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Election Day Prayer Vigil

The sanctuary will be open for prayer (it normally is by the way) on Election Day.  To help with your prayers on Election Day, we have put together a resource with Scripture readings, a meditation on our vocation of citizen, and some suggested prayers.

 


Election Day Prayer Vigil

Suggested Order of Meditation:

Daily Prayer for Individuals and Families in Lutheran Service Book pg. 295-298

 

You may read the appointed readings for the day given in the red letters and/or read one or more of the suggested readings included below.  We encourage you to allow the readings to form your prayers.

 

Suggested Readings

 

Psalm 118:5–9 (ESV)

            5       Out of my distress I called on the LORD;

      the LORD answered me and set me free.

            6       The LORD is on my side; I will not fear.

      What can man do to me?

            7       The LORD is on my side as my helper;

      I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

            8       It is better to take refuge in the LORD

      than to trust in man.

            9       It is better to take refuge in the LORD

      than to trust in princes.

 

 Romans 13:8–10 (ESV)

8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

 

 

Isaiah 9:6–7 (ESV)

             6       For to us a child is born,

      to us a son is given;

                  and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

      and his name shall be called

                  Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

      Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

            7       Of the increase of his government and of peace

      there will be no end,

                  on the throne of David and over his kingdom,

      to establish it and to uphold it

                  with justice and with righteousness

      from this time forth and forevermore.

                  The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

 

Psalm 46:1–11 (ESV)

            1       God is our refuge and strength,

      a very present help in trouble.

            2       Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,

      though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

            3       though its waters roar and foam,

      though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

            4       There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

      the holy habitation of the Most High.

            5       God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;

      God will help her when morning dawns.

            6       The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;

      he utters his voice, the earth melts.

            7       The LORD of hosts is with us;

      the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

            8       Come, behold the works of the LORD,

      how he has brought desolations on the earth.

            9       He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

      he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

      he burns the chariots with fire.

            10       “Be still, and know that I am God.

      I will be exalted among the nations,

      I will be exalted in the earth!”

            11       The LORD of hosts is with us;

      the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Psalm 47:1–9 (ESV)

            1       Clap your hands, all peoples!

      Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

            2       For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,

      a great king over all the earth.

            3       He subdued peoples under us,

      and nations under our feet.

            4       He chose our heritage for us,

      the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah

            5       God has gone up with a shout,

      the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.

            6       Sing praises to God, sing praises!

      Sing praises to our King, sing praises!

            7       For God is the King of all the earth;

      sing praises with a psalm!

            8       God reigns over the nations;

      God sits on his holy throne.

            9       The princes of the peoples gather

      as the people of the God of Abraham.

                  For the shields of the earth belong to God;

      he is highly exalted!

Eph 5:1–14 (ESV)

5 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not become partners with them; 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light.

 

Psalm 1:1–6 (ESV)

The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

1 Blessed is the man

      who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

                  nor stands in the way of sinners,

      nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

            2       but his delight is in the law of the LORD,

      and on his law he meditates day and night.

            3       He is like a tree

      planted by streams of water

                  that yields its fruit in its season,

      and its leaf does not wither.

                  In all that he does, he prospers.

            4       The wicked are not so,

      but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

            5       Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

      nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

            6       for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,

      but the way of the wicked will perish.

1 Peter 2:13–17 (ESV)

13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

1 Timothy 2:1–4 (ESV)

2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

 

Reflection on the Christian in Society

I have just said that Christians, among themselves and by and for themselves, need no law or sword, since it is neither necessary nor useful for them. Since a true Christian lives and labors on earth not for himself alone but for his neighbor, he does by the very nature of his spirit even what he himself has no need of, but is needful and useful to his neighbor. Because the sword is most beneficial and necessary for the whole world in order to preserve peace, punish sin, and restrain the wicked, the Christian submits most willingly to the rule of the sword, pays his taxes, honors those in authority, serves, helps, and does all he can to assist the governing authority, that it may continue to function and be held in honor and fear. Although he has no need of these things for himself—to him they are not essential—nevertheless, he concerns himself about what is serviceable and of benefit to others, as Paul teaches in Ephesians 5[:21–6:9].

