Luther Seminary God Pause
Wednesday, 10/8/2014 Reading: Philippians 4:1-9
The Lord is near! So often when the prophets of old spoke those words it was a sign of impending disaster and doom. The wrath of God was coming, and somebody was in trouble. These scenes always remind me of the Doomsday Prophets who used to carry around signs with: "Repent, the End is Near" scrawled on them. Nowadays these placards seem to have been replaced with internet memes of a similar vein.
In this passage, however, Paul seems to have something different in mind. He follows the assertion that "the Lord is near" with an exhortation to not worry but rather to let your concerns be known to God. Paul then offers the assurance that what will follow will be the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, which will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. May you feel the nearness of God this day and the peace that it can bring.
Draw near to us Lord. Hear the prayers of our hearts and minds. Help us to do your will. Bring us your peace, and your promise which is beyond all understanding and measure. Amen.>
James Hendricksen Senior Pastor, Hosanna Lutheran Church Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Doctor of Ministry, 2013
Philippians 4:1-9 (NRSV)
1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
Please forward this e-mail to a friend! http://send.luthersem.edu/public/webform/render_form/default/848eff8bea7092a93dfabe641c758499/ftaf/jcygk51rv7pgytti1o5iqlj3q6x7o/bbslwhnbcezxurztwqjvedbjxkefbfk?tid=3.NX4.ChNR1A.G3Me.AtDT-w..BAX7Cw.b..l.Ayzt.n.VDUHoQ.VDUHoQ.8UhgBg
This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by alumni/ae of Luther Seminary.
Luther Seminary educates leaders for Christian communities across the country and around the world. It is the largest of the eight seminaries in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
We invite you to join us online for our daily chapel service.
Luther Seminary Faith Resource Spotlight
You are currently subscribed to these God Pause daily devotions as firstname.lastname@example.org
Manage your email preferences: http://send.luthersem.edu/public/webform/render_form/default/848eff8bea7092a93dfabe641c758499/manpref/jcygk51rv7pgytti1o5iqlj3q6x7o/bbslwhnbcezxurztwqjvedbjxkefbfk?tid=3.NX4.ChNR1A.G3Me.AtDT-w..BAX7Cw.b..l.Ayzt.n.VDUHoQ.VDUHoQ.8UhgBg
Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
For best viewing of future e-mails, please add email@example.com to your Safe Senders List or Address Book.
If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please click below to Manage Email Preferences and uncheck the God Pause list. http://send.luthersem.edu/public/webform/render_form/default/848eff8bea7092a93dfabe641c758499/manpref/jcygk51rv7pgytti1o5iqlj3q6x7o/bbslwhnbcezxurztwqjvedbjxkefbfk?tid=3.NX4.ChNR1A.G3Me.AtDT-w..BAX7Cw.b..l.Ayzt.n.VDUHoQ.VDUHoQ.8UhgBg
Unsubscribe from all messages, not just God Pause: http://send.luthersem.edu/public/webform/render_form/default/848eff8bea7092a93dfabe641c758499/unsub/jcygk51rv7pgytti1o5iqlj3q6x7o/bbslwhnbcezxurztwqjvedbjxkefbfk?tid=3.NX4.ChNR1A.G3Me.AtDT-w..BAX7Cw.b..l.Ayzt.n.VDUHoQ.VDUHoQ.8UhgBg
This email was sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Luther Seminary 2481 Como Ave. | St. Paul | MN | 55108