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December 2022

It’s In The Detail

By |2022-11-30T06:25:15-06:00December 1st, 2022|GodConnect|

Whenever we host friends for dinner, my wife can’t help but care about every little detail: the menu, the table arrangements, the music that’s playing, flowers and candles in the bathroom, the drinks, cutlery, and more. She always creates a beautiful experience for all.

Exodus 39 outlines the very detailed preparations made by the Israelites as they built the tabernacle, which was to be their meeting place with God and a visible guarantee of God’s approval and care for Israel. They were instructed about yarn, linen, colour schemes, onyx stones, engravings, dress codes, inscriptions and details big and small to create the perfect environment for connection with God.

What an honour to create an earthly temple for the presence and glory of God to dwell. As modern-day readers, we should appreciate their faithfulness and attention to detail. However, God is no longer confined to tabernacles, church buildings or conferences. God may be there, but God is also everywhere. Because of the life of Jesus, His death and resurrection, and the gift of the Holy Spirit that dwells within and all around, there is no longer a list of prerequisites we must prepare to experience God’s presence. The truth is, we are in God’s presence everywhere, but what is lacking is awareness!

Take a moment today to close your eyes, take a few slow breathes, and remind yourself of God’s loving presence that is all around you and within. What is it about God that you can be grateful for today?

Written by SAM FAGAN

Exodus 39:42-43 | The Israelites had done all the work just as the LORD had commanded Moses. Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the LORD had commanded. So Moses blessed them.

Devotional from YouVersion Bible App – Our Daily Bread. Contact Pastor Rod Lindemann at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com on how to use the Bible App for additional readings and topics.

November 2022

The Direction of Every Detail

By |2022-11-30T06:15:15-06:00November 30th, 2022|GodConnect|

Exodus 38:8 | He made the bronze basin and its stand from the bronze mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.

There’s a TV show called Grand Designs and every time I read this part of Exodus I think of it. In Exodus 35–40, we discover more about the building process of the tabernacle, the sources of the building materials, who donated them, and who crafted them. In Grand Designs they often go into detail about what materials they’re using and why. There’s a reason for every decision.

In Exodus 38:8 it says, ‘the mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting’ were used to create the bronze basin. The bronze basin sat between the altar of sacrifice and the entrance to the tabernacle. To prepare themselves for coming into God’s presence in the tabernacle, the priests had to wash in the bronze basin first. It was important in preparing themselves to enter the presence of God. But they were not just washing in any old bronze basin, but in a basin of mirrors. Extremely valuable, highly polished mirrors, gifted by faithful women. How fascinating that that part of preparing to enter the presence of God involved looking into a mirror. How interesting that each piece of material meant something significant. Even today as we prepare to take communion, we often take a moment to reflect and wash ourselves clean with the cleansing blood of Christ before we enter His presence.

The tabernacle foreshadowed all that was still to come to fruition as God’s masterful plan continued to unfold throughout history. God’s love is weaved into every detail of every part of His plan to restore us back to Himself and, when we look closer, we cannot fail to discover that every detail points back to Him.

Written by LUCY WEIL

Devotional from YouVersion Bible App – Our Daily Bread. Contact Pastor Rod Lindemann at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com on how to use the Bible App for additional readings and topics.

Waiting and Hope

By |2022-11-29T05:18:01-06:00November 29th, 2022|GodConnect|

Psalm 130:5 | I wait for the Lord; I wait and put my hope in his word.

Psalm 130 is one of the songs of ascent (Psalms 120-134). They were sung by travelers on pilgrimages to Jerusalem as they climbed the high hills in which the city was nested. Recently I was able to visit an archeological dig in the ancient City of David that has uncovered part of the walkway from the Pool of Siloam up to the temple area. How can one hope to “ascend” to the presence of the perfectly Holy God given our sin? Psalm 130 is a prayer of repentance that is both honest about our desperate circumstances and hopeful. It states, “If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.” We can never hope to “climb to God’s presence” through our own effort or merit. It is only through God’s mercy and forgiveness that we might enter His courts. For most of the time after Psalm 130 was authored and sung as countless pilgrims made their ascent, the work of the Messiah on the cross, shedding blood to cover our sins, was still a future event. Those pilgrims were journeying towards this moment in which God descended so that we could ascend, having received His mercy and remission of sins through the work of Jesus. Their posture and mindset were aptly captured in the Psalm: “I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.”

It may seem strange to talk about one’s whole being “waiting” while singing a climbing song intended to inspire pilgrims as they stepped towards an approaching destination. But the temple rituals and culture were not the true destinations for those who were on God’s intended path. The climb itself also did not bring them closer to what they sought. The sacrifices and other rituals conveyed our utter dependency on God’s mercy. A mercy poured out now by His grace through Jesus. We have entered His presence and have peace with God. We still press on, awaiting the full liberation of creation at the return of Christ, where we will stand in His presence directly. Our hope is sure that we will be able to stand, not through any steps we have taken but through His wonderful grace. That is His promise. In His Word, we can put our hope indeed.