Just as he performs all other works of love which he himself does not need—he does not visit the sick in order that he himself may be made well, or feed others because he himself needs food—so he serves the governing authority not because he needs it but for the sake of others, that they may be protected and that the wicked may not become worse. He loses nothing by this; such service in no way harms him, yet it is of great benefit to the world. If he did not so serve he would be acting not as a Christian but even contrary to love; he would also be setting a bad example to others who in like manner would not submit to authority, even though they were not Christians. In this way, the gospel would be brought into disrepute, as though it taught insurrection and produced self-willed people unwilling to benefit or serve others, when in fact it makes a Christian the servant of all. Thus, in Matthew 17[:27] Christ paid the half-shekel tax that he might not offend them, although he had no need to do so.

 

-Martin Luther

 


Suggested Prayers

For good leaders

Lord God, as I pray for all who are in authority, I thank You especially for the form of government given us in our beloved country.  Give me the grace with my fellow citizens to value the officers and magistrates of our government as those sent by You.  Instill in me that respect and honor that is due them.  Lord, endow them with wisdom for their several duties, with a spirit of sacrifice for the common welfare, with mercy and justice, with uprightness and kindliness.  Correct the evils of selfishness, greed, a vain desire for honor, or abuse of power among us as well as in the other governments of the world.  Grant that the true purposes of government may prevail, safeguarding peace and prosperity, so that we may live soberly and uprightly in Your sight and have opportunity to tell of You and Your kingdom.  These petitions I direct to You because in Jesus I know You as my Father and Lord. Amen.

Lord, Grant that we may choose trustworthy leaders, contribute to wide decisions for the general welfare, and serve You faithfully in our generation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

 

For Peaceful Life Together

Heavenly Father, God of peace and harmony, You would have Your children on earth live together in peace and quietness.  Frustrate the plans of all evil men who would stir up violence and strife, spoil the weapons of those who delight in war and bloodshed, and according to Your will, end all wars in the world.  Lead us to confess the truth of Your Word that from the lusts of our own hearts come wars and fighting among us.  Help me by Your Word and Spirit to crucify my sinful flesh and to root out the evil that would lead to strife and discord, so that to the best of my ability, I may be at peace with my neighbor.  Mercifully hear my prayer and grant us peace in our days.  In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

For Comfort in Distress

Heavenly Father, I come to Your throne of mercy bowed down and wearied by the weight of suffering and disaster visited upon our country.  I beg You to protect this nation in our hour of need. I acknowledge my trespasses before You and do not deny either my own transgressions of Your holy Law or the sins of other citizens of my homeland.  We are laden with iniquity, but You call us to Your forgiveness, salvation, hope, and life.  Turn the hearts and minds of all to You, that they might find peace through the cleansing of Jesus’ blood.  Let me not be confounded or dismayed so that I, a child of Your grace, may courageously speak to this needy world of the hope that is within me.  Make me an instrument of Your peace in a world of conflict, a witness to the power of faith in a world lost in unbelief, and a bearer of the joy that overcomes the sorrow of a fallen world.  Grant to the leaders of this nation and all the nations of the world wise counsel, calm thinking, and unselfish aims.  Amid the tumult of disaster, build Your kingdom and turn even more souls to Yourself.  Because of Your grace, we are not altogether lost but find peace and forgiveness I You.  O Lord, give me the grace to seek You, trust You and confess You, in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

 

For Guidance In Our Vocation As Voters

Lord God, You have called us, Your servants, to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that Your hand is leading us and Your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with Your most gracious favor, and further us with Your continual hope, that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in You we may glorify Your holy name and finally, by Your mercy, obtain eternal salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

 

For Blessings Upon Our Country and Neighbors

Almighty God, You have given us this good land as our heritage.  Grant that we remember Your generosity and constantly do Your will.  Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life.  Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil course of action.  Grant that we, who came from many nations with many languages, may become a united people.  Support us in defending our liberties, and give those to whom we have entrusted the authority of government the spirit of wisdom, that there may be justice and peace in our land.  When times are prosperous, may our hearts be thankful, and in troubled times do not let our trust in You fail; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen

 

 

 

Prayers are from

Lutheran Service Book Concordia Publishing House: St Louis 2006

Lutheran Book of Prayer Concordia Publishing House: St. Louis 2005

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In Times of Disaster

I thought I would share these words from Rev. Will Weedon.

