Monthly Archives: July 2013

Colossians 3:1-14

Colossians 3:1-14 For any of us who are pack rats by nature, today’s text hammers us. I despair in my materialistic “hunter gatherer” habits and consequences. Matthew 6:19-20 reverberates through our guilty souls. What treasures do we seek, earthly or heavenly? Law and Gospel continue… Continue reading




Psalm 49:1-12

Psalm 49:1-12 Provenance is the origin or source from which something comes, and the history of its creation and ownership. As a collector, I’ve come to love this word. By the time “stuff” hits the flea market, provenance is lost. Sometimes detective work yields clues… Continue reading




“Exceeding great and precious promises.” 2 Peter 1:4

“Exceeding great and precious promises.” 2 Peter 1:4 If you would know experimentally the preciousness of the promises, and enjoy them in your own heart, meditate much upon them. There are promises which are like grapes in the wine-press; if you will tread them the… Continue reading




Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23 I agreed to write devotions for this week before really delving into the texts. You’ve heard the adage, “If the shoe fits, wear it.” How fitting for this pack rat to read Solomon’s reflections on the meaninglessness of his wealth! Last… Continue reading




God of Grace and God of Glory

God of Grace and God of Glory God of grace and God of glory, on your people pour your pow’r; crown your ancient church’s story; bring its bud to glorious flow’r. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage for the facing of this hour, for the… Continue reading




My Life Flows On in Endless Song

My Life Flows On in Endless Song My life flows on in endless song; above earth’s lamentation, I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn that hails a new creation. Refrain No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that Rock I’m clinging. Since Christ… Continue reading




Luke 11:1-13

Luke 11:1-13 Luther’s explanation of the Lord’s Prayer in the Small Catechism is perhaps one of the best summaries of what this short prayer means. In his introduction, Luther wrote: “With these words God wants to attract us, so that we come to believe he… Continue reading




Genesis 18:20-32

Genesis 18:20-32 God is merciful and gracious. Abraham knew that. Therefore he was persistent in asking God to show mercy towards Sodom for the sake of the righteous people who lived there. In his recent book “The General’s Son,” Miko Peled, an Israeli Peace activist… Continue reading




Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art: thou my best thought both by day and by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.… Continue reading




Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee. Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty! God in three persons, blessed Trinity! Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee, casting down their… Continue reading