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The Bottom Line ... First!

We all face challenges. Sometimes these issues are short term, like a flat tire or a traffic jam. At other times, these challenges are more serious. We all have good days and bad days but it is nice to know, God, our Heavenly Father, does love us and does care about us.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

    John 3:16 (NIV)

These are familiar words. It is possible, if you are in crisis or need, they may even sound like a platitude. But it is not. It is a firm and unshakable promise. God loves you and will always love you. God wants you to be united with him. God paid the price in the form of Jesus Christ, his Son, to give you eternal life. You need do nothing. The gift is bought and paid for. Just believe it...trust it...cling to this promise and you will know real life as God intends for you.

The 23rd Psalm

1. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. This statement is a declaration and a promise. It describes the role God wants in your life to shepherd you as your God.
2. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, The green pasture is a "safe" place to rest and still waters are critical to sheep. Sheep literally will not drink and will die of thirst if the waters are not calm. Shepherds care for their sheep by making sure they have the calm of "still waters".
3. He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. God knows we all have times when we are weak. He is there to help if we let him. He will not only restore your soul to face day to day issues, but through the gift of the life, death and resurection of God's Son Jesus Christ, he restores you to a living relationship with him of redemption and new life through the power of God's forgiving love.
4. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Again, this is a statement of fact and promise. We will face hard times. Yet, God will be faithful and therefore we need not fear. The rod and staff of a loving Shepherd guides but also protects the sheep. He is always there, constantly ready to help. The Good Shepherd is there for you always.

5.You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. While the rewards of a Christian life are different than what is often valued in this world, this is God's promise that your witness will be seen and noticed. Not just in caring for you, but God will shepherd you in more ways than you can imagine. Your "cup" will overflow.
6. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. With all these promises, all the days of our lives can be seen as days with goodness and God's love and mercy. The promise doesn't end there. Through the gift of grace we are adopted by God through our Brother, Jesus Christ, and will dwell in God's house... forever.

Luther's Morning Prayer

Luther's Evening Prayer

I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from harm and danger; and I pray that you would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please you. For into Your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the wicked Foe may have no power over me. Amen

I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the wicked Foe may have no power over me. Amen

Looking for answers?
        How are you feeling?
                Here are a few more promises...

    Mark 4:35-41, Hebrews 13:5-6 or 1 John 4:13-18

    Matthew 5:21-24, Romans 12:17-21, Ephesians 4:26-32 and James 1:19-21

    John 3:14-17 and Ephesians 3:14-21

    Matthew 7:13-14

    John 14:15-31

Overwhelmed? Stressed?
    Matthew 11:25-30, John 4:1-30, 2 Corinthians 6:3-10 and Revelation 22:17

    Matthew 9:9-13, Luke 4:16-30, Ephesians 1:3-14 and 1 Peter 2:1-10

    Galatians 1:11-24, Ephesians 4:1-16 and 1 Peter 2:4-10

    Matthew 5:38-42 and Romans 12:17-21


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