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The Spirit Within

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Scripture Text: Romans 8:14–16

The witness of the Holy Spirit within you is the power of the Holy Spirit working through the Word, a confirmation being that you have pleasure and delight in God’s Word.

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Serving One Lord

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Scripture Text: Matthew 6:24–25

God would not have us be overanxious for our life, but labor and commend our anxiety to him, so, he does not allow us to have another Lord besides himself.

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Our Only Help

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Scripture Text: Luke 10:30–35

The man who lies half dead, wounded and stripped of his clothing, is all mankind. The Samaritan is our Lord Jesus Christ Cling to him, your only help.

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We Are the Widow

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Scripture Text: Luke 7:11–15

The widow's misfortune is portrayed here so that we might learn that with God nothing is impossible, whether it be misfortune, calamity, anger, or whatever.

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Suffering Life

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Scripture Text: Romans 8:15b–18

What would all the riches and nobility of the world be compared with being named and chosen by God himself, called his son, the heir of exalted divine majesty?

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First Things First

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Scripture Text: Matthew 6:25–33

Do this for the honor of God and for your own benefit: strive after the great and eternal good. If you attain and keep this, the rest will surely take care of itself.

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The Chief Good

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Scripture Text: Luke 10:25–28

To love God with all the mind is to cleave to him who is our chief good, to do nothing against his will, to take nothing except what is pleasing to God.

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God’s Dollar

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Scripture Text: Mark 8:4–6

"Christ commands the disciples to set the loaves before the multitude, by which he shows that he will administer his work and gifts through the instrumentality of human agencies."

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Blessed Ears

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Scripture Text: Matthew 13:15–17

What would it help the critics of Christ if the gospel was preached twice as clearly as it is? They are so deafened by their own conceits that they can hear nothing else.

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No Other Gods

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Scripture Text: Exodus 20:1–3

"When we come before God the Father, Christ will say: Father! Although they have not wholly fulfilled thy law, yet I have done so, let this be to their benefit because they believe in me."

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The Heavenly Force

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Scripture Text: 2 Corinthians 3:5–11

The Spirit impresses Christ and his works upon the heart, making it a true book which does not consist in tracing mere letters and words, but in true life and action.

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Led by the Spirit

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Scripture Text: Romans 8:12–14

"To be 'led by the Spirit of God' means to be given a heart which gladly hears God’s Word and believes that in Christ it has grace and the forgiveness of sins."

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Resist!

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Scripture Text: James 1:19–20

"It is natural for us to feel hurt when suffering, injustice, and violence attack us...it becomes necessary to check and restrain the feelings of anger..."

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Bold Peace

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Scripture Text: Philippians 4:6–7

"There is peace, strength and comfort in the heart, so that the heart cares for no evil, is really bolder and more joyful in its presence than in its absence."

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No Worries

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Scripture Text: Luke 15:3–7

If you only remain under Christ's protection and lie still upon his shoulders, you need not be troubled about sin, death, or hell, for he defends you.

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God Remembered

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Scripture Text: Genesis 7:23–8:1

No life is so difficult as the life of faith, depending only upon the promises of God when the who world seems to say, "God has forgotten all about you."

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Misdirection

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Scripture Text: Luke 24:36–43

We are not to be deceived by so-called ghosts, which are not souls but instead, demons bent on misdirecting a believer's focus on the living Christ.

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Intolerant

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Scripture Text: 1 John 3:13

We teach all to trust in the grace of God, not in their own worthiness, and to render him gratitude for his grace. This is intolerable to the world.

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Preference

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Scripture Text: Luke 14:15–18

We make excuses, preferring many things against the gospel, for we are no better than were the ancient Jews, who also rejected the gospel for the law.

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Division

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Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 11:17–21

Wherever the Word of God has a foothold, there the devil will be. He will always build his taverns and kitchens by the side of God’s house.

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God Forbid!

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Scripture Text: Romans 6:14–15

Sin is not forgiven so that we may sin all the more, taking God's grace for granted and taking advantage, but so that conscience is free to love God.

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True Faith

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Scripture Text: Matthew 23:37

"Faith, if it is true faith, is of such a nature that it does not rely upon itself, but holds to Christ, and takes refuge under his righteousness."

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Temperance

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Scripture Text: Ephesians 5:15–20

Because God has so richly shed upon us the gospel of light, we ought in honor and gratitude to him try to reform and temper ourselves.