Lord of the Heavens and Earth, we journey to You through the path of Your grace. We confess the sins and failings that have removed us far from Your presence. Yet we rejoice in Your sure word that gives up hope of Your presence and life eternal. We wait eagerly for the day on which we enter Your courts, people coming from every tribe, tongue and nation set free and made holy. Thank you for this present mercy of receiving Your forgiveness and for the sure hope of the Kingdom to fully come on earth as it is heaven.

William L. Hathaway, Ph.D., serves as executive vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of Psychology at Regent University.

Devotional from YouVersion Bible App – Our Daily Bread. Contact Pastor Rod Lindemann at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com on how to use the Bible App for additional readings and topics.

A Hope Eternal

By |2022-11-28T06:19:33-06:00November 28th, 2022|GodConnect|

Ephesians 1:18 | I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people…


The liturgical season of Advent is a time when we, in eternal hope, anticipate and celebrate the “coming of Christ” from three vantage points: His birth in Bethlehem, our reception of Him in our hearts, and His glorious second coming.

The term “Advent” was adopted by the early Church from the Latin adventus, which means “coming” or “arrival.” The Latin adventus, in turn, was a translation of the Greek word parousia, which can be translated as “arrival,” “coming,” or “presence.” This Greek word is consistently used in the New Testament to refer to the eschatological and glorious coming of Jesus Christ at the consummation. Advent celebrates the first coming and eagerly anticipates the final coming of Christ, where He will put all things right and reign forever. Advent is also the beginning of the Christian liturgical calendar, and it is a time marked by new or renewed beginnings.

Historically, the four-week observance of Advent is marked by four distinct themes, and each Sunday of Advent worship focuses on these themes. There are multiple variations throughout Church history, but for this Advent devotional, we will use the four themes of hope, joy, love, and peace to structure our prayerful anticipation. Today is Advent Sunday, and historically this Sunday (as the first day of a seven-day focus on the biblical theme of hope) has been used by the Church to anticipate the eternal hope of Christ coming into our world to bring His salvation to a broken and dying world.

The Apostle Paul, writing to the Church in Ephesus, prays that God would open the eyes of their heart so that they may know the hope of God’s calling and His glorious inheritance in His holy people. We live in a world ravaged by sin and rebellion against God. It is sometimes hard not to be discouraged by the devastation we see around us. But the Holy Scriptures remind us that there is a different way to see, that if the Holy Spirit enlightens the eyes of our hearts, we can know an eternal hope—the hope of God in the birth of Christ and the sure hope of His final coming. May this Advent Sunday be a time of renewed hope, a hope eternal—Christ has come, and He is coming again!


Father, in the name of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, open the eyes of our hearts so that we might know the eternal hope of Your calling in Your holy people. Lord Jesus, thank You for coming into our world in Your lowly birth in Bethlehem! Lord Jesus, we eagerly await Your glorious coming at the end of time. Remove our cynicism, our despair, our doubt. Enlighten the darkness of our hearts so that we might know You, our eternal hope! For this, we pray in the matchless and glorious name of Christ. Amen.

Devotional from YouVersion Bible App – Our Daily Bread. Contact Pastor Rod Lindemann at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com on how to use the Bible App for additional readings and topics.

True Harmony

By |2022-11-14T05:29:49-06:00November 18th, 2022|GodConnect|

Colossians 1:15-20 | He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and by him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile everything to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. -Colossians 1:17

There’s a scientific principle that on their own, things tend to become increasingly disordered.

But scientists today are describing another mysterious principle known as “synchronization”—ways in which our universe seems drawn inexplicably toward order. Hearts beat regularly; fireflies flash in synch; and pendulum clocks placed near each other will spontaneously synchronize, for reasons researchers are only beginning to understand.

Reflecting on the ways in which forms of order and harmony emerge in all spheres of a world that often seems otherwise chaotic reminded me of the mysterious truth that—despite its brokenness and corruption—creation is still united by its source in Christ.

Paul explains, “Through him God created everything . . . . He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together” (Colossians 1:16–17).

And though our world is often blind to God and His goodness (John 1:11), it remains true that Jesus is also the way in which God has chosen to bring healing and harmony into a disordered and chaotic world: “through him God reconciled everything to himself” (Colossians 1:20).

Every day, Christ brings light, life, and harmony into our confusion, brokenness, and chaos. And one day all will be united in worship of Him, “in heaven and on earth and under the earth,” every voice celebrating “that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10–11).

