Monthly Archives: April 2014

“Thou art my hope in the day of evil.” Jeremiah 17:17

“Thou art my hope in the day of evil.” Jeremiah 17:17 The path of the Christian is not always bright with sunshine; he has his seasons of darkness and of storm. True, it is written in God’s Word, “Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and… Continue reading




1 Peter 1:17-23

1 Peter 1:17-23 As the Lutheran Study Bible says, “First Peter…explores issues of community, mission and suffering–issues these young faith communities may have been facing.” “The reading reminds us that even Jesus faced temptation, rejection and suffering; it should be no surprise, then, if believers… Continue reading




Psalm 116: 1-4, 12-19

Psalm 116: 1-4, 12-19 Three times we hear it in this passage: “I will call on…the name of the Lord.” In the midst of recovery from illness, the psalmist turns to the Lord. This is what turns things around. Ordinarily, and in times of illness… Continue reading




The Grace of Giving

The Grace of Giving · Kerry Shook · “Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.” 2 Corinthians 8:2 (NIV) It was the grace God had given these Christ followers that motivated and enabled them… Continue reading




Acts 2:14, 36-41

Acts 2:14, 36-41 “Three thousand persons were added.” That’s amazing! We usually have one or two baptisms at a time. But in our work with the Local Mission Partner ministries in the St. Paul Area Synod. In one of our partner ministries, Minnesota Faith Chinese… Continue reading




“God, even our own God.” Psalm 67:6

“God, even our own God.” Psalm 67:6 It is strange how little use we make of the spiritual blessings which God gives us, but it is stranger still how little use we make of God himself. Though he is “our own God,” we apply ourselves… Continue reading




Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me Jesus, Savior, pilot me over life’s tempestuous sea; unknown waves before me roll, hiding rock and treach’rous shoal; chart and compass come from thee. Jesus, Savior, pilot me. As a mother stills her child, thou canst hush the ocean wild; boist’rous… Continue reading




O God, Our Help in Ages Past

O God, Our Help in Ages Past O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home: Under the shadow of your throne your saints have dwelt secure; sufficient is your arm… Continue reading




John 20:18-31

John 20:18-31 My seminary class of study on the Gospel of John was ten weeks long. By the end of the 9th week we had managed to cover only the first 18 verses of Chapter One. Dr. Rosenthals said, “If you understand the first 18… Continue reading




The Grace Net

The Grace Net · Kerry Shook · “God saved you by His grace when you believed.” Ephesians 2:8 One of the most impressive bridges in the United States is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. The roadway of the Golden Gate Bridge is… Continue reading