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Blessed Eyes

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Scripture Text: Luke 10:21–24

You are blessed if your have heard and seen with your heart the Lord Jesus Christ, for there are those who have heard and seen without perception.

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Cain or Abel

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Scripture Text: 1 John 3:10–12

In Cain, we see the hateful world, and on the other hand, that poor, abject Abel well represents the obscure little brotherhood: the Church of Christ.

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If You Love Me

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Scripture Text: John 14:15–17

Experience teaches how difficult it is to keep Christ's Word, but the Christian will love Christ, his Word, and his kingdom more than all things of the earth.

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Leave

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Scripture Text: Genesis 2:24

God uses marriage to get us out of our parents' homes so we may grow up, make a home and family of our own, and enjoy the blessings of that estate.

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Woman

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Scripture Text: Genesis 2:21–23

One of the sweetest pleasures of Christian marriage is not sexual, that the blessing of the sense of completeness at being merely with one another.

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Bless

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Scripture Text: 1 Peter 3:8–9

You may be a blessing to your neighbor because you know you are a child of God, received into his grace, and living in the sure hope of salvation.

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Delusions

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Scripture Text: Psalm 4:2

If the affections and thoughts of men are without faith in God, they are without Christ and his Word, and therefore, they are without the truth.

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A Revelation

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Scripture Text: Genesis 2:20–24

The affection of the intended husband toward his betrothed spouse is of a particular and elevated kind, a knowledge and revelation of the Holy Spirit.

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Prayer in Love

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Scripture Text: Philippians 1:9–11

Christians should love and pray for the salvation of all, for the sanctification of God’s name, the coming of his kingdom, and the fulfilment of his will.

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Open Ears

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Scripture Text: 1 Peter 3:10–12

God’s ears are open to the prayers of the righteous, looking upon you with gracious, winning eyes, his ears alert even to the faintest sound of prayer.

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Christ in You

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Scripture Text: Jude 3–4

One may confess Christ but still deny him in deeds and works, by insisting he is his own lord through his religious observances being the way to salvation.

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Beware

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Scripture Text: Galatians 1:9

God often lays hold upon leaders of sects who blaspheme with false doctrines, inflicting on them unusual punishments for the sake of warning others.

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Harmony

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Scripture Text: Romans 12:16

As long as unity of faith and oneness of mind survive, the true Church of God abides, so we must be careful to cherish the virtue of harmony.

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Like God

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Scripture Text: 1 John 3:1–3

The day will come when only righteousness and holiness shall dwell on the earth — none but godly, righteous souls — for we shall be like God.

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Suffering

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Scripture Text: Romans 8:18

"What is temporal suffering, however protracted, contrasted with eternal life? It is not worthy to be called suffering or to be esteemed meritorious."

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Be Watchful

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Scripture Text: 1 Peter 5:8

The primitive church would assemble daily for prayer, morning and evening, and also at certain other appointed hours, and frequently entire nights.

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The Guide

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Scripture Text: John 16:13

The Holy Spirit has comes to enlighten your hearts, so that you will understand the truth, and will call to remembrance all things of Christ.

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Two Kingdoms

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Scripture Text: Romans 13:1–2

In the gospel is an entirely different, a spiritual government, that exists alone in the Word, by which sinners are convicted and Christ proclaimed.

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Election

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Scripture Text: Romans 11:33

It is not for human beings to say what is right or wrong, whether an act or ruling is divine, for that is left to God alone who elects those who believe.

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Sure Hope

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Scripture Text: Galatians 3:24

If you believe that Christ died to save you from all evil, and hold fast to that word, you will find it so certain and sure that no creature can overthrow it.

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The Risen Life

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Scripture Text: Colossians 3:1–5

Through Christ's death, you are redeemed from sin and death, raised to an imperishable life you cannot yet perceive in yourselves except through faith.

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Be Certain

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Scripture Text: 1 Peter 4:10–11

Be careful that what you hear from the pulpit is the sure Word of God instead of those doctrines that suit a pastor's or denomination's agenda.

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Dear Brothers

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Scripture Text: John 20:17

It is not enough to know the historical fact of Jesus, but to also know that he calls us dear brothers, infusing his own righteousness and glory into us who believe.

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Peace

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Scripture Text: John 20:19

It is comforting to hear Jesus tell us that his Father is also our Father, for as Jesus returns to him, we too, will one day ascend to our God in heaven.

