Everything listed under: devotion

  • The Greatest War Story Ever Told

    Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God!   Read More...

  • Are we Putting God to the Test?

    Then the Devil took him into the holy city. He placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, and he said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written:He will command his angels concerning you.And they will lift you up in their hands,so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”Jesus said to him, “Again, it is written:You shall not test the Lord your God.” (Matthew 4:5-7 EHV)As we return to public worship, one concern that God-fearing Ch...  Read More...

  • Our God Alone Can Save Us

    Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. 2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live. I will make music to my God as long as I exist. 3 Do not trust in human helpers, in a mortal man who cannot save you. 4 His spirit departs.   Read More...

  • Safe and Secure Under the Watch of the Good Shepherd

    My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish.   Read More...

  • Be Patient – God Is In Control!

    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to give you peace, not disaster, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)What parent has not experienced this scenario in some form or fashion? Children testing their parents' patience. Kids almost seem to have an inborn trait that knows exactly how to push their parents' buttons.“Mommy, When are we leaving?”“Daddy, How long before we get there?”“Daddy, Why is it ta...  Read More...

  • Do we have to obey the Government?

    Everyone must submit to the governing authorities. For no authority exists except by God, and the authorities that do exist have been established by God. Therefore the one who rebels against the authority is opposing God’s institution, and those who oppose will bring judgment on themselves. (Romans 13:1-2—EHV)It seems as if most people lately are feeling one of two ways: fear or frustration.   Read More...

  • The Battle Is Won!

    “Death is swallowed up in victory.  Death, where is your sting?  Grave, where is your victory?  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”    (1 Corinthians 15:54-57)Around 200 years ago, while the young country of America was involved in the War of 1812 with Britain, the commander of Fort McHenry in Baltimore asked Mary Pickersgill to sew...  Read More...

  • Sin Has Been Defeated

    “For the wages of sin is death, but the undeserved gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23)Pastor Frey reminded us very well in today’s Good Friday sermon that Jesus won the battle over sin, death and the power of the devil by his death on the cross. Why did Jesus come? It was because of his love for sinners like us who deserve only the punishment of eternal death in hell.   Read More...

  • The Calm before the Storm

    “When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days it will be the Passover, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” (Matthew 26:1-2 —EHV)Today is what is often called, “Silent Wednesday.” Scripture has much to say about the events of Holy Week—in fact, almost half of John’s Gospel (12-20) take place during Holy Week. We know Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and E...  Read More...

  • What’s Your Grade?

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6)Solomon, the author of these two short verses, commands us to do three things. I would like you to evaluate how well you have been doing at following these specific commands.   Read More...