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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 1

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 1

    In this weekend’s Gospel reading, we find Jesus calling Peter, Andrew, and James and John, the sons of Zebedee, to be His disciples. Mark moves quickly through John the Baptist’s call...

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  • Genesis and God’s Salvation Plan

    Genesis and God’s Salvation Plan

    This is an adapted excerpt from the Lutheran Bible Companion. Over the next year, we will be using the Lutheran Bible Companion to travel through the Old Testament...

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  • To Us a Child Is Born: Luther’s Interpretations on Isaiah 9:6–7

    To Us a Child Is Born: Luther’s Interpretations on Isaiah 9:6–7

    Christmas is a time of celebration that the Savior of the Nations is born! His name is revered throughout the earth as we rejoice in God’s promises fulfilled. Isaiah 9:6–8...

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  • Luther’s Introduction to Micah

    Luther’s Introduction to Micah

    This post is adapted from Luther's Works, vol. 18 (Lectures on the Minor Prophets I). When the destruction of the Jewish people was imminent, when the new age and kingdom—namely,...

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  • The Integrity and Authenticity of the Book of Micah

    The Integrity and Authenticity of the Book of Micah

    This is an adapted excerpt from the Concordia Commentary on Micah by Jason R Soenkensen. Up until the late nineteenth century, the book of Micah was regarded as the work of the prophet...

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  • Understanding and Applying Proverbs

    Understanding and Applying Proverbs

    This post is an adapted excerpt from Concordia Commentary: Proverbs by Andrew E. Steinmann.  Those who read Proverbs today, like all modern readers of Scripture, are separated by a...

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  • Four Bible Verses on the Gift of Forgiveness

    Four Bible Verses on the Gift of Forgiveness

    Have you ever fully thought about God’s forgiveness? About what it means that He has forgiven us? I’m not good at forgiveness. I hold grudges. I say I forgive but then I don’t forget....

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  • 5 Political-Season Reminders from the Book of Daniel

    5 Political-Season Reminders from the Book of Daniel

    There’s no question that this has been one of the most contentious political seasons in memory. Since the primaries ended, the low favorability of both candidates has been a...

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  • An Interview with Rev. Dr. David Coe on Provoking Proverbs

    An Interview with Rev. Dr. David Coe on Provoking Proverbs

    Have you ever looked at the Book of Proverbs through the lens of the Ten Commandments? A new Bible study, Provoking Proverbs, guides you through these  beautiful, insightful works of...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Romans 13:1–10

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Romans 13:1–10

    Have you ever been wronged by someone? Have you ever disagreed with the laws or decrees of your local community or the state in which you live? Almost everyone has likely experienced at...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Matthew 15:21–28

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Matthew 15:21–28

    The Gospel reading of Matthew 15:21–28 shares how God's salvation plan is unlimited. Although the Gospel is primarily for the Jews, it is also for the Gentiles. Through the confession...

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  • How to Memorize Scripture (and Why It’s Important)

    How to Memorize Scripture (and Why It’s Important)

    If you grew up going to Sunday School or confirmation classes, I can almost guarantee that you had to memorize Bible verses. It likely went something like this: You remember you have a...

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  • Planning Your Ideal Devotional Time

    Planning Your Ideal Devotional Time

    When planning time for daily devotions, ideally, what does that look like to you? If my ideal devotional time was fulfilled, I would find myself at my favorite lakeside coffee shop each...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Romans 5:6-15

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Romans 5:6-15

    The Lord Almighty is a gracious, loving Father. This is exemplified throughout the Bible, both in His compassion for the Israelites and in His Son, Jesus Christ. Just as God daily shows...

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  • Psalm 23: Christ Is Our Shepherd

    Psalm 23: Christ Is Our Shepherd

    “The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23 is one of the best-known Psalms, often a poem we turn to for refuge during times of distress or uncertainty. But why has this...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Acts 2

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Acts 2

    As Pentecost approaches, take a few minutes to read Acts 2:1–21, the story of the Holy Spirit descending on the disciples. This passage is the fulfillment of an Old Testament promise...

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  • Psalm 27 Commentary: True Salvation in God

    Psalm 27 Commentary: True Salvation in God

    One of the themes that weaves its way through Psalm 27 is the belief that true salvation is to be found only in the presence of Yhwh. The speaker desires to dwell in the house of Yhwh...

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  • Books of the Bible Study Questions: 2 Samuel

    Books of the Bible Study Questions: 2 Samuel

    In the Book of 2 Samuel, we get to witness David’s rise to power and his rule as king of God’s people. In David’s kingship, we are reminded of our heavenly King Jesus, who is ruling and...

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  • Sharing the Gospel through a Storybook Bible

    Sharing the Gospel through a Storybook Bible

    I grew up with one Bible in my household. It was a children’s storybook Bible. Featuring over a hundred stories from the Old and New Testaments, it was my only look at the Word of God....

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  • 5 Bible Verses to Cling to for Comfort

    5 Bible Verses to Cling to for Comfort

    In the past few weeks, you’ve likely heard a lot of words—words such as pandemic, fear, quarantine, isolation, or even emergency. But the words you should heed the most are those of...

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