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2021, Happy New Year! January, Devotional, 2021

There is a simple New Year’s Resolution and one that you may find easy to keep.  Every morning ask Jesus to put a hymn or song of His into your heart and mind to begin the day.  He will do it.  Once in a while I wonder what the song is, but I just ask and one comes to mind!  Sometimes, there is more than one!

For example, songs or hymns like Jesus Loves Me, Sweet Hour of Prayer, Lord, You’re Beautiful, He Is Lord, In My Heart There Rings a Melody, or Hallelujah come to mind.  If you want, you can share your song and bless others  – don’t keep your light under a bushel!  Matthew 5:15*

So, what are you waiting for?  Don’t wait until tomorrow morning.  Start right now and ask the Lord for a song that honors Him.  Then, you will be ready for another hymn tomorrow!

*Matthew5:15 (KJV) Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candlestick and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

St. Petrie/ cms   

A Child Is Born

                          December 2020 Devotions:

                                 A Child Is Born

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;  And the government will be upon His shoulder and His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace .” 

(Isaiah 9:6 NKJV)

Quote that verse as you go through the Christmas Season. There are many things that take your mind off the reason for the season, but do they really need to distract you? 

As you go shopping, decorate, bake, visit friends and enjoy all the activities for the holidays, just ask Christ to keep His birthday at the center of all these things.  As you enjoy your family, children or even grandchildren, remind them of how much you love them and how much the baby born in a stable loves them.  Jesus protects them every day and He arose from the grave and promises to be in our hearts if we ask him.  Do you know folks who are miserable?  Well, life may not be fantastic all the time, but with Jesus it is worth it for we can know our eternal destiny.

Have a joyful, peaceful “Christ”mas.

We care so if you need a place to celebrate Jesus’ birth, visit us this December.

cms / St. Petrie

The Cross

October Devotions 2020: THE CROSS

The cross is the symbol of our Christian Faith.  Without what Jesus did by dying on the cross for our sins we would not have eternal life.  Being a good person or giving a large sum of money to help others or trying to live a moral life are fine things to do, but nothing you can do will be enough to assure you a place in heaven.  We have all sinned.  God sent His only son that whosoever believes in Him will have life forever.  God did not send His only son, Jesus, into the world to condemn the world but that through Him, we might be saved.  (from John 3:16,17) All those good deeds are fine and we will want to do them when we believe.  Most importantly, we want others to see their need to know Jesus and believe in Him as their Savior.

Have you thought you could get to heaven without the CROSS?  My friend, you are mistaken.  Come to Jesus.  His love is there for you.  Life is not perfect.  Ask Him to help you along this way in life and He will.  You have to believe in Him.  Please sincerely have faith in Him.

Call us at 815 246 9890.  If we aren’t there at that very moment, leave a message, and we promise to get back with you!

      Your friends at St. Petrie Lutheran


The Hearer & The Doer

The Hearer & The Doer     September, 2020

James 1: 22-24 says:  But be doers of the word (Bible), and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  For if one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.  For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.”

I forget to be a “doer” when my prayer and Bible reading time with Jesus are neglected and I try to do something in my own strength.  I get lazy or too self-sufficient.  I have forgotten Ephesians 2:8,9 where I am saved by grace and it’s a free gift of God and not of works lest any man should boast.  Jesus reminds me to look in the mirror of His image and be filled with His Holy Spirit to be a truly effective “doer.”

Verse 25 of James 1 completes the focus on Jesus whose death and resurrection for my sins personally gives me that eternal hope of heaven.

             “But the one who looks into the perfect law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”

September is the time for school to begin.  May it be your time to begin anew to “do” His will and learn to lean on Him for everything.


Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5,6      July, 2020

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your paths.”

As we celebrate the birth of our nation this month, may we lean on the everlasting arms of Almighty God in our personal lives as well as offer prayers for our country.  As the old hymn by Helen Lemmel says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus.  Look full in His wonderful face.  And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”  Look to the Lord for the future and not just for quick fixes.

What really does matter?  Bottom Line – It’s Jesus Christ –embracing Him as your Savior and sticking close to Him.

He promises to always be with us!



The Eleventh Hour June 2020

On April 14, 1912 at 11:40 PM, an iceberg scraped the ship’s starboard side of the famous Titanic ripping open six water-tight compartments.  By 2:20AM the next morning the ship sank with 712 saved in life boats and 1,522 dying in the icy waters of the North Atlantic.

One well-known pastor was aboard on his way back for a return preaching engagement at the Moody Church in Chicago accompanied by his six year old daughter.  John Harper was a man on fire for Christ and had a burden for souls.  During those final minutes in the cold water, John was near a man on a board drifting and asked him if he was saved?  The man said “no” and Harper shouted from the Bible: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”  The man drifted out of sight.  Later, the man came back into sight and Harper asked him the question again, “Are you saved?”  The man said “no” and so John repeated Acts 16:31.  Before he could hear the man’s answer, drowning Harper slipped into his watery grave, but the man put his faith in Christ.  Later the survivor said that he was the pastor’s last convert.