Monica La Rose

How has God allowed for both freedom and harmony in the world? How have you experienced those things from Him?

Creator God, thank You for Your amazing creation.

Devotional from YouVersion Bible App – Our Daily Bread. Contact Pastor Rod Lindemann at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com on how to use the Bible App for additional readings and topics.

No Favoritism

By |2022-11-14T05:11:40-06:00November 15th, 2022|GodConnect|

Acts 10:28 | Peter said to them, “You know it’s forbidden for a Jewish man to associate with or visit a foreigner, but God has shown me that I must not call any person impure or unclean.

Acts 10:34-38 | Peter began to speak: “Now I truly understand that God doesn’t show favoritism, but in every nation the person who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. He sent the message to the Israelites, proclaiming the good news of peace through Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. You know the events that took place throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how he went about doing good and healing all who were under the tyranny of the devil, because God was with him.

Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism.” -Acts 10:34

Returning from vacation with his mother and brother from a French seaside resort, little Jack (only eight or nine at the time) declared to his father that he was prejudiced against the French. When his father asked why he felt this way, the boy declared, “If I knew why, it would not be a prejudice.”

Jack’s (young C. S. Lewis’) statement recorded in Harry Lee Poe’s book Becoming C. S. Lewis is accurate. The word prejudice means an unreasonable preconception that’s formed without knowledge.

Unfortunately, we sometimes fall into the trap of having a negative opinion about others without full knowledge. In the Bible, the Jews viewed the gentiles as unclean and lesser than themselves.

As we read in Acts 10, however, God made it clear to Peter that this shouldn’t be the case. Peter declared this message: “You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean” (v. 28). Peter explained that “God shows no favoritism” (v. 34). In fact, that day, “the gift of the Holy Spirit [was] poured out on the Gentiles, too” (v. 45).

God wants all people to be a part of His family. Let’s set aside any preconceived notions we have about others and welcome all with joyful hearts.

Julie Schwab

What are some prejudices you’ve had or have about others? How can God help you love others as we’re called to love?

Heavenly Father, please forgive me for judging others based on preconceptions.

Devotional from YouVersion Bible App – Our Daily Bread. Contact Pastor Rod Lindemann at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com on how to use the Bible App for additional readings and topics.

We’re All the Same

By |2022-11-14T05:07:13-06:00November 14th, 2022|GodConnect|

Joshua 2:1-13 | Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two men as spies from the Acacia Grove, saying, “Go and scout the land, especially Jericho.” So they left, and they came to the house of a prostitute named Rahab, and stayed there. The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelite men have come here tonight to investigate the land.” Then the king of Jericho sent word to Rahab and said, “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, for they came to investigate the entire land.” But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. So she said, “Yes, the men did come to me, but I didn’t know where they were from. At nightfall, when the city gate was about to close, the men went out, and I don’t know where they were going. Chase after them quickly, and you can catch up with them!” But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them among the stalks of flax that she had arranged on the roof. The men pursued them along the road to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as they left to pursue them, the city gate was shut. Before the men fell asleep, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the LORD has given you this land and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and everyone who lives in the land is panicking because of you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings you completely destroyed across the Jordan. When we heard this, we lost heart, and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on earth below. Now please swear to me by the LORD that you will also show kindness to my father’s family, because I showed kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father, mother, brothers, sisters, and all who belong to them, and save us from death.”

By faith . . . Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. -Hebrews 11:31

One evening at a fast-food restaurant, my four-year-old nephew and I were looking for a table. There was one beside a group of tough-looking men, but their appearance and raucous laughter made me hesitate. Since there was no other table, however, Caleb and I sat beside them.

Minutes later, the men bowed their heads and prayed, then brought out Bibles. They were a Bible study group!

The discovery filled me with shame. I’d seen the men as unsafe. But God showed me how prejudiced I was toward them.

This experience made me think of people God used for His kingdom, people many of us would perhaps view with prejudice. One such person was Rahab. The two Israelite spies chose to hide in her home (Joshua 2:1)—a surprising choice given her occupation.

Yet, because of Rahab’s faith in God (vv. 9−11), she and her family were “not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God” (Hebrews 11:31). Not only that, but the former prostitute from Canaan became an ancestor of Jesus Himself (Matthew 1:5).

Rahab’s story—and my experience—reminds me that God sees people differently. In His eyes, we’re all the same—sinners in need of His grace. And when we respond in faith to Him, He can use us for His glory, no matter what our past might be.

Karen Huang

What prejudices might you have against others? How can you change your thoughts and attitudes with God’s help?

Heavenly Father, please forgive me for the times I’ve been prejudiced against others.