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On the Third Day

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Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 15:3–4

Christ lay in the tomb for a part of three days, rising on the third, but what we should note is not so much the number but the fact that he truly died.

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A Testimony

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Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23–25

We have the clear Word of God as testimony for us who believe, that Christ gave himself as a grace to be received in the bread and wine of his table.

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A Fresh Lump

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Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 5:1–7

May you be a fresh lump with whom Christ Jesus being worked in, that the grace and power of the Spirit may continue to work out your salvation.

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Expatriates

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Scripture Text: Philippians 3:20–21

"The baptized Christian is born a citizen of heaven through baptism. We should be mindful of this fact and walk here as if native there."

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Taken Up

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Scripture Text: Genesis 5:24

We aim to believe in what is written in the words of Scripture, so that we may have a faith like Enoch, faith in the God who takes up his people to himself.

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The Rock

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Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 10:1–4

We are left to believe the Word, the word of Christ, and his works that follow after us. not in our own works, but by faith in the word of the cross.

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Our Boast

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Scripture Text: 2 Corinthians 11:21b–22

The Christian life is not a matter of outward appearance but of living by the Word and through faith in and under the name of Christ Jesus, our Lord.

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Hold Fast

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Scripture Text: John 16:16

When anxiety, distress, or other trials come your way, hold fast to the Word, keep the faith, you will see Christ clearly there, and he will again bring you joy.

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Consider Him

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Scripture Text: Galatians 5:22–26

One finds in Jesus strength and comfort against all vice and bad habits, as true Christians incorporate the life and name of Christ into their own lives.

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For You

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Scripture Text: 1 Peter 2:21–22

No one but Christ Jesus has suffered for the sins of others, yet his passion, his suffering and death, avail for the salvation of every sinner who believes on him.

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Our Only Hope

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Scripture Text: John 6:40

This is our hope — our only hope: Christ Jesus — that we might believe in him, and having such faith, come to see him on that great and glorious Day.

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Another Son

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Scripture Text: Genesis 4:25

God will keep his promise that the seed of the woman will bruise the head of the serpent, establishing Seth in that line that would herald the Savior.

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East of Eden

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Scripture Text: Genesis 4:16

Lack of faith is what drives us East of Eden, away from the presence of God, the communion of saints, the church, Christ's kingdom, and eternal life.

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Unthwarted

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Scripture Text: Genesis 4:10–11

Nothing would thwart God's plan, not even Adam's and Eve's disobedience — our our own. He has promised a Savior, and delivered on his promise.

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More and More

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Scripture Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:1

There should be a grateful and increasing degree of perfection in the doctrines we have received, perceiving our errors and striving to mend our ways.

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Our Promise

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Scripture Text: Matthew 4:5–7

Be careful that you are not tempted to believe twisted Scriptures, especially when it concerns false promises for your soul. Christ alone is our Promise.

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Ask

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Scripture Text: Luke 18:35–42

What do you want Jesus to do for you? Heal some spiritual blindness? Increase your faith? Hear the gospel and receive God's grace? Ask and you shall receive.

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Fasting

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Scripture Text: Matthew 3:16–4:1

We should cheerfully suffer want and temptation for the service of God and the good of our neighbor, like Christ did for us.

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Clang

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Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 13:1, 7

The gifts of God are to be used in service of neighbor so that God receives the glory for our actions. This is accomplished when we serve with love.

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Entrusting

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Scripture Text: 1 Peter 2:21–23

You just can't win sometimes. Trying to defend yourself does not work; you just get judged all the more. All you can do is entrust yourself to God.

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The Purge

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Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 5:6-7

We are forgiven only if we continue in faith and are occupied with purging out the impurity that remains in us. Life is daily repentance and forgiveness: purging.

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You Must

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Scripture Text: Colossians 3:12–13

Are you gracious or harsh and demanding of others? We must show mercy and grace to our neighbor, as we have been shown these by Christ.

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Whatever

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Scripture Text: Colossians 3:16–17

All works are good, so long as they are done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, for his glory, as directed by him rather than by one's own ability.

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A Mystery

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Scripture Text: Luke 8:9–10

Don't you love a good mystery, one told well and ends well? That is what Jesus came to proclaim, a mystery for the ages revealed for you.

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No Doubt

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Scripture Text: Matthew 20:14–16

The gospel leaves us no room to doubt the Lord's favor, for the first and the last to believe his word will receive his eternal and generous salvation.

