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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 9

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 9

    In Mark 9:30-37, Jesus’ disciples demonstrate concern over who is the greatest. The issue of rank among the twelve takes on new meaning as we consider the context of the passage.

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  • 5 Bible Verses to Say Aloud When You Have Doubt

    5 Bible Verses to Say Aloud When You Have Doubt

    Have you ever been through a season where life didn’t go as planned? Maybe a vacation you planned was canceled or a cruise was postponed. Or maybe you didn’t get into your top school...

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  • Samuel: Prophet, Priest, and Judge

    Samuel: Prophet, Priest, and Judge

    This blog post is an excerpt from the Lutheran Bible Companion, Volume 1: Introduction and Old Testament. 

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 7

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 7

    Mark’s Gospel is one of immediacy. Without the account of John the Baptist’s birth or that of Jesus Christ, Mark moves immediately to Jesus calling the disciples, healing, casting out...

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  • Redemption and Symbolism in Ruth

    Redemption and Symbolism in Ruth

    This blog post is adapted from Lutheran Bible Companion, Volume 1: Introduction and Old Testament.  One of the first matters to require attention is the real import of Ruth’s...

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  • The Psalms in Christian Worship

    The Psalms in Christian Worship

    This blog post is excerpted from Engaging the Psalms: A Guide for Reflection and Prayer.  The Psalter was ancient Israel’s hymnal, and it was the hymnal for Jesus and His...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Genesis 9

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Genesis 9

    Relief had finally come. God created Adam and Eve perfectly. But their wicked transgressions brought sin into the world, taking the Lord’s unblemished creation into destruction. Adam...

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  • Worshiping Idols in the Book of Judges

    Worshiping Idols in the Book of Judges

    This blog post is an excerpt from the Lutheran Bible Companion, Volume 1: Introduction and Old Testament.  By breaking the seemingly innocuous command to “make no covenant with the...

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  • Praising God for His Law and Love in Psalms

    Praising God for His Law and Love in Psalms

    Our reasons for praising God are innumerable, yet I often fail to find words that accurately express my praise. Thankfully, the Lord Himself provides words of praise in the Book of...

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  • Haggai: A Return from Exile and Reverse Culture Shock

    Haggai: A Return from Exile and Reverse Culture Shock

    One of the most overlooked books in the Bible is that of the prophet Haggai. Still, this brief book holds a relatable experience to our current context this summer in the United...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 4

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 4

    In Mark 4, Jesus and the disciples are on a boat in the Sea of Galilee when a violent storm arises. Crippled with fear, the disciples wake their sleeping Savior. Jesus takes this...

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  • Renewal of the Covenant in Joshua

    Renewal of the Covenant in Joshua

    After God had graciously formed Jacob’s descendants into His covenant people and named them as His own, He provided them a choice for the future: “If you will … then I will … ”...

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  • Cultivating a Life of Abiding in God’s Word

    Cultivating a Life of Abiding in God’s Word

    A defining characteristic of mature disciples of Christ is that they abide in God’s Word in a variety of ways throughout life. This simple statement was the key focus of my last blog...

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  • How Peter References the Psalms in Acts

    How Peter References the Psalms in Acts

    From Ascension to Trinity Sunday, the three-year lectionary treats us to four straight readings from the first two chapters of Acts. Before Jesus ascends into the heavens, He directs...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Ezekiel 37

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Ezekiel 37

    Incarnation and spiritual life bring unity to Ezekiel 37, Psalm 139, Acts 2, John 15, and John 16. In his description of the Valley of Dry Bones, Ezekiel writes, “And I will lay sinews...

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  • The Covenant in Deuteronomy

    The Covenant in Deuteronomy

    In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses preaches a series of sermons or discourses to the Israelites as they prepare to cross the Jordan River and enter the Promised Lane. Although each of...

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  • Freedom from Sin in Zechariah 9

    Freedom from Sin in Zechariah 9

    This blog post is excerpted from Concordia Commentary: Zechariah.  Zechariah 9:12 begins with a command for the exiles to “return” to the stronghold of Zion (cf. 2:10–11 [ET...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Jesus as the Good Shepherd

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Jesus as the Good Shepherd

    As Acts 4, Psalm 23, and 1 John interrelate, two predominant themes present themselves. Firstly, there is certain salvation in Jesus Christ, and in fact, only in Jesus Christ. Acts...

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  • The Legislative Sections of Numbers

    The Legislative Sections of Numbers

    The Book of Numbers gets its name from the censuses in chapters 1 and 26. It recounts the travels and experiences of the people of Israel from Sinai to the borders of Canaan. Laws and...

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  • Sacrifice, Atonement, and Holiness in Leviticus

    Sacrifice, Atonement, and Holiness in Leviticus

    Externally, Israel’s sacrifices have much in common with sacrifices all over the world, but Israel’s sacrifices are sacraments. From God’s side they belong to the realm of...

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