Devotional from YouVersion Bible App – Our Daily Bread. Contact Pastor Rod Lindemann at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com on how to use the Bible App for additional readings and topics.

Reconciliation We Hunger For

By |2022-11-06T05:08:26-06:00November 11th, 2022|GodConnect|

Matthew 26:26-29 | While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

This is my blood, . . . . poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. -Matthew 26:28

The film Places in the Heart tells the story of Edna Spalding, a mother of two whose husband, Royce, is accidentally killed by a boy named Wiley. Set in Texas in the 1930s, the final scene takes place in a church Communion service.

In the front row sits Edna’s sister, who’s been in the process of divorcing her husband but who now lovingly holds his hand. Next we see Moses, an African American man who’s helped Edna with her farm.

In that segregated era in the United States, it’s a surprising sight. After Edna takes Communion, we see something else shocking—she passes the bread and wine to her husband, who’s alive again, and he then passes them to Wiley, his killer.

Some viewers have burst into tears at that final scene; I think because it portrays the reconciliation we all hunger for. As Jesus explained, the Communion bread represents His body and the wine His blood, broken and shed to reconcile us to God (Matthew 26:26–28).

And as that reconciliation is passed on to others, marriages are mended, racial divisions are erased, and victims and killers become friends. One day, Jesus will even reunite the living with the dead (v. 29; Colossians 1:20).

Each of us needs reconciliation with God and others. Every time we take Communion, we tell ourselves and the world that such reconciliation is available because of what Jesus has done.

Sheridan Voysey

With whom do you need to be reconciled? How can Jesus’ sacrificial acts guide you toward that?

Jesus, help me to reconcile with you and others.

Devotional from YouVersion Bible App – Our Daily Bread. Contact Pastor Rod Lindemann at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com on how to use the Bible App for additional readings and topics.

Love Leads to Love

By |2022-11-06T05:06:19-06:00November 10th, 2022|GodConnect|

1 John 4:7-21 | Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.


We love each other because [God] loved us first. -1 John 4:19

At church that morning, I sat in a chair closest to the exit door. I wrestled with pent-up anger, resentment, unforgiveness, and fear that had built up throughout my life and helped me keep people at a distance.

As soon as the preacher stopped talking and the music began, I rushed to pick up my children. Turning to my oldest son, I said, “Take your brother to get a donut and meet me by the car.” The last thing I wanted to do was talk to people.

This cycle of avoidance continued for months. As I listened to the sermons and began reading the Bible on my own, eventually I asked God to help me accept His love personally. Over time, my knowledge of God and my confidence in His intimate love for me grew. Now, I can barely contain my love for God and His people.

The apostle John describes this type of heart and mind transformation as a response to the ultimate display of God’s love for us (1 John 4:19). Jesus took the punishment we deserve because of our sins and gave His life for ours through His death on the cross (vv. 7–10).

Accepting the depth of God’s sacrificial love changes us (vv. 11–12) and gives us the ability to receive love and extend love toward others in the church and beyond (vv. 13–21).

Though we may struggle with feeling unlovable, God can lead us to accept and share His love.

Xochitl Dixon

When have you struggled with receiving God’s love for you? How can He help you better love others in healthy and holy ways?

Loving God, thank You for working in my heart and mind as You lead me to love You and others as selflessly as You love us.

Devotional from YouVersion Bible App – Our Daily Bread. Contact Pastor Rod Lindemann at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com on how to use the Bible App for additional readings and topics.

Turning Together to God

By |2022-11-06T05:02:29-06:00November 9th, 2022|GodConnect|

Colossians 3:8-13 | But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.


Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. -Colossians 3:13

Their walls went up quickly. Their emotional walls, that is. On one side, a professor who teaches racial harmony skills explained to his Christian audience how, with God, he can study grueling facts about cruel history without losing hope.

On the opposite side, however, a man raged at having to hear such information. “Why are you spreading such lies? My nation isn’t racist,” he said. Back and forth they went until a soft-spoken woman stood and simply asked, “Will you join me in prayer?”

Suddenly, the room quieted. “Might we turn together,” she added, “to God in prayer?”

Her calming plea can be heard in Paul’s instruction to rid ourselves of “anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language” (Colossians 3:8). Writing from prison to a church torn by competing views about Jesus, Paul implored battling factions to turn not against each other—but toward each other in unity.

“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

How? “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you” (vv. 12–13). As Jesus Himself said, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart” (Matthew 12:25).

May we heed this wisdom today and listen with love as He leads us.

Patricia Raybon

How do you respond to other believers’ views? What can you do when you disagree with them?

Dear God, soften my spirit to hear different views with Christ’s love.

Devotional from YouVersion Bible App – Our Daily Bread. Contact Pastor Rod Lindemann at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com on how to use the Bible App for additional readings and topics.


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