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Lunch Time Devotion: The Message From Heaven

MY SINS ARE FORGIVEN. And so I will live forever. And you know what? YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN. So go. You, too, live forever.

THAT is the wisdom from God. THAT is the message from heaven.

So let us heed the words of St. Paul from today’s Epistle; the words we began with:

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God, without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life. This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

-Aj Neugebauer LCMS pastor

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Morning Devotion: Wisdom Beyond Imaginable

Where is it that God OFFENDS us? Where is it that God oversteps his bounds? Where is it that we tell God to mind his own business, and to not be so much the way he is? Where do we tell God, “well, this is the part where you and I will just agree to disagree.”

Ask yourself this question, and then let me ask you this: in answering these things, and in seeking the truth about them, are the answers that you receive from man or from heaven? Do they come from the wisdom of humanity, or from the wisdom so far beyond that kind of wisdom that it is unimaginable.

-Aj Neugebauer LCMS pastor

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Evening Devotion: Jesus Christ Is Coming!

Let me ask you this question, people of God: Have you ever walked barefoot in long soft grass? Ever had a brief moment where the temperature seemed right outside; I mean right in a way that can’t ever truly be produced artificially by heating or air conditioning indoors? Ever watched a sunset or felt a breeze and caught a glimpse of what the world is SUPPOSED to be like; that PEACE with the world; even if only for a moment?

Well look forward to it again, people of God. For the King, Jesus Christ, is coming. And just as that day means peace between us and God, and between the animal world with itself, so too will all creation be made complete and whole. So too, on that day, will there be in THIS way peace.

-Aj Neugebauer LCMS pastor

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Evening Devotion: Innocence

One of the things that we know about Eden was the fact that Adam and Eve were naked. Now I don’t know whether or not we’ll wear clothes when Jesus returns. And though I know that that tends to be a point of fascination for people of all ages, it’s not really the point of what we’re talking about tonight.

But what IS the point is WHY they were naked. The first reason has to do with innocence. They had the ability to be in the nude without considering it a sexual thing. In this way, “they had no shame”, as we hear from the Scriptures. It’s an innocent nakedness and an unaware nakedness almost like they’re babies who don’t know better. And then that all gets thrown out the window with sin.

So innocence is one point. But another is the fact that they didn’t NEED clothes. If you think about it, even if we DIDN’T have shame and weren’t too sexually sinful to handle it, nakedness wouldn’t work in our world. Why? Because we need shoes to protect our feet. We need shirts and pants and coats for days like today where it’s too cold to NOT wear them. We need gloves for work. We need hats and glasses to protect us from the sun. We NEED clothing because we need protection from the world we live in.

But Adam and Eve… they did not. The world was perfect and complete. And they didn’t need to be protected from it in any way, because there was no brokenness in it; no jagged edges to hurt or harm them; and no work they could not do with bare hands and feet. And though the plan was thwarted by the brokenness of sin, they were supposed to multiply, and FILL the earth; to traverse and settle over valley with no floods, mountains with no avalanches, and deserts where water burst forth, and were full of shimmering pools. It was God’s intention for us to fill creation. And though we have soiled the plan, we cannot stop the wonderful work of God. Through Jesus Christ, his WILL will be done.

-Aj Neugebauer LCMS pastor

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Evening Devotion: The Little Child Will Play With The Cobra

Isaiah tells us how things are going to be on the day of the coming of the new king; the king from the line of David; that “off shoot from the stump of Jesse”. And what does he point to?

He tells us that where now there is violence in the animal kingdom, there will be peace! And the lion will lie down with the lamb, and the leopard with the goat; and a little child will play with the cobra and not be hurt; and the lion will eat straw like the cow; and THERE WILL BE PEACE. Peace. Just like in Eden. Peace, just like the animals and Adam, before there was animosity between us and the animal world.

-Aj Neugebauer LCMS pastor

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Evening Devotion: What Is The End Of This Story?

For you know the end of this story that is your life; and the story that is this world. It ends with the skies breaking forth like shining light; and the return of Jesus Christ; flowing with all the heavenly hosts as his train behind him. This story ends with us being raised from the dead; the perishable clothed with the imperishable; and the mortal with immortality. This story ends with us living in a Kingdom that knows no end, with our King walking among us: Jesus Christ!

-Aj Neugebauer LCMS pastor

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Evening Devotion: BE COMFORTED!

In your moments of doubt, I ask you: Look! Listen! Take and eat! And then BE COMFORTED!

For you know the end of this story that is your life; and the story that is this world. It ends with the skies breaking forth like shining light; and the return of Jesus Christ; flowing with all the heavenly hosts as his train behind him. This story ends with us being raised from the dead; the perishable clothed with the imperishable; and the mortal with immortality. This story ends with us living in a Kingdom that knows no end, with our King walking among us: Jesus Christ!

-Aj Neugebauer LCMS pastor

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