We confess that our God is a just God, who punishes those who despise Him; but even more, does He stand ready to forgive those who trust in Him.
The Lord lightened David’s darkness. He does the same for us. Our Lord God is continually merciful to us by forgiving us our sins and He strengthens us with His Word so that our feet are, “like the feet of a deer.”
As Christians, we confess that God calls true prophets to preach His whole counsel, which includes both Law and Gospel.
Yes, the Law of God in the Commandments should continually be preached and taught in Christian congregations. But, why?
The Lord comforted Elijah with His Word and then sent him back out to do what the Lord called him to do in the first place. The Lord also calls us, His Church, to proclaim His Word in the world, even as He comforts us through the same voice of His Word and Sacraments.
Forgiving others is a hard thing to do, especially when we have been greatly hurt by the sins others have committed against us. And yet, God does not hold our sins against us. Instead, He freely forgives us for the sake of Christ.
Micah knew that the Lord does not retain His anger forever, but will again have compassion on His people. From him we learn that the Lord will, indeed, have compassion on His people on the Final Day, even as He pardons and forgives us now in Christ.
In the Second Petition of the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy Kingdom Come,” we ask that the Lord would grant us His Holy Spirit so that we would believe the Word that is proclaimed to us, and so enter into His blessed feast. Today we give thanks that the Lord has brought us in from the alleys and highways of sin, and we ask that He would continue to grant us His Spirit so that we listen when He calls.
Text: Genesis 15:1-6 If you could put bright blinking lights into the text of Scripture or somehow change the letters in our Bibles from black to neon yellow, so as to get our attention, our text today would be a wonderful candidate for such treatment. The passage we have today from Genesis is one ofContinue reading “Faith Counted for Righteousness”
This confounded Nicodemus at first, but in the end he knew it to be true. Those who enter the kingdom of God are not those who work for it. We are brought into the kingdom by the work of the Holy Spirit through the Word.