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The Greatest

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Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 13:12–13

When there is but infinite day, we will require faith no more, nor hope. Love is the permanent thing, and therefore, the greatest of the three that now abide.

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True Faith

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Scripture Text: Matthew 8:1–3

Come to Christ because you are a sinner, not because you think he must have someone as great and pious as you. Come with faith in him, not in yourself.

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Run to Win

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Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 9:23–27

A Christian does not live life aimlessly. This life is a race to the prize, eternal life in Jesus Christ, and so, must be run with passion and purpose.

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Look There

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Scripture Text: Luke 2:49–50

Seek! Search! Look everywhere else. But you will never find Christ Jesus anywhere else but in the holy Scripture. The Spirit will reveal himself there.

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Proud of the Gospel

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Scripture Text: 2 Corinthians 11:21–23

A Christian glories in the things of which other men are ashamed — in the cross and in his sufferings. For the world will not long endure the Word.

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Favor the Lowly

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Scripture Text: Romans 12:14–16

As much as you are able, live in peace with all; spend time with those of humble circumstance. Be a blessing to your neighbor.

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The Marriage Will

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Scripture Text: John 2:1–2

Marriage, because it is God's institution, will be a difficult work, as the flesh will resist and rebel, as it always does against doing God's will.

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Love Your Neighbor

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Scripture Text: Matthew 5:43–46

Love desires the best for its neighbor, even when one's neighbor does not desire the best for you, so one must pray for them even when they are not neighborly.

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Wheat and Weeds

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Scripture Text: Matthew 13:26–30

Jesus allowed for believers and unbelievers alike in the church, so that both might be spared, believers from violent uprooting, and unbelievers an opportunity to believe.

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Many Functions

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Scripture Text: Romans 12:3–5

Each Christian has been given a calling, and with that calling a particular gift or gifts to fulfill the calling. These do not make her better or happier than another.

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Failure

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Scripture Text: Luke 2:41–49

God permits us to fail in order to make us seek him in his Word. Do not despair when things do not go your way. God is calling you.

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Prophecy

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Scripture Text: Romans 12:6–8

Paul does not put much emphasis on foretelling the future, but on the explanation of the Scriptures, so that there may be faith in the gospel.

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Love Is Not Vengeful

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Scripture Text: Proverbs 10:12

Love is virtue pure and precious. It neither utters, nor thinks any evil of its neighbor. It rather covers sin; not one sin, nor two, but a “multitude of sins.”

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Dealing with Trouble

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Scripture Text: Luke 2:41–45

Good and bad happens to bad and so-called good people alike. The difference is how one responds, and why, and from where their peace comes.

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Sober Judgment

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Scripture Text: Romans 12:1–3

We must consider ourselves with sound and sober judgment, not thinking much of our piety. There is always room for improvement in the Christian life.

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Appearances

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Scripture Text: Luke 2:33–35

Simeon was not impressed by appearances and so, could bless Christ Jesus. If appearances are our motivation, we will not bless Jesus.

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Acceptable Sacrifice

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Scripture Text: 1 Peter 2:2–5

Christians are priests, each and every one of them, and as priests, are to offer acceptable sacrifices to God. That sacrifice is self for the honor God.

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Faith in His Word

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Scripture Text: Luke 2:25–33

We must have faith in the Word, not in what our senses tell us. Feelings are secondary (at least) and are to be subordinated to "what is written."

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Bless

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Scripture Text: Romans 12:14–21

Christians should not curse—in the sense of wishing evil in a person's life. However, Christians are to censure and reprove evil in the hope of good.

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Kept in Humble Faith

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Scripture Text: Luke 2:41–52

God allows suffering to guard against presumption, as example to others to repent, and as preparation for finding Christ, and keeping him.

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Living Sacrifice

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Scripture Text: Romans 12:1–2

The sacrifices of the Old Testament are fulfilled in the one sacrifice of Christ Jesus so that we may offering the living sacrifice of faith in everyday life.

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To Know Christ

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Scripture Text: Matthew 2:1–6

The magi may not have known who the newborn king truly was, but you and I are called to attend to our vocations, then think only how we may know Christ.

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We Are the Lord's

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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

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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

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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

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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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Christmas Greeting

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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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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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Behold!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The Intervening Force

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Scripture Text: Philippians 3:13–21

Our religious devotion and piety have nothing to do with it; it is the intervening power of Christ alone that will raise us to glory on that Day.

