All posts by Steve Brown

I am a member at Messiah Lutheran Church in South Windsor, CT - a member of the WELS. I worship, I write, I pray, I play guitar and I sing as I help to lead worship.

It’s Your Call, Don’t Waste It


It’s Your Call, Don’t waste it!
Your call is irreversible,
God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable – Romans 11:29
It is for Men and Women,
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble. – 2 Peter 1:10 
Fix your thoughts on Jesus,
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. – Hebrews 3:1
And live your life worthy of your call.
I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. – Ephesians 4:1 

Pick Me Up!


In case you need a pick me up today:
As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. – Isaiah 62:5
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17
He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. – Psalm 18:19

In God We Trust


😞 ISIS
😵 Terrorism
😨 Racial Riots
😞 Persecution
😮 World Wars
😬 Nuclear Attack
😵 Muslim Refugees
😯 Financial Collapse 
😶 Famine
🙄 Climate Change
😑 North Korea
😕 Rise of Islam
😲 Instability in the Middle East
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. – Psalm 56:3 
😃 There, now today will be better.

At the Cross


At the cross, I weep
I cry
I know the reason why

At the cross, I confess
I distress
I feel blessed

At the cross, I stand
I demand
I finally understand

At the cross, I am free
on my knee
I finally see

At the cross, I cling
I bring
hangs my King

At the cross, I know
So long ago
Love did flow

At the cross, I pray
Today
Everyday

At the cross, Jesus pays
Mockers gaze
But oh, in three days

The cross, defeated
Satan cheated
Atonement completed

The cross is gone
Easter dawn
I am drawn

Sins waived
We are Saved
God forgave

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Praying Psalm 16:1


The commute into work:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
The tense day at the office:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
Or the hazardous day in the factory:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
The commute home:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
Before falling asleep:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
Waking up, maybe traveling for business today, long flight:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
In a foreign land:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
Driving on roads that have road signs that are not in your language:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
A full day in a factory with 2 hours sleep and jet lagged:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
Bad weather, snow and ice covered roads and have to drive:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
Another terrorist attack, a bit too close to home:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
Surely there is something in your life today, say it with me…
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 

Letting Go


Here are a few things we should let go of:

M: Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. – Psalm 37:8 
C:  We let go of anger; Lord, fill and bless us with Your love.
M: You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you. – Psalm 69:5 
C:  We let go of guilt; Lord, fill and bless us with forgiveness.

M: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. – Philippians 2:3-4 
C:  We let go of selfishness; Lord, fill and bless us with a humble heart.
M:  Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? – Matthew 6:25 
C:  We let go of worries and fear; Lord, fill and bless us with trust and faith.
All:  Bless and keep us steadfast, Lord.

A Prayer based on Isaiah 58:8-14


There is a beautiful prayer in Isaiah 58 but it’s a bit hidden in a bevy of “if-then” statements. Read the prayer below then hunt for it in scripture if interested.

    May your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing quickly appear.
    May your righteousness go before you, and the glory of the Lord be your rear guard.
    May you call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: “Here am I.”
    May your light rise in the darkness, and your night become like the noonday.
    May the Lord guide you always; he will satisfy your needs and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
    And may you find your joy in the Lord.