Celebrating National Lutheran Schools Week – Day 3

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Concordia Publishing House is praying for our Lutheran educators celebrating National Lutheran Schools Week 2018. It’s Still All About Jesus. We are thankful for the opportunity to support and share in the mission of nearly 2,300 Lutheran preschools, elementary schools and high schools. May God continue to bless your work!

Celebrating National Lutheran Schools Week – Day 2

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Concordia Publishing House is praying for our Lutheran educators celebrating National Lutheran Schools Week 2018. It’s Still All About Jesus. We are thankful for the opportunity to support and share in the mission of nearly 2,300 Lutheran preschools, elementary schools and high schools. May God continue to bless your work!

Thursday

Life Eternal

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I love to sing! To receive my elementary education degree, I was required to take one semester of piano. To say I was a miserable piano student would be an understatement. My piano skills were so lacking, my piano professor made me promise never to touch a piano again. He did, however, encourage me to take voice lessons.

Wednesday

Father Forgive

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“I’m sorry! It won’t ever happen again.” How many times have you heard this line from a student in your classroom? The typical student is pretty good with the “I’m sorry!” but they tend to fall short on the “It won’t ever happen again.”

Tuesday

Welcome to the Family

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I love my church family! Since I’ve rarely had family close by, my church family has always been very important. Every Sunday, I look forward to talking with the parents of my son’s grade-school classmate after church. I smile at the joy-filled sounds of the three-year-old twin girls who sit behind me in church, especially when they just can’t wait to show me their new sparkly fashion accessories.

Monday

Holy Spirit, Light Divine

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You may remember a time when the Church used the term Holy Ghost for the Third Person of the Trinity. I admit I was very confused about the Holy Ghost as a kid. This confusion was best demonstrated for me at my cousin Jim’s Baptism. John, his older brother, was about three or four at the time and went up with his family for the Baptism. As the pastor baptized Jim in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, John’s eyes popped open wide in terror as he loudly repeated, “Ghost?”

Thursday

That I May Be His Own

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“That I may be His own . . .” What a reassurance those words are to me. They bring to mind the way I felt when I was away at college or my first job and would finally get to come home. I loved college and being out on my own, but there was nothing as warm and wonderful as coming to the place where I belonged, to my family. Being all on my own could be pretty scary and lonely at times

Wednesday

How Much Are You Worth?

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How much are you worth? I suppose it might depend on whom you ask. You’re worth a whole lot to your spouse, your kids, your parents, and your students. To the stranger on the street, maybe not so much, right? To someone who doesn’t like you, probably even less.

Tuesday

Lost and Condemned

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Lost and condemned? Really? I may have messed up a few things in my life, but I’m not that bad, am I? Really? Heavy sigh. I don’t like to think about who I really am, deep down at my core, deep down in my original sin. I don’t want to be lost or condemned. That feels awful, but it’s true. I am fully aware that without my Savior, Jesus, I would be lost and condemned for eternity.