• Many Generous Women

    Luke 8:1–3

    Mary, Joanna, and Susanna obeyed the biblical principle that says the saints are to provide for those whose daily work is the Gospel ministry (1 Tim. 5:17). Like the rest of us, pastors need an adequate salary to meet ...Read More

  • On That Day

    Luke 10:1–12

    The first of Martin Luther’s 95 theses reads: “When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said, ‘Repent,’ He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” Christ’s application of the destruction of Sodom reminds ...Read More

  • Our Divine Vocation

    Luke 2:22–35

    Since God is absolutely sovereign over all and works all things according to His purposes (Eph. 1:11), we understand that every instance of suffering results from His calling upon us. This is true even when we do not know ...Read More

  • Our Father

    Luke 11:2a

    Some people reading this study today may have difficulty calling God “Father” because their own earthly fathers were cold, abusive, or neglectful. But the One to whom we pray does not share the imperfections of our earthly fathers, no matter ...Read More

  • Planning to Grow

    Luke 14:25–33

    One very practical way to contribute to your spiritual growth is to set goals in your piety. Take some time to look at your life, and set goals in the areas that need priority ­— prayer, Bible study, evangelism, works of ...Read More

  • Planning to Grow

    Luke 14:25–33

    Today, let us all sit down and set a goal to help us grow spiritually over the course of the year. If our prayer lives have been inconsistent, perhaps we need to commit to a specific time of prayer each ...Read More

  • Pragmatism

    Luke 14:25–33

    The corrupting influences of pragmatism are seen even in the church. “Seeker-sensitive” worship can increase attendance without ever seeing the congregation grow to maturity. Churches targeting specific ages or lifestyles might attract a lot of people from these groups and ...Read More

  • Regeneration Is Immediate

    Luke 1:39–45

    Though God does not make use of any means besides Himself to bring about regeneration, He does work through means in our sanctification, the process of growing in personal holiness. Scripture read and preached, the sacraments, prayer, and so on ...Read More

  • Salvation from the Old Evils

    Luke 1:76-77

    The popular myth about God is that He is all love and no wrath. Such a “god” is a mere idol. The God of the Bible, before whom we shall all stand, is righteous, and does not tolerate sin. Open ...Read More

  • Savior

    Luke 2:11

    Too many people today think that God is not terribly concerned with sin and does not really get angry with His creation. But the book of Romans makes it clear that God’s wrath will be poured out upon unrepentant ...Read More

  • Seeking the Lost

    Luke 15

    How much do you know about the spiritual needs of your city? Where is the closest neighborhood to yours that has been given over to drug lords and other criminals because the hope of Christ is so absent? Where are ...Read More

  • Spirit-Conceived and Virgin-Born

    Luke 1:26–38

    Question and answer 35 of the Heidelberg Catechism tell us that the virgin birth demonstrates how God could truly unite Himself to a true human nature but remain unstained by sin in the process. This miracle of the incarnation is ...Read More

  • Teach Us to Pray

    Luke 11:1

    Jesus emphasizes that prayer should reflect a certain private intimacy between the believer and God in Matthew 6:5–6. There is something so intimate about prayer that we should long to pray in private long before we do so ...Read More

  • The Authority of the Bible

    Luke 7:1-10

    Bowing before the authority of Scripture is not some abstract, intellectual notion. As all ideas have consequences, the supreme consequence from this debate is the rise of the Protestant church. People of conviction must make serious choices. Ask yourself if ...Read More

  • The Baptism of John

    Luke 3:1–22

    Jesus was baptized by John, not because He needed to repent, but in order to obey the new command God laid upon His people through the Baptist (Matt. 3:13–17). Unlike Jesus, we are not without sin, and so ...Read More