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the son of god? lent devotion. people of the passion. immanuel lutheran church lcms. joplin missouri.

The Son Of God? | Lent Devotion

The Son Of God? Daily Devotion for Lent | Friday, April 12 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54 The centurion and his soldiers were keeping watch over the dying Jesus. As the hours wore on, they heard those words mentioned again and again: “The Son of God … the Son…
in the shadow of the cross. lent devotion. people of the passion. immanuel lutheran church lcms. joplin missouri.

In The Shadow Of The Cross | Lent Devotion

In The Shadow Of The Cross Daily Devotion for Lent | Thursday, April 11 They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots. John 19:24 It’s a grim picture—Jesus hanging on the cross, while beneath Him, several Roman soldiers gamble for His clothing. It’s tempting to condemn the soldiers for what they were doing. It’s offensive. They shouldn’t be doing that! But from their point of view, they were only doing their jobs. They had taken…
standing by. lent devotion. people of the promise. immanuel lutheran church lcms. joplin missouri.

Standing By | Lent Devotion

Standing By Daily Devotion for Lent | Wednesday, April 10 “Do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once send Me more than twelve legions of angels?” Matthew 26:53  When we think about the people involved in Jesus’ arrest, suffering, and death, we often forget the invisible ones—the ones behind the scenes watching. But Jesus reminds us when He says to Peter at His arrest, “Do you think that I cannot appeal to…
safety. lent devotion. people of the passion. immanuel lutheran church lcms. joplin missouri.

Safety | Lent Devotion

Safety Daily Devotion for Lent | Tuesday, April 9 “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.” Luke 23:28 As Jesus walks to the place where He will be crucified, a large crowd is following Him. Some of them are women who are grieving and weeping for Him. Jesus turns to speak to them. That in itself is surprising. Jesus has already been scourged, and He is now so weak that the…
Curious. People Of The Passion. Lent Devotion.

Curious | Lent Devotion

Curious Daily Devotion for Lent | Tuesday, March 26 The servant girl at the door said to Peter, “You also are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?” John 18:17 She was a servant girl minding the front door. It was a busy night—the whole Sanhedrin assembled, and the preacher Jesus of Nazareth on trial before them! She did her job, letting everybody in and shutting the door—and then one of the men came back to ask a favor.…
Glory And Shame. People Of The Passion.

Glory And Shame | Lent Devotion

Glory And Shame Daily Devotion for Lent | Monday, March 25 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:27 What an embarrassing story! A young man tried to follow Jesus when He was arrested in Gethsemane, but the crowd seized on him, and grabbed his clothing. He escaped by running away completely naked. Who was this young man? What do we know about him? Not a whole lot, though we can guess…
Jackson Comfort Dog

In Memory of Jackson Comfort Dog

Thanking God For More Than Eight Years Of Gentle Service March 24, 2019. It is with great sadness that we share the unexpected passing of our beloved Comfort Dog, Jackson. While playing and enjoying the warm sunshine with his brother Louie earlier this afternoon, Jackson died very quickly of an apparent heart attack. In the Summer of 2011, Jackson began serving as the official Comfort Dog of Martin Luther School in Joplin. With a joyful, gentle disposition and irresistibly-soft, golden…
Healing His Enemies

Healing His Enemies | Lent Devotion

Healing His Enemies Daily Devotion for Lent | Sunday, March 24 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you …” Luke 6:27 Just a man, rubbing his ear now and then. I suspect that’s what we would have seen if we could have visited the high priest’s house during the weeks after Easter. The man was a servant, and his action would probably go unnoticed. What could be less important? But…
Who's In Charge?

Who’s In Charge? | Lent Devotion

Who’s In Charge? Daily Devotion for Lent | Saturday, March 23 The officers answered, “No one ever spoke like this man!” John 7:46 The crowd of soldiers and officers who came to arrest Jesus must have been disconcerted. Jesus wasn’t behaving like anyone they’d captured before. To begin with, He stepped forward to meet them, instead of hiding in the darkness. “Who are you looking for?” He asked. When they answered, “Jesus of Nazareth,” He calmly identified Himself: “I am…
Living Among Holy Things

Living Among Holy Things | Lent Devotion

Living Among Holy Things Daily Devotion for Lent | Friday, March 22 They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” Matthew 27:4 What kind of men are these? Though they are priests—chief priests!—they seem to feel no shame at all about offering silver to Judas to betray his master. I hope they at least had the decency not to use money that came out of the temple offerings! And when Judas shows up later, full of remorse,…
Jesus For Dinner

Jesus For Dinner | Lent Devotion

Jesus For Dinner Daily Devotion for Lent | Thursday, March 21 “Tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?’” Luke 22:11 Have you ever thought what it would be like to have Jesus over for dinner? Just imagine the storm of cooking and cleaning that would go on! You’d want to have everything perfect—a table beautifully set up, dishes and utensils and napkins…
Doing His Job

Doing His Job | Lent Devotion

Doing His Job Daily Devotion for Lent | Wednesday, March 20 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21 It was an odd thing for Jesus to say: “Look for a man carrying a jar of water.” This was Judea; men didn’t normally carry water, that was a woman’s job. The disciples must have wondered. Still, they were used to Jesus by then; they did it without arguing. I also wonder about the man carrying…