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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"The Wrong Destination"

September 26, 2008

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I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6

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

A few years ago, a married couple hastily boarded a plane. They were the last passengers to get on. After putting their luggage into the overhead compartment, the husband took out their boarding passes and looked at the seat numbers. Their seats were 22E and 22F, but he was surprised to see they were already occupied. He said to his wife, "No problem, honey; we'll find another seat. There are still many available."

The plane took off on schedule. Two hours later, the couple became alarmed by the pilot's announcement: "We are ready to land at Lincoln airport. The couple then understood why other passengers had occupied seats 22E and 22F. They had gotten on the wrong airplane. Their destination was supposed to be Dallas, Texas, not Lincoln, Nebraska.

Going the wrong way will most definitely take you to the wrong destination. Jesus showed us the right way to heaven when He told His disciples, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6).

As God's Son, Jesus willingly died on the cross to reconcile humankind with the Father. His sacrifice opened a door through which all people can receive eternal life. Jesus alone offers us the only way, the absolute truth, and the redeemed life -- and it's free.

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, sometimes we go the wrong way but assume it is the right way. Guide us by Your Holy Spirit to discern the right way through faith in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Biography of Author:
Tran Thi My Dung has a bachelor's degree in theological studies. She serves as a Sunday school teacher and does area work in Viet Nam as a volunteer.

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Today's Bible Readings: Isaiah 39-40    Romans 6

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