Posts from July 2016

Posts from July 2016

“GLORY!”

In Genesis 15, Abraham sees a vision of a smoking fire pot and a blazing torch moving between the sacrificial animal pieces – a vision of “the glory of the Lord.”    This combination of fire and smoke appears in various forms throughout the Old Testament – in the burning bush, in the pillar of cloud and fire in the wilderness, in the thunder, fire and smoke on Mt. Sinai…

WHAT IS A “CONFESSIONAL” LUTHERAN?

The Gospels record how Peter boldly confessed His faith in Jesus as the promised Messiah, the Christ, the Son of the living God.   The word for “confess” in the language of the Bible literally means “to say the same thing.” When we “confess” our sins, we are “saying the same thing” God says about us.   We are agreeing with what God tells us about ourselves.  We are…

MANNA

Carl Manthey-Zorn was a Lutheran pastor generations ago who wrote a devotional book entitled, Manna.  Manna was the “bread from heaven” which the Israelites were given by God throughout their wilderness wanderings.  The old pastor, of course, had something more spiritual in mind with his title. The children of Israel stepped out of their tents one morning, looked at this…

“IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE”

Most of us know the old bedtime prayer: Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to take. Years ago, a lady wrote in to the advice column of the late Ann Landers about this prayer. She said she was “horrified” by the prayer. “What’s more,” she went on to say, “suggesting to a child that he…

KINGDOM COMFORT

The bumper sticker said:  “No matter who the president is, Jesus is King.” That’s a comforting reminder in any generation. Jesus once said to a Roman governor:  “My kingdom is not of this world.” Maybe it’s a challenge for us Americans to identify with Jesus as our King.    After all, we don’t have kings.  None of us have ever lived under a king.  Each July 4th we…