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Today! (Luke 23:27-43)

Jesus Christ Reigns, Enduring the Cross – Its Scorn and Shame The Lord Jesus reigns in love among those who are baptized in His name. “They shall be mine,” He says, “and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him” (Mal. 3:17).  Jesus’ service through crucifixion for sinful men anchors…

What Do You See? (Luke 21:5-28)

God’s Plan of Redemption Trumps Earthly Destruction and Violence There are signs of the Lord’s coming all around: the cross that marks His Church, the violence and death of the sinful world, and the shaking of the natural order.  “There will be great distress upon the earth” (Luke 21:23), but the faithful know the “the…

Expectations (Matthew 5:1-12)

Saints are Blessed in the Eternal Presence of Christ “A great multitude … from all tribes and peoples and languages” cry out, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne” (Rev. 7:9-10).  Faith-filled saints from every place and time with unified voices eternally magnify the Lamb of God.  As His beloved children, we,…

Change is Hard (John 8:31-36)

The Lord Comes to Save and Call Us to Himself by the Tree of His Cross God will judge “those who do not obey the gospel” (2 Thess. 1:8), but “when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven” (2 Thess. 1:7), He will “be glorified in his saints” (2 Thess. 1:10).  For by His cross,…

Life to the Lost (Luke 18:9-17)

In Humble Repentance, Faith Lives by Grace and Mercy and Is Exalted by God in Christ Jesus tells a parable “to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous” (Luke 18:9).  In this parable, the Pharisee unjustly boasted before God on the basis of his own merits, whereas the tax collector intently prayed, “God…

Keep on Keeping On (Luke 18:1-8)

Faith Clings to the Word and Promises of God and Perseveres in Prayer “Left alone,” Jacob wrestled through the night with the Lord, “until the breaking of the day” (Gen. 32:34).  Though “Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him” (Gen. 32:25), he would not let go until the Lord blessed…

Why Give Thanks? (Luke 17:11-19)

The Prayer of the Day Almighty God, Your mercies are new every morning and You graciously provide for all our needs of body and soul.  Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may acknowledge Your goodness, give thanks for Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience all our days; through Jesus Christ, our Lord,…

Love in a Cold World (Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4)

We Walk by Faith, and Not by Sight, in the Peace of Christ’s Forgiveness We are surrounded by “destruction and violence” (Hab. 1:3) because the Law “is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth” (Hab. 1:4).  In fact, the Law cannot rescue us from our enemies; it is our fiercest enemy of all.  Therefore, not by…