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Confirmation Every Day

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

Thanks for joining me again in my daily Journey to the Empty Tomb. Watch the 3 minute video introduction to the readings here. In our Old Testament lesson, King Solomon confirms his faith by his building of the temple. (Read 1 Kings 4-6 here.)  In the next few days we will shake...

A Prayer for Wisdom & Worship Links

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

For the next three weeks in worship we will be looking at more of the book of Genesis and talking about a few head shakers that stretch our reason and  sometimes our faith. Let's let God do the speaking about "969 Years?", "Worldwide Flood?" and "One People, One Language?" See the video...

"People Close to His Heart" - Praise the LORD

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Many of us knelt before God's altar at our confirmation. On that day you probably felt "close to [the LORD's] heart" (Psalm 148:14). Watch the devotion here.In today's New Testament lesson (read 1 Corinthians 7:10-28 here), the Apostle Paul speaks to those who may not feel "close to the LORD's...

The Roller Coaster of Emotions

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Our lesson in the psalms (read Psalm 137-142) reflect the roller coaster of my emotions. What a comfort to know that I am not alone! Psalm 137 – An “imprecatory psalm” calling on God to defeat the enemy who has defeated us. For many of us, that enemy now is the effects of...

Don't Social Distance Spiritually

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Click here to view today's devotion in a stairwell.The stairwell reminds us that we are in the midst of the Psalms of Ascent (Psalm 120-134) which were likely sung by the crowds going up to Jerusalem to worship. What joy is ours as we encourage each other in worship as the pilgrims did. Find...

Pray for Peace

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Today we begin reading “The Songs of Ascent,” (click here to read Psalms 120-130). This group of 15 psalms were likely assembled for liturgical or worship purposes. In ancient Israel and to this day you “go up” or "ascend" to Jerusalem because Jerusalem is on the central...

Blessed but Divided

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Blessed But Divided This picture is my prayer for our nation. May our God pour his blessings on us. Our nation reminds me of the congregation in Corinth, Greece. (Our New Testament lesson is 1 Corinthians 1:1-25.) Paul stayed in this cosmopolitan city for 18 months on his second...

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