St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “The present form of this world is passing away” (1 Cor. 7:31). Everywhere in the pages of sacred Scripture, our God reminds us of this: that “here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come” (Heb. 13:14), that there is no certainty of a tomorrow in this fallen age for you, for your parents, for your children or grandchildren, for your community. None. “In the very midst of life death has us surrounded,” we sing, and it is simply true. And so terror randomly drops from the sky, snuffing out lives and hopes and plans and holiday weekends, tearing apart families and friends and destroying homes and property, leaving a community shaken to the core and staggering under the load it now must bear. It is, sadly, the stuff of life in an age that is dying.

Does the weight of such piled-up suffering lead to lives of fear and uncertainty? It does not need to. Because we do indeed “seek the city that is to come.” Just this past Sunday in so many of our churches the words of the Pentecost preface rang out: “For all this the whole world rejoices with exceeding joy!” And we wonder: Can the folks of Moore, Okla., dare to pray such words? Can we, considering the vast sufferings that have gripped this whole community, the horrors still waiting to be uncovered?

Yes. Yes, we can. For this is the nature of Pentecost joy. It is not grounded in this age that is passing away, falling apart, bound by death and filled with suffering. It is grounded instead in the certainty of the age that is coming, an age in which the Spirit even now comes to us as first fruits, the promise and pledge and guarantee from the Father that a lasting city is on the horizon, a city in which there will be no goodbyes.

People loved by God, such joy can fill your hearts even as tears fill your eyes and you work diligently to ease the suffering, to console the bereaved, to bury the dead. You do all this not as a people who are surprised that such suffering exists and comes to human beings. You have been forewarned in Scripture to expect such and more. But you face it knowing that death, destruction, tears and heartache will not be the end of this world. They simply will not. They are indeed “the present form” of this world.  But that form passes away.

And what will be, what the Spirit guarantees will be, is the glorious hope we hear of in Revelation: the nail-scarred hand reaching out to touch each weeping face, to wipe away the tears and to do away forever with the sin and the suffering and the death that plague us here and now, striking without warning and tearing apart those whom God created to live together.

The Spirit moves us to tend the suffering as best we may, weeping with them, and praying constantly: “Come, Lord Jesus! Come!”

Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

If you are interested in helping the people of Moore, OK please follow the links below.

Lutheran Church Disaster Fund

Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dogs – There is a team of several dogs and handlers  in Moore, OK providing crisis counseling and the Gospel hope of Christ.

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Crowning Achievement

And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll

and to open its seals,

for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God

from every tribe and language and people and nation,

and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,

and they shall reign on the earth.”

Revelations 5:9-10

Sixteen years ago I sat in a Doctor’s office and got some life changing news. My then two year old son was autistic and would probably never graduate from High school. This was do to the severity of his autism. This May 31 2013 He will in fact get his High school diploma and will do it with honors to match. This is a major achievement in his life and one that I am proud to witness. It did get me to thinking about other achievements in the lives of God’s people. Graduation time is here and we mark the passage of one event to another with great celebrations. Regardless of what you have accomplished whether it is graduating to the next level of school, earning that college degree or other such milestones like confirmation, or getting married; these moments are times of reflection for us all. I think back on what my son has done and am amazed that he pulled it off. Soon I will witness the next stages in his life and the accomplishments of them as well. I also look for the accomplishments in my own life like turning 50 (still five years away) and wonder.

Our lives are filled with achievements, some small and some big. Each of us is growing in faith and learning more about the mission and purpose God has for our lives. This is important because there awaits a crowning achievement for us all. Someday we will all stand before the Lord and hear those wonderful words; “well done faithful servant” [Mathew 25:23] and the invitation to the feast of the lamb as well.

