasion, hearts unite in remembrance and celebration on Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day. Let’s pause for a moment to reflect on our citizenship in this country … and on our citizenship in the world to come! This dual citizenship concept was evident...

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May 27, 2013

Planting Time
By Ted Schroeder

As you have time, read Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23 (The Parable of the Sower)

A few years ago, I spent some time on my father-in-law’s farm. That spring was not good for planting. Too wet in Michigan. The time for planting was quickly passing. The discussions in the house circled around what fields might be ready to plant, which had the best soil and the best chance of success, how long it would take to “work up” the field, which...

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May 20, 2013

Defining Faith
By Rev. Keith Perry, Hospice and Hospital Chaplain

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

This verse is one of many different versions of the Biblical definition of faith, a verse we’ve likely heard numerous times. It’s a verse that we can come back to time and time again, especially when life becomes difficult.

I recently visited an elderly, Christian woman in a hospital....

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May 13, 2013

Holding on for Dear Life
By Rev. Anne Christiansen, Mt. Pleasant Evangelical Lutheran Church, Saluda, South Carolina; Wheat Ridge Board Member

When I was 10 years old, my family began spending summers in a big rambling house on Hudson Lake in northern Indiana. The shortest way to get to town was by walking on the Lake Shore rail line. Why did we want to go to town? Well, to get the necessities of life, of course … candy and grape or orange soda pop. The drink machine sat in...

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