Saturday, May 20, 2017

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/29/15

Family notes for 3/28/15
          This comes late. Monday Rhoda took me for a checkup and she found things cleared up, She did want to take a small sample and I said no because the last time she took a sample I bled for a day. It kept on running into my eye till the nurse put an extra large bandage on it.
          On the 24th Conner turned one. He has a little party today.
          Yesterday Rhoda took me to the bank to finish changing names on a Vanguard Fund. I believe that does it. She also treated me to lunch including an ice cream treat which I did not eat. Too sweet.
          One of the servers stopped in and wanted to know why her husband  died at age 52. We talked about that a while and I told her I did not know except that God always works what is best for us. She told me she lives down the block from Trinity.
          I see that a pastor has accepted  the call to Zion of Tomball, Pastor Franzmeier has been serving all this time as vacancy pastor. He must be thankful to be relieved of that task.
          In one of the Clive Cussler books two men grab a briefcase from our hero and make off with it. His wife wonders why he doesn’t seem bothered. He had sort of expected it so when they opened their stolen case it snapped wide and squirted them  with in the face with blue ink.
          It will be sunny and warm here today and the weatherman said “the summer looms”.
          May God bless your day and give you His blessing.
Dad (That lovable old curmudgeon)


Friday, May 19, 2017

Shade Tree Wisdom 7/13/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 7/13/15
          Scripture is very clear on one thing, that “The soul that sinneth it shall die.”
          Indeed, St. Paul  writes to the Romans,
“For the wages of sin
Is death, But the free gift of God
Is eternal life  in
Christ Jesus, our Lord.”
Romans 6,23
          It is clear death comes to all of us. This is expressed poetically thus:
“And then one day I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain.
And then as death gives way to victory,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives.
Because he lives I can face tomorrow
Because He lives all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.”
          This is so well summarized I thought I’d pass it along. I hope you find comfort and strength to go on because “life is worth the living”.
GPD 7/13/15


Shade Tree Wisdom 6/10/16

Shade Tree Wisdom 6/10/2016 This is an eternal truth, so reassuring and always comforting in our lives, and we are grateful to almighty God for His blessing. “Heaven and earth Will pass away, But my words will Not pass away.” Matthew 24,33 Just think for a moment, we can trust the Word of Christ, for He always speaks truthfully. How nice it is that there is one word that never changes. GPD 6/10/16

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/10/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/10/2017 Let this be among our Lenten prayers. “Fear not I am with you, O be not dismayed, For I am your God and will still give you aid; I’ll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand, Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.” LSB 728,2 GPD 3/10/17

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Shade Tree Wisdom 4/6/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 4/6/2017 A good plan for living. “If we live by the Spirit, Let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not be conceited, Provoking one another, Envying one another.” Galatians 5, 25.26 Paul here in his letter to the church at Galatia gives them guidelines for their living. Sound good to me, does it to you? GPD 4/6/17

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Shade Tree Wisdom 4/5/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 4/5/2017 This is the Lord’s promise to believers. “The way of the Lord is A stronghold to the blameless, But destruction to evildoers. The righteous will never be Removed, but the wicked Will not dwell in the land.” Proverbs 10, 29.30 Here speaks the wise king Solomon who ruled many years revered for his wisdom. GPD 4/5/17

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Shade Tree Wisdom 4/4/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 4/4/2017 This is the only way for the Christian. “What good is it, my brothers, If someone says he has faith But does not have works, can that faith save him? . . . faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2,,14.17 A living and active faith always sees a need and works to fill it. GPD 4/4/17

Monday, April 3, 2017

Shade Tree Wisdom 4/30/27

Shade Tree Wisdom 4/3/2017 Here is good news indeed. “The Lord works righteousness And justice for all who Are oppressed. . . the Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” Psalm 103.6.8. Christians too often count on that “slow to anger” in our daily living. GPD 4/3/17

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 4/2/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 4/2/2017 Here is a line from the great litany often used by churches during lent.. “In the time of our tribulation; in all time of our prosperity; in the hour of death; and in the day of judgment: Help us, good Lord.” The Litany LSB pg. 288 Turn to pages 288-289 in TSB for the entire litany, and then pray it. GPD 4/2/17

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 4/1/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 4/1/2017 God reminds his prophet Zechariah. “Not by might, nor by Power, but by My spirit, Says the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4,6. It always God’s Spirit that does the building of m the Christian Church on earth. GPD 4/1/17

