Thursday

He Will Command His Angels Concerning You

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My guardian angel logs frequent flyer miles.
We once followed a blizzard across the western United States while trying to get home for Christmas.
As we reached the top of an incline in icy Utah mountains, blowing snow concealed a semi stopped in our lane. With little time to respond, our guardian angel kicked, and we slid to the right, unharmed but stuck in a snow-packed ditch. We tried to dig out with large cups until other stopped travelers had mercy on us and pushed us out.

Wednesday

The Law Is Our Delight

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Is your classroom full of tattlers? Kindergartners are notorious for tattling. They are very aware of the rules and the disciplinary actions that occur when the rules are broken. They love to point out their peers’ mistakes. The world and its rules are very black or white for young children. They see things in the simplest way and don’t question the rules. Well, most of the time. Rules are good and they know it. You have classroom rules. Some are similar to other classes; some are different.

Tuesday

Teach Me Your Statutes

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Have you ever played the game Would You Rather? This is a simple question-and-answer game where one person describes two scenarios and the other person must decide which scenario they would rather experience. Typically, these are not pleasant scenarios. Let’s practice. Would you rather be stuck in so much snow that you couldn’t leave your house for three months? Or, would you rather be stuck on a desert island without any form of communication? My answer would be–neither! Given the choice of experiencing a difficult time, I think we all would choose to opt out.

Monday

Forget Not All His Benefits

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Have you experienced recalling a memory with a friend or relative and finding that you remembered different things? This phenomenon causes us to wonder what differentiates what we remember from what we forget.

Thursday

The Struggle to Forgive

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“I’ll never forgive that!” Have you thought this about someone, or even about yourself?
Forgiveness isn’t easy. In fact, it’s impossible without the Spirit’s work within us.
Interactions with other people sometimes become angry, bitter, and bruised. Our sharp communication skills often fall flat. We harbor grudges, self-righteously demanding behavior from others that we can’t maintain. We fake high ground with low behavior.

Wednesday

Opening and Closing Doors

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    Confession What is the Office of the Keys?   The Office of the Keys is that special authority which Christ has given to His church on earth to forgive the sins of repentant sinners, but to withhold forgiveness from the unrepentant as long as they do not repent.   he jingling keys on the school janitor’s belt caught …

Tuesday

Every Little Thing

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History records Martin Luther as a champion confessor. As a young monk, Luther’s sins tortured him so persistently that he confessed for hours to Dr. Johann von Staupitz, his supervisor, mentor, and personal confessor. Luther also fasted rigorously and imposed other self-punishments for his sins, but they offered little relief.

Thursday

New Life!

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None of us want to die, right? Wrong. The sad truth is that many people do want to die and each year they succeed in taking their own lives. As of 2016, the second leading cause of death among teenagers ages fifteen to nineteen is suicide (http://www.ahchealthenews.com/2016/07/18/suicide-now-second-leading-cause-death-teens/). This breaks my heart.

Wednesday

New Birth in Baptism

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Cleansing and birth are not at all synonymous in my mind. In fact, when I think back to the birth of my children, I’m more apt to think, “Eeesh, what a messy process.” Birth is not at all clean. But the “washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” is an entirely different prospect