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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Tough Life, Tougher Faith"

March 20, 2009

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The LORD is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him. Psalm 28:7

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 while back, a young girl wrote to the Lutheran Hour Ministries' office in Riga, Latvia. Through her letters, she opened up regarding her family and the many issues they faced. Her father was in prison and her mother drank heavily. There was not enough money to pay the landlord. Eventually, the family faced eviction after the rent had not been paid for several months. Father in jail, mother on the bottle, and the prospect of being put out onto the streets-it all made life extremely difficult for this young girl.

After seeing our television programs that shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ, this girl contacted our Lutheran Hour Ministries staff. She was eventually brought to faith and learned to trust in God -- even in the midst of her many difficulties.

Today, this young woman is married and the mother of a three-year-old boy. God uses situations in our lives -- no matter how grave -- to draw us unto Him. God used the dire circumstances in this girl's life to bring her faith and hope in Christ. He can do the same in your life, as well.

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, You do not leave us without hope. Strengthen our faith in You and the forgiveness Christ won so we can forget our past wrongs and focus on our future with You. Help us in our everyday life and guard us from all evil. We thank You for Your grace and in the mercy You've shown us through Your Son, Jesus. In His Name, we pray. Amen.

Biography of Author:
Ilze Abrama is a staff member with Lutheran Hour Ministries-Latvia who works in that office's movie ministry and with Internet resources. Established in 1991, LHM-Latvia connects with individuals in this northern European country through radio programs like "Latest News" and "Little Truths." The office also utilizes the Equipping the Saints program and Bible Correspondence Courses.

To learn more about our International Ministries, click here or visit

Today's Bible Readings: Numbers 26-27    Luke 1:1-20

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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