God’s Love LEtter

Rejoice in the lord always; Again I will say, rejoice–WEEK 41:

This Sunday in our Epistle Reading from Philippians 4:4-7, we talked about St. Paul encouraging us to “Rejoice in the Lord Always.” This is a Season that is to be filled with “Joy” and “Rejoicing,” however, there is still so much that needs to be done. Today is a day to take a pause from the hustle and bustle of preparations, and comparisons with others who are way ahead of us in their Christmas celebration preparations.


Why would, or should, we take a pause today? It’s to say a prayer of thanksgiving. Our Lord God will use this prayer of thanksgiving to flood His peace back into our wearied hearts and worried minds. His peace will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.


As we read God’s Word this week, let’s remember the words of this very short, but very powerful text. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”


Look how far we’ve come in 2021. We’ve read the Old Testament Books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Ruth, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, and Haggai, the New Testament Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1&2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1&2 Thessalonians, 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1&2 Peter, 1&2&3 John, Jude and Revelation. This week we will finish the Book of Numbers.

~ Pastor Larry Rubeck

Every week, look for “This week’s readings” highlighted in the latest issue of THE MESSENGER.

Let’s encourage one another to read God’s love letter together!


Monday, Dec 13th – Numbers 33, Ezekiel 7, Zechariah 4

Tuesday, Dec 14th – Numbers 34, Ezekiel 8, Zechariah 5

Wednesday, Dec 15th – Numbers 35, Ezekiel 9, Zechariah 6


Thursday, Dec 16th – Numbers 36, Ezekiel 10, Zechariah 7

Friday, Dec 17th – Deuteronomy 1, Ezekiel 11, Zechariah 8


Saturday, Dec 18th – Deuteronomy 2, Ezekiel 12, Zechariah 9


Sunday, Dec 19th – Deuteronomy 3, Ezekiel 13, Zechariah 10