Church of the Abiding Savior, Lutheran

1625 S. Alston Avenue Durham NC

Exalt the Lord, Embrace the Resurrection

Psalm 30:1-3  1I will exalt you, O Lord, because you have lifted me up  and have not let my enemies triumph over me. 2O Lord my God, I cried out to you,  and you restored me to health. 3You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead;  you restored my life as I was going down to the grave. I thought about using Ecclesiastes “to everything there is a […]

Equality With God

5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God,    did not regard equality with God    as something to be exploited,7 but emptied himself,    taking the form of a slave,    being born in human likeness. —Philippians 2:5-7 “Equality with God” is a heavy phrase. Jesus was God, and Jesus gave […]

Future, Present, and Past: All Are God’s

Psalm 126  1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,  then were we like those who dream. 2Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy.  Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 3The Lord has done great things for us,  and we are glad indeed. 4Restore our fortunes, O Lord,  like the watercourses of the Negeb. 5Those who sowed with tears  will reap with songs of […]

Come to the Water

For this week’s devotion, simply offer this song: “Come To the Water” by Matt Maher. It is based on the Isaiah 55 reading for this week. It’s simplicity and beauty have fed me; and I hope it will do the same for you.

Taking UP a Cross

And He said to all, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the […]

Forty Days With the Devil

1Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. – Luke 4:1-2 Wow! What must it have been like to hang out with the devil forty days? I cringe at the thought of spending one minute […]

Land O’ Goshen!

10 “You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11I will provide for you there—since there are five more years of famine to come—so that you and your household, and […]

Burdens and Talents

Jeremiah 17:5-8  5Thus says the Lord: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals  and make mere flesh their strength,  whose hearts turn away from the Lord. 6They shall be like a shrub in the desert,  and shall not see when relief comes. They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,  in an uninhabited salt land.  7Blessed are those who trust in […]

New Things, New Perspective

“I am about to do a new thing.” -Isaiah 43:19 (NRSV) This week I share a devotion by Bukola Landis-Aina (She/Her), Executive Director, Q Christian Fellowship There is such a promise of freedom and renewal in the notion that the Lord is in our midst, doing ”a new thing.” For the original audience of […]

Honoring the Body

21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, […]