Devotion for August 21, 2018

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Sometimes Jesus said things that were hard to hear. There were things that He said where it would just be easier if He hadn’t said them. If you’ve studied […]

Devotion for August 14, 2018

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” In the Old Testament, the Israelites knew what it meant for God to give them bread. If you remember […]

Devotion for August 7, 2018

This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent. (John 6:29) How does someone get to heaven? The Pharisees of Jesus’ time asked Him that same question. They phrased it a bit differently, but the point was the same: “what must we do, to be doing the works of […]

Devotion for July 31, 2018

“He has begotten us again… To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you.” 1 Peter 1:3-4 While we live on earth we must live in hope. For although we know that through faith we possess all the riches of God (for faith certainly brings with it the […]

Devotion for July 24, 2018

“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:13 Behold how daring and bold the prophetess? Who gave him such as stoned if I encourage? Or when it’s did he receive it? From the savior alone. The more people would drive us away from him the firm or reclaim to him. The more sorrow, […]

Devotion for July 17, 2018

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 This is a noble and dear virtue of faith, that it closes its eyes and simply and joyfully leaves everything in the hands of God. Faith does not seek to see into the motivation of our Heavenly Father wanting […]

Devotion for July 10, 2018

“I will pour upon them the spirit of grace and supplication.” Zechariah 12:10 The Spirit should create these two things in all Christians: first, that their hearts are sure in certain that God is gracious unto them; then, that they can help others to with their prayers. There is always and out flowing to others […]

Devotion for July 2, 2018

“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” – John 15:11 It is to this end that we must celebrate that Christ holds fast to us. That he holds fast to our whole heart and soul, mind and body. Our joy is […]

Devotion for June 28, 2018

“Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son – And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called – and he wrote: ‘His name is John.’” Luke 1:57, 62-63 Depending on when you read this, there are only–give or take–181 shopping days left […]

Devotion for June 21, 2018

“The kingdom of God – is like a grain of mustard seed – ” Mark 4:30, 31 If we were to write a story about how God in his great and mighty way was going to rescue his special people and destroy all his enemies, our version of the story would never read like the […]

Devotion for June 14, 2018

“Whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:35 As the saying goes: blood is thicker than water. What is usually meant by this is that biological family-ties are stronger than with people outside the family. God has made it clear throughout Scripture that family is very important. […]

Devotion for June 7, 2018

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” Mark 2:27 The Sabbath is good news! But many throughout history have made the Sabbath into more of an obligation and duty. Sabbath is an Old Testament word for “stop.” For the Jewish believers of Jesus’ day, the Sabbath was a day to stop […]

Devotion for May 29, 2018

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And […]

Devotion for May 22, 2018

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17 The fact that […]

Devotion for May 15, 2018

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare […]

Devotion for May 1, 2018

“He raised [Christ] from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and […]

Devotion for April 24, 2018

“… the truth will set you free!” (John 8:32) Jesus was speaking to a group of Jews who had believed in him as Lord and Messiah and he said to them. “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” […]

Devotion for April 17, 2018

Does Easter make a difference in your life during the rest of the year? This question is a very important one to ask, and it should not be dismissed without thought and discussion. Many people who say they are Christian answer this question by not attending Easter worship. On the most important day in the […]

Devotion for April 10, 2018

“He is risen! He is risen indeed!” This traditional greeting is used in Lutheran churches on Easter Sunday morning. The words carry a great deal of significance for us and for our salvation. Paul says, “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” – 1 Corinthians 15:14. […]

Devotion for April 3, 2018

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” -Mark 9:24 Emotions are slippery things. We’re happy today, we’re blue tomorrow. We’re bored now, we’ll be excited later. I’m feeling overwhelmed now, I’ll be on top of the world at some point in the future. Our attitude toward our […]

Devotion for March 27-29, 2018

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant.” Philippians 2:5-7 It can be tough to work in the service industry, especially when […]

Devotion for March 20-22, 2018

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” Psalm 119:9 Sometimes I worry about the water I drink. Occasionally, I’ll fill a glass of water from my sink, and the water will come out cloudy or milky. Now, I know what the experts say about that. Cloudy […]

Devotion for March 13-15, 2018

“Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” Numbers 21:8 It’s amazing how quickly people get used to the wonderful things that happen to us. I once read about an experiment where researchers dropped $100 into several random mailboxes at regular intervals. […]

Devotion for March 6-8, 2018

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” Exodus 20:2 The 10 Commandments are an important piece of culture in Western countries. We see the inscribed into courthouse walls or on important civic monuments. They are one of the building blocks on […]

