To our Readers: The compiler of these Daily Devotions is David Schaller, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, CLC, Sister Lakes, Michigan. The devotions will appear month by month in 2015 (excluding Sundays, as in the past). We heartily thank Pastor Schaller for providing this spiritual menu for our subscribers. Dear readers, as the Lord directed His prophet: “…Eat what you find; eat this scroll…” (Ezekiel 3:1)—and you will surely be blessed.January 2015
TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941;
WS = Worship Supplement 2000;
SC = Martin Luther’s Small Catechism;
[ ] = Minor Festivals or commemorations in the Christian Church Year
Jan 1 Luke 13:1-9 Psalm 121
Our Savior mercifully grants us another year. May we bear fruit to His glory.
Jan 2 Luke 12:1-12 TLH 96
There’s no need to be afraid to confess Jesus before others. He will watch over you.
Jan 3 Romans 3:21-26 TLH 377:1, 6
The year is new, but this truth remains: We are sinners and saints.
Jan 5 Luke 2:40-52 Psalm 119:97-104
The boy Jesus shows His appreciation for the Word of God—and grows in it.
Jan 6 Isaiah 60:1-6 TLH 127
Jesus is the Light that drives away darkness and draws people in from everywhere.
Jan 7 Ephesians 3:1-12 TLH 129
Here is a mystery revealed: Gentiles are heirs of the promise, too!
Jan 8 Acts 8:26-39 Psalm 72
Philip reveals the Savior to the Ethiopian. Epiphany is ongoing.
Jan 9 Matthew 4:12-17 Psalm 23
Daily we live in death’s shadow. Thankfully, the kingdom of heaven is just as near.
Jan 10 Matthew 2:1-12 WS 717:4-5
It’s true they saw the star, but the prophet’s Word was their real guiding light.
Jan 12 Mark 1:4-11 TLH 352
Jesus’ baptism reveals Him as the appointed Savior from heaven.
Jan 13 Romans 6:1-11 SC Baptism IV
Remember whose child you are!
Jan 14 Genesis 1:1-5 TLH 41
The universe and everything in it were created by God.
Jan 15 Romans 10:8-18 TLH 377:7
All who trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sin are saved.
Jan 16 Matthew 10:32-39 TLH 409
Following Jesus means putting His desires ahead of our own. No harm in that!
Jan 17 John 6:28-40 Psalm 29
Father and Son share the same desire: To save all people from their sins.
Jan 19 John 1:43-51 Psalm 17
What stunned Nathanael? He realized Jesus had heard His prayer from under the tree.
Jan 20 Genesis 17:15-22 WS 742:1-2
Abraham’s initial laughter was
quieted by God’s gracious promise. [Commemoration of Sarah]
Jan 21 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Psalm 139
Our bodies are gifts from God, bought with a price. Give glory to God!
Jan 22 John 1:35-42 TLH 328
They heard John, and they followed Jesus.
Jan 23 1 Samuel 3:1-10 WS 718:5
Jesus makes Himself known to us through His word.
Jan 24 Matthew 12:46-50 WS 718:3-4
Jesus shows just how much He cares for His believing children—like you and me.
Jan 26 Titus 3:1-8 SC Baptism III
Titus was directed to urge his people to do good because of Jesus’ love for them. [Festival of St. Titus]
Jan 27 Mark 1:14-20 TLH 270
Jesus’ call was effective. “Follow Me,” He said; and they did.
Jan 28 Daniel 6:10-23 TLH 39:3-4
God protects us from all danger and guards and defends us from every evil.
Jan 29 Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Psalm 62
In Nineveh—as in every case—repentance and faith precede fruits of repentance.
Jan 30 Romans 8:24-30 WS 784
In all things God works for the good of those who love Him. That means in all things!
Jan 31 John 4:1-14 TLH 307:2
The forgiveness and peace of Jesus quench our spiritual thirst forever.