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Getting the Right Perspective

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

Our devotion today uses the mural in our school hallway created by St. Paul's member Prof. Kristin Gjerdset and other artists from Wisconsin Lutheran College. Watch it here. The Old Testament lesson provides us with perspective. Isaiah foretells the LORD's judgment in time and at the end...

I'll Try Again Next Year

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

After using the same Bible reading pattern for years, I know there are some days that I put the Bible down and say, “I’ll try again next year.” Today is one of those days. Consider it a victory if you are able to read through Isaiah 20-23. There is so much I do not...

A Miracle--Enemies Will Come to the LORD

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

This morning I saw something new! As I watched today's introduction to our daily readings (see it here), I noticed flames within the rings of the "Wedding Window." I had never noticed them before.In our New Testament lesson (read Ephesians 5:15-33 here) Paul calls on all of us to "submit...

Are You Paying Attention?

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

Thanks to the Just family for sending us this picture. Someone in their family was paying attention during church! :-) It is hard to pay attention as we read through this part of Isaiah (read Isaiah 14-16 here). You might want to watch the 8 minute video introduction to the first half...

Lessons from Stumps and Evergreens

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

Stumps and evergreens can remind us of today's Bible reading. View the introduction to the lessons here.  In yesterday's reading, Isaiah sees the Assyrian army advancing from village to village until they are at Nob, just a mile or two north of Jerusalem (see Isaiah 10:28-34), In our...

God's Grace - Our Canopy in Dangerous Times

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

The picture above is from the Tess Corners Fire Department's Facebook page. The post reminds us of the 343 Firefighters, 37 Port Authority Officers, 23 NYPD Police Officers, 8 EMT's from private ambulance companies and 55 military personnel died who that day--15% of those who died that day were...

The Temple, The Tunnel & a 2020 Kind of Year

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

"Everything is going great!" You could have said that in January 2020. They were certainly saying that the year King Hezekiah began his reign.Today's lesson begins with a great celebration. (Read 2 Chronicles 30-32 here.) The Passover is celebrated in the rededicated temple. They had never seen...