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Martin Luther’s “Whether One May Flee From a Deadly Plague” is Helpful to Meditate Upon Regarding Our Recent Move to Online Webcast Worship Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 28, 2020

For Lord’s Day, March 29, 2020 Dear Saints, It has been a long time since I’ve done an e-devotion.  My apologies for that.  I’ve been working on one to share along with an online video which I’ve referenced in several sermons not long ago.  But I could use more time, and I just received a timely sermon selection by Martin Luther in an email from brother Mike Delgado that relates to our situation with the coronavirus which I’d like to share instead with you this evening while providing a link to tomorrow’s bulletin and mp3s of Psalms to sing for…

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The Dignity of Deference

December 8, 2018

For Lord’s Day, December 9, 2018 Dear Saints, It has been a long time since I have been able to give proper attention to writing an e-devotional for you.  It likely will be a while before I can do so again.  But I was so impressed with something I heard on the radio this week which I’d like to quickly pass on to you for your own meditation and benefit. During his eulogy for President George H.W. Bush this week, former Senator Alan K. Simpson shared about how President Bush never held a grudge and nobly made friendships even with those…

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Contentment is Quieting our Stormy Hearts in the Midst of our Storms

November 25, 2017

For the Lord’s Day, November 26, 2017 Dear Saints, We continue with our devotion through Jeremiah Burroughs’, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. The next thing he teaches us is that contentment is “a quiet frame of spirit”.  He explains: Methinks I feel my heart heavy and sad and more than it should be; yet my judgment is satisfied.  This seemed to be the position of David in Psalm 42: ‘O my soul, why art thou disquieted?’ … This is a very good psalm for those who feel a fretting, discontented sickness in their hearts at any time to read and sing.  He…

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Contentment Disallows Murmuring Vexation

November 4, 2017

For Lord’s Day, November 5, 2017 Dear Saints, First, a reminder to turn back your clocks tonight for Daylight Saving Time tomorrow. We return to Jeremiah Burroughs’, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, as a follow-up to our Wednesday night lecture series with Thomas Watson’s, The Art of Divine Contentment. Each book has as its theme verse throughout: … I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (Philippians 4:11). The last time I wrote, we considered both ministers’ answering of common questions of concern and allowing that there were some things that contentment did not exclude…

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It is Very Christ-like to Lament and Learn Contentment

September 2, 2017

For Lord’s Day, September 3, 2017 Dear Saints, After a long hiatus, we return to our excerpts from Jeremiah Burroughs, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. Let us be good students to learn and become master artists. Burroughs goes on to say that contentment, “is the quiet of the heart. All is sedate and still there.” Psalm 46:10, 107:29, and Matthew 8:26 come to mind about how God can calm the storms of our lives. However, that recognizes there are storms in our lives. Burroughs next explains that contentment is often: I. To a due sense of affliction. God gives…

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Paint a Better Picture

August 26, 2017

For the Lords’ Day, August 26, 2017 Dear Saints, We are so thankful to have returned from our 5-week trip to the Land Down Under!  We missed you terribly, and though we are still settling it is so goooooooooooood to be home! As you can imagine, I’ll be up late on sermons so I can’t write much of my own devotion this time, but I did want to say G’Day from San Diego and send you a brief e-devotion on contentment (per my recent series) by use of a lovely video Rachel learned of and shared with me today (its…

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Redeem Your Time While There is Time

May 13, 2017

For Lord’s Day, May 14, 2015 Dear Saints, This week, in this blog, I saw this cartoon: This reminded me of this cartoon I saw on the wall while visiting Isaac’s doctor recently: These just seem to go together and invite serious meditation.  I’ll let them speak for themselves, and close with this: See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16) Semper Reformanda, Pastor Grant

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