Friday, March 31, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/30/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/31/2017 Another of Isaiah’s prophetic writings looms large during these days. “For He was wounded for Our transgressions; He Was crushed for our Iniquities; upon Him was The chastisement that brought Us peace, and with His stripes We are healed.” Isaiah 53,5. Many years before it happened God allowed the prophet to see it. GPD 3/30/17

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/30/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/30/2017 During these days of lent it good to recall what Isaiah prophesied. “He was despised and rejected By men; a man of sorrows, And acquainted with grief; And as one from whom Men hide their faces He Was despised, and we Esteemed Him not.” Isaiah 53,3 As I said, good to remember these words. GPD 3/30/17

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/29/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/29/2017 God is never late. This is what Paul reminds us of. “For while we weak, at Time Christ died for The ungodly.” Romans 5,8 Always there just when our need is greatest. GPD 3/29/17

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/28/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/28/2017 In his letter to the Colossians Paul is describing creation. “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions, rulers or authorities, all things were created through Him and for Him.” Colossians 1,16 Paul is writing to new Christians to keep them from falling into error. GPD 3/28/17

Monday, March 27, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/27/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/27/2017 God’s wish for His people is given us, among many others, by the prophet Micah when he said. “He has told you, O man, What is good; and what does The Lord require of you but To do justice, and to love Kindness, and to walk Humbly with your God.” Micah 6,8 That is not always easy to do, is it? For we humans are a proud people. GPD 3/27/17

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/23/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/22/2017 King David offers this good word. “It is good to give thanks To the Lord, to sing praises To Your name, O Most High.” Psalm 92,1 The psalm echoes the advice St. Paul gives us. “In everything give thanks.” GPD 3/23/17

Monday, March 20, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/20/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/20/2017 When he speaks of sin, St. Peter writes, “He Himself bore our sins In His body on the tree, That we might die to sin and live To righteousness. By His Wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2,24. So our sins are paid I full, gone and forgotten. GPD 3/20/17

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Shade Tree Wisdom 3/19/2017 The Bible truly is the very word of God. St. Peter assures us. “For no prophecy was ever Produced by the will of Man, but men spoke from God As they were carried along By the Spirit.” 2 Peter, 1,21 Gpd 3/19/17

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/19/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/19/2017 In a debate about being ma true Christian, Dr. Luther said “Baptismus sum”, I am baptized, and that is what St. Peter tells too, “Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ who has gone into heaven” 1 Peter 3.21. GPD 3/19/17

Friday, March 17, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/17/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/17/2017 Paul gives this advice. “Beloved, never avenge Yourself, but leave it to The wrath of God, for it Is written, vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12,19 Today is St. Patrick’s day. Born in Ireland, was captured by pirates, he escaped, studied theology, and returned to Ireland to establish 300 churches according to tradition. A real putting Paul’s advice to work. GPD 3/17/17

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/16/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/16/2017 When we share the salvation story of forgiveness, we learn it better ourselves, this Psalm promises. “He who brings blessing Will be enriched, and one waters will himself be watered.” Psalm 11, 25 GPD 3/166/17

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/15/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/15/2017 God is always true to what He has promised. “The Lord is a stronghold For the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble.” Psalm 9,9 It is a fine feeling to know we can always count on our God to keep His promises of salvation, is it not? GPD 3/15/17

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/14/17

Shade tree Wisdom 3/14/2017 The cost was high. “Knowing that you were Ransomed from the futile Ways inherited from your Forefathers, not with perishable Things such as silver and gold, But with the precious blood Of Christ, like that of a lamb, Without blemish or spot.” 1 Peter 1, 18.19. Our redemption comes with a cross. GPD 3/14/17

Monday, March 13, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/13/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/13/2017 This Gospel is given to every Christian. “But as it is written, What no eye has seen nor ear heard, Nor the heart of man imagined, What God has prepared For those who love Him, These things God has Revealed to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches Everything, even the depths of God.” 1 Corinthians 2, 9.10 GPD 3, 13,17

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Shade tree wisdon 3/11/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/12/2017 Here is one promise we stand on. “Blessed be the Lord, Who daily bears us up, God is our salvation.” Psalm 68,19. This holding up is from the salvation won by Jesus’ death on the cross where He died for our sins. GPD 3/12/17

