Father’s Day Prayer

Heavenly Father, you made us and have loved us and protected us each day of our lives. You are truly our loving Father. Thank you for our earthly fathers. Lead us to respect and honor them, even when it is difficult. If we are now fathers, help us take seriously the great responsibility to be faithful teachers and guides for our children. They are a great treasure given to us by you. Give us the courage to teach your words to our children. We thank you for your rich blessings of family.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds… Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
~ Deuteronomy 11:18a,19 (NIV)

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Eager Expectation

The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. ~ Romans 8:19

Some of you might be doing some kind of traveling this summer. Perhaps you’re traveling through scenery that’s entirely new to you. Or perhaps you’re traveling through scenery that’s very familiar. Whether you are standing before the vastness of the Grand Canyon, the majesty of the Rocky Mountains, seeing the power of the Atlantic Ocean, the lush green of farmland, or the stars in the night sky—wherever you are, picture God’s creation waiting for something. Because it is.

Through the apostle Paul, the Lord tells us that God’s creation is waiting for our Savior and King to return. His creation is waiting in eager expectation for the Lord Jesus to return and to take his faithful people home.

So, enjoy your travels through God’s creation this summer. Enjoy the scenery. Enjoy its beauty. And as you do, remember that it’s all waiting in eager expectation for Jesus to return. See it in light of the wonderful reality of your Savior from sin.

Lord Jesus Christ, you came to this earth. You died for my sin. You rose from death. You ascended into heaven. And one day you will return to take me home. In my travels this summer, keep this truth vivid in my eyes. Amen.

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The Heart’s Unhindered Hope

In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. … For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.
~ 1 Peter 3:15, 18

What hopes do you harbor in your heart? The human heart may swell with hope for good health, only to be dashed by tragic accidents or serious sicknesses. The heart may hope for a brighter tomorrow, but shortly that hope is dimmed by the specter of death. The sinful human heart is often broken by a fixated pursuit of fleeting hopes.

Christ fills the empty and broken heart with hope that never disappoints. Jesus provides healing hope. This hope springs eternal through his life-giving gospel. Jesus saw our hopeless debt of misspent years and misplaced hope. The Savior paid the ultimate price of his life to assure us of his healing hope. The Savior sacrificed himself for us—for all! Jesus dispels our hopelessness with the certainty of the forgiveness he won for us.

Jesus fills us with confident hope. Questions abound in the hearts of many people concerning mankind’s existence. “Where did we come from?” “Why are we here?” “Where are we going?” The Lord lovingly provides unchanging answers in the Bible. His word is truth. The Holy Spirit fills our hearts with faith to believe the Bible’s life-giving message. He also strengthens us to confidently share that message with those who are searching for the firm answers that only the Bible provides.

Jesus graciously gives us lasting hope. Earthly hopes can quickly erode; Easter hope endures forever. The heart that sets apart Christ as Lord has hope that will never fade. The Savior who died for sins once for all has risen! We eagerly look forward to the eternal life in heaven promised to us by the risen and ascended Lord.

Our Christ-centered hope will always give us rest in the unrest of the world. It will also give us reason to give an answer to others for the sure hope that we have.

Risen Lord Jesus, thank you for the living hope you have won for me through your life-giving gospel. Renew my heart to be set apart for you now and always. Amen.

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Memorial Day Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for those who have sacrificed their lives in service to our country. Be with those who grieve over the loss of beloved parents, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, and friends who went to war and did not return. Comfort them with the knowledge that in Jesus Christ, your son, we have victory over death and the promise of a future reunion in heaven. Make us thankful for our nation’s freedoms purchased at so great a price. Amen.

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Witnesses of the Resurrection

[Peter said,] “It is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.” … Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles. ~ Acts 1:21-22,26

The number twelve is significant in the Bible. That number is closely associated with God’s people. In the Old Testament there were twelve tribes of Israel. In the New Testament there were twelve apostles.

Well, there were twelve apostles. After he betrayed Jesus, Judas was seized with remorse and took his own life. Then there were only eleven apostles, and God does not leave things incomplete. So after Jesus ascended into heaven, Peter addressed the believers and told them that it was time to replace Judas.

The requirement for this new apostle was that he had to be with the other apostles together with Jesus from the beginning of Lord’s ministry to his ascension. Two men were proposed to fill the position: Joseph and Matthias. The believers prayed, cast lots, and Matthias was chosen.

