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Devotion: The Plot against Jesus

Many of the people who had come to visit Mary saw what Jesus did, and they believed in him. But some of them returned to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the Pharisees and the chief priests met with the Council and said, “What shall we do? Look at all the...
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Devotion: Great Expectations

Luke 12:48 “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.” I grew up in a very small, conservative Wisconsin Synod church in Buffalo, Minnesota. In that church, my friends and I were...
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Devotion: A Christmas Alleluia

“Alleluia, alleluia, Christ, the Savior of the world, He has come! Alleluia, alleluia, To the highest name of all, Alleluia!” (Lyrics from Chris Tomlin’s ‘A Christmas Alleluia’) Alleluia, or hallelujah, means “Praise the Lord”. It is a word I have sung and spoken many times. But...
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Devotion: Hearing and accepting God’s call

And Mary said: “My soul glories the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Might One has done great things for me – holy is his name. His mercy extends to...
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Devotion: The Good News

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”— “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for...
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Devotion: Magnificat

My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid; For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; Because He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name; And His mercy is...
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Devotion: Always be joyful, prayerful, thankful

  Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 In the past few years I’ve heard exasperated complaints from “older” adults about young people using text...
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Devotion: Synergy

I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor. John 4:38 Synergy. I’ll admit it, I didn’t know what the word meant until I Googled it-to cooperate with another or others to remedy something. “When...
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Devotion: Seek first to understand

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and deep is the love of Christ. Ephesians 3: 17-18 In “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” author Steven Covey counsels us to:...
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Devotion: Thinking Win / Win

A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become...
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Devotion: Putting first things first

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,...
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Devotion: Adversity

  But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but...
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