Category Devotions

  • Who brings us to faith in Jesus Christ that we might have pardon and forgiveness through faith in His name? Who establishes us in the true and saving faith that we might continue to trust in Christ and receive eternal salvation? It is not our doing but solely the working of God through the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. To God belongs all the glory. He sent His Son to redeem us; and His Holy Spirit, working through the Scriptures, creates and preserves us in the true faith unto life everlasting. To God be the glory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

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  • How often should we forgive a brother who sins against us? This is the question Peter asked of Jesus. Note Jesus’ answer: “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Jesus did not mean only 490 times but all the time! Like our Lord, we are always to be “abundant in mercy” and “ready to forgive” (Psalm 86:5).

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  • Have you ever considered what a blessing it is to have forgiveness of God? What a blessing to have the Lord not hold your sins and iniquities against you? To be forgiven of the Lord removes all fear of wrath and condemnation and gives us peace with God. To have forgiveness for all our sins gives us the assurance of life everlasting!

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  • This commandment of the LORD teaches us that God requires not only outward holiness but inward holiness as well. Not only are our actions to be pure, but our thoughts and desires as well. Thus, we learn that we not only sin when we commit adultery or take our neighbor’s property or goods; we sin when we desire what belongs to our neighbor and is not rightfully ours.

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  • What follows was my attempt, now five years ago, to offer consolation and hope when my granddaughter Eva, a full-term baby, unexpectedly died in the womb at the close of August.

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