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/11/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/11/2017 This is always going on. “He restores my soul. Hr leads me in the Paths of righteousness for His names sake.” Psalm 23,3 And what a comforting word it is indeed. GPD 3/11/17

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/9/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/9/2017 When God forgives, He forgets, as He promised in the prophet. “For I will forgive their Iniquity, and remember Their sins no more.” Jeremiah31, 34 This surely is a wonderfully precious promise from aa gracious and loving Father. GPD 3/9/17

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/8/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/8/2017 I wonder how many can still recite the Apostles’ Creed, once learned as a child. In my youth now and then our Pastor would have the entire congregation recite it as part of the service. It begins “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker Of heaven and earth. LSB end page or Small catechism. GPD 3/8/17

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/7/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/7/2017 As we work out our taxes for the year, Moses warns us. “Beware lest you say in your Heart, my power and the Might of my hand have gotten Me this wealth. You shall Remember the Lord, your God, For it He Who gives you the Power to get wealth.” Deuteronomy 8, 12.13 God create us and gave us the “smarts” to fill out the forms. So Be thankful. GPD 3/7/17

Monday, March 6, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/6/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/6/2017 There is always a price to be paid when we disobey or ignore the Word. “Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we heard, lest we drift away from it.” Hebrews 2,1 The Word? The Gospel of Jesus Christ. listen to it. And in our world, with so much crying for attention, it is often very easy to do. GPD 3/6/17

Friday, March 3, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/3/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/3/2017 For these days of Lent consider this hymn as a daily prayer. “Be with us through this season, Lord, And all our earthly days, That when the final Easter dawns, We joins in heaven’s praise.” LSB 418,4 Or consider the more familiar “Savior, when in dust to Thee, Low we bow the adoring knee.” (419,1) GPD 3/3/17

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 3/1/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 3/1/2017 Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, during which we think of what our Lord Jesus said. “No one takes it from Me, But I lay it down Of my own accord. John 10, 18. St. Paul tells us “While we were weak, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5,7. And that death engages our attention during these days of Lent. GPD 3/1/17

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 2/28/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/28/2017 And a prayer for mealtime. “Come, Lord Jesus, be our Guest, and let this Food to us be blessed”. GPD 2//28/17

Monday, February 27, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 2/27/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/27/2017 Luther’s evening prayer. “I thank you, my heavenly Father, Through Jesus Christ, Thy dear Son, that you have graciously Kept me this day; and I pray You would forgive all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep This night. For into Thy hands I commend Myself, body and soul and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, That the evil foe may have no power Over me, Amen.” Small Catechism page 31. GPD 2/27/17

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/26/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/26/2017 Luther’s morning prayer. “I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, That You have kept me this night From all harm and danger, and I Pray that You would keep me This also from sin and every Evil, that all my doings and Life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, My body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, That the evil foe may have No power over me.” GPD 2/26/17

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 2/25/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/25/2017 Just because we are sinful we need to be assured again that “I am the one who helps you”, as Isaiah tells us here. “For I, the Lord your God, Hold your right hand; It is I Who say to you, “fear not, I am the One Who helps you.” Isaiah 41,13 The Bible in many places when God speaks starts with “fear not”. And it is so true, for God loves us. GPD 2/25/17

Friday, February 24, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 2/24/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/23/2017 St. Paul is simply reminding us not to misuse our freedom in Christ Jesus. “For you were called to Freedom, brothers. Only Do not use your freedom As an opportunity for the flesh, But through love serve one another.” Galatians 5,13 As sinful human beings we have this tendency of misusing the freedom we have in Christ Jesus, and we need to keep it check. GPD 2/23/17

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 2/23/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/23/2017 St. Paul is simply reminding us not to misuse our freedom in Christ Jesus. “For you were called to Freedom, brothers. Only Do not use your freedom As an opportunity for the flesh, But through love serve one another.” Galatians 5,13 As sinful human beings we have this tendency of misusing the freedom we have in Christ Jesus, and we need to keep it check. GPD 2/23/17

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 2/22/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/22/2017 Unity is a powerful witness to the world. Jesus taught, That they may all be one, Just as You, Father, are In Me, and I in You, that they also May be in us, so that the World may believe that You have sent Me. John 17,21 Yes, a congregation that lives with affection to each other is a wonderful example to the world. GPD 2/22/17