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Rest Assured

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Scripture Text: 2 Thessalonians 1:5–12

Christians will suffer for the Faith, but they are promised eternal reward for their patient witness to Christ Jesus and his Word.

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The Unexpected

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Scripture Text: Luke 21:25–28

There have been signs and will always be signs, and so, the return of the Christ will be unexpected. Your redemption is drawing nearer.

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Spiritual Knowledge

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Scripture Text: Colossians 1:9–11

Spiritual knowledge is knowing the will of the Father is that everyone who sees his Son and believes in him will have eternal life.

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Overcoming Unrest

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Scripture Text: John 21:20–25

Christians should be content with their own calling: mother or father, electrician or teacher, pastor or acolyte. Be content and follow Jesus.

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Stand Firm

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Scripture Text: 1 Peter 5:8–11

Be alert, eager every day to learn of God's Word and will, so that you may stand firm in your faith until the end.

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A Kingdom...for You

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Scripture Text: Matthew 25:31–34

We await Christ's coming, and with it, a kingdom prepared for those who believe in him. So, you may wait and pray confidently, expectantly.

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Moving Words

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Scripture Text: Matthew 25:31–33

If these thoughts and words do not move you, nothing else will.

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Successful Failure

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Scripture Text: 1 John 1:7–2:2

When we believe in Christ Jesus, we are forgiven our sins and through the Spirit of God, his grace and truth begin to grow in us, giving us the desire to keep God's law.

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What the Gospel is

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Scripture Text: Luke 24:44–48

The gospel is the announcement that God demands we turn from our sins and offers forgiveness only through Christ Jesus.

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The Treasure

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Scripture Text: Psalm 119:9–12

The Christian cannot rely upon reason or human wisdom but must always turn to God's Word and ask him to guide.

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Time for the Word

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Scripture Text: Ephesians 5:15–21

The times would draw us away from God's Word and will, so we must make the time to hear him.

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The Reassuring Promise

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Scripture Text: Genesis 6:17–18

Noah is reassured of God's plan of an ark and flood, as baptism reassures us that God will carry us through the flood of sin and death.

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Church Unity

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Scripture Text: Romans 15:5–7

Taking up your neighbor's burdens, including his sins and imperfections, as if they were your own brings honor to God.

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Proud Sin

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Scripture Text: Ezekiel 16:48–50

May God preserve us and grant that we may escape from the temptation to willfulness and haughty sin.

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The Righteousness of Faith

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Scripture Text: Philippians 3:7–9

The righteousness of faith teaches us patience, the patience to wait until that Day, confident that Christ's further grace of eternal life awaits those who trust in him.

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The Great Need

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Scripture Text: Luke 22:17–20

Of course you are not worthy of God's grace, but do you need what he supplies? Do not deny your Lord his will to bless your need.

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Standing Amid the Falling Ruins

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Scripture Text: Psalm 5:3, 7–8, 11–12

Our trust is not in the prosperity of the world around us but of the hope within us. The righteous stand unruffled in the falling ruins.

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Faith Requires Fear

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Scripture Text: Matthew 22:8–14

We must not be sure of our faith, but be confident in the one who supplies us faith. We cannot instigate or maintain faith, so we must fear God and ask him daily to keep us in that faith.

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How God Reigns

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Scripture Text: Psalm 2:7–9

The rule of the nations will not be accomplished through warfare but by the will of the Father. We too, are ruled in the same manner, by the will of God.

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The Saving Word

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Scripture Text: John 5:37–40

Without the working of God's Spirit through the Word of God—the revelation of who he is and what he has done for us—no one would come to saving faith.

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Daily Use

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Scripture Text: Romans 15:1–6

Christians should make daily use of this book, as the life to come is not evident.

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A Higher Plane

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Scripture Text: John 4:46–50

"This is a pure and strong faith, that requires the individual to cast away all sense, understanding and reason, and sink himself into one little word, be satisfied with it and feel secure in it."

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Storming the Devil’s Kingdom

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Scripture Text: Luke 22:14–19

In Holy Communion, "the only agent at work is the spoken Word," so that Christ alone may be remembered and honored.

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The Anchor of the Heart

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Scripture Text: Psalm 2:1-6

While the world thinks itself the victor, God laughs, knowing the outcome. His King is triumphant.

