• Appearances Can Be Deceiving Devotional

    Colossians 2:23

    God’s law is good, but in itself cannot put the flesh to death because the problem is not simply that we do not obey the Lord but that we do not want to obey Him apart from the grace He shows us in Christ Jesus. But even once we have been redeemed, merely keeping the commands does not advance us in holiness if we do not have an inward desire to please the Lord. May we continually ask God to grant us this desire. View Resource

  • Be Satisfied Devotional

    Exodus 20:17

    In addition to political campaigns and advertising that stoke the flames of covetousness, we also see this sin manifest itself in the act of vandalism, which says, “If I cannot have something I want, you cannot have it either.” However covetousness shows itself in our lives, we must put it to death. The best way to do this is to pursue satisfaction first and foremost in the Lord, and to “be content with what [we] have” (Heb. 13:5). View Resource

  • Capital Crimes and Punishment Devotional

    Numbers 35:9–34

    Many people accuse Christians of being inconsistent in our stance against homosexuality because we believe it immoral, like the Old Testament, but, unlike the Old Testament, we do not call for the death of those who commit sexual sin. This charge falls flat, for it assumes what must be proven, namely, that God’s law requires the death penalty for every crime that it connects to capital punishment. If we know how God’s law works, we can answer those who try to trip us up. View Resource

  • Causing Parents to Rejoice Devotional

    Proverbs 23:24–25

    Parents who still have children at home should take every opportunity they can to make sure they learn the teachings of our holy faith. Catechism memory, home devotionals, Sunday school, and Lord’s Day worship are all opportunities for children to learn what pleases God. Adult children can seek to learn from their godly parents through initiating conversations about spiritual things, studying the Bible together. View Resource

  • Coveting and Self-Destruction Devotional

    Proverbs 12:12

    In our market-driven culture, the temptation to covet that which belongs to others is constantly before us. Thus, we need all the help we can get to find contentment in those things we cannot change. We need Christian friends to remind us to be thankful for all that we have. Most of all, we need to seek the face of God and implore the help of the Holy Spirit to help us be content. View Resource

  • A Day for Holiness Devotional

    Exodus 20:8–11

    Some people believe that Jesus fulfilled the Sabbath, therefore we do not have to keep it. But nowhere does Christ abrogate this one command of all the Ten. It was established at creation and will continue until glory. Confess the ways in which you fail to keep the Sabbath. Beginning this week, take serious steps to keep this law. View Resource

  • The Distortion of Lawlessness Devotional

    Romans 6:1-14

    Of all the types of antinomianism, we are perhaps most prone to look for loopholes in the law of God. So, for instance, we may excuse certain behaviors because there is no express command in Scripture against them, even though our intent and attitude in doing such things is clearly and undeniably sinful. May we take care in reading Scripture that we never look for ways to get out of the demands it places upon us. View Resource

  • A Dual Responsibility Devotional

    Ephesians 6:1–4

    Boundaries and other elements of discipline will necessarily vary a bit from family to family depending on cultural location and other factors. What should be the same across the board, however, is an attempt not to put rules on children that are not grounded in Scripture. Part of not exasperating children involves letting them be children, under the wise guidance of humble parents, of course. View Resource

  • Dying to the Law through Christ Devotional

    Romans 7:4-6

    Sin’s use of the law to increase transgression and the crushing sentence of the law go hand in hand, though Paul does not fully delineate how. If the sentence of the law has been satisfied, however, we are free from sin’s power and are no longer in captivity to transgression (Rom. 7:6). Therefore, we can look to the law as our guide without having to suffer from the increase of sin via the law. In Christ, the law is satisfied and the Spirit enables us to resist sin. View Resource

  • The Eighth Commandment Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:19

    As we will see tomorrow, there are a multitude of ways we can steal from others. Many of these are government-sanctioned, which is why it is important for us to understand what God’s Word says about theft. If we follow cultural norms, we can break God’s law despite believing that we are doing His will. Let us carefully study God’s definition of right and wrong so that we might not break His commandments even as others around us violate His law. View Resource

  • The Eighth Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:15

    We have no right to another person’s time, income, or property, and so we must be very careful never to steal any of these from our neighbor, whether directly or indirectly. For example, we should keep the appointments we have made in order to keep from stealing time from others. We must also be faithful employees by not lazily wasting (stealing) time, expecting to get paid for doing very little. View Resource

  • Evil in Heart Devotional

    Mark 7:20–23

    We cannot excuse external acts of sin by saying our heart was in the right place, for when one’s heart is in the right place, one does not sin externally. Nevertheless, we must recognize that sin and holiness are fundamentally issues of the heart. Anyone can fake holiness before other men and women, but God is never fooled. Let us pray that our hearts would continue to be cleansed so that we might walk in true holiness before the Lord. View Resource

  • False Balances and Just Weights Devotional

    Proverbs 11:1

    In a just economic system, the wealthy still pay more than those of lesser means in terms of the actual dollar amount. Yet, they do not pay a greater percentage of their income in taxes than those who are not as wealthy as they are. Asking the government to stick its hands in another’s pockets for our benefit is no better than doing it ourselves. It might look lawful, but it is still theft in the eyes of God. View Resource

  • The Fifth Commandment Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:16

    John Calvin writes, “We should look up to those whom God has placed over us, and should treat them with honor, obedience, and gratefulness.” He goes on to say that this entails “that we are forbidden to detract from their dignity either by contempt, by stubbornness, or by ungratefulness” (Institutes 2.8.35). There are many subtle ways we can break the fifth commandment. Let us not be guilty of this great sin but instead honor our authorities as unto the Lord. View Resource

  • The Fifth Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:12

    Honoring parents requires us to see that their special needs are met in retirement, especially when we cannot meet such needs by ourselves in our own homes. Honoring them means that we do not forget them; rather, we must make sure they are well cared for. Honoring our parents also means that we care for aged people in our congregations, visiting them and seeking to learn from them. View Resource