So if this spring is a time for celebration of a major event, Congratulations. I salute you on this major step. Still let us look forward to the crowning achievement in our lives of eternity with our Lord Jesus Christ. Not because of all things we have done, but or what Christ has done on the cross for us.

 

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Why is God Being so quiet?

 Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
(Psalm 46:10 ESV)

Ever ask that question; Why is God being so quiet? On the big scale we ask this about all the disasters and tragedy in the world. Why doen’t God do something? In our personal lives as well. OK in my personal life. I am sure there is not now nor will there ever be struggle in your life. You get my point. We all have those moments when we wonder where God is. There is an answer. Still, you may not want to hear it. Why is God being so quiet? He’s not. You are just not listening properly. God is at work behind the scenes instead of out front. God has rarely spoken in a big voice. Most often he speaks in different ways.With a quiet voice or the actions of other people or with no voice at all but in His word. God is not quiet. He is very active and working in the lives of the people of the world. He just speaks in a whisper. So if it seems like He is not doing anything or being too quiet we need to ask a few questions.

  1.  Are we being quiet enough to hear Him? I mean it. Turn off the tv, computer, cellphone and the other things that seem to dominate our modern lives and really listen for the voice of God.
  2. Are we really listening? In the history of the church few people have heard the voice of God speaking to them. Most often it’s in the actions of people and things all around us. So you have to listen to the wind and read his Word and watch the actions around you.
  3. Are we acting on what is being said? God is not being quiet in these times as much as we are. God uses people to acomplish his mission on earth. So when it comes to disasters and tragedies all around us. Get involved. How you may ask me? I don’t know. But pray about it and ask God how he can use you to speak for him.

So we started this devotion by asking, Why is God being so quiet? Turns out it’s the wrong question. The correct one is, why are we?

 

 

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Seek ye First the Kingdom of God

Today I want to talk about carts and horses.  When it comes to our plans that is.  You see lately I have been thinking about direction in my life.  I have wondered what God has in store for me, for my wife and children.  This got me to thinking.  Are we doing things in the proper order?  I wonder about that sometimes in my own life.  Sometimes it seems like I am asking God to bless my plans for my life and not to show me His will for it instead.  That’s what I mean by carts and horses.

How about you?  Does it seem like you want God to bless your ideas or are you following the plans God has for you?  We know He has plans for you.  Plans to give you a hope and future. (Jeremiah 29:11 )  So how do you know the difference?  How can we discern the difference between our ideas and God’s?

To start with let me say that it can be done: with prayer.  Yes prayer.  By asking God to show us His will and erase any desire we have that is not in accordance with it.  This is

something that I am doing and still working on.  When I am asked to do something big I ask for a week to pray about it.  If they can wait the week then I pray about it and come back to them.  If they can not then the answer is always no.  Another thing you can do is talk to a trusted friend or pastor.  Most people want what is best for us and a fellow believer because they know God and us they can put things into proper perspective.  Lastly in prayer ask God for His will to be done not our will.

No I am not saying that this is a easy task.  But seeking God’s will should be first in our mind when it comes to major choices that we have to make.  So today I challenge each and every one of you to seek first God’s will and then to follow it.  Put the horse in front of the cart.

 

 

 

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Prayer

Prayer. The simple task of talking to God. Yet of all the disciplines out there, prayer seems to be the hardest one for people to develop. So I want to take a few minutes to talk about prayer and how to go about being more comfortable with prayer. First let’s talk about how a prayer life develops. It starts with learning simply prayers. I remember many hours teaching my sons how to say the good night prayer. “Now I lay me down to sleep….” It took a few weeks but eventually they picked it up and were saying without much help from me. I still remember watching my then two year old son teach this prayer to his stuffed Winnie the Pooh.

