Together in the Word

Together in the Word - December 17, 2017

  We have a lot of hopes and dreams in this world. Some even seem to have an honorable motive. Yet the Lord is the one who steps in and outshines our plans with the miraculous. He sends his Son to earth in a miraculous way to set up an eternal kingdom. Then in a miraculous way he draws us into that kingdom through the gospel and establishes our place in it. Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal and/or family devotional use.   God bless you,...

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Together in the Word - December 10, 2017

We become enamored with eloquent and influential speakers today and eat up anything they say. But the true messenger of God will step out of the limelight and let Christ himself shine in his Word. That is where the real change in our faith-born outlook comes from and the humble lifestyle that longs to serve him and his will. Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal and/or family devotional use. God bless you, as you hear and read his Word and grow in...

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Together in the Word - December 3, 2017

God does not leave us to flounder on our own in this world but prepares us for the final great event--Jesus' return at the end. He sends his messengers to point out the reality of sin and its consequences so we do not drift into complacency. He sends his good news of salvation in Christ and connects us with Christ in baptism. What a change that should create in our focus for living! Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal and/or family devotional...

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Together in the Word - November 26, 2017

Advent reminds us: Jesus is coming soon. The world will end soon. If we seriously look at our sins, we have plenty cause for fear and worry. But our lessons focus on the faithfulness of God, who calls himself our Father and takes care of all the details. Instead of feeling down about the end drawing near, by God’s grace we see the richness we have in Christ and the gifts we have to serve him in these last days. Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal...

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Together in the Word - November 19, 2017

Lord, keep us joyful in Christ our King! On the Last Sunday of the church year, we rejoice in the fulfillment of God’s plan for our salvation through Christ our King. And we rejoice because our Christ our King reigns—the king who once came as a sacrifice; the king who still shepherds us day by day; the king who one day will conquer all our enemies. Rejoice in his reign and look forward to the day when every knee will bow with us before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Here is...

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Together in the Word - November 12, 2017

Lord, keep us watchful for our triumph! This week the Church hears strains of the distant triumph song and affirms, “Blessed are they who are called to the marriage feast of the Lamb.” Jesus wants us to be the waiting Church—the Church that watches for her Savior and cries, “Come, Lord Jesus!” As we journey through these latter days, however, our vigilance slips, and our hearts grow drowsy because the bridegroom seems to be taking so long. So while we wait, the...

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Together in the Word - November 5, 2017

Lord, keep us mindful of the Judgment! He will come to judge the living and the dead. We confess it every Sunday, but often live like those are empty words. Moses’ psalm on the mortality of man shakes us from our spiritual slumber. Number your days aright and gain a heart of wisdom! This week, the Church prays that God keep us ever mindful of the Last Judgment that we might be found in faith, fruitful in both word and deed. Then there’s no need to fear Judgment Day; rather, we...

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Together in the Word - October 29, 2017

We are said to be intolerant for calling homosexuality a sin. We are called old fashioned for saying that premarital sex is wrong. We are labeled as foolish and ignorant for preaching that the world was created in six normal days. What do we expect? God warns us in his Word that we will suffer and be despised for standing firm in the truth of his Word. Just as Martin Luther, let us also stand firm in the truth of God’s Word no matter what the cost! In it alone are found...

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Together in the Word - October 22, 2017

Are you worried about what the future holds? Are you sure of your heavenly inheritance? Are you dressed for reception into the heavenly wedding banquet? Thanks to Jesus and His perfect life and substitutionary death, we confidently answer all three questions in the affirmative. What a grand and glorious day it will be when we find ourselves seated at God’s heavenly banquet table! Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal and/or family devotional...

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Together in the Word - October 15, 2017

What is God like? He is gracious, like a landowner who did everything for his vineyard. He is patient, sending prophet after prophet, waiting year after year for people to return to him in repentance and faith. But he also is a God who wants fruits of faith. The time of grace for Israel and for every man is limited. Do not receive God’s grace in vain; rather, repent, trust, and produce the fruits of faith. We pray that God would make us ready, with cheerful hearts, to do whatever pleases...

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