March 7-13, 2021

It has been said that a drowning man will not complain about the size of the boat that comes to rescue him. Yet we read this week about a people complaining not long after God had freed them from slavery in Egypt. Each lesson this week shows God’s heart of grace―undeserved love that rescues sinners.Continue reading “March 7-13, 2021”

February 28 – March 6, 2021

The season of Lent has historically been a time for Christians to meditate on Jesus’ passion. His suffering and death atoned for the sins we committed. Therefore, Lent is the “serious season” of the church year where we Christians put an extra emphasis on recognizing and confessing our own sins. Congregations that have special mid-weekContinue reading “February 28 – March 6, 2021”

February 21-27, 2021

To follow Jesus we must carry our cross. This means our faith will bring us severe burdens and shame. But through Jesus’ cross we have such good news: Heaven is open! We can rejoice in our sufferings! By losing our lives for Jesus, we will find them! Here is this week’s “Together in the Word” (clickContinue reading “February 21-27, 2021”

February 14-20, 2021

In Lent we see Jesus go to the cross to suffer and die for us. This week’s lessons show that when God tests us and the devil tempts us (every day!) Jesus is our holiness before God. He is also our strength and our example. We do not live on bread alone, Jesus says. WeContinue reading “February 14-20, 2021”

February 7-13, 2021

Scripture only records one time when Jesus shone with divine glory. That was on a hilltop in northern Israel. On the Mount of Transfiguration Peter, James and John got a firsthand (and terrifying) look at Jesus’ perfect glory. Why did Jesus do this? He did it, among many reasons, to give his disciples a glimpseContinue reading “February 7-13, 2021”

January 31 – February 6, 2021

Have you ever felt compelled to do or say something because you’re a Christian? Sometimes that compulsion springs from feelings of guilt. Sadly, that can even be true of our gospel outreach efforts. Such guilt-ridden efforts burn us out and leave us feeling unfulfilled, guiltier. But Jesus doesn’t want us to feel guilty about hisContinue reading “January 31 – February 6, 2021”

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”

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