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Shaade tree wisdom 2/21/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/21/2017 Understand this truth and stop worrying about things you’ve done, because what Jeremiah says is so true. “The heart is deceitful Above all things, and Desperately sick, who Can understand it? Jeremiah 17,9. Indeed, “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”, hence our gratitude for Jesus Christ, who died to pay for our sins. GPD 2/21/17

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 2/18/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/18/2017 Do we who are believers in the saving Gospel ever wonder what it’s like not know? “Truly ,truly, I say to you Whoever believes has Eternal life. I am The bread of life.” John 6,47.48. We know what this means. But do they? That’s why Jesus, in His final command, told His disciples to Go and Tell. GPD 2/18/17

Friday, February 17, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 2/17/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/17/2017 In the small catechism under the 8th commandment Luther speaks of our neighbor and how we treat them when he says “and put the best construction on everything.” “Therefore, having put away Falsehood, let each one of you Speak the truth with his Neighbor, for we are members Of one another.” Ephesians 4,25 Our sinful nature is always inclined to jump to the wrong conclusion when we notice some act or other. Dr. Luther warns this wrong, see the best, not the worst. GPD 2/17/17

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 2/15/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/15/2017 Jesus is telling His disciples how it is hard for the wealthy to enter, then He ads. “With man it is impossible, But not with God. For All things are possible With God.” Mark 10, 27 For it is God Who sent His Son to die to pay for our sins. GPD 2/15/17

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 2/14/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/14/2017 “Behold, the Lord’s hand is Not shortened, that it Cannot save, or His ear dull, That it cannot hear.” Isaiah 59,1. Today it’s valentines day. Valentine was a priest and physician I n Rome under emperor Claudius. He was martyred for his faith I in 270. Tradition says he left an encouraging not for his jailor’s daughter which was written on an irregularly shaped piece of paper, hence the heart shaped valentines we send. GPD 2/14/17

Monday, February 13, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 2/13/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/13/2017 This was the voice which Paul heard to begin his ministry. And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision. “Do not be afraid, but go On speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attach you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are My people.” Acts 18, 9-10. And the command still holds. For us too. GPD 2/13/17

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Shade Tree Wisdom 2/11/2017 The Psalmist has been struggling, and he has reach this conclusion. “For it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord my refuge, That I may tell of all His works.” Psalm 73,28. This shows us the end result of such a struggle, and the other result, to ”tell of all His works”. In short, tell the story of Jesus. GPD 2/11/17

Friday, February 10, 2017


Shade Tree Wisdom 2/10/2017 So, our God is always there. The Old Testament prophet, Habakkuk says: “For still the vision awaits Its appointed time; it hastens To the end – it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; It will surely come; It will not delay.” Habakkuk 2,3. Psalm 33,20 writes, “Our soul waits for the Lord, He is our help and our shield.” Patience is a virtue most of us have to work to achieve. GPD 2/10/17

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 2/9/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/9/2017 Our lives for the most part are very busy. Do this, join that, let us go here, or we must attend that. Always on the move. So Jesus said to His disciples: “Come away by yourselves To a desolate place And rest a while.” Mark 6,31 Do you do that? Maybe go to your room alone simply to pray, read the Scripture, or just nap ? Jesus suggested that sort of thing for His disciples, and He said “desolate place”. Which really means getting away, really getting away. Try it. GPD 2/9/17

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 2/8/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/8/2017 There is found food for our spiritual needs “I was glad when they said to me, let us go to the House of the Lord.” Psalm 122, 1 And what is the church like? Do you find welcome, or more to the point, are you being spiritually well fed, told the salvation story, that Christ died for you? GPD 2/8/17

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Shade Tree Wisdom 2/7/2017 This is most important for any preacher. “For I decided to know Nothing among you Except Jesus Christ, And Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2,3 This Gospel would be a wonderful sermon when one begins a pastorate. Nothing but the Cross, till it becomes a ’given’. The Good news first and always. GPD 2/7/17

Monday, February 6, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 2/6/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/6/2017 Some bad things happen to us because God loves us and means to strengthen our faith. The writer to Hebrews writes: “For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.” Hebrews 12,6 That should explain everything that goes on in our lives, either good or bad. God has our good in mind, always. GPD 2/6/17

