• Ejected From the Feast Devotional

    Matthew 22:11–14

    Matthew Henry comments, “Those, and those only, who put on the Lord Jesus, and to whom he is all in all, have wedding clothes.” Personal, saving trust in Christ is necessary to be a part of His banquet. Such faith perseveres until the end of life by feeding on the Word of God preached and read and the Word of God made visible in the sacraments. Take time daily to pray for consistency in your faith and make use of the means of grace to strengthen your trust in Jesus. View Resource

  • The Wedding Feast Devotional

    Matthew 22:1–10

    Jesus tells us in Luke 12:48b that “everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.” The more we have been blessed with, the worse off we will be for rejecting our God’s gracious invitation. Are you squandering the gifts the Lord has given you and rejecting His feast through a refusal to put your time and talents to work for the kingdom? View Resource

  • A Tale of Two Sons Devotional

    Matthew 21:28–32

    Being able to discern the faithful son is actually an act of self-indictment on the part of the leaders. If they can rightly choose as faithful the son who left his disobedience, surely they must also be able to discern in themselves their own lack of righteousness (Ps. 53:2–3) and need of the Savior. Yet they never acknowledge their guilt. Let us never be so confident in our own goodness that we fail to recognize our need of repentance and forgiveness. View Resource

  • Divine Generosity Devotional

    Matthew 20:1–16

    All sins make us guilty before the Lord, but some sins are worse than others in their impact on people and in the way they violate God’s will. We might think it strange that our Father calls the most notoriously wicked people to be His children, but, as Calvin says, “God is not limited to any person, but calls freely whomsoever He pleases, and bestows on those who are called whatever rewards He thinks fit.” View Resource

  • Teaching in Parables Devotional

    Matthew 13:34–35

    The Bible does not say that there are secret truths that only certain believers can find in Scripture. Those things that we do not see upon our first reading of a text are not invisible; rather, incomplete knowledge is often what prevents us from seeing the full implications of a passage. That is why we need the teaching ministry of the church to help us. Do you support your church’s teachers with encouraging words or faithful Bible study attendance? View Resource

  • Mustard Seed and Leaven Devotional

    Matthew 13:31–33

    Matthew Henry reminds us that yeast “works silently and insensibly, yet strongly and irresistibly.” The kingdom of God works in a similar fashion. Though Christians often suffer and the darkness looks overwhelming, the kingdom is growing nonetheless. One day it will be fully manifest in all creation. Consider today how you have seen the presence of the Lord in your life and pray for His kingdom to come. View Resource

  • Parables of the Kingdom Devotional

    Matthew 13:1–11

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, reminding us that the lack of clarity in the parables is not due to the parables themselves. The problem is really the hearts of sinful people. “The word of God, in its own nature, is always bright, but its light is choked by the darkness of men.” Our own sin can stand in the way of understanding the Bible. If you would understand the Word of God, make sure that you are dealing with the sin in your life. View Resource

  • The Point of No Return Devotional

    Luke 16:19–31

    Second Corinthians 6:2b tells us “now is the day of salvation.” If we put off trusting in Christ, like the rich man in Jesus’ parable, we may not have an opportunity to trust Him later on. Today the Savior calls us to repentance and faith. We do not know what tomorrow may bring; our lives may be taken from us in an instant. If you are not a Christian, repent and trust Jesus for your salvation now. If you are a believer, tell a non-believer that today is the day of repentance. View Resource