• The Second Petition

    Romans 14:17

    Today, God’s special kingdom of blessing is manifested primarily in the church. It is through the ministry of Word and sacrament that we learn what it means to bow the knee to Christ as Lord. Furthermore, it is through the ...Read More

  • Up to Jerusalem

    Matthew 20:17–19

    Following Christ in a world that hates Him is difficult and often earns for us derision and outright persecution from His enemies. This strain can be hard to bear and would be impossible to endure without the comforting promise of ...Read More

  • Guard Your Hearts

    Hebrews 3:12

    The Scriptures are the very words of the living God. However, apart from faith in the Messiah and illumination by the Holy Spirit, our hearts only become harder. When you study the Bible, ask the Holy Spirit to help you ...Read More

  • Sons for Rachel

    Genesis 30:1–13

    John Calvin writes, “Moses, by exhibiting this evil in Rachel, would teach us that it is inherent in all: in order that each of us, tearing it up by the roots, may vigilantly purify himself from it.” Thankfully, the Lord ...Read More

  • Agreeing in the Lord

    Philippians 4:2–3

    Agreeing in the Lord with other believers does not necessarily mean that we concur on every secondary or tertiary matter. It does mean, however, that we recognize other believers as true brothers and sisters in Christ when we agree on ...Read More

  • Minister in the True Tent

    Hebrews 8:1–2

    Many in our day anticipate the rebuilding of an earthly temple just like the one from ancient Israel. This desire, however, neglects the fact that Christ is already ministering in the true heavenly temple. Rejoice that the shadows have passed ...Read More

  • Commit to the Lord

    Proverbs 3:5–6; 16:3

    Confess ways that you rely on your own strength instead of God’s. Does your self-dependence extend to other areas—your family, health, salvation? It you are anxious and self-reliant, could the root of the problem be a lack of saving faith ...Read More

  • Confrontation in Antioch

    Galatians 2:11–13

    The confrontation with Peter is an important segue for Paul to begin explaining the doctrine of justification, and we will consider it more tomorrow. Today, consider how Peter’s failure proves that “we are nothing with all our gifts be they ...Read More

  • The Trauma of Holiness

    Isaiah 6:5–7

    How do you view your own good deeds? Have you convinced yourself that you are as holy as the Lord has commanded you to be? Maybe you take sin lightly, imagining that God is inherently obligated to forgive unrepentant transgressors? ...Read More

  • The Sanctity of Marriage

    Matthew 19:3–9

    The church must protect the offended party in a divorce. When marriage laws are wisely applied, biblical divorces enable the innocent party to remarry with a clean conscience. Disciplining the offender will also help God’s people better reflect the divine ...Read More

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