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2017 Series

Monday, September 3, 2018: Psalms 37, 71, 94

Ps 37: In the face of evil and evildoers, what is a person to do? What hope does the psalmist offer?

Ps 71: As our journey through life with God continues does it always grow easier? A lifetime of learning reminds us of the faithfulness of God even in present times of trouble.

Ps 94: Though the world rages against us, God is there to bring justice and consolation. Final justice belongs not in the hands of men and women, but of God. What grudges and past injustices do I need to turn over to the hands of God?

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Tuesday, September 4, 2018: Psalms 119:1-40

The statues of God bring life and delight, yet so often our temptation is to view them as obligations or hindrances to life. How different is the worldview of the psalmist!

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Wednesday, September 5, 2018: Psalms 119:41-88

God’s steadfast love is constant even in the midst of opposition. Our response is faithfulness. The keeping of the law is itself a blessing (v. 56).

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Thursday, September 6, 2018: 1 Kings 3-4

Solomon prays for wisdom and it is granted. This wisdom leads to a prolonged period of prosperity for Israel. Pray today for wisdom for our elected officials, national, state, and local, as well as those who serve in leadership in the church, that they may lead with a wisdom that benefits all.

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Friday, September 7, 2018: 2 Chronicles 1, Psalm 72

2 Chron 1: Solomon’s greatness begins in the house of God. The altar of God became the place of sacrifice where Solomon’s very life and prosperity took on meaning. When you gather for worship, how is it connected to your life outside of the church building?

Ps 72: A Psalm of coronation which praises the king for his great works, but concludes with a reminder that “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone, does wondrous things.” The call of Christians and the church is to be good citizens and work for the common good. But put not your trust in princes, for God alone does wondrous things.

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Saturday, September 8, 2018: Psalms 119:89-136

God’s Word is secure and faithful. Though we may despair at a world in decay, and grow weary of the evil around us, God’s Word gives life. Pray today for those times when you are tempted to despair and remember the faithfulness of God.

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Monday, September 10, 2018: Psalms 119:137-176

God’s Word is like a hidden treasure (v. 162) but is tried and true. It is a faithful guide to life, ever pulling us back when we, like a lost sheep have strayed (v. 176). If you have time today, read through the 10 Commandments and their explanations in the Small Catechism. How might your life look differently if this law of God were truly a delight?

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Tuesday, September 11, 2018: Song of Solomon 1-2

This unique book of the Bible has been variously interpreted to be about God’s love for His people the church and about the beauty of love between people within creation.

Chapter 1 begins with the confession of love by one of low-birth (a manual laborer), and yet the beloved looks beyond outward appearance to the beauty within – and delights in that beauty. What do you see when you see others? Are we able to look beyond the outward flaws and fault and love the Christ that dwells with our neighbor?

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Wednesday, September 12, 2018: Song of Solomon 3-4

The bride seeks out that which she loves, which culminates in love finding fruition in the arrival of the Beloved for the wedding. Following this union the poetry explodes into an extravagant song of love by the Beloved. Their union is not the end – it is a glorious new beginning which surpasses even that which went before it. As God calls us to salvific union with Himself, God is not simply a destination, this union becomes the starting point for a life of abundant love.

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Thursday, September 13, 2018: Song of Solomon 5-6

Having experienced the union of marital bliss, the bride longs now for her Beloved. In what ways do your encounters with God, through Word and Sacrament, increase our longing for the presence of God in our lives?

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Friday, September 14, 2018: Song of Solomon 7-8

There is a genuine delight in love, that even waters cannot quench (7:7). It is love that pulls together two into one (v. 11-12). Our love in relationship with one another. Our love in relationship with God.

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Saturday, September 15, 2018: Proverbs 1-2

The book of Proverbs is a collection of wisdom for life. Its beginning is found in “the fear of the Lord.” (1:7). This fear is not the stuff of horror movies, it is the type of awe-inspiring feeling that one gets in the presence of holiness and power. There is a temptation among many Christians today to rightly focus on the imminent closeness of God’s love for us in Christ Jesus, but to do so at the expense of any sort of majesty of God. How might you recapture a sense of the awe-inspiring-ness of God which is the bases of true wisdom?

