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Devotions and more!

With news of the spread of COVID-19 changing constantly, it’s important to remember where we Christians find our faith, hope, and strength—our Savior, Jesus Christ. This page shares several resources and devotions you can read and access to stay in God's Word and find comfort in the midst of uncertainty.

      

Northwestern Publishing House has many devotional books that you may find helpful during this time. Follow this link to access a list of selected devotions.

The June 2020 issue of Forward in Christ is available for you to view and download for free! Northwestern Publishing House is offering free digital access to the last two months' issues. Follow this link to receive these complimentary issues and also visit forwardinchrist.net for even more articles and information. Enjoy!

Northwestern Publishing House has created multiple Faith Care Packages that combine meaningful and engaging books and other materials specially chosen for a family's unique situation. These packages provide a thoughtful gift opportunity to encourage others during this time of isolation. For a family at home or a loved one in a senior care facility, Faith Care Packages express your concern and share God's comforting and uplifting Word. Visit NPH's website for more details!

Meditations is a devotional booklet that features short Scripture readings, devotions, and prayers to help you celebrate the Lord's many daily blessings. Northwestern Publishing House is offering free digital access to the next quarter, May 31 - August 29, 2020. Follow this link to access the devotion. You can also order an individual subscription by visiting NPH's website. Hope members, please visit with us to receive a copy by mail. Enjoy!

The May 2020 issue of Forward in Christ is available for you to view and download for free! Northwestern Publishing House is offering free digital access to the last two months' issues. Follow this link to receive these complimentary issues and also visit forwardinchrist.net for even more articles and information. Enjoy!

ChurchArt Pro has created Scripture cards that you can freely download and share with your fellow church members and community. They’ve provided twelve Scripture designs as single-sided cards and foldable notecards. The notecards are blank inside, so adding a personal message is easy. You’ll find ways to download the designs in PDF, Publisher, and Word file formats. Click this link to learn more!

In addition to its regular daily devotions, wels.net has started a family devotions series. Each devotion in this series has a reading, response, prayer, and questions that family members can discuss with one another. The questions are segmented into age groups, from younger children to elementary-age children to middle school children and beyond. Follow this link to learn more!

Over the last several weeks, wels.net has gathered resources that many WELS ministries have created and made available to members. By following this link, you'll find details on counseling, livestreams, radio broadcasts, video devotions and Bible studies (for adults and children), and more.  

Our world may have come to a standstill, but our emotions have not. Amidst the anxiety, fear, paranoia, worry, sorrow, and all of the things that threaten to swallow our hope, Jesus reminds us that we are safe in God's Word while we are safe at home. Northwestern Publishing House has created the "Safe in God's Word" series, a compilation of devotions and resources to help keep us connected with our Savior Jesus during these times.

The April 2020 and March 2020 issues of Forward in Christ are no longer offered for free, but you can still find the articles from these issues online. Follow this link to find the April 2020 articles and follow this link for the March 2020 articles. You can also find archives to the last five years' issues here!

Children's Worship Bulletins has put together a packet of free resources (coloring sheets, puzzles, and Bible activities) for both children and adults! They've also created worship bulletins and activities on carefully selected topics and scripture texts. Topics include "Do Not Worry," "Jesus Keeps You Strong," and "God Cares for Us." Follow this link to access these free activities and more! 

Kids Connection is a video news magazine featuring interesting and spiritually uplifting stories about people, places, and programs around WELS. Monthly videos from September 2019 through May 2020 are available for parents to view at home with their children. Follow this link to download the videos.

For a limited time, Northwestern Publishing House is offering access to free Christ-Light lesson PDFs to teach your children at home. These Sunday school lessons are available for grades pre-K through 6th. Downloads for each age level include student lessons, a teacher's guide, and a copy master that contains activities like songs, coloring pages, skits, and more for each lesson. New lessons have been added to continue into summer!

If you're looking for short daily devotions to stay in God's Word and find comforting and relevant thoughts about everyday life and current struggles, check out this blog from Pastor Nathan Nass of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Green Bay, WI. We encourage you to start with this post and then explore his many others! 

In this video, Jodie Martens of Christian Family Solutions reads The Invisible String written by Patrice Karst and illustrated by Geoff Stevenson. The Invisible String offers a very simple approach to overcoming loneliness, separation, or loss with an imaginative twist that children easily understand and embrace. It delivers a particularly compelling message in today’s uncertain times. Enjoy!

As an Easter gift, Children's Worship Bulletins offers two packets (one for older and one for younger kids) of Bible-based Easter puzzles produced by their sister publication, Children's Bible Activities. To access the older children's activity pages, click here. For the younger children's activity pages, click here. Enjoy!

HomeTouch Ministry has provided 4 days' worth of devotions and activities. They've also included a template that you may send to families in your congregation who would like to color a picture and send a note to those who might feel isolated. Follow this link to access the activities and template.

From Northwestern Publishing House: Eighty hymns have been made available for free download. Drawn from the Lent, Easter, Redeemer, Trust, Faith, Prayer, and Nation sections of Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal, these hymns are in the public domain or have been granted permission for this use.

Christ in the Tabernacle  is a seasonal devotion published by Martin Luther College. It consists of eight devotions for Palm Sunday through Easter, each explaining a component of the tabernacle and how Christ fulfilled all that was foreshadowed there. These devotions will be available beginning March 31st. Follow this link for more details on how you'll be able to access the booklet or receive the devotions by email.

A Congregation at Prayer is a devotional produced by Pastor Nate Seelow and Pastor Jake Jenswold of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Overland Park, Kansas. This booklet contains morning and evening devotions, daily readings and hymns, weekly and personal prayers, and more. Click here to access the booklet, and please feel free to share this devotional with family and friends!

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