Even To You

Photos by Laura Jostes

Photos by Laura Jostes

“Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge…that your trust may be in the Lord; I have made them known to you today, even to you.”  Proverbs 22:17-19

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Words. Words.

Either they give life

or they lead to death.

The power of THE WORD to make new;

to cut through the thick callouses of one’s heart

to remove the lifeless from the beating part.

The power of THE WORD

to pump new life into wastelands;

to cause rivers to flow

and flowers to blossom,

to quench the thirst

and satisfy.

The power of THE WORD,

the power of Christ our Lord

to forgive sins,

remove guilt,

impart the Holy Spirit

through Word and Sacrament

gives me hope to see beyond

to a day when loved ones share in

the joy of His Salvation

and with united voice

praise our God and King!

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Jesus, you are THE WORD

the great I AM

that made soldiers fall on their faces

at your arrest

at your resurrection

and will cause all men

to fall on their faces before You

when You return to judge

the living and the dead.

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Do you believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior?

In Him whose blood set you free to become one of His?

He is calling your name

Calling you to turn away from your sin

to give you forgiveness

and new life.

Your life will be refreshed

and living water will flow through you.

You will never be the same again!

Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

Amen.

September 4 Teachable Me

Photo by Scarlet Plocher

Photo by Scarlet Plocher

Ecclesiastes 7:1-9:18;  2 Corinthians 7:8-16;  Psalm 48:1-14;  Proverbs 22:17-19

“Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise;

apply your heart to what I teach,

for it is pleasing when you keep them

in your heart and have them ready on your lips.

So that your trust may be in the Lord,

I teach you today,

even you.”

Proverbs 22:17-19

Lord, thank you for faithful parents, teachers, friends, preachers, bloggers, authors and songwriters whose words have pointed me to You and to Your message of Grace and Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  Their wise words strengthen, encourage, direct, convict, comfort, and stir me to action, to belief, to confession and to worship and praise.  May I always be teachable.  Grant me discernment to sort through the many voices speaking today and to recognize your Shepherd voice–the voice of Truth.  In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.