Sunday, February 5, 2017


Shade Tree Wisdom 2/5/2017 St. Mark seems to be in a hurry to tell the Salvation story when he writes. “The time is fulfilled, And the kingdom of God Is at hand, repent and Believe in the Gospel,” Mark 1,15 Getting the Gospel into the world is our job and God invites us to be busy with it. Afraid you will be ignored, pitied, get people angry or upset. God can and will support us. GPD 2/5/17

Friday, February 3, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 2/3/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/3/2017 We are always getting lost and need guiding. Let the poet help us. “Jesus sinners doth receive; Oh, may all this saying ponder. Who inn sins delusions live And from God and heaven wander? Here is hope for all who grieve, Jesus sinners doth receive.” TLH 609,1 GPD 2/3/17

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Shade Tree Wisdom 2/2/2017 The prophet Ezekiel speaks of life when he says, “Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine; the soul who sins shall die.” Ezekiel 18,4. Our life is a gift from God, and He offers forgiveness through Jesus Christ. And that forgiveness is freely available to every soul GPD 2/2/17

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Shade Tree Wisdom 2/1/2017 Like St. Paul, we too can be sure. He said, “For I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have Believed, and am convinced That He is able to guard until That day what has been Entrusted to me.” 2 Timothy 1,7. Paul taught, “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” This is the message he was not ashamed of, for it is sure. GPD 2/1/17

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/31/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/31/2017 The apostle Peter wants his message of the saving Gospel to be remembered. Hence he wrote. “I will make every effort so That after my departure you May be able at any time To recall these things.” 2 Peter 1,15 A worthy goal for any pastor, to be remembered for what he said. GPD 1/31/17

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/29/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/29/2017 How true this is. “The way of the fool is Right I his own eyes, But the wise man Listens to advice” Proverbs 12,15 He advice may be wrong for one this time, but the wise man will ,at least listen before he takes action. That is being wise. GPD 1/29/17

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/24/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/24/2017 The apostle Paul declares that he remains a sinner, though he is a saint who is forgiven. “The saying is trustworthy And deserving of full Acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world To save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” 1Timothy 1,15. This explains the phrase we so often hear, “saint and sinner”. GPD 1/24/17

Monday, January 23, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/23/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/23/2017 How true, for there always seem to be those who sneer at everything and so cause unrest. So this proverb says what we’ve all experienced at times. “Drive out a scoffer, and Strife will go out, and Quarreling and abuse Will cease.” Proverbs 22,10 Better it is if we simply don’t pay attention to such people. GPD 1/23/17

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/22/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/22/2017 After the inauguration, it is good to remember these words of King Solomon. “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hands of the Lord, He turns it wherever He will. Every way of man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.” Proverbs 21,1.2. The wisdom of the king reminds us that God is always at work. GPD 1/22/17

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Shade trewisdom 21/7

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/21/2017 Our Lord Jesus assures us. “In the world you will Have tribulation, but take Heart; I have overcome The world.” John 16, 33. Just remember that assurance when things in life seem to run out of control. GPD 1/21/17

Shade tree wisdom 1/21/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/21/2017 Our Lord Jesus assures us. “In the world you will Have tribulation, but take Heart; I have overcome The world.” John 16, 33. Just remember that assurance when things in life seem to run out of control. GPD 1/21/17

Friday, January 20, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/20/17

Shade tree wisdom 1/19/17 Al-ways the best way to begin our day is with prayer. Here is Luther’s morning prayer “I thank you, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that you have Kept me this night from all Harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep this day also from Sin and every evil, that all my doings And life may please You. For into Your Hands I commend myself, my Body and soul and all things. Let Your holy Angel be with me, that the evil foe May have no power over me. Amen” Then go to work mwith a fine spirit. GPD 1/19/17

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/19/17

Shade tree wisdom 1/19/17 Al-ways the best way to begin our day is with prayer. Here is Luther’s morning prayer “I thank you, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that you have Kept me this night from all Harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep this day also from Sin and every evil, that all my doings And life may please You. For into Your Hands I commend myself, my Body and soul and all things. Let Your holy Angel be with me, that the evil foe May have no power over me. Amen” Then go to work mwith a fine spirit. GPD 1/19/17

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/18/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/18/2017 So that is where light for our daily walk comes from. “For the commandment is A lamp, and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of Discipline are the Way of life.” Proverbs 6, 23. The words show us a way to teach; to use God’s Word as a fine guide for living. GPD 1/18/17

