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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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  • Using Daily Prayer and God's Word to Battle Anxiety

    Using Daily Prayer and God's Word to Battle Anxiety

    This is an adapted excerpt from Take Heart: God's Comfort for Anxious Thoughts by Lindsay Hausch. A daily rhythm of time in God’s Word and in prayer is a way to abide in God. As we do...

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  • Teaching Jesus in the Old Testament: Exodus 12

    Teaching Jesus in the Old Testament: Exodus 12

    The importance of the blood on the doorpost and lintel likely “passed over” the Israelites the night before the Lord freed them from centuries of slavery under Pharaoh. Being of...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: James 1

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: James 1

    James, the brother of Jesus, is the author of this book. It is important to remember that James is related to Jesus by Mary, their mother, as Jesus is the Son of God, conceived by the...

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  • Donna Snow on Chosen: A Study of Esther1:50

    Donna Snow on Chosen: A Study of Esther

    Think about your favorite action movie. There’s likely unexpected plot twists, surprises and drama that unfold on screen. This is also true about the book of Esther. As a young Jewish girl under the c

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  • Exodus and God’s Law

    Exodus and God’s Law

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

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  • Teaching Jesus in the Old Testament: Genesis 22

    Teaching Jesus in the Old Testament: Genesis 22

    Jesus in the Old Testament? This month begins a new series of materials for teaching Sunday School. Christians often view the Old Testament as intimidating, irrelevant, evidence of...

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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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