Category Archives: Devotions

Of Course

It is, of course, by Jesus’ command that I was baptized. –Bo Giertz, To Live with Christ

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Hymns to Learn

I have a catechism which belonged to my great-great uncle, Fred Schindeldecker. He was confirmed in 1891. The catechism is an 1889 Dietrich Catechism. On the final pages of the catechism, there is a list of hymns and hymn verses … Continue reading

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Lord, Have Mercy

Our practice of home devotions has evolved over the last several years. Naturally, as the children have grown, our devotions have grown as well. The tricky thing, I suppose, with a family that spans several ages, is to find something … Continue reading

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Agnus Dei Video

A couple years ago I posted an audio clip of the men of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary singing the Agnus Dei during Lent. This evening I added a few pictures to the audio and I post it here for your devotional … Continue reading

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In this and every place

In one of the orders we use for evening devotions at home, we pray this petition: For those who work to bring peace, justice, health, and protection in this and every place, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have … Continue reading

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The Sign of the Cross

One month ago, Pastor Dan Walters wrote a great post on his blog about the practice of making “The Sign of the Holy Cross.” He wrote about how Dr. Martin Luther encouraged the practice in these instructions in his Small … Continue reading

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Love and Marriage

The fact that we can fall in love is a gift from God, but it has to be handled according to God’s will. The natural avenue to a marriage is through falling in love deeply and seriously. Love is more … Continue reading

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Daily Prayers

I just love beginning the day with: O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to this new day. Defend us with your mighty power and grant that this day we neither fall into … Continue reading

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Let the Children Come

As I was getting ready for bed this evening, I turned to today’s selection from the book of devotions I am reading this year, called To Live with Christ by Bo Giertz. The devotions are arranged by the church year, … Continue reading

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There’s something incredibly encouraging about sitting around a full dinner table with a fully lit Advent wreath, singing hymns of Advent and Christmas.

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