Author: Matt Hoehner

Devotion: The Greatest Fishing Story

Matthew 4:18-20 Our Lord Jesus told His disciples that their focus would no longer be gathering fish, but instead gathering men in the kingdom of God. As we follow our Lord’s direction, there is often excitement concerning fishing for men, that is, until we realize what fishing for men is all about. A few years ago, I had my greatest fishing outing ever. I went out with my cousin on a private lake in Wisconsin where we caught 52 bass, (15 inches and up). In fact, the only reason we stopped fishing is that I got a hook caught...

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Devotion: Masks of Our Lord God

When I was studying at the Seminary, a few of us students went down to Morgan Street Brewery on Halloween night. The uncreative bunch we were, we went without thinking to dress up for the occasion. To our surprise almost everyone there was in costume. To our further surprise they were all dressed as priests or demons. It was as if this crowd had raided our closets. We could have just worn our clergy shirts and fit right in. What were you for Halloween? Or better yet, what do you want to be when you grow up, finish college,...

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Devotion: Dad, will you come play with me?

“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:15-16 (NIV) One of my favorite things to do is to play with my son, Joel. Usually that means constructing something with Legos, building with blocks or maybe inventing a land filled with animals. It is fun to spend time with him, working together to make something new. It is also fun to...

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