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Daily Devotions (Page 2)

Daily Devotions (Page 2)

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.

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…
Business As Usual

Business As Usual | Lent Devotion

Business As Usual Daily Devotion for Lent | Tuesday, March 19 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16 What happens when “business as usual” is sin? Think of the merchants and the money changers, sitting there comfortably in the large temple court, doing business just as they had done every day for years. Listen to the lambs bleating and the pigeons calling from their cages. Don’t breathe too…
What She Could

What She Could | Lent Devotion

What She Could Daily Devotion for Lent | Monday, March 18 “She has done what she could …” Mark 14:8 Six days before Passover, Mary and Martha gave a dinner party in honor of Jesus at the home of Simon the leper. This wasn’t long after Jesus raised their brother Lazarus from the dead, and no doubt their hearts were full of thankfulness and joy. Mary was so moved that she took the opportunity to pour extremely expensive perfumed ointment…
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Harder Than A Stone | Lent Devotion

Harder Than A Stone Daily Devotion for Lent | Sunday, March 17 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” Luke 19:39-40 Crowds of people had come to Jerusalem during Passover. When they heard Jesus was coming, they took palm branches and went out to meet Him. Others cut branches from the trees in the fields. They lay…
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For The Lord | Daily Lent Devotion

For The Lord Daily Devotion for Lent | Saturday, March 16 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” Luke 19:33-34 “The Lord has need of it.” What a beautiful message Jesus sent to the donkey’s owner that first Palm Sunday! No wonder the donkey’s owner let the disciples take it immediately. Wouldn’t you, if Jesus sent a message like that?…
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Why? | Daily Lent Devotion

Why? Daily Devotion for Lent | Friday, March 15 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” John 11:21 I wonder what Lazarus thought of it. He was very ill—his sisters were worried, and they sent word to Jesus so He could come quickly and heal him. Then they waited. And waited. I can just see Martha leaning out the door of her house, looking down the road. Why didn’t Jesus come?…
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Better Than We Dared To Hope | Daily Lent Devotion

Better Than We Dared To Hope Daily Devotion for Lent | Thursday, March 14 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 I love the conversation between Martha and Jesus on the day He comes to her home…
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A Place For Thomas | Daily Lent Devotion

A Place For Thomas Daily Devotion for Lent | Wednesday, March 13 [Jesus] said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” … So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” John 11:11, 16 I love Thomas. Here’s Jesus saying incomprehensible stuff about Lazarus being asleep—no, dead—wait, what exactly do You mean, Jesus? And why are You planning to go back to…