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Jun 6, 2021

There is real darkness all around, but there is also light—and that light is good, helpful, and powerful. Even though the light and the dark are usually talked about as opposing forces locked in a battle (think Star Wars, Shakespeare, or the sacred books of most religions), the Bible actually has a somewhat different narrative about what the light is, means, and does. Today we’ll explore just that.

 

May 30, 2021

When was the last time you received a personal note from a friend or family member you haven't heard from in a while? Typically, it is around Christmas when cards, letters, and family photos are sent and news is shared. Communication in the first century was even more sporadic, but we have a few such personal letters that have been preserved for us. This weekend we will take a look at the two shortest books in the Bible and receive insight from the apostle John on his pastoral relationship with those around him as well as with us today.

 

To receive 250-word devotions on 2 & 3 John this week, Monday – Friday, go to st-andrew-online.org/devotions.

May 23, 2021

“If there is one thing you remember of me . . .” John is closing out his letter to his family. He could have gotten maudlin and reminisced about the glory days or memories he's had with them, but he closes out his letter pointing them to Jesus. His whole ministry among them was to point them to Jesus, and he closes this letter with things we know and with his ultimate purpose in ministry and writing.

 

To receive 250-word devotions on 1 John 5:16-21 this week, Monday – Friday, go to st-andrew-online.org/devotions.

May 16, 2021

The apostle John reiterates and reinforces a message we know: God hears and answers our requests. The almighty God of the universe who created all things with his spoken word gives you eternal life and hears and answers your prayers, even when it seems as though he isn't listening or answering.

 

To receive 250-word devotions on 1 John 5:13-15 this week, Monday – Friday, go to st-andrew-online.org/devotions.

May 9, 2021

Over the next few weeks, we'll conclude our study of John's epistles. Ever since January, John has taught us how to live in fellowship with God and with his people: obeying, knowing, remaining, testing, loving, testifying and overcoming. Ever-consistent, John will use the conclusion of his letter to bring us back to those familiar doctrines to teach us how to live in this fellowship. Today: the sweet reasonableness of his promises in Christ. We’re glad you’re here to enjoy them.

 

To receive 250-word devotions on 1 John 5:6-13 this week, Monday – Friday, go to st-andrew-online.org/devotions.

May 2, 2021

Your mission is . . .How would you complete that sentence? It sounds lofty and hard to think about when you're consumed by just doing what needs to be done. But it's worth thinking about. Jesus not only gives us all we need for our daily lives to do what needs to be done, but he lifts our eyes to see something beyond, something bigger, like our mission. Last week, Jesus' good friend John began to teach us about God's love for us and our love for each other. Today, he continues with the same themes in 1 John 4:17 – 5:5 to help us answer to the question, "What's my mission?"

 

To receive 250-word devotions on 1 John 4:17-5:5 this week, Monday – Friday, go to st-andrew-online.org/devotions.

Apr 25, 2021

Love is . . . How would you finish that sentence? Or better yet, in how many different ways might you finish that sentence? Such an activity would be interesting, but even more interesting is how God himself defines love. We’re glad you’re with us today to seek a biblical definition of love, appreciate God’s love for us, and to ask his help in extending his love to others.

 

To receive 250-word devotions on 1 John 4:7-16 this week, Monday – Friday, go to st-andrew-online.org/devotions.

Apr 18, 2021

Airlines now proudly announce a "temporary change" to their food and beverage service. Some consultant advised them not to say, "We've canceled our food and beverage service," or, "We're not giving you anything." Why? Because our words matter. Nowhere is that truer than in the Bible. In the section of 1 John before us this weekend, John tells Christ-followers to test the spirits. How? In the first four verses of 1 John 4 he teaches us four words to help us do that. We’re so glad you’re with the people of God seeking the Holy Spirit's gift of faith through the words of God. If we can serve you in any other way, please let us know. May God bless your worship. 

 

To receive 250-word devotions on 1 John 4:1-4 this week, Monday – Friday, go to st-andrew-online.org/devotions.

Apr 11, 2021

In a time of reason and relative morality, our hearts can sometimes lead us astray. Sometimes our hearts lead us into guilt and regret or the converse pride and arrogance. The one thing we can trust and believe with all our heart is the gospel. This week God reminds us through the apostle John that we are his and he is much greater than our understanding of him. 

 

To receive 250-word devotions on 1 John 3:19-23 this week, Monday – Friday, go to st-andrew-online.org/devotions.

Apr 4, 2021

30,000 people were crucified the year Jesus was crucified. The heart of each person crucified stopped beating. Jesus’ heart stopped too. But there’s a difference. Three days after Jesus’ heart stopped, his heart began to beat again. That’s a difference you can live with. Join us to worship him on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday. Celebrate his heart for you.

