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Good Morning August 31

The next new thing has a real appeal. A new gadget comes out and people line up at the stores to get theirs. Even the next big entertainer draws massive crowds and is in the tabloid papers. But something we learn fairly quickly is that the new grows old. It has been surpassed, replaced by a better model. That once fantastic item gets put aside and forgotten. (How many old cell phones do you have sitting on a shelf somewhere?) When Israel came out of Egypt they were given manna to eat during their desert wanderings. It was renewed every morning. They couldn’t hoard it for another day. They had to trust God for each day’s provision, and they were always filled. In the midst of one of Israel’s most difficult times the Prophet Jeremiah writes, “The LORD’S lovingkindness indeed never ceases, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23) Oh, we will continue to look for the new stuff that the world puts out, but what we really need never fails, never wears out, never grows old. God’s grace and loving kindness is there for free every morning.

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Good Morning August 29

Why do we continue writing, speaking, teaching, and preaching about Jesus? Psalm 100 expresses it this way, “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”(vs.5) We desire to extend that good to all people. Our Lord is the source of life. We want all to find life in Him. Jesus is not just a nice add-on to an already good life. He is life itself. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”(John 14:6) He is not just the back up plan if all else fails. He is the plan and purpose for life, the one who gives life its meaning. “Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”(100:2) As we come to Him with worship and praise we find strength, life, and peace.

Good Morning August 16

Jesus always does things backwards! He talked to the Pharisees, respected scholars of their day, and called them hypocrites, and empty tombs. He said if your want to be a leader, you need to be the servant of all. To be first you have to be last. He just didn’t get it. And the disciples He chose. Not an important, well educated man among them. He didn’t understand about power and prominence in this world. Or maybe He did. Maybe He really saw how hollow and superficial all the things we hold up as goals to strive for really are. Maybe that is why He spent His time with the tax collectors and sinners. There was no pretense in them. They knew they were weak and needed His help. And they received it. The ones who come to Him empty are sure to be filled with His living water.

Good Morning July 19

Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”(2C.12:10) Now that is counter-intuitive. How can one be strong when they are weak? Yet, this is an important truth for all Christians, and sometimes a hard one to learn. We like strength and power to overcome challenges and adversaries. But for us, that strength is not in ourselves. It is not a part of our natural make up.  It is in our trust in the Lord.  The Psalmist wrote long ago, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.”(28:7)  Our strength is in humbly trusting in the infinite strength of our gracious God. Even Jesus, in His human flesh, said, “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing…”(John 5:19) This doesn’t mean that we sit back and do nothing, but rather in everything we do we do it in humble trust of our Lord.

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Good Morning July 19

Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”(2C.12:10) Now that is counter-intuitive. How can one be strong when they are weak? Yet, this is an important truth for all Christians, and sometimes a hard one to learn. We like strength and power to overcome challenges and adversaries. But for us, that strength is not in ourselves. It is not a part of our natural make up.  It is in our trust in the Lord.  The Psalmist wrote long ago, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.”(28:7)  Our strength is in humbly trusting in the infinite strength of our gracious God. Even Jesus, in His human flesh, said, “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing…”(John 5:19) This doesn’t mean that we sit back and do nothing, but rather in everything we do we do it in humble trust of our Lord.

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Good Morning July 11

We put a lot of effort into our education. We strive for our best in our occupation. We take pride in accomplishments. All that is fine, and we should, as long as it doesn’t puff us up with pride. Some banter around the phrase “self made people”, but there is really no such thing. Psalm 100 tells us that it is God who created us and we are His.  Paul says, “You are not your own; you were bought at a price”.(I Corinthians 6:19-20) As we go along in the various stages of life we need to recognize and acknowledge the hand of God who guides, who opens some doors, and closes others. Self made? No. God made? Yes. And the more we humbly give honor and thanks to the One who cares deeply about us, the more we are able to grow in trust and live in His peace.

Good Morning July 5

Many people like mysteries, dramas on TV, books by mystery writers, and so forth. But these mysteries always have a solution, usually with the good guys coming out on top. But where we don’t like mysteries is in our Christian faith. It is the reason the “why” question comes up so often. Why did God do this or allow that? Or in our sacraments. Jesus said “this is my body, this is my blood”, but we want to explain if or how it really is. It is hard for us to take God at his word, and trust that what He says is true without an explanation.  It all began back in the Garden. God said “don’t eat of the tree” and we wanted to know why. But the heart of faith is taking God at His word, trusting Him, and believing He is our good Father. 

Good Morning June 11

We do what we can to help the needy. We are aware of needs for food and shelter in our own country. We give what we can. Our church is currently working on a project to help a church in Tanzania. So, we are aware of various needs, and try to help. But there is a deeper question. Are you needy? We probably don’t think of ourselves that way. Most of us have a lot more things than we really need, and as far as food is concerned that is pretty abundant. There is another sense in which it is necessary that we see ourselves as needy. David, King of Israel, had an abundance of material things, but he would write, “Hear me, LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.”(Psalm 86:1-4)  We are not sufficient in ourselves to live a life pleasing to our Lord. We are daily dependent upon the grace of God for understanding, wisdom, guidance, and strength. It is only in seeing ourselves as needy that we continue to “walk humbly with our God”.(Micah 6:8)

Good Morning June 4

I think at various time we all struggle with the difference between the things we see with our eyes and the things we believe but can’t see. That’s where our faith is. We believe in our Lord. We believe He loves us. We believe He cares about all our needs. But we can’t see Him, and we are staring at this need, this problem that is right in front of us. The Lord has told us not to worry, not to be anxious, to trust Him…and we do, but we still struggle. This is where a couple of things are important to remember.  One, we are not alone, we are part of a fellowship of believes who walk with us through life. They counsel us, encourage us, pray for us, provide material support when needed. And two, we look back in our lives seeing where the Lord has worked in our past. I call these the anchor points of faith. We know God did certain thing, provided certain things, gave a peace in a difficult situation – the examples of numerous – but we Know that God acted then in that time even if it was years past. We believe He will not abandon us in this need. We walk day by day with our Lord, beyond physical sight, but very real, and completely sufficient for all our days.

Good Morning May 4

People are concerned about what may come in the future. We protest ourselves with various insurances. We plan for this eventuality or that. Many even read the horoscopes to see how their day will go. Of course, a certain amount of prudence is necessary in looking at our future. Just forget the horoscopes! Believing in the Lord as we do, we are not to worry or be anxious. We are called to live in trust for what is ahead. I’ve always like the image of a father walking with his young child. The father hand is firmly holding the child’s. The father can lead up hills or around obstacles. The child remains secure as long as they feel the father strong grip. Isn’t that the way we are to walk through life? Yes, there will be rough places, pains, heartaches, and other things that come during our years, but our Father doesn’t change. He is there. He won’t let go.  When you have an opportunity open your Bible to the Old Testament book of Habakkuk, and read Chapter 3, verses 17-19.  I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. He is my strength.