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Monday, September 17, 2018: Proverbs 3-4

Additional addresses of wisdom are given to a son. Advice begins with proper relationship with God and moves on to proper relationship with neighbors. In what ways does your relationship with God inform your how you view your relationship with others?

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Tuesday, September 18, 2018: Proverbs 5-6

In these chapters wisdom becomes more specific – how to avoid adultery, and dishonesty with the neighbor and with oneself. So often in our relationships with others we are reactive to situations in which we find ourselves. Here the father encourages his son to be pro-active in making wise choices. Take time today to reflect on what tomorrow holds? How are you prepared for the day? For your interactions with others?

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Wednesday, September 19, 2018: Proverbs 7-8

In chapter 7, the father once more addresses his son concerning adultery. It is not a prurient voyeurism that drives the address, it is an encouragement to keep a chaste heart amidst all the seductive temptations of the world. Be “married to wisdom” and allow no space for the false arguments which we use sometimes to justify our poor choices.

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Thursday, September 20, 2018: Proverbs 9-10

Wisdom extends a gracious invitation to “come and eat of my bread and drink of my wine.” (9:5) Historically, the church considered Wisdom to be none other than Jesus the Logos of John 1:1. Jesus indeed provides a welcome home, a place where gifts of bread and wine flow abundantly.

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Friday, September 21, 2018: Proverbs 11-12

Distinctions are made between the righteous and fools, as the advice moves from the theoretical to the practical. The advice at times can be counterintuitive. Wealth is gained not by hoarding but by living generously and dealing with others charitably. God’s wisdom provides a way for us to live that mode the way that God deals with us through Jesus. Consider today those times when we have not lived according to the first commandment where we place our trust in ourselves and not in a God who “we fear, love, and trust, above all things.”

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Saturday, September 22, 2018: Proverbs 13-14

Wise people are patient and prudent and slow to anger. The foolish are impudent and reactive. Lord forgive us for those times when our tempers and quickness to react get the best of us, and help us ever to seek out peace by “putting the best construction on everything.”

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Monday, September 24, 2018: Proverbs 15-16

“Commit your way to the Lord” (16:3) and “The Lord has made everything for its purpose” (16:4) – gracious reminders that our daily lives are not detached from God. What we do in life matters, and it matters to God. How do you honor God in the day to day living out of your life? How is God’s purpose made perfect in you as you commit your way to him?

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Tuesday, September 25, 2018: Proverbs 17-18

The Gospel is good news to sinners, but is not to become an excuse to sin, nor an excuse to turn away from evil and injustice. God, open our eyes to the pain that our sin brings, that we might even more embrace and appreciate the glorious grace of forgiveness through your son Jesus Christ our Lord.

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Wednesday, September 26, 2018: Proverbs 19-20

Don’t let the cuteness fool you – children are born evil, under the stain of original sin (perhaps best evidenced by the fact that a newborn child cares not for how tired his mother is when he is hungry!). Parents and grandparents have the awesome task, then, of drawing a sinful child back to Christ that they may be restored through the waters of Baptism. Today remember your own baptismal calling: “He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil. Not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, that I may be his own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness…this is most certainly true!”

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Thursday, September 27, 2018: Proverbs 21-22

The Lord maintains control over both foolish and wise people. When we are tempted to despair and fools seem to have the upper hand, remember that God is the author and giver of justice.

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Friday, September 28, 2018: Proverbs 23

There is a danger in seeking after worldly gain and status. Prosperity and worldly success are indeed blessings from God, but we ought not to sacrifice ourselves, our principals, and our relationship with God to obtain them. Rather “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and its righteousness. And all these things shall be added unto you. Alleluia!”

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)


Saturday, September 29, 2018: Proverbs 24

Sometimes there is a temptation to believe that the foolish and deceitful somehow have things better than the righteous who have to “play by God’s rules”. Such a view forgets that “the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumbles in times of calamity” (v. 16). The call of wisdom is to worry more about our own righteousness, than the unrighteousness of the wicked.

—Paul Sauer (Our Saviour, Bronx)