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/17/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/17/2017 We are surrounded by sinners for we all are, born so. Hence this bit of advice from King Solomon in his Proverbs is excellent for our daily use. “My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.” Proverbs 1,1 It’s all too easy to fall into a habit without being aware of the damage brought thereby. GPD 1/17/17

Monday, January 16, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/16 17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/16/2017 This tells us where it all comes from. All God’s creation depends on His providing. “The eyes of all look to You, And You give them their Food in due season, You open Your hand; And satisfy the desire of Every living thing.” Psalm 145, 15.16 These verses are often used as a table prayer to start a common meal. GPD 1/16/17

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/15/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/15/2017 God loves us and always forgives the repentant sinner as Isaiah tells us. “Come now, and let us reason Together, says the Lord; Though your sins are like Scarlet, they shall be ass White as snow; though they are Red like crimson, they Shall be as wool. Isaiah 1,18 What a comforting promise this is. He never says, “Prove you mean it.” He simply forgives out of His love for Jesus’, sake. GPD 1/15/17

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/14/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/14/2017 How fine it is when we really do live together amicably as Psalm 133,1 tells us. “Behold, how good and pleasant It is when brothers dwell Together in unity.” Psalm 133,1. Maybe you too have seen neighbors fighting each other, or families quarreling and being discourteous. Tragic, that! GPD 1/14/17

Friday, January 13, 2017

Sade tree wisdom 1/13/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/13/2017 Here is another truth expressed by the hymn that we do well to remember along life’s journey in 2017 “Thy works, not mine, Christ, Speak gladness to this heart; They tell me all is done, They bid my fears depart. To whom save Thee, Who canst alone, for sin atone, Lord, shall flee?” TLB 565,1 So, may your life be richly blessed in 2017. GPD 1/13/17

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/12/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/12/2017 During this year let us not forget to rest in Him. The poet said. “Come unto Me ye weary, And I will give you rest” O blessed voice of Jesus, Which comes to hearts oppressed! It tells of benediction, Of pardon, grace, and peace, Of joy that hath no ending, Of m love that cannot cease.” TLH 684,1 GPD 1/12/17

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/11/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/10/2017 Here is a truth we ought always remember. Our salvation is a gift, “so that no one may boast.” “For by grace you have been Saved through faith. And that is not Not your own doing; it is The gift of God, not a result of works, So that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2,8.9 The Lord told the Israelites they were His people not because they were better, but because He loved them. So it still is – a GIFT OF GOD, always it is grace. GPD 1/110/17

Monday, January 9, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/9/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/9/2017 This is a truth to carry with us in our life’s journey. “The unfolding of your Words gives light, It imparts understanding To the simple. Psalm 119,130 God’s Word is a bright light in our sin-darkened world, a light we sorely need if we would walk God pleasingly in 2017. GPD 1/9/17

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/8/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/8/2017 Another bit of wisdom for our life’s journey. “Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show Hospitality to strangers, For thereby some have Entertained angels unaware.” Hebrews 13,1 Really, it’s how we treat each mother that makes life pleasant. GPD 1/8/17

Saturday, January 7, 2017


Shade Tree Wisdom 1/7/2017 Here’s a bit of wisdom from the Scriptures we do well to use often during 2017. “For what was written in Former days was written For our instruction, that Through endurance and the Comfort of the Scriptures We might have hope.” Romans 15,4. Understand, the word of God speaks of our salvation, but it does much more it gives wise advice for any situation we may find ourselves in. GPD 1/7/17

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/4/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/4/2017 This is a wise thing to do. “I have set the Lord always Before me; because He is My right hand, I shall Not be shaken.” Psalm 16, 8 Surely, there can be no better resolution than that. Having God, the eternal God, as our constant guide. GPD 1/4/17

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/3/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/3/2017 Here’s a word we do well to remember as we wend our way into 2017. “For with You is the fountain Of life; in Your light do We see light.” Psalm 36,9. God gives us the light of salvation when Jesus died on the cross to pay for the sins we do daily, and so we see the light of Life, truly. GPD 1/3/17

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Shade tree wisdom 1/1/17

Shade Tree Wisdom 1/1/2017 The hymn expresses my thoughts best. “The old year now has passed away; We thank thee, O our God, today That Thou hast kept us through the year When danger or distress were near.” May you have a blessed 2017. GPD 1/1/17