Daily Devotions (Page 6)

Daily Devotions (Page 6)

Feeding Faith, Connecting People

Read Daily Devotions from Immanuel Lutheran Church. It is our goal to be a congregation “Grounded in Christ, Guided by Grace, Growing to Serve” our Joplin community. Devotions are posted at special times of the church year. We hope you enjoy them and come back to hear more.

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The Image On A Coin

The Image On A Coin Daily Devotion for Lent | Sunday, February 25, 2018 Read Mark 12:13-17. And He said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” … (Mark 12:16b) Here again we have the leaders trying to trap Jesus in His own words. “Does God want us to pay taxes to Caesar or not? What does His Law say?” They knew very well that if He said, “Pay them,” He would be in trouble with the people, who…
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Pay Your Taxes?

Pay Your Taxes? Daily Devotion for Lent | Saturday, February 24, 2018 Read Matthew 17:24-27. When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” (Matthew 17:24) The two-drachma tax was something that every Jewish man was supposed to pay for the support of the temple. So when the collectors came to Peter about it, they probably wanted to know whether Jesus was a good temple-supporting…
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New Clothes

New Clothes Daily Devotion for Lent | Friday, February 23, 2018 Read Luke 8:26-39. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. (Luke 8:35) The story of the demon-possessed man of the Gerasenes starts out as a horror tale. The poor man was afflicted with thousands of demons—thus…
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Asleep In The Boat

Asleep In The Boat Daily Devotion for Lent | Thursday, February 22, 2018 Read Mark 4:1-2, 35-41. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:37-38) He must have been really tired. After preaching all day, Jesus is asleep in…
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Gathering Grain

Gathering Grain Daily Devotion for Lent | Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Read Mark 2:23-28. One Sabbath He was going through the grain fields, and as they made their way, His disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And the Pharisees were saying to Him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” (Mark 2:23-24) “I feel like I’m being nibbled to death by ducks.” Have you ever heard anybody say that? It’s a good description of…
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Better Than A Pool

Better Than A Pool Daily Devotion for Lent | Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Read John 5:1-17. One man was there who had been an invalid for 38 years…. He said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” (John 5:5, 6b) Jesus came to the pool of Bethesda, where there were crowds of sick people lying by the pool. Legend said an angel came down and stirred the pool’s water once in a while. The people believed that the first…
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A Hole In The Roof

A Hole In The Roof Daily Devotion for Lent | Monday, February 19, 2018 Read Mark 2:1-12. And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”…
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Respect For The Scripture?

Respect For The Scripture? Daily Devotion for Lent | Sunday, February 18, 2018   Read Luke 4:16-30. And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as was His custom, He went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and He stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to Him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place … And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been…
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What’s In The Jar?

WHAT’S IN THE JAR? Daily Devotion for Lent | Saturday, February 17, 2018 Read John 2:1-11. Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. (John 2:6) There were several stone water jars in the house at Cana, meant to be used for washing. These were good-sized jars. They were probably nearly waist high. Filling them up with water would take some time. But once they were filled, the…
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Nets Or Hooks?

NETS OR HOOKS? Daily Devotion for Lent | Friday, February 16, 2018 Read Mark 1:16-20. Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” (Mark 1:16-17) When I was a child, we would often camp at Kern River in the Sierras and go trout fishing. My family had…
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Stones Or Bread?

STONES OR BREAD? Daily Devotion for Lent | Thursday, February 15, 2018 Read Matthew 4:1-4. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” (Matthew 4:3) I suppose the stones by Jesus’ feet looked a little like loaves of bread. To someone who had gone hungry for over a month, they probably really looked like bread. But they weren’t. Nobody wants a mouthful of rocks. And…
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Saved Through Water

Saved Through Water Daily Devotion for Lent | Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (Ash Wednesday) Read Mark 1:9-11. And when He came up out of the water, immediately He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. (Mark 1:10) Water is hard to talk about because it carries so many meanings. Water is a symbol of life— before birth we develop in the water of our mothers’ bodies, and gushing water is a sign…