Please read the devotion and click on the link at the bottom to access the song, where you will be
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I have prepared songs for the coming
days. If there is a hymn that speaks to you, I would welcome suggestions.
Friday, June 11, 2021 - Scripture: Numbers
6:24-26; Song: "Sent Forth by God’s Blessing"
It’s Friday again and for most of you another work week is
over. How did it go this week? Did you feel blessed by God in all you did as you were sent forth from church last week with His blessing, or did all the clutter and struggles of life get
in the way again? Today’s hymn and Scripture remind us of what happens at the Worship service each week and how it prepares us for life in the rest of the week. It reminds us that we
don’t leave God behind when we leave the church, that he blesses in all that we do. The hymn title “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing,” should remind of our Scripture reading form Numbers 6, quoted
by Pastors all over the world as the Worship service ends. Most of you should be able to recite it without me sharing it here since you have heard it so often. But just in case, Number
6:24-26 reads this way: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” And God
always does what he promises. All through this past week and every week before and after, he continues to bless you. He continues to be gracious with you, treating you not the way you
deserve because of your sin, but with all the love and mercy that a Father has for his children. The hymn helps us to know how to respond to that blessing you hear each Sunday. The second
verse begins, “With Praise and Thanksgiving, our everyday tasks we will face." There is some powerful encouragement in this hymn on how we leave the Lord’s table after the gift of His Son’s
body and blood, and the way we live our life during the week. As we head toward Sunday again, listen to the hymn and then as you come to God’s house again on Sunday, or for the first time if
you never have been, reflect on how next week might begin and end differently with the focus of the hymn. Then when you leave, listen closely for the words of Numbers 6 as you receive God’s
blessing and head out to a new week ready to serve. May it make a difference as you begin another week on Monday.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - Scripture: Matthew
18:12-14; Song: "Next to Me"
It’s hump day again, Wednesday, and halfway through another work
week. Many of you are back in the office or factory or wherever else you worked before the pandemic. Things are back to normal a little bit more each day. I’m wondering if maybe
it’s time for all of us to think about getting back to normal in our Church attendance as well. Has it gotten too convenient to stay at home in your P. J.’s on Sunday morning watching our
virtual service or another church’s? Has it become too convenient to do the shopping or the golfing or the lawn mowing or whatever else is getting in the way of you, in a sense, coming back to
God in person and on a regular basis? Today’s song by Jordan Feliz, called “Next to Me” poses that question in a very up-beat way. He talks about how God fills the cup when needed, but
then his ego, wants to grab the wheel and take control. Maybe the same thing is happening to you. Things seem to be going well, without that daily or weekly contact with God, so why
change? He then goes on to say that God is calling him, back where he belongs, because it’s been too long. If it’s been too long as Jordan sings, think about coming back. God hasn’t
forgotten you. Neither have your friends at church. God is seeking you. As our Scripture reading for today from Matthew 18:12-14 says: God is like a shepherd who won’t give up
on even one of his sheep. Like a shepherd would leave the 99 in the pen and go after the one who wandered away and rejoices more over the one he finds than the 99 left in the pen, it’s similar
with God. As Jesus said: “So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that anyone of these little ones should perish.” As the song and the Scripture remind us, God is always
calling us back. Nothing that has gotten in the way of that during the pandemic will change how much he wants to see you. Enjoy the song and see if it doesn’t encourage you to come back
on a regular basis, to meet God again in reading His Word and receiving His gifts on Sunday.
Friday, June 4, 2021 - Scripture: Genesis 3:15; Song: "In Adam We All Have Been One"
Last Sunday, in churches across our country and the world, Christians celebrated
Trinity Sunday, the day we celebrate our three in one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. From the beginning of time, our 3 in 1 God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, worked to together first to
create us and then after Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, to rescue us from our sin. In our in-person service this Sunday, the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost,, our sermon Hymn will be: “In Adam
We Have All Been One” and the link below leads to a beautifully sung version for our enjoyment and comfort. The hymn writer sings about our Good Shepherd, Jesus, and all he has done to rescue
Adam and Eve and all who are one in Adam because we share his sin. From the time Adam and Eve sinned, God’s plan to rescue was predicted and perfectly carried out by Jesus. In Genesis
3:15, today’s Scripture and part of our Old Testament reading for the Sunday after Pentecost, God tells the serpent of his plan for bringing sinful man back into a perfect relationship with
him. God tells the serpent: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” As the
hymn points out, Satan would bruise Jesus’ heel as Jesus was dying on the cross to save us and as the verse says, “crush his head.” All of Satan’s power was lost when Jesus rose from the dead
to conquer death and the devil. The Father sent his Son, and Jesus after his death and resurrection and ascension, sent the Holy Spirit to bring us to faith in Jesus, so that we might
overcome the sin of Adam in us and our own sin as well. What a blessing this all is. Listen to the hymn and understand the depth of the love of our 3 in 1 God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
for you and all mankind. Then join us in Church on Sunday to celebrate just who our God is!
In Adam We Have All Been One LSB 569