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First Things - March 4, 2020 - A Little Lesson

This Sunday, we will use The Conclusion of the Ten Commandments as our Confession of Faith.  Can you still recite it?   THE CONCLUSION   What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, "I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for...

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First Things January 29, 2020

Devotion The following devotion was written by WELS Pastor Andrew Schroer and appeared on his Facebook page 364 Days of Thanksgiving.    When I got home from church on Sunday, I sat down and turned on my phone.  Facebook was blowing up.  Kobe Bryant, one of the...

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First Things January 23, 2020

Devotion I trust that we all realize that none of us are perfect.  In every aspect of our life, a battle wages – a battle between what the Bible calls our “sinful nature” or “flesh” (see Romans 7:18) and our “new self” (see Ephesians...

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First Things January 16, 2020

Devotion 30 When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the Lord your God and obey him.  31 For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you...

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First Things December 18, 2019

Devotion Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)   What causes you to rejoice? Is it when your sports team wins a close game, or...

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First Things - December 5, 2019

Devotion Joni (pronounced “Johnny”) Eareckson was an active American teenager, growing up in a Christian family.  At age 17, she dove off a boat into the Chesapeake Bay, not realizing that the water was less than three feet deep.  Her spinal cord was injured in the dive and...

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First Things November 27, 2019

Devotion   Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.  His love endures forever.  Psalm 136:1   Many of us speak these words at meal time, right after Come Lord Jesus…although we may substitute mercy for love.    Psalm 136 is an unusual...

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First Things – November 13, 2019

Devotion From Jesus’ Parable of the Minas, A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return.  So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas, ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come...

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First Things - Nov 6

Devotion No one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.  Romans 3:20   The name of Leopold Loyka is not a household name. Nevertheless, Leopold Loyka is the man who made one of the most...

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First Things - Luther, Africa & Called Workers

Devotion God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 There are larger-than-life size statues of Martin Luther at all four of our WELS worker training schools.  My favorite is the one at Wisconsin...

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