Posts Posted in December 2021

 

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Read through the Bible in a Year

Scripture Text: Psalm 119:105.

Looking for a Bible reading plan? Here are two different kinds of plans that will help you be in the Word every day.

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We Are the Lord's

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Romans 14:8–9

We may go about living our lives with good, Christian courage, knowing that we belong to the Lord. He has prepared us for both life an death.

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In the Beginning

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: John 1:1–5

What was in the beginning—even before the beginning—and where did it all come from is the subject of John's and Luther's writings today.

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A Just Reward

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Scripture Text: 2 Thessalonians 1:2–4

God will repay the wicked for their persecution of Christians, and he will reward Christians, though not for the reasons many think.

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The Faith of Shepherds

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Luke 2:15–20

Do we believe the Word of God because of the revelation or because of its messenger, because it is God's Word or because of the preacher?

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Our Need of the Gospel

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Scripture Text: Luke 2:8–14

We are not so pious as we imagine ourselves to be. Take care of your self-regard and pious pride, for the gospel grows in the pasture of confession.

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Grace Working in Nature

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Luke 2:1–7

Jesus took on our nature so that, through faith in him, we may be given his nature, and be made right to be with him in eternity.

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For You

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Scripture Text: Luke 2:7–11

The great joy of this day is that your Father has given the gift of his Son, along with the gifts of his Spirit and eternal life...to you. His gift is for you.

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Christmas Greeting

from the Rymans

Scripture Text: 1 Chronicles 16:34

A note of thanksgiving on Christmas Day from Mark and Susan, who are grateful to be among the folks called St. Paul's Lutheran Church

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Behold!

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: John 1:29–34

Jesus is the only one who can remove your sins, and make you right with the Father. Behold, the Lamb of God who has taken away the sin of the world.

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The Last Message

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Scripture Text: John 1:19–23

Our lives, like John the Baptist's life and ministry, should direct our family, friends, and neighbors to Christ and his gospel.

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The Word-angel

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Matthew 11:7–10

God's Word-angel made manifest the sin and religion that would hinder the coming grace of his Christ, the Messiah, the long-awaited one.

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Believe and Rejoice

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Scripture Text: Philippians 4:4–7

Until the heart believes in God, it is not possible to rejoice in him. But for the believer, both rejoicing and peace are possible.

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Armor of Light

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Scripture Text: Romans 13:11–14

It is not enough to put off the works of darkness; one must put on the armor of light. Without the light of faith, even works we think good are not.

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Glad Tidings

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Scripture Text: Matthew 11:1–5

Good news is received best by those poor folks who need glad tidings the most. "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

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Spiritual Day

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Romans 13:11–14

The darkness of all that is not of the gospel is behind us. The spiritual, gospel day of Christ lies ahead.

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The Peace of the Cross

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Philippians 4:4–7

Even when you are not at peace with others—or even with yourself—the peace of God is yours. Be content in Christ through faith.

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Prayer over Anxiety

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Philippians 4:4–7

Many things happen throughout the day that should drive you to prayer. So, pray. Your prayers are pleasing to God.

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The Outworking of Faith

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: James 2:14–18

The only thing God demands is that we exercise faith in him. Yet there is a second, similar command that we love our neighbors like we love God.

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The Offense of Christ

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Matthew 11:2–6

Christ is the only way to heaven, to eternal life with God. Blessed are you if this truth about Christ Jesus does not offend you.

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In God’s Hands

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Luke 21:29–33

The season of Advent has us reconsider how all things will change, and that we must trust God with everything we hold dear, even our souls.

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The Seed of Faith

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Scripture Text: Genesis 22:15–18

The communion of saints, the Israel of God, all believe in Messiah, one, the Messiah who was to come and the other, the same Messiah who has come.

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The Armor of Light

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Romans 13:11–14

Awake from unbelief so that you may recognize the blessings of God, and become a blessing to your neighbor.

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Thy Kingdom Come!

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Romans 8:18–25

The advent of Christ is the redemption of all who believe. It is not for their destruction but for the destruction of their sin. Thy kingdom come!

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A Word for Christians Only

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Luke 21:25–28

This is a difficult word for the world, in its comfort and ease, to hear and believe, and as such, is meant for Christians alone to hear.

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Take Note and Hold Fast

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Scripture Text: Luke 21:25–28

Many will doubt, but—though the heavens be shaken—let us hold fast to the gospel.

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Signs

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Scripture Text: Luke 21:19–28

As all these signs appear, especially the sign of an agonized conscience, and then appear again and again, where can may you flee for help?

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The Fullness of Grace

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Scripture Text: Galatians 4:1–7

The Father asks you to believe what seems empty of all human wisdom, so that you may have the fullness of his grace.

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A Spiritual Kingdom

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: John 12:12–15

The Evangelist corrects the "blindness and false notions of those who seek bodily and temporal blessings in Christ and his gospel."

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The Nature of Faith

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Matthew 21:1–5

"The nature of faith is that it does not judge nor reason by what it sees, but by what it hears. It depends upon the Word alone..."

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The Exact Opposite

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Zechariah 9:9–11

You did not love God so much that he came into this world. He loved the world so much that he came to save you. You do not find God. He finds you.

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The Christian Life

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Matthew 7:7–12

Faith gives Christ to you; loves gives you to your neighbor; and hope keeps faith and love alive in the midst of suffering and trials.

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