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The week of January 24 2021
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Small Talk 

Decisions, Decisions… Part 1

Thinking about decisions to make in 2021 two thoughts came to mind recently. The phrase, “a trust, O Lord, from thee,” is one you likely remember. These words come at the end of the first stanza of the hymn, We Give Thee but Thine Own. “We give thee but thine own, whate’er the gift may be; all that we have is thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from thee.” When we sing this hymn, each of us places emphasis on different parts of it, but what do the final words mean, a trust, O Lord, from thee? We often measure our lives in terms of what we acquire and have. Some of our laws focus on questions of rights of ownership. Even at a young age we hear children yell, “Mine!” when one attempts to take a toy from another child. Psalm 24 reminds us though that “The earth is the LORD's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” Everything in the world, everything we own comes from God. As much as we might like to think that we “worked hard” for something, what we own is all a trust from God. Trustees have the responsibility to manage what they own knowing that it has come from God and ultimately will go to someone else to use. We are caretakers of what God has given us. We own what we do only for a short time. Our question is, “What is the best way to honor God through how we transfer what God has given us for others to use in the future?”

Decisions, Decisions… Part 2

The third petition of the Lord’s Prayer is “Thy will be done.” With the upcoming decisions of 2021, you might wonder how the Lord’s will is done through our decisions. No letter arrives in the mail telling you what you should do regarding the Lord’s will. There is no blueprint or road map for decisions. These words from 1 Timothy 2 might provide some guidance. “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” How can the decisions we make help with God’s desire for all to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth? The answer lies with Paul’s words to Timothy, “petitions, prayers, intercession….” Pray for God to reveal his will. James 5:16 tells us the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Prayer will lead you to discover God’s will and in turn  make a process that seems sad, lonely and isolated one where God is leading you in his time to show you his will with a decision that helps bring people to salvation.

Pastor Michael Dorner

Mt. Zion Lutheran Church
5645 Chicago Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55417



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