January 24-30, 2021

God sent many prophets to Old Testament Israel to speak messages of law and gospel, of sin and grace. Too often, their messages went unheeded and ignored. Today, we may still easily tune out the messages of God’s Word. In undeserved love, God kept his promise to us to raise up a Prophet greater thanContinue reading “January 24-30, 2021”

January 17-23, 2021

How do unbelievers come to find out about Jesus? Does the Holy Spirit just strike them with lightning one day and bring them to faith? No. Paul tells us that “faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Ro 10:17). We can’t expect others to come toContinue reading “January 17-23, 2021”

January 10-16, 2021

“Why did Jesus need to be baptized? I thought baptism was for sinners.” That’s a common question among Christians. It does not make sense that our Savior, who was perfectly sinless, would need to be baptized. Why was he? Because a) the Father wanted him to, and b) Jesus came to be our perfect substitute.Continue reading “January 10-16, 2021”

January 3-9, 2021

The season of Epiphany (the Greek word for “appearance”) recalls how Jesus proved himself to be the Son of God and the Savior of all people. The Festival of the Epiphany of Our Lord is celebrated on January 6, the twelfth day of Christmas, and is often called the Gentile Christmas. In the lessons forContinue reading “January 3-9, 2021”

December 27, 2020 – January 2, 2021

“O Little Town of Bethlehem,” we sing at Christmas time. Bethlehem, “the house of bread,” was a little town, but an important town too. There, in humility, the Savior of the world was born. Though his glory is hidden under the crosses of earthly life, with eyes of faith we see our Savior, who cameContinue reading “December 27, 2020 – January 2, 2021”

December 20-26, 2020

This week we witness miracles – the miracle of a virgin birth, the miracle of God becoming man to save us, the miracle of faith worked in the hearts of sinners, the miracle of hope and light in a world of darkness and despair. Whether or not we have a “good Christmas,” as some mayContinue reading “December 20-26, 2020”

December 13-19, 2020

We have many hopes and dreams in this world. Some even seem to have honorable motives. The Lord, though, steps in and outshines our plans with the miraculous. He sends his Son to earth in a miraculous way to set up an eternal kingdom. Then in an equally wondrous way he draws us into thatContinue reading “December 13-19, 2020”

December 6-12, 2020

We often become enamored with eloquent and influential speakers who promise wealth and ease. But Malachi said that the true messenger of God would be another Elijah. He would speak God’s Word and prepare people for God’s judgment. He would turn fathers’ hearts to their children and children’s hearts to their fathers. Through the WordContinue reading “December 6-12, 2020”

November 29 – December 5, 2020

God does not leave us to flounder on our own in this world but prepares us for the final great event―Jesus’ return at the end. He sends his messengers to point out the reality of sin and its consequences so we do not drift into complacency. He sends his good news of salvation in ChristContinue reading “November 29 – December 5, 2020”

November 22-28, 2020

Next Sunday, we begin a new church year with the season of Advent. Advent reminds us: Jesus is coming soon. The world will end soon. If we seriously look at our sins, we have plenty cause for fear and worry. But our lessons focus on the faithfulness of God, who calls himself our Father andContinue reading “November 22-28, 2020”

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