This weeks devotions: Sunday – Monday – Tuesday
Daily Devotional Materials
Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity
– Wednesday –
Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. – Revelation 2:10.
Dear Christian! If you were baptized in infancy, at that very moment the Holy Ghost kindled faith in your heart, and you received the grace of God procured for you by Christ. Hence there you were regenerated and made a child of God. Hence you, in fact, did yourself what your sponsors did for you with their mouths: you did renounce the devil and all his works and all his pomp, and did pledge yourself to the Triune God, to be His own in life and death, in time and eternity. Since that time this Word of our Lord applies to you: “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” Did you always remain faithful? Or, having fallen, did you return to your baptismal grace through faith in Christ? Mark well what God’s will and regulation is with respect to His baptized little children. As soon as possible they are to be nourished with the Word of God, diligently, daily, and properly, that they may remain faithful. This is what Jesus instructed Peter to do when He told him: “Feed My lambs” (John 21:15). This the Holy Ghost admonishes the fathers to do, saying that they should bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). For this purpose, well-regulated Christian congregations have Sunday School for the children. To this same end our children receive special instruction for Confirmation. At Confirmation, which is a laudable custom of our Church, the children after due instruction, publicly, in the presence of the congregation, with their own mouths repeat the promise which once they made through their sponsors: To renounce the devil and all his works and all his ways, and to remain true to the Triune God, even unto death. And this baptismal vow, this confirmation vow, should endure throughout life. Let him that reads this hear what the Savior says: “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
PRAYER. – O Lord, gracious Trinity, who in my Baptism did regenerate me to be Thy child, I now repeat my vow that I will renounce the devil and all his works and all his ways, and will remain true to Thee unto death. To this end grant me the power of Thy Holy Spirit, O Father, for the sake of Jesus Christ, my Savior, and finally give me the crown of life which Thou hast graciously promised me. Amen.
And never let my purpose falter,
O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
But keep me faithful to Thine altar,
Till Thou shalt call me from my post;
So unto Thee I live and die,
And praise Thee evermore on high.
Hymn 400, 7. (ELHB)
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Weekly Reading Theme: Repentance
Luke 3:2-8, 15-17
2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. 3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; 4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; 6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. 7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham… 15 And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; 16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.
14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
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