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» Devotion - March 1, 2015

Jesus came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?" Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water." He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back." "I have no husband," she replied. Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true." "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem." Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us." Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he."

John 4:5-26


There was probably one main reason why the woman went to the well at noon. Most women would go to the well early in the morning or later in the evening when it was cool, but this Samaritan woman didn’t want to have to deal with the other women. It wasn’t worth the hassle. All that they would do is ridicule her anyway.

This nameless Samaritan woman had a tough life, and most of it, she would have to admit, was her own fault. One of her most obvious flaws was that she confused love and sex. She had been married five times and was with number six in some sort of a “live-in” relationship that really wasn’t going anywhere. She tried to show love and affection, but the vicious cycle of rejection just seemed to pull her down over and over again. She would find a man and fall in love with him. In an attempt to keep him, she would sleep with him. He would use her for a short period of time, even marry her, and then move on to someone else. She was looking for love in all the wrong places.

But on this day a lonely woman from the town of Sychar met a man who would show her what love truly is. Jesus showed her true love by offering something with no strings attached. He offered “living water”–an eternal relationship with the true God. She had a vague knowledge of God and believed he would give her answers. She knew God would send the Christ to make things clear. On this day Jesus revealed himself as the Christ, and in him she found the love and acceptance that she so desperately needed.

Jesus also wants to cultivate and foster a relationship with us. Who of us has never felt the emptiness of a broken relationship or the sting of rejection? Haven’t we felt the guilt and shame of past wrongs? It is to hurting people like you and me that Jesus promises “living water”. He offers forgiveness through his payment for sin on the cross.  Not only do we enjoy forgiveness, but also God’s love and a personal relationship with him. He talks to us through his Word. We talk to him in prayer.  

At times you may feel alone, but remember that you never really are. Jesus is always there with living water. You never need to be thirsty again.

Prayer: 

Savior, quench my spiritual thirst with the living water of your love and forgiveness.  Amen.

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» Devotion - February 28, 2015

What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." … Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.

Romans 4:1-3,16-17


God picked Abraham, who was born hundreds of years after the Flood, for a special purpose. God said, “... all peoples on earth will be blessed through you" (Genesis 12:3).  God had planned from the beginning to send this world a Savior who would be born to Abraham’s family line. Of course, Abraham didn’t know the when or the where, but God worked a beautiful thing in his heart: “Abraham believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” He believed God’s promise and God gave him the promised Savior’s perfect holiness and heaven.

From then on, every Jewish person knew they had Abraham’s blood in them. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, they made his blood more important than his faith. The writer of the book of Romans, the apostle Paul, was such a man during his early years. Proud of his bloodline, he also believed that he was earning more favor with God because he did Jewish things, such as following the Old Testament laws regarding what to eat and wear and how to worship, etc.

That is, until he met Jesus, the only perfect person to ever live on this earth. Suddenly he could see how blinded he had been by the traditions and false teachings that had been handed down to him. He could see that God’s Law convicts every one of us—we are all crooks in God’s perfect sight. The Holy Spirit brought Paul to believe in Jesus as his own Savior. He once said of all the traditions and his superficial obedience to rules, “I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” (Philippians 3:8-9). It makes no difference if you’re Jew or Gentile. Faith in Jesus Christ…alone…is what brings us God’s gracious gift of heaven. No one else died and rose again for our sins.

Heritages can be a good thing. If you’ve traced your family history back to Europe in the 1300’s and have found some royalty among your forebears, it connects you, and gives you a better sense of who you are (horse thieves notwithstanding). But it can become a false hope, if, for instance, your mother was a faithful, devoted Christian or your grandfather was a pastor and you are expecting that your connection with them puts you in God’s favor. The same is true for those who swallow the popular “traditional” belief that if we “try to live a good life” we will all end up in heaven some day.

It’s not Abraham’s nor anyone else’s blood in our bodies that saves us, nor the flawed lives we live. Only the blood of Jesus ON us by grace through faith can do that. Such faith makes Abraham our father. His faith looked ahead, ours looks back. Our family line meets at Jesus.

Prayer: 

Dear Holy Spirit, thank you for bringing me to believe in Jesus as my Savior through your holy Word and sacraments.  Please help me to appreciate always the rich faith heritage I have together with father Abraham.

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» Devotion - February 27, 2015

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Ephesians 4:2


I have a friend I would love to give away.

She is a nice enough woman. Her only problem? She thinks she is an expert in everything. She was married for only a few years, but she knows how to fix every marriage problem. She never had any children, but she knows exactly what will make Johnny behave. She knows the best solution to every problem in the world. In her great generosity, she is more than willing to share her wisdom with anyone who asks. She even shares her wisdom with those who don’t ask!