The next prayer we learn is meal time prayers with ” Come, Lord, Jesus be our guest.” The prayer serves as the first real focus prayer we are praying to God to thank him for the many blessings that he has given us in particular the food we are about to eat. These two prayers are common among new believers. Why? Because they are easy to learn and they express our feelings. Eventually we need to learn to go beyond rote prayers to speaking our mind in prayer. This takes a lot of discipline in the life of a Christian. Right? Wrong. Truth be told it does take time. But it shouldn’t. After all prayer is not something that takes higher degrees of learning. Prayer at its basic elements is talking to God. So anytime we fold our hands or just simply lift our hearts to God to chat for awhile is in fact prayer. We become more comfortable by praying. Just by doing it. We learn that the words don’t matter. For the Holy Spirit speaks in ways that we cannot explain. (Romans 8:26-27) Don’t get me wrong prayer can be rote and there is nothing wrong with memorized prayers. They tie us to the church universal and bind us in unity. The greatest prayer of all is the rote prayer known as the Lord’s prayer. Spend a few minutes looking at this prayer. Really study it and your faith will grow. There is nothing wrong with repeating what has always been said. Still prayer should not stop there. We need to grow in knowledge and faithfulness. We should be growing in prayer so that as things happen in our lives, we are comfortable with lifting them to God in a ongoing conversation. Whether it is a concern for a family member, or ourselves, or a prayer of thanks for God’s many blessings.

My personal life of faith began with prayer and the first thing that I have done in many cases was pray. My wife and I prayed right after I proposed to her and right after the birth of each of our children. Both of our boys were prayed over before the first hour of their lives was up. A practice that continues to this day in my personal prayers is to pray for them and their mother. I want to encourage everyone to lift up their concerns to God in prayer and not to worry about what to say. Let the words flow from you. In fact it is even OK to start by saying “Lord I am not sure how to say this…” God understands our place. He understands our hearts and knows what we need before we even pray it. Still it is a good practice to talk with God. He even tells us to do this. “Come, let us reason together. (Isaiah 1:18a). This is God saying let’s talk about things and work them out together.

So take a few minutes to pray today. Remember that prayer is just talking to God and letting him know how you feel. Have a conversation of praying to God and listening to him in the Word. It is my prayer that everyone who reads this will grow in the knowledge of God and will grow in prayer.

In Jesus name, AMEN

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Listen

Have you heard the voice of God today? I mean it. I must confess I have never heard that voice at least out loud. I have felt Him working in my life but have never heard Him speak to me. Still as I sit here I wonder if anyone really listens. Last time we spoke about prayer and the importance of talking to God. Today I want to take a few minutes and talk about the other side: Listening. God does in fact speak to us on a regular basis. It is just that we all sometimes don’t know how to hear His voice. Each day is a chance to hear what God wants to tell us. Each day we get to have a conversation with the creator of the universe. How you may ask? It is a two part process. We speak to God in our prayers. He speaks to us in wonderful ways.

The first place that God speaks to us is in the examples of the people and places all around us. Martin Luther said that “The resurrection was not just in books alone but in every leaf of springtime. “All of the world around us is God speaking to us. We only have to know how to listen. From the humming of birds to the cry of a life beginning. Talk with someone who has been around for a few years with God and they can tell you how that voice sounds. They have heard it many times in their lives. In my own walk with God I have never heard that voice above a whisper. In fact the time I heard it the most was in court a few years ago. I had gone to court to pay a fine for a ticket I had gotten. I do not remember for what. I was ready to admit my mistake and take the penalty for my error in judgment. The judge looked at me and then looked for my accuser, in this case the officer who wrote the ticket. Noticing that he was not in the room, she threw the case out. At that moment I heard God. He showed me a parallel to his courtroom. Where we will all stand in judgment ready to plead guilty for our sins. Yet at that moment God will see our faith in His Son and proclaim us innocent in His eyes.

