Posts from August 2020

Posts from August 2020

Not an Order

The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” (Acts 16:29-31) Roman jailers were Soldiers with a special MOS. It was a safe assignment—unless your prisoner escaped. A jailer who lost a prisoner lost his life. Knowing this adds clarity and urgency to the situation…

Christian Service Members’ Handbook

When Christian military members are called into service, this pocket-sized faith and worship resource helps them take God’s Word wherever they’re sent. The book contains prayers for: • Specific military topics • The church season • Morning and Evening devotional orders • Scripture • Hymns from Christian Worship with musical notation and guitar chords • Portions of Luther’s Small Catechism The Christian Service Members’ Handbook was developed by Lutheran Military Support Group, WELS Special Ministries, and NPH to help believers…

Dumbfounded

Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region (Mark 5:17). Sometimes the angels must be dumbfounded at what humans say and do. Sometimes they must shake their heads at our dangerous foolishness. The plea, “Oh come, oh come, Immanuel” rose from the voices of God’s people, the Israelites, for millennia of Old Testament time. He finally came. He was standing before them. He had come to rescue them. And what was their response? They pleaded with him to leave.…

Church Militant

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:11,12). The follower of Jesus is always at war. He remains in the Church Militant until…

Trusting not Testing

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’’’ (Matthew 4:7) Perhaps it’s surprising to hear Satan quoting the Bible from memory. Maybe it would not surprise us to learn that he does so with evil intent. To Jesus, he quoted from Psalm 91. He did not add to the verse. He did not subtract from it. He did, however, misapply it. These are the divine words of assurance to which he…