Devotion for Feb. 27-29, 2018

“But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.’” (Mark 8:33) How is your spiritual life progressing? Are things getting better and better and better for you each day? This is […]

Devotion for February 13-15, 2018

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) This year Ash Wednesday happens to fall on St. Valentine’s Day, February 14. This is a rather odd coincidence. A day dedicated to the joy of romantic love will also be the day where we mourn and repent […]

Devotion for February 6-8, 2018

“And Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified.” (Mark 9:5-6) Do you have a happy place? A place that you like to […]

Devotion for Jan 30-Feb 1, 2018

  I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. -Exodus 20:5-6 As I write this my son, Joey, […]

Devotion for Jan 23-25, 2018

“O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ. -1 Corinthians 15:55-57 When a professional sports team wins their league championship, there is […]

Devotion for January 16-18, 2018

What if Jesus came to your place tonight? We don’t often think about God coming in person to be with us. And quite honestly most of the Biblical incidents where God showed up and interacted with people are expressed in terms of the people having fear. Yet the whole impact of the Christmas season was […]

Devotion for January 9-11, 2018

Let me call you Sweetheart, I’m in love with You. Let me hear you whisper that you love me too. Many of you probably recognize those words that come from the song by the name of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” And those of you who do remember, may be thinking about famous couples and […]

Devotion for January 2-4, 2018

Could We Start Again, Please? This is the title of one of the great songs from the musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The song as well as its title expresses a feeling many of us have as we get to the end of a year and look back over all that has happened, Sometimes we would […]

Devotion for Dec 12-14, 2017

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  –Galatians 4:4-5 Our Lord God is above all and he makes decisions that are pleasing to him. Jesus was pleased […]

Devotion for December 5-7, 2017

And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it.  And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields.  And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes […]

Devotion for November 28-30, 2017

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Matthew 25:31-32. The final judgment before Jesus, […]

Devotion for November 21-23, 2017

For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. Matthew 25:29 We often think of Jesus coming in His earthly ministry and bringing with Him a call to be a great equalizer. We think […]

Devotion for November 14-16, 2017

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. Matthew 25:13 While in our day and culture we are looking forward to beginning the “Holiday Season,” starting with Thanksgiving continuing with Christmas and finishing with New Year’s Eve and Day, in the Church we are celebrating the end of our year now. You […]

Devotion for November 7-9, 2017

“The Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelaton 7:17 The Lamb will be their shepherd? That doesn’t make sense, does it? How could a lamb be a shepherd? Lamb are […]

Devotion for October 30-November 1, 2017

“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified […]

Devotion for October 24-26, 2017

Then [Jesus] said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:21 We live in a confusing world. It seems that everyday people are told what they can and can’t believe. They’re told that things that were always true are no longer true, […]

Devotion for October 17-19, 2017

“On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over […]

Devotion for October 10-12, 2017

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?…And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” […]

Devotion for October 3-5, 2017

“Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?” Ezekiel 18:25 “Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for September 24, 2017

20170924 Sermon Proper 20 2017 September 24, 2017 Matthew 20:1-16 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. The sermon text for this morning is the Gospel Lesson previously read. In our day how often do you hear people speak of entitlement? We hear much […]

Devotion for September 26-28, 2017

Where Are the Outcasts? A Boston judge ruled that the state has the right to evict a hermit living in a makeshift wigwam on public land, but it must find him a home where he can be close to nature and preserve his independence. Is the hermit an outcast? In biblical times, according to the […]

Devotion for September 19-20, 2017

Calling People There is a popular belief that there are two times in a person’s life when the events of his or her life pass by in rapid succession. At the altar of marriage, one wonders what he is getting herself or himself into and at the moment of death, one wonders once more what […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for September 17, 2017

20170917 Sermon Proper 19 2017 September 17, 2017 Matthew 18:21-35 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.  This morning we meditate upon the Gospel Lesson which was previously read, the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant. Last week we heard our Lord describe how we […]

Devotion for September 12-14, 2017

What’s It Worth? Matthew 13:31-34, 44-52 focuses on the theme of response- specifically, how you respond to a crisis. In biblical times the word “crisis” didn’t always mean a bad thing. “Crisis” meant a time when a decision had to be made. It was a time when something had to be done. It was a […]

Devotion for September 5-7, 2017

Devotion for September 5-7, 2017 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11 More bad news. Doesn’t it seem that for the last couple of years, all we hear is “more bad […]

Devotion for August 29-31, 2017

Devotion for August 29-31, 2017 ‘But you will receive power when the Holy spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. And when [Jesus] had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, […]