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Trust.

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Scripture Text: Psalm 51:1–3

"The sum of the matter is this, that those persons are saved who place their trust solely in God, not in their works."

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Are you covered?

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Scripture Text: Matthew 22:7–14

Are you clothed in Christ? You better look like Jesus on that Day.

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Our Single Service

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Scripture Text: Romans 15:1–6

What service can a Christian render that is acceptable to God? What service may be given by a Council president, pope, a pastor, a bishop, a laywoman? Thanksgiving and praise is all God expects, and we may all give him this gift. It does not require riches or education or station. We are one in the Body of Christ.

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The Comfort of Baptism

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Scripture Text: Acts 22:14–16

Baptism is a comfort to Christians. It reminds us that God loves us and forgives us. Avail yourself of his promises daily, confessing your sin, and believing he forgives, for Christ's sake.

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True Love

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Scripture Text: Matthew 22:1–14

Christ Jesus does not desire your works, whether religion, devotion, Bible reading, vigils, tithes, service on committees, going to church—none of that. He desires you, as a groom desires his bride. True love desires its beloved and nothing else. True love then, issues forth all the rest.

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Commend It to God

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Scripture Text: Psalm 2:1–7

Some people are preoccupied with harassing Christians. Yet they are really bent against the Lord. So, commend them to the Lord, then live your life faithfully, doing those things God has given you to do each day. And today, may you have a blessed Reformation Day!

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Be Careful of Your Way

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Scripture Text: Psalm 1

Just because you go to church or serve on a committee does not mean that you highly regarded by God. Many is the pastor or council president or bishop whom God does not regard. God regards those who walk by faith in Christ's virtue, not those who display their station or deeds.

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It Had to Be

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Scripture Text: Matthew 22:41–46

God has given us the perfect gift, one which we can never purchase for ourselves. There isn't enough money, virtue, or merit to make us able to walk with God in glory. So, God sent himself to make satisfaction for our sin. God has appeased himself, for Christ's sake, so that we may walk with him in his glory. God has given us the perfect gift; let us be thankful.

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Christian Unity

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Scripture Text: Romans 15:1–6

To what lengths should we go to keep Christian unity? Squabbling over music, translations, and other stylistic matters can divide a church. We do not have to be right—but we do have to be forbearing. There is always discord but we are called to patient and gracious, as Jesus was...and is.

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The Sin of Ingratitude

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Scripture Text: Proverbs 17:13–14

We get pretty upset with people who repay our kindnesses with silence, with indifference, with ingratitude. Yet God has given us the ultimate gift—for which we cannot give enough thanks. Are we grateful?

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How to Correct the Problem

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Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 1:3–9

We are all aware of people who have been ungrateful for things we have done for them. Children have to be reminded to say "thank you," but adults can suffer from the same lack of gratitude. But we too may be ungrateful to God for what he has given us. One of the ways this ingratitude is expressed is when we do do accept his forgiveness and salvation, instead trying to do things that earn his favor

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The Unity of the Spirit

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Scripture Text: Ephesians 4:1–6

The unity of the Church does not consist in what we do. Certainly, we must do all we can to maintain "the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" but in the end, it is up to that same Spirit of God. In those matters we cannot fix, we should commend any discord, disharmony, and even anger to God. He alone can fix what we might only make worse.

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Let It Shine

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Scripture Text: Matthew 5:14–16

Showiness has nothing to do with Christianity. But showing Christ in what we do and say is an important aspect of Christianity. This display does not save us, but serves as a witness to others. Let his light shine!

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Faultlessly in Faith

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Scripture Text: Philippians 1:3–6

The newest convert can go forward faultlessly in faith. This does not mean that they do not sin, any more than seasoned Christians are sinless. But all we sinners go forth with faith in Christ, that he will will preserve us to himself until that Day—in spite of ourselves.

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A Contrary Doctrine

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Scripture Text: Psalm 1:1–6

What greater prosperity can you have than to keep your faith? The person who keeps faith until the end, prospers most, for she receives eternal life.

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You cannot pay your debt.

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Scripture Text: Matthew 18:23–27

Sin leaves us in debt to God. We cannot pay our debt to him, yet he sent his Son to pay our debt in full.

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He's tricky.

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Scripture Text: Ephesians 6:10–13

The attack comes from a level we do not expect. The devil urges us to depend upon ourselves; the temptation is to rely upon ourselves.

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