John Harper may not have seen his little girl grow up, but his zeal for Christ was part of his life up to the end.  Do we have that zeal?  Ask Jesus to give us more of that desire to be His Light and guess what, He will!

The Information about Pastor Harper was from pages 16-25 of the book, “The Titanic’s Last Hero” by Moody Adams, the Olive Press.)


Be Prepared

                                                       Be Prepared                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Recently, I attended a church service where Jesus Christ was said to be the Son Of God who loves everyone and forgives their sins. However, knowing Christ personally was not mentioned.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me”, John 14:6.  Calling yourself a Christian is more than just going to church and being a good person.  You need to accept Jesus into your heart and life.

For 25 years, I thought that I was a good person and that was my ticket to heaven.  Then I read in the Bible that there is only one way to Heaven and that is through the shed blood of Jesus. Good works cannot save you! (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Trust Jesus Christ today!  Here’s what you must do:

  1. Admit that you are a sinner. (Romans 3:23)
  2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent). (Luke 13:5)
  3. Believe that Jesus died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead. (John 3:16)        

    4.Through prayer, ”For it is with your mouth that you                                                                     believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and             are saved.” (Romans 10:10)        

   What to pray:

Dear God: I am a sinner and need forgiveness.  I believe that Jesus Christ shed his precious blood and died on the cross for my sin.  I am willing to turn from sin.  I believe by faith that you saved me and that Jesus is now my personal Savior.  Amen

~CMS                                                                                                                                                            May 2020

Favorite Hymns About Jesus: Onward Christian Soldiers

Favorite Hymns About Jesus: “Onward Christian Soldiers”    April, 2020

By Sabin Baring Gould

 Mr. Baring-Gould wrote “Onward Christian Soldiers” in 1864 for a large Sunday school class to march from their school to the church in another village of Yorkshire, England.  He needed a song to sing and march to on the” Whitmonday” holiday.

Mr. Baring-Gould sat up that night to write something himself for the festival.  Within about fifteen minutes, “Onward Christian soldiers” was penned with at least six verses.  Leaflets were quickly printed and the Sunday school class marched and sang to the church.

From that point on, the popularity of the song traveled to America.  Today, we are still stirred by the inspired words of “Onward Christian Soldiers.”  We realize afresh the privilege we have in sharing the story of the cross of Calvary!

“Onward, Christian Soldiers,

Marching as to war

With the cross of Jesus

Going on before!”


  1. Stories of Popular Hymns, p. 99,100, by K. Blanchard, Zondervan Pub. House, 1939


A Thought from Your Pastor

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                                               A thought from your Pastor!

Philippians 3:10 That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death. 

1 John 5:20  we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.

We don’t have to look far in America to meet a person from another culture. Those of us who have lived in the same culture all our life can’t imagine how difficult the transition must be: a new language, new money, new people, new customs, new almost-everything. The first day? Challenging! A year later? Gaining knowledge! Five years later? Still gaining knowledge!

It takes time and desire to learn new things. And the same goes for knowing God. The apostle Paul wrote that his chief goal in life was to “know [Christ]”-His power and His presence in fellowship. Paul spent his pre-conversion years learning the Old Testament and his post -conversion years getting to know the One to whom the Old Testament pointed. And how long did Paul imagine it would take—for the rest of his life!

Philippians 3:13-14 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

He forgot everything else and made knowing Christ his rest-of-life goal.

Now that we are not getting out like we use to or even being able to go to church, I believe Snoopy has a great idea.


When you smell the roses also take time to get to know Jesus better.  Spend a little time to read the Bible and pray.  We will realize the more we are into His Word the worries of life will fade.  They may not be completely gone but they will fade.

Carolyn and I are praying that God will bless each of you and also keep you healthy, as we pray for you please pray for us also.

Pastor Gerry and Carolyn












Long & Short Prayers

Prayer must always be from the heart.  A short prayer is said before you eat or as you meet a friend unexpectantly at the store or at work.  The line of communication stays open between Jesus and you.

Longer prayers are necessary each day with Jesus to talk things through along with reading the Bible and devotions.  Most folks like to do that early in the day, but some do it at the close of the day.

Luke 6:12 states: “Now it came to pass in those days that (Jesus) went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”  There may be a time when extra prayer is necessary to pray through a situation in your life or another person’s life.

Why should we pray?  Jesus cares.  He is God’s Son and He died for you, forgives your sins, rose from the dead and is alive!  He promises to be with you always.  He is as close as the mention of His name. Jesus is only a prayer away.

In Jesus’ Name.

~cms                                                                                                                                                             March 2020