Ever know someone like her? Not the easiest to love!

People who are self-absorbed and think they know everything irritate me. As the saying goes–people who think they know everything annoy those of us who really do!

It does not matter how much she annoys me with her attitude or her actions. God commands me to bear with her in love. He commands me to patiently endure her lectures, put up with her attitudes, love her just like Jesus loved me. Anything less and I have sinned.

I have sinned. I have no excuse.

No matter what annoys us, God commands us to put up with each other in love. Not in grouchiness, not in rolling our eyes, but in love.

Just like Jesus bears with us in love.

Don’t you think we annoy Jesus? How often in prayer have we told him just how he should run things, without seriously deferring to his wisdom as God? We think the wisdom he puts in the Bible is OK, but ours is better. Those who think they know everything annoy the God who really does!

Yet he loves us. He forgives us. Day after day, he loves you and me. We tell him what to do. He patiently listens to us, incorporates our ideas when he can, and always answers us in love. He guides our lives so we never suffer the full consequences of our arrogant stupidity. He keeps pulling us back to himself. He enjoys listening to our thoughts and our prayers. He looks for every chance to share his thoughts with us through the Bible. He keeps dealing with us in love. He never tries to give us away. He just keeps forgiving us for the sake of Jesus and doing what is best for us.

He really does bear with us in love!

Prayer: 

Jesus, thanks for not treating me the way I deserve. Forgive me for thinking I’m smarter than you. Forgive me for becoming impatient with others who think they are smarter than I. Help me bear with them in love, just like you have done with me! Amen.

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» Devotion - February 26, 2015

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

Matthew 6:24


Many people pray that the Lord would allow them to win the lottery. It seems like such a good solution to life’s problems! People imagine that if they had all of that money, their needs would be met and their cares would disappear.

Lottery winners generally tell a different story. Their needs seem never-ending, and their cares multiply.  How can that be?

In today’s Bible verse, Jesus explains that money is really a master. If you serve it, you depend on it as the answer to everything, and you spend all of your time trying to accumulate more of it. You trust it to give you everything you need, and when you realize that you still are not happy, you figure that you just need more. When that does not work, you are tempted to despair, to hate and despise God, because he has not blessed you with everything you desire.

By contrast, when you serve God, you realize that money is a gift to be used to his glory. You take care of your obligations and your family. You figure out how to use your money to promote the gospel, which promises you forgiveness of sins and peace through Jesus Christ. You come to hate and despise the love of money as “a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). You gain a perspective on life that can only come through service to God.

Christians pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” and they trust that God will take care of their monetary and other physical needs, day by day.

Prayer: 

Day by day, your mercies, Lord, attend me, bringing me comfort to my anxious soul. Savior, lead me to the home I treasure, where at last I’ll find eternal rest. Amen.

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» Devotion - February 25, 2015

Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”

Genesis 22:1-18

What Would you be Willing to Give?

Abraham was a better man than I am! That’s not a difficult statement to make (and it’s even less difficult for those who know me!) This story from the life of faithful Abraham is always a humbling one for me. I remember holding my firstborn daughter in my hands and thinking that I wouldn’t trade her for anything. I’m not sure I would give her up, even if God asked me to. And I didn’t have to wait 25 years for her to be born. She was a blessing from God but she was no miracle child!

Isaac was all of those things and yet Abraham was willing to serve the Lord by offering him up at God’s command.

There are so many things less valuable than a child’s life that God asks us to give to him and that we refuse to give: Daily time to read his word! A first-fruits offering befitting a king! A generous portion of our time to serve him and others in his name! My “me-centered” attitudes and actions!

God asks us to give those things up and we selfishly hold on to them. And for that we deserve to have God let go of us. We deserve to be sacrificed for our sins. We deserve to die!

But the same thing that saved Isaac saves us: “The Lord will provide!” The Lord provided a lamb for our sacrifice—the Lamb of God. Jesus laid down on the altar of the cross so that we would be forgiven. For the times that we aren’t willing to give up the things that God desires of us, Jesus gave up life itself, so that we could be raised with him and that heaven could be ours.

Now we can serve the Lord with our obedience. Like Abraham, we can sacrifice whatever God desires and can be glad to do it, knowing that we are worshipping and praising the God who gave up much more for us!

Today and every day, rejoice—the Lord has provided for you!!

Prayer: 

Thank you Lord, for giving up so much and sacrificing your Son so that we could be saved. Thank you for your love and your plan of salvation to bring us to your side in heaven. Help us to honor you with our lives and with our proclamation of your love, that many more might hear, believe and be saved. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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