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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Acting Decision"

October 5, 2007

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Let you light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.

In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour

The young boy approached his father and said, “Dad, three frogs are on a twig, close to a lake. One of them decides to jump in. How many remain on the twig?”

“Hmm, well, let me see,” said the father. “Three frogs, one decided to jump. That leaves two.”

“No, Dad, all three of them remained in the same place.”

“But how? You said that one decided to jump. Then there are only two left!”

“Yes Dad, that’s what I said, one of them decided to jump. It doesn’t mean that it did jump.”

Sometimes we decide, plan, and visualize what we can and want to do. We even can see the joy of accomplishing the goal. Often, we are just like the frog. We decide to do something, but we don’t put our thoughts or words into action.

To God, things are different. He decided to love and save humankind, but His decision also became an action. He sent His Son to take our sins upon Himself and suffer our punishment. This is how His love was put into action-–through His sacrifice.

How many times have you decided to study harder? To help a friend? To put more value into your family time? To fight for your goals? To take care of yourself? Don’t let words be just words. Let your decisions be acting decisions, thoughts that come true, theory that becomes practice.

THE PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, we call on You to help us make good decisions. Let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight. Amen.

Biography of Author:

Pastor Albrecht graduated in 1998 from Concordia Seminary in Sao Leopoldo, Brazil. Since 2004 he has served as campus chaplain at Ulbra, the Lutheran University of Brazil, where he also works with media resources and as a pastor of the campus congregation. He and his wife, Djenane Hans Albrecht, have been married since 1997.

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Today's Bible Readings: Isaiah 62-64    Romans 12

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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