We do not know what happened to Matthias after this. He is never mentioned again. So why does the Bible make such a big deal of his selection? Because the big deal is not Matthias, it is what Matthias was called to do.

Peter said that Matthias “must become a witness with us of his [Jesus’] resurrection.” The big deal about Matthias is that he was an eyewitness. He could tell people, “This is not made up! I was there. I walked and talked with Jesus before he was crucified, and I saw him alive again three days after he died.”

Here is the truth about Christianity. It is not made up. We did not see Jesus’ death and resurrection or hear his teaching with our own ears. But Matthias and the other apostles did, and their eyewitness testimony is recorded in the Bible.

In other words, Scripture tells the facts of our salvation: Jesus saved us by giving his perfect life and dying the death that we deserve. But now Christ is risen. It’s true; we can count on it for eternal life!

Lord Jesus, thank you for providing us with witnesses of your resurrection and for preserving their testimony in the Bible. Most of all, thank you for giving us eternal life in the risen Christ. Amen.

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Pentecost

Even on my servants, both men and women,  I will pour out my Spirit…~ Joel 2:29a

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God’s Old Testament people’s celebration of the wheat harvest was called the Festival of Weeks. In the New Testament after Jesus ascended into heaven, on the fiftieth day of that festival, God sent the promised counselor: the Holy Spirit.  We call this day “Pentecost” (Greek for “fifty”).

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues [languages] as the Spirit enabled them. ~ Acts 2:1-4

The Festival of Weeks had brought many people to Jerusalem who spoke different languages.  The miracle of Pentecost is that Peter and the other apostles were able to spontaneously share the good new of Jesus Christ in the languages of the men and women who were there.

God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.”  ~ Act 2:32 & 33

Everyone was amazed that they could hear the apostles declaring the wonders of God in our own languages.  That day, those who accepted the message of the apostles were baptized, and about 3000 people were saved!

Holy Spirit, God and Lord, rekindle in our hearts the holy fire of your love that with a true and living faith we may tell those around us about the glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Father, one God, now and forever.  Amen

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New Director of Our Precious Lambs

We are happy to announce that God has answered our prayers for a new director of Our Precious Lambs at Living Hope. We are eager to welcome Rylee Quandt and her husband, Joseph, to our Living Hope family.

Dear Living Hope, I am excited to be able to accept the Call to be Director of Our Precious Lambs. I am so thankful that God has blessed me – – through you – – to receive this Call. I am excited to serve the Lord in this way. I look forward to getting to know you all and start my ministry at the school.  God’s Blessings!”  –  (Mrs.) Rylee Quandt

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Strangers Here

Live your lives as strangers here. ~ 1 Peter 1:17

There’s an old theme that runs through a lot of storytelling. The theme is that of the stranger who enters people’s lives, touches their lives, and then moves on. It should probably come as no surprise to us that a lot of ageless themes like this are ageless because they echo themes from the greatest story of all—a story that happens to be true.

Jesus Christ came into our world and lived among us. As he did, however, he did not get caught up in the temporary distractions of this world. Instead, he kept his eyes fixed on why he was here. He was here to rescue us from the curse of our sin, then go home to prepare a place for us. This he did when he lived a life of perfect love on our behalf. When he suffered and died for our every sin. When he rose from death, and his visible presence ascended into heaven.

And now here we are, fully forgiven through faith in Jesus. Knowing that, through faith in Christ, heaven is our home. With all this in mind, the apostle Peter tells us, “Live your lives as strangers here.” When we live our lives as strangers in this tired, old world, we remember that everything here is temporary and is passing away. When we live our lives as strangers here, we are then free to give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord. And when we live our lives as strangers here, we know that the best is yet to come.

Lord Jesus, here I am only passing through. Help me to remember this. Amen.

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Sermons and Devotions

Worship Services & Sermon videos

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Emailed Devotions

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The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. ~ Numbers 6:24-26

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Mother’s Day Prayer

Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
~ Genesis 3:20

Gracious Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of life you gave us through our mothers. Bless mothers everywhere with love, patience, wisdom, understanding, and strength so that they can raise their children to love and honor you. 

On this Mother’s Day weekend, some people yearn for their mothers who have died. Others’ hearts are broken because of the loss of a child. Give them strength to focus on you, keeping you first in their hearts. Your love alone can satisfy all their longings; be with them and comfort them. 

We thank you that you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to be born of a human mother in order to save us, making us your dear children forever. In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen

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