Consider the Ravens...and the Lilies (Psalm 147; Luke 12:22-34)

Consider the Ravens...and the Lilies (Psalm 147; Luke 12:22-34)

This week, my attention is drawn to an easily overlooked line in Psalm 147 that is focused somewhere between deep space and the human heart : “He covers the heavens with clouds; He prepares rain for the earth; He makes grass grow on the hills. He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry” (8-9).

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"What Do You Want Me to Do for You?" (Mark 10:46-52)

"What Do You Want Me to Do for You?" (Mark 10:46-52)

As I sit at my desk writing this week’s devotion, I’m looking at our friend Martin Luther (a PlayMobil version of old Marty that I received from one of you last year, on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation). There Marty stands with writing instrument in one hand and the Bible he translated into the vernacular of his countrymen in the other. It would be easy to get things mixed up and assume that LUTHER was the hero of the Reformation movement. The truth is, it was the Holy Spirit, working through the life-giving Word of God, that’s the real hero of the story. The Word of God delivered and lived through the Son of God, Jesus Christ, continues to raise up, bestow the gift of faith—hearts that see Jesus—-to people 500 years later.

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Something Even Better than "My Favorite Things" (John 3:14-22)

Something Even Better than "My Favorite Things" (John 3:14-22)

Life lived looking up, life lived in the light of God is better even than distracting ourselves with our "favorite things." But living in the light of God and the forgiveness that is ours in Christ will make whiskers on kittens and schnitzel with noodles (whatever that is) even better! Let's stop looking down and keep looking up during this season of Lent, as we give thanks for God's gift of life in Christ. 

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