Do you know what it is like to be hunted by someone who wants you dead? David did. And in such a time he turned to the LORD for help and protection. Our devotion is based on Psalm 59:16: "But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble." The LORD proved His love for David and leaped up to help in his time of need. And the same joy that we have is that David’s God is our God, and our LORD!
In our Bible Study series on the Psalms we continue with Psalm 113, one of the "Hallel" Psalms or psalms of "Praise." While we don't know for sure who wrote this Psalm, it has a strong connection to the Second Commandment, but in a positive sense. The name of God (Yahweh, Jehovah) is mentioned eight times in this short psalm. The LORD wants us to use His name to call upon Him, pray, praise (this word is used five times in this psalm!) and give thanks! Yes, "Praise the LORD!"
The two foundational teachings of the Bible are the Law and the Gospel. We see the ugly truth of the Law revealed and receive sweet and needed comfort and assurance from the Gospel. Our devotion is based on Psalm 5:4-5,7 "For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You. The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity…. But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple." The Law reveals our sin and deserved punishment, but the Gospel points us to the mercy of God in Christ Jesus!
We are beginning a new Bible Study series on the Psalms of the Old Testament to go along with our weekly devotions on the Psalms. In this series we will work through each of the 150 Psalms. We begin with Psalm 90, written by Moses as he describes the eternal nature of God and the struggles of the human life under the curse of sin. They will look at Law and Gospel, Vocations, Sin, the Nature of God and much more. Open your Bible and sit down with Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Neal Radichel as they dig into the Psalms together!
The love of the LORD to sinners such as us is enough to make a grown man cry. Yes, cry in a good sense, in thankfulness and praise for all that our Savior has done to accomplish my salvation. Our devotion is based on Psalm 144:3-4 "LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him? Man is like a breath; His days are like a passing shadow." Thank God that He has taken knowledge of us and shown His mercy to all!
This coming weekend the Christian Church celebrates the festival of Holy Trinity. Even though our entire Christian liturgy and worship (every Sunday!) emphasizes the doctrine of the Trinity, on this Sunday we have a special opportunity to reflect on this essential doctrinal truth of Christianity. Join Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew as they review the Biblical doctrine of the Trinity by looking at the history of the church, both in the Old and New Testament periods, and the Scriptures themselves which present and define this doctrine which has been clearly proclaimed and confessed in the church's confessions throughout history.
This morning we reflect on the nature of the LORD, the one true God and compare the LORD with the "gods" of the world. Our devotion is based on Psalm 113:5-6 "Who is like the LORD our God, Who dwells on high, Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?" There are many counterfeit gods in our world, but none are like the LORD! He alone has taken on flesh and redeemed sinners to Himself. He alone is worthy of our praise!
On Pentecost Sunday the church celebrates the work of the Holy Spirit who was poured out on the Lord's disciples on that day. Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Ben Libby for a study of the ancient Pentecost Hymn, Creator Sprit, by Whose Aid (hymn 236 in The Lutheran Hymnal). This hymn, which dates back to the 9th century and was originally written in Latin is a deep theological work on the person of the Holy Spirit who is God with the Father and the Son. Celebrate Pentecost with a deeper understanding of the Spirit's work and this theologically rich hymn of the ancient church.
Join Pastors Neal Radichel and Nathanael Mayhew for a devotion based on Psalm 90:12 "So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom." Using the life of Moses we will reflect on the stages of life and the truth that God is with us through each stage, preparing us for service in His kingdom work. The LORD continues to “establish the work of our hands” so that we can be active in sharing the mercy of Christ while we count down the days until we meet Him face to face!
Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples one last time before He physically ascended into heaven. What is this event and where is it spoken of in the Scriptures? What is the meaning of the Ascension for us today? What is the connection between the Great Commission and Ascension? What changes do we see in the Apostles (and the church at large) after the Ascension? Join Pastors Mark Tiefel and Nathanael Mayhew as they discuss these questions and more as we celebrate the festival of Christ's Ascension.