Apr 2, 2021

30,000 people were crucified the year Jesus was crucified. The heart of each person crucified stopped beating. Jesus’ heart stopped too. But there’s a difference. Three days after Jesus’ heart stopped, his heart began to beat again. That’s a difference you can live with. Join us to worship him on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday. Celebrate his heart for you.

Apr 2, 2021

A Maundy Thursday devotion by Pastor Kelly Huet.

Mar 28, 2021

Today we begin our Holy Week journey to the cross and empty tomb. Jesus' passion begins with his ride into Jerusalem. As Jesus makes his triumphant entry, he teaches us about his heart for worship, which is then reflected in our worship of him.

Mar 24, 2021

A Lenten devotion by Staff Minister for Nurture Mark Kjenstad

Mar 21, 2021

I love my home. I love the ocean. I love my spouse. People use the word love for all kinds of things; sure, they're all loves. But what distinguishes Christian love? How do you know you know Christ's love? John gets us to the answer. Enjoy your time today with brothers and sisters; together we’re becoming more convinced of Christ's love and more able to love as he did.

 

To receive 250-word devotions on 1 John 3:11-18 this week, Monday – Friday, go to st-andrew-online.org/devotions.

Mar 14, 2021

This week the apostle John by God's direction starts getting into some deeply personal and introspective concepts that at the core ask, “Where do you find your identity?” You likely can offer a quick response, but John helps us see our need to confront and acknowledge where we've allowed our identity to slip, that we might fully live and abide with God.

 

To receive 250-word devotions on 1 John 3:4-10 this week, Monday – Friday, go to st-andrew-online.org/devotions.

Mar 10, 2021

A Lenten devotion by Pastor Kelly Huet.

Mar 7, 2021

Have you ever watched a dog chase a car and wondered, “What would he do if he caught it?” You know what he’d do. Nothing. He’d just walk away and go chasing after another car. Does your life ever feel that way to you? We chase after things or the next stage of life and either they elude us or they don’t satisfy us. Let the Spirit’s words through John show you a way off the hamster wheel.  We’re glad you’re here to meet God in his Word and worship today.

To receive 250-word devotions on 1 John 2:28-3:3 this week, Monday – Friday, go to st-andrew-online.org/devotions.

Mar 4, 2021

A Lenten devotion by Pastor Steve Soukup from St. Andrew Lutheran Church

Feb 28, 2021

Drive carefully. We can wait.

That's a billboard outside Minneapolis for the Wilbert Company. They make burial vaults. You may call it tasteless advertising, but they're right. Certain truths are irreducible and universal. Death is one of them. What other truths would you put in the category of "core?"  How about this: truth. Once again the saints of God have gathered in God's house to seek his truth, encourage one another and glorify him. Welcome to the party.

 

To receive 250-word devotions on 1 John 2:18-27 this week, Monday – Friday, go to st-andrew-online.org/devotions.

Feb 25, 2021

A Lenten devotion by Pastor Jon Bilitz from Wisconsin Lutheran Chapel.

Feb 21, 2021

When are you dogmatic? Never! That word almost always means something negative. To be dogmatic and uncompromising about your personal opinions and beliefs makes one hard to live with. You could be wrong. But John writes to the church of his day and our day that there is a time to be dogmatic, a time when there can be no compromise. The reason is not to make you hard to live with; but because you have eternal life.

 

To receive 250-word devotions on 1 John 2:18-27 this week, Monday – Friday, go to st-andrew-online.org/devotions.

Feb 17, 2021

A Lenten devotion by Pastor Randy Hunter.

Feb 14, 2021

How would you complete the phrase above? Would your answer change if the phrase was, "Stop loving . . ."? God turns our hearts toward himself as the apostle John, a grandpa who is concerned for his kids and grandkids, shares a powerful message of hope and life for those who are caught up in desires and loss which consume and destroy. God has a better life for us, and he uses John to help us see what it can be. 

 

To receive 250-word devotions on 1 John 2:15-17 this week, Monday – Friday, go to st-andrew-online.org/devotions.

Feb 7, 2021

When we baptize babies at St. Andrew, we often sing "Borning Cry." The hymn tracks God's view of and love for a child from baptism through youth, middle age, and into old age. It's not only an accurate reflection of God's grace, but it reminds us how the Christian life goes, too: in stages. We all hope for growth. In this weekend's section of 1 John, the author demonstrates how the Christian life isn't stagnant. We all hope for growth. And you’ve come to the right place for it: God’s Word among God’s people.

 

To receive 250-word devotions on 1 John 2:12-14 this week, Monday – Friday, go to st-andrew-online.org/devotions.

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