Daily Devotionals

Luke 10:29-37

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii[a] and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Luke 10:29-37

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John 2:1-11

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
John 2:1-11

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Fingerprints

Last month I went with some of our high school students and adult leaders to see Bob Goff speak at a church in Edmond. His book, Love Does, is a wonderfully entertaining collection of stories from his own life and people he’s met. Through his stories he weaves interweaves messages of what he’s learned about who Jesus is, what God is showing him through these experiences, and showing love to others. 

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Grace

God‘s grace is truly amazing. Wrapped into our concept of grace are so many wonderful parts of our life of faith. Grace is God’s presence in our lives. We are not alone as we walk the journey of life. Deuteronomy states, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be in dread of them: for it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

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Adam & Eve

There are so many popular Bible Stories that I remember learning when I was a little girl; Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the Big Fish, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Jesus’ birth, Easter. There were great lessons in each one of them, and usually a fun song or craft to help me remember. We are still teaching these stories in Children’s Sunday School, here at St. Luke’s, and the Bible lessons are just as relevant today as they’ve ever been.

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Shepherd

One of my favorite Bible passages is Psalm 23.  Here it is from the King James version:

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the stillwaters. 
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me 
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

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MLK

Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His ministry and leadership served to point our country towards a better way of living, a better way of treating one another. His words, his work, his sacrifice helped establish a better world filled with freedom and love for all of humanity. Dr. King was a leader of a movement that brought long-over-due change to a society that many people to be to be oppressed, simply because of the color of their skin. Dr. King’s work was a catalyst for change and stands a reminder today that there is still much work to be done.

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Luke 15:11-24

And he said, “There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.’ And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have fed on[a] the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry.

Luke 15:11-24

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John 1:14-18

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John bore witness to him, and cried, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.’”) And from his fulness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.
John 1:14-18

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Share your story

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the encounter that Jesus has with the Samaritan woman at the well in the fourth chapter of John’s gospel. Jesus meets this woman in the middle of the day who seems to clearly be trying to avoid other people. In those days, it would have been unthinkable for a Jewish man to speak to a Samaritan woman, and yet Jesus calls out to her and they begin to talk about her life and who he is. The woman is amazed at Jesus so she immediately goes back to town and tells everyone that she has encountered the Messiah, and she knows this because he told her everything about her life.

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