Together in the Word

Together in the Word - October 7-13, 2018

“I’m a little envious,” we claim. It is far worse. Envy is wishing God were not so good to someone else, ignoring how good God is to us. And our greed? “Greed is idolatry,” God says (Colossians 3:5). Still, God in Christ provides for all our needs, including the greatest -- forgiveness of sin. He places in the repentant believer’s heart proper priorities. God even promises everlasting treasure in his holy presence, all by his grace. Here is this...

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Together in the Word - September 30, 2018

God’s plan for man was perfect. He created woman for man. They were to “become one flesh.” Sin entered the world and separation replaced union--separation from God and separation from one another. Bitter marriages and divorces are two examples. But thanks be to God, Jesus “even suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone” and create new life and new promise of union. Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for...

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Together in the Word - September 23, 2018

Sinners sin. We all sin. But we cannot excuse our sin because we act like others. Sin requires radical surgery: Jesus says: “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off” (Mark 9:43). The good news is that Jesus was “cut off” from his own Father through his death on the cross, in order to reunite us with God and with one another. As his servants we are the “salt” of the earth, standing out as we show allegiance to Jesus and the gospel. Here is this...

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Together in the Word - September 16, 2018

True greatness is a paradox. It grows out of seeing ourselves as small and God as great. Such greatness has its center in love--both God’s great love for us in Christ and our love for our neighbor. Such love leads to genuine, humble service. Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal and/or family devotional use. (For more about this resource, its purpose, and how it can be used, please refer to the email that introduced this...

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Together in the Word - September 9, 2018

There are two kinds of preachers. One pushes worldly glory. The other pushes the ugly cross where Christ was crucified for us, alone in the darkness. The former touts worldly success. The latter knows that those who speak God’s truth will always make enemies. "Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted," the Bible says (2 Timothy 3:12). So those who preach and confess God’s full truth are bound to experience failure and disappointment....

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Together in the Word - September 2, 2018

If you can hear, you probably take your sense of hearing for granted. Yet what a wonderful gift from God your sense of hearing is! You can hear how Jesus died for you. You can receive, not just into your ears but deep inside you, the whole wondrous message of God’s rescue. You can hear the same good news Adam and Noah heard, the same good news Isaiah, Peter and Jesus preached―preached even to a man who previously had been a deaf-mute. Here is this week's...

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Together in the Word - August 26, 2018

The psalmist wrote, “Oh, how I love your law!”(Psalm 119:97). The scripture readings for this week give us, too, good reasons to love God's law. That law shows us how to thank the God who redeemed us from sin, death and the devil. It guides us in every situation. It identifies the beginning of evil―our own hearts. Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal and/or family devotional use.   God bless you, as you hear and...

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Together in the Word - August 19, 2018

God’s Word is not always easy to believe. There are some difficult words that we run up against as we read through our Bible, ideas that seem so contrary to our “modern way of thinking.” We shouldn’t think, however, that these words were any easier to believe back in Bible times. They weren’t. God’s people have always been faced with the difficult words of God. That’s why Jesus gives us the Bread of Life, that we might be led to set aside our worldly...

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Together in the Word - August 12, 2018

Living as a Christian is hard. The devil places many obstacles in our way, all of which lead to sin and unbelief. But by his death in our place (by losing!), Jesus defeated Satan. The risen Christ gives us a way out of every temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). Most of all, our Savior gives us the Bread of Life, his promises of forgiveness and eternal rescue. As we nourish our faith on this Bread of Life, Jesus will give us boldness to fight our spiritual enemies. Here is this week's...

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Together in the Word - August 5, 2018

Have you ever faced a frustrating, seemingly impossible task? For Christians, believing all of Jesus’ promises and loving others as he loves us sometimes seems out of the question. In this week's lessons, though, we see how Jesus gives us the ability to fulfill impossible tasks by giving us the Bread of Life. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing (John 15:5). But with God, nothing is impossible (Luke1:37). Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal...

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