Date: 8/17/2016 07:43 - Subscribe

Luke 3: 7-8
7 John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized
by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee
from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruits worthy of
repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have
Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from
these stones to raise up children to Abraham.(NRSV)


Every week I meet with students and professionals who
are trying to "get in" somewhere. "We spend time going
over strategies for success, trying to come with the best
way to get in by spinning accomplishments and selling.
In Luke 3, John the Baptist shared a very different
strategy for getting in. His audience understood works
and sacrifices as part of religious ritual. Yet this realm
that John spoke of required sacrificing to help not oneself,
but those in need (v.11). The bureaucrat's resume of
accomplishments and the soldier's steel sword would not
get them in. This King demanded honesty and selfishness
(vv. 13-14). In short, this King was impressed not by
achievements or pedigree, but by how one's life mirrored
character. Let us seek to show humility and integrity to our
families, friends, schools, jobs, and communities, no
matter the cost.


Dear Lord, this week help me to live a life of love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
self-control, choosing to give rather than gain. Amen.
(Covenant Home Alter author, Quaime Lee)

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Date: 8/16/2016 07:15 - Subscribe

May Christ shield me today
against poison and fire,
against drowning and wounding,
so that I may fulfill my mission
and bear fruit in abundance.
Christ behind and before me,
Christ behind and above me,
Christ with me and in me,
Christ around and about me,
Christ on my right and on my left,
Christ when I lie down at night,
Christ when I rise in the morning,

Christ in the heart of every man
who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone
that speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

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Date: 8/12/2016 09:53 - Subscribe

I rise today through the
power of God:
God's might to comfort me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to lead me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's Heavenly Host to save me
from the snares of the devil,
from temptations to sin,
from all who wish me ill,
from near and afar,
alone and with others.

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Date: 8/12/2016 07:41 - Subscribe

Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for them.
— Proverbs 26:12

“Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There
is more hope for a fool than for them.” How could there
be more hope for a fool than a wise person? When we
are so attached to being wise in our own eyes – to
being right all the time — there is more hope for a
four-year-old who doesn’t know much, but also doesn’t
need to be right. Sometimes our attachment to our
wisdom can stop us from making intelligent decisions.

Today, let’s take some time to think about “being right.”
When do we feel the need to be right? Does it ever get
in the way of our relationships at home, at work, or with
strangers? Today, practice being kind over being right.
And if there is a relationship in our lives that needs
mending, let us be brave enough to pick up the phone
and call. Choose happiness, choose kindness, and
choose life.

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Date: 8/11/2016 07:28 - Subscribe

(Jesus said) "A new commandment I give to you, that
you love one another: just as I have loved you, you
also are to love one another. By this all people will
know that you are My disciples, if you have love for
one another." John 13:34-35

No, I don't love everybody -- and you don't either.
Almost nobody loves everybody

You see, there is an exception to that rule. That
exception is Jesus.

Jesus, the sinless Son of God, the Savior of the world,
managed to love everyone. I don't know how, but He
did. Think for a moment of what that meant. He loved
the Pharisees who tried to trick Him, and Herod, the
King, who killed babies in an attempt to eliminate any
competition. Jesus loved the priests who refused to
identify Him as the Savior, and He loved the crowds
who wanted to be healed and fed, but had little use
for salvation. Jesus loved the disciples who slept
when He needed them, and He loved Judas who
betrayed Him with a kiss.
Jesus loved the Roman Procurator who decided to
save his hide rather than dispense justice. Jesus
loved the men who whipped Him, who spit on Him,
who nailed Him to the cross.
And Jesus loved us, which is reason and example
enough for us to try and do the same

Dear Lord, I give thanks that Jesus, in spite of my
many sins, has continued to love me. May I follow
His example and do all I can to love everyone --
especially those I consider to be most unlovable.
In the Savior's Name I ask it. Amen.

(from Lutheran Hour Ministries)

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