Second and most important, He speaks to us in His Word. The Bible is God speaking to us. Open it’s pages and let certain verses will move you in a way that you have never been moved before. The Bible is as relative and powerful to us as it was when it was first written ages ago. There are verses dealing with every issue we face in this life. From dealing with temptation where we are told to” resist the devil and he must flee.” (James 4:7) to words of encouragement like (Psalm 27:14 ), to the beautiful words of praise when things are going good. (Psalm 65:8). God’s word is “a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.” (Psalm 119:105)

These are the voices of God that we are listening for and sometimes miss in the moments of our lives when God is doing the talking. The difference is that this is not the big booming voice we imagine he had at creation. It is a quiet still voice that you have to listen to hear. There is so much more that can be said about the voice of God. We could go on talking for the rest of our days of the examples that are there to hear His voice. But to do so would miss a key ingredient to hearing the voice of God.
We must lift our prayers to God to chat with him and then be still and quiet to hear his voice. For it is in the quiet times that we are most able to hear what our heavenly Father is saying. When our hearts are open, our ears are listening and our mouths are shut we can in fact here the voice of God.

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Cement – 3rd in the series

OK, I admit it. When I came to this point in my writing I was stumped. After all we have been looking at how God builds us as His temple. We have a plan in place and have dug out a hole. The question is now what? What is the next step in the process and what does it mean?

Well the next step is to build a foundation. To make it strong and able to stand up to the things of this world that is going to push against it. In simple terms you need concrete. Cement is powerful stuff. It is able to withstand all sorts of temperatures and weather patterns. So we need something just as powerful in our Spiritual Body. But what was it?

My mind was drawing a blank and I almost missed seeing the most important thing of all. The cement that we need to build our house upon: God’s Word. That is right the Bible, itself, is the cement that we need. After all a short look through it gives us hope and strength to endure through all sorts of things The Bible is in fact a rod and lamp unto my feet. (Psalm 119:105)  It is the word of God that David speaks of in psalm 23 Verse 4 where he calls it “A rod and a staff.”  It is this wonderful book that provides protection when the winds of this world blow against it.  It is the foundation that needs to be strong so we can handle the tough matters of life. A foundation built upon the cement of faith, in Christ and cemented if you will in the words of Christ. The living Word of God is what Jesus spoke of when he told the parable of the wise and foolish builders. (Matthew 7:24-27, Luke 6:47-49)

It is this word that we live on for more than our daily bread. Man cannot live on bread alone, but on the very word of God” Jesus tells Satan at his temptation in the dessert. So how do we do this?  That answer is simple: we spend time in the Word. We do so on a daily basis with our personal devotion and on a regular basis with the people of Christ. Time in the word should not be skipped by anyone. Mixing cement to build our foundation takes time. Time that we need to have. You have to mix it and smooth it out and form a foundation to build on. God’s word is that for us. After all when it comes to dealing with things in this life the Holy Bible has all the answers and that is a foundation we can build upon, because it always points to Christ and his rock solid promises

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Letter to a Pre-Teen

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Hebrews 10:24

Letter to a Pre-Teen

I look at you my child and think back to the days gone by and sigh. I think about the things you are about to go through and wonder. You are growing up so fast and I want to tell you so many things before you leave the nest. I want to show you compassion and the joy of helping your fellow man. I want you to grow in knowledge and yet retain your innocence of sin and the world. Yet I know that will not happen. The tugs and pulls of this world are a strong thing to deal with. I think about the next ten years of your life and I find myself on my knees a lot. I pray that God will protect you during the teenage years as you grow and become the person he wants you to be. I pray that for the relationships that you will have are pure and holy ones. I pray that God will show you His glory in the friends you keep. In the next ten years you will continue to grow into the person God wants you to be and I will be there as a guide. I have always been your guide. Since your birth I have tried to show you importance of putting God first in your life. I have given you His Holy Word and soon will show you a better way to read it. I have taught you the important things like the Ten Commandments, the Creeds and the Lord’s Prayer. Soon I will teach you what they mean. Soon way to soon you will leave the protection of my wings and fly with your own off to full fill what God wants from you. You will full fill His purpose for your life. I will be there to cheer you on as you fly away. Still as you go through the next decade my son, remember the things that I taught you already. Be a man of prayer. Stay faithful to the word of God. Keep me in the loop as to what is going on in your life. I am proud of you my son for the things you have already done. As you reach for the stars with your dreams stay rooted in the faith of your youth.