• The Gospel of the Kingdom Devotional

    Luke 17:20–21

    With the coming of Christ, the kingdom of God is now evident among His people even as we wait for its final consummation at His return. The gospel announces that Jesus has done the work necessary to overcome our natural resistance to God’s kingdom and to make us citizens of this kingdom through faith alone. As we preach the gospel, we are announcing the blessed reign of the Lord, and we must repeat His command that all people everywhere repent and bow to His rule. View Resource

  • The Good News of God’s Reign Devotional

    Isaiah 52:1–12

    Restoration requires faith in the Lord, but we are not able to muster up in ourselves faith that will persevere to the end. We need an atonement that covers even our unbelief, and God must create in us new hearts, granting us the faith He demands (Eph. 2:8–10). When the Lord changes a person’s heart, that person puts his faith in Him, for this is the natural response of a new heart that is inclined toward Him. But that heart—and thus the faith that springs from it—is the gift of God. View Resource

  • God’s Kingdom and Power Devotional

    Romans 10:11–13

    Answer 128 of the Heidelberg Catechism reminds us that the Father is “both willing and able to give us all that is good” that He might “receive all the praise, forever.” We should not doubt the goodness of God, nor His purpose to advance His glory in all the earth. When we come to Him in faith, we can be confident that He will do whatever is best for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28). This is what He has promised. View Resource

  • Our Promised Victory Devotional

    Romans 16:20

    As Christians, we see the enemies of God tremble in fear as His kingdom grows. Sometimes that looks like a victory, from our perspective, as many people join the church and cultural standards move in the direction of godliness. Sometimes, from our perspective, it looks like defeat as we suffer for the sake of the Lord. Either way, however, the kingdom of the Lord is advancing as He has ordained, and the Enemy is being placed under our feet. View Resource

  • The Second Petition Devotional

    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 church’s ministry that we receive the blessings of sanctification and Christian growth, for the Spirit works through other believers to conform us to the Son. Let us further the kingdom through active service in our local churches. View Resource

  • What Should We Pray For? Devotional

    Matthew 6:33

    Our compassionate and gracious God is far more concerned about our essential needs than we can ever know. That is why we should not be afraid to mention even those needs that we consider the most insignificant whenever we talk to the Lord in prayer. Certainly, we must define our basic needs according to what He says that they are, but we are still free, even commanded, to bring all the needs we can think of before His throne of grace. View Resource

  • The Joy of Everlasting Life Devotional

    Romans 14:17

    Knowing that we have everlasting life comforts us because we know that it is a life grounded in the perfect righteousness of Christ and, therefore, secure forever. It also comforts us because we know that we will experience righteousness, peace, and joy forever. Even now, we begin to enjoy these things as we are being conformed to Jesus in our sanctification. Only Christians can know true righteousness, true peace, and true joy. View Resource

  • Strangers and Aliens No Longer Devotional

    Ephesians 2:19

    Though we may lose our homes in this world for any number of reasons, including persecution for the sake of Christ, we can be assured that in Jesus we have an eternal home in His kingdom. We are to look forward to this eternal home, and the hope of living forever in God’s presence sustains us in even the worst forms of suffering. Let us not be too attached to life in this world but rather long for our everlasting residence. View Resource

  • Greetings from the Brethren Devotional

    Colossians 4:7-9

    As believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ, we must always speak the truth, but we must always speak it in love (Eph. 4:15). Our default position should be to build networks with other believers and churches who are passionate for the gospel even when they may have different styles and priorities, not to work or act as if ministries and churches that do not do things the way we do are somehow unworthy of our friendship. View Resource

  • Tying It All Together Devotional

    Galatians 3:1-8

    Even though the Bible is filled with a variety of voices and was written over the span of nearly two thousand years, its inspiration by God the Holy Spirit has given it a unity that transcends its variety. There is one gospel of the kingdom proclaimed in Scripture, and we must receive it by faith if we would enjoy fellowship with our Creator forever. May we persevere in this faith as we await the full privileges of our heavenly citizenship to arrive. View Resource

  • Only One Gospel Devotional

    Romans 1:16-17

    The gospel tells us that we can become citizens of Christ’s kingdom through faith in Him alone. Yet we often try to complicate this simple message by adding additional requirements for citizenship. Whether we do this consciously or unconsciously, let us remember that God requires nothing but faith for citizenship in His kingdom. This is grace, for we would never make it into the kingdom if our works were a prerequisite for entry. View Resource

  • Justification by Faith Devotional

    Habakkuk 2:4

    Citizenship in any kingdom demands certain things, and in the kingdom of God, citizenship demands righteousness. We cannot attain this righteousness on our own, for it must be imputed to us by the great King of this kingdom. Those who trust Christ alone are declared righteous citizens of His kingdom, and the faith that lays hold of this righteousness is a faith that perseveres in both good times and in bad. View Resource

  • Good News of Life Devotional

    Isaiah 25:1-9

    Jesus’ promise of eternal life to all those who believe the gospel was not new with His arrival, for it was promised by God throughout the history of Israel. All of God’s people in every generation have known that faith in Him will be rewarded with a life that can never be lost. Understanding that we are safe in His arms forevermore enables us not to be afraid to stand firm for Him in all things. View Resource

  • The First Gospel Devotional

    Genesis 3:15

    The protevangelium, or first gospel, of Genesis 3:15 declares that God’s kingdom will once more be present in its fullness when Satan is destroyed. Christ came and dealt the crushing blow to the Devil, triumphing over him and his minions on the cross (Col. 1:15). Christ’s kingdom is now present among His people, and it is growing as knowledge of Him spreads across the earth. We will experience it in its fullness at the consummation. View Resource

  • The Everlasting King Devotional

    Psalm 145

    Because God’s kingdom is everlasting, we can be confident that He will overcome all of His and our enemies. No foe can outlast Him, and nothing will ever cause His throne to fall. We should therefore be unafraid that our service to Him will ever be in vain. He will never be displaced and will therefore never lose the ability to reward His faithful servants. That should motivate us to follow Him wherever He leads. View Resource