• False Signs and Wonders Devotional

    Mark 13:21–23

    The truth of a teacher’s words is determined not by the feats he can perform but by the orthodoxy of what he teaches. We are never to follow anyone who perverts the truth of God’s Word, no matter how gifted that person is, how large of an organization that person commands, or how amazing that person’s work seems to be. View Resource

  • Signs of the False Teacher Devotional

    Romans 16:18

    When it comes to false teaching, what matters is not really the form of the words spoken but their content and the intent behind them. Sometimes truth must be presented with harsh words, but often it can be conveyed with gentleness. Similarly, words of praise do not have to be insincere. Whether we are teachers or not, let us seek to speak only the truth, and let us do so with the gentleness or firmness the occasion requires. View Resource

  • Avoiding False Teachers Devotional

    Romans 16:17

    No matter how biblically faithful its confession and creeds, no church or denomination is immune from false teachers. If church leaders will not keep watch over the orthodoxy of their ministers and if congregations refuse to be on watch for error, it is only a matter of time before falsehood takes root and grows unchecked like a cancer. Leaders and laypeople alike have the responsibility of making sure their churches remain united in the truth of the gospel. View Resource

  • Twisting the Truth Devotional

    Acts 20:7-35

    How familiar are you with the creeds and confessions that your particular church or denomination follows? While these statements of faith are always subject to the final authority of Scripture, they were written to help believers understand what the Bible actually teaches, so it is a good thing for us to be familiar with them. Take some time this week to read part or all of the confession to which your church adheres. View Resource

  • Christ’s Word and the Believer Devotional

    Colossians 3:16-17

    Paul closes out Colossians 3:17 by reminding us to do everything in the name of Jesus. This entails not merely an action accompanied by an audible expression of “in Jesus name”; rather, to do something in His name is to act in the ways the apostle has described in verses 12–17. As we live ever-thankful lives for the love God has shown us, we will be humble, kind, patient, meek, and forgiving, and thereby act in Christ’s holy name. View Resource

  • Dead to the World or Alive? Devotional

    Colossians 2:20

    Out of His great love for us, God warns His people against legalism and false religious practices because hoping in rules, astrology, and other false spiritualities only gives Satan and the flesh more influence over us. But when we pursue the pure, undefiled religion revealed in Scripture — the gospel of Christ alone — and treat others in love, refusing to judge them by standards we have created, we render the evil forces in the world powerless. View Resource

  • God in Christ Devotional

    Colossians 2:9-10

    To say that all we need is Christ for growth in grace is not somehow to make the Word of God, the sacraments, or the church superfluous. Jesus, by His Spirit, dwells in us, but remaining sin means that we are often deaf to His leading. Through His proclaimed Word, our Savior speaks, teaching us how to discern His direction in our lives. By faith, to have His Word is to have Christ, for it is an expression of Himself. View Resource

  • Human Philosophies Devotional

    Colossians 2:8

    God prescribed food laws and other ritualistic observances for old covenant Israel, so we know that these practices are not inherently evil. They only become wrong when they become ends in themselves (1 Sam. 15:22–23). We might not be tempted to follow certain food laws today, but we are tempted to think that real spirituality is tied to specific forms of personal devotions, avoiding certain movies, never gambling, and so on. View Resource

  • Paul’s Presence in Colossae Devotional

    Colossians 2:4-5

    Our mystical union with Christ and His people through the Holy Spirit has profound implications for how we pray for believers in other places. Because we are united to the One who transcends all, our prayers are a profound encouragement to other believers, even if they are unaware of our praying. In prayer we are with them and encouraging them through the Holy Spirit, who closes the distance between us. View Resource

  • Proper Christian Growth Devotional

    Colossians 1:9-10

    It is all too easy for us to think that once we know the basics of the gospel we must then move beyond them for true spiritual growth. Yet it is not extrabiblical revelations and methods that mature us, nor is it the search for esoteric meanings and codes in Scripture. Instead, it is the continual attempt to plumb the depths of the gospel message and its application to all of life, which is, in fact, the story of the Bible. View Resource

  • Godly and Dignified Lives Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:1-2

    John Calvin says that if “we are at all moved by solicitude about the peace of society, or godliness, or decency, let us remember that we ought also to be solicitous about those through whose agency we obtain such distinguished benefits.” Do we pray for the Lord to convert our enemies, whether or not they are in positions of authority? Are we respecting leaders insofar as it does not require us to violate Scripture? God commands us to do both of these things. View Resource

  • Timothy’s Charge Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:18-19a

    John Calvin wrote, “We must maintain a contest; and this applies universally to all believers, but especially to Christian teachers, who may be said to be standard-bearers and leaders.” Unfortunately, many in the church, leaders and lay people alike, fall because they do not really believe what they profess. Does your profession of faith line up with the faith that you possess in your heart? Pray that the Lord would enable you to trust all of His Word. View Resource

  • Ignorant and Vain Discussion Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:6-7

    Matthew Henry says, “Mere talk, especially in religion, is meaningless, and yet many people’s religion consists of little else but meaningless talk.” Is your practice of the Christian religion tied up in endless talk on peripheral matters, or is it the pure and undefiled religion of James 1:27, which calls us to visit widows and orphans and to keep ourselves pure. This month, help a group that helps the needy, perhaps through a donation. Always stand firm against evil. View Resource

  • Fleshly Persecution Devotional

    Galatians 4:28–31

    Professing Christians throughout our land are compromising the truth of the gospel to get along with false teachers and others who clearly reject the biblical gospel and the lifestyle it promotes. Martin Luther responds with this sober warning: “Whoso will not suffer the persecution of Ishmael, let him not profess himself to be a Christian.” Let us be willing to lose church buildings, reputations, and livelihood if that is what it takes to remain true to Jesus. View Resource

  • A Heavenly Gospel Devotional

    Galatians 1:11–12

    Paul in Galatians often says things like “the gospel that I proclaim” (2:2) in order to set the true message of salvation apart from the different gospel of the Judaizers. Make no mistake, however, Paul knew that it was God’s gospel (Rom. 1:1), ordained by Him and not subject to change. We did not receive the gospel through a vision of Christ as Paul did but through the preaching of God’s Word, which Word cannot be compromised. View Resource