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  • Do We Listen to Too Much Music?

    Do We Listen to Too Much Music?

    I was recently listening to a podcast in which one of the hosts shared a personal anecdote about his attempt to not listen to music all day. He briefly related how he realized he had...

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  • From 9 to 5: Serving God at Work

    From 9 to 5: Serving God at Work

    What might be a milestone when it comes to your work? It could mean celebrating years of service or the completion of a major project. Perhaps it’s a promotion or, even better,...

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  • Israel’s Story in Nehemiah

    Israel’s Story in Nehemiah

    The following is an excerpt from volume 1 of The Lutheran Bible Companion on the happenings in Israel during the time of Nehemiah. Nehemiah Travels to Jerusalem and Serves ...

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  • Jesus Fulfills the Prophecy of Psalm 22

    Jesus Fulfills the Prophecy of Psalm 22

    God will never abandon me, and that’s no casting of lots. When I was a child, I recall an instance when our family went to shop at the mall on the south side of the city where we...

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  • What Makes a ‘Happy’ Year?

    What Makes a ‘Happy’ Year?

    What is happiness? This can be a difficult question to answer. In the context of a new year, having an answer probably feels like a key to a good year. Pastor Keith Haney offers a...

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  • God’s Gifts in James

    God’s Gifts in James

    The following is an excerpt from Dr. Curtis Giese’s Concordia Commentary on James. It considers God’s role as a gift giver and unchanging figure.

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  • Three Lessons from Learning to See Faith in Films

    Three Lessons from Learning to See Faith in Films

    I love watching movies. The experience goes beyond enjoying the story unfold before your eyes. I love the discussion that comes after the movie. Asking your friends or family what they...

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  • Devotion for the Commemoration of J. K. Wilhelm Loehe, Pastor

    Devotion for the Commemoration of J. K. Wilhelm Loehe, Pastor

    Today we remember nineteenth-century German pastor Wilhelm Loehe, and we read an excerpt from one of his writings as recorded in The Pastor.

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  • Devotion for the Circumcision and Name of Jesus

    Devotion for the Circumcision and Name of Jesus

    The devotional reading for today is adapted from Concordia Pulpit Resources and focuses on the significance of receiving God’s name.

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  • Devotion for New Year’s Eve

    Devotion for New Year’s Eve

    As we anticipate the beginning of the new year tomorrow, we focus on the Gospel of the day and read a devotion from Reformation Heritage Bible Commentary: Luke.

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  • Featured Church Music for Lent

    Featured Church Music for Lent

    If you’re looking for some special music to incorporate into your repertoire this season, here are some of our recently added Lenten selections to check out. 

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  • Reading for the Commemoration of David

    Reading for the Commemoration of David

    On the commemoration of David, we read an excerpt from Concordia Commentary: 1 Samuel and remember why God chose David to succeed Saul as king of Israel.

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  • Reading for the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

    Reading for the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

    As we mourn the Holy Innocents today, we read a comforting devotion from the book Heaven.

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  • The Word for Your New Year

    The Word for Your New Year

    Soon, we will (or perhaps we already have) see and hear what people are resolving to accomplish in the next year. In the past few years, I’ve noticed a new way to make resolutions....

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  • Devotion for the Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

    Devotion for the Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

    As we remember the apostle John today, we read a devotion taken from a sermon in Sermons for Feasts, Festivals, and Occasions: Selections from Concordia Pulpit Resources.

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  • Why Do Christians Celebrate Communion at Christmas?

    Why Do Christians Celebrate Communion at Christmas?

    When I was a child, my church always sang “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” on Christmas Day as the Communion elements were processed into the sanctuary. The congregation would start...

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  • Overlooked December Feast Days

    Overlooked December Feast Days

    Toward the end of December, there are several feast days that tend to get overlooked as we celebrate Advent and Christmas. Let’s take a few minutes to draw our attention to these...

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  • Pondering Christ in Our Work as Church Musicians

    Pondering Christ in Our Work as Church Musicians

    A common complaint in our modern culture is the swiftness of time. It seems like every month we look at each other and ask, “Where did the last month go?” For church musicians, this is...

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  • The Six Properties of Eternal Life

    The Six Properties of Eternal Life

    The following excerpt is adapted from Philipp Nicolai’s The Joy of Eternal Life, a systematic theology of God’s gift of heaven. Below, the first of Nicolai’s “six properties” is featured. 

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  • Expectations: January 2022 Everyday Faith Calendar

    Expectations: January 2022 Everyday Faith Calendar

    “It wasn’t what I was expecting, Mom.”   Those reflective words from my five-year-old come from countless experiences of navigating transitions and life together. The intersection of...

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