A Treasured Prayer from My Grandfather-in-Law

Years ago, my grandfather-in-law, Pete Austin, gave me this prayer/poem from Henry van Dyke that he cherished and memorized. I came across it today in my studies. It encouraged and challenged my heart again and I hope it will do the same for you: "These are the gifts I ask Of thee, Spirit serene: Strength … Continue reading A Treasured Prayer from My Grandfather-in-Law

The Fear that Releases Us from All Other Fears

The fear of the Lord releases us from the bondage to all other fears. What does Jesus tell us his followers when he wants to calm our fearful hearts? When Jesus wants to calm the fearful hearts of His followers, he tells us to fear God! He says in Luke 12:4-5: “I tell you, my … Continue reading The Fear that Releases Us from All Other Fears

The Psalter Lesson for Reformation Sunday – A Responsive Reading

Our Psalter Lesson highlights God’s protection of us, God’s presence with us, and God’s power for us that instills the courage to face and conquer fear. Let us read responsively Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though … Continue reading The Psalter Lesson for Reformation Sunday – A Responsive Reading

Martin Luther & The Courage to Face Your Fears

On Sunday, October 29th, we will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. We remember on this day that Martin Luther began a process that resulted in the recovery of the biblical gospel. Many congregations will recall the efforts of Martin Luther and will sing his famous hymn based on Psalm 46 entitled "A Mighty … Continue reading Martin Luther & The Courage to Face Your Fears

Coram Deo – Devotional Guide through Acts 23

Coram Deo - Acts 23- Click on this hyperlink to the left for a pdf file of this devotional guide. Coram Deo is a Latin phrase which translated means "in the presence of God." To live coram Deo is to live one’s entire life in God’s presence, under God’s authority, and for God’s glory. Coram … Continue reading Coram Deo – Devotional Guide through Acts 23