Father: I thank you and praise you for how profoundly you have changed my relationship with you, with your ways, and with your Word through the gospel.
Apart from the gospel, any approach to you was an approach to a severe, wrathful judge who had an airtight case against me. But now, in the gospel, I approach you as a beloved, adopted son, as a member of your family with the full rights and privileges of your other children – even an inheritance from you that will never perish, spoil, or fade!
This is my prayer for the people of Capitol City, as we prepare to sit under 1 Samuel 23:1-29 together this morning.
Nearly unprecedented flooding has covered much of our state in recent days, displacing many Nebraskans from their homes and bringing suffering and pain to many more. This is a prayer for those impacted by the flood, and for us all as we respond to it.
By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it.
– 1 Peter 5:12
Only your true grace is sure footing on the shifting, sinking, sandy paths of life. Adversaries will come against us. Temptations will ensnare us. Doubt and unbelief will divert us. As we journey toward our heavenly city, every step along our way will be fraught with peril. (more…)
May we love your Bride, the Church, as you love her, having given yourself up for her. Too often, through a spirit too critical of the sins of others, or through pride that too highly esteems our own godliness, we condemn the Bride that you have given your life for. Help us, Savior, to see her beauty as you do – not a beauty born of her own merit, but of the merit you have given her by loving her. (more…)
The inclination of my heart is always toward arrogant pride and self-reliance. Apart from your grace, I will always believe that what is in me is sufficient to do the work before me. Apart from your grace, I will never walk in constant, fervent devotion to you in prayer. (more…)
Few things are worth fighting for in life. In particular, few things are worth discord and ruffled feathers among your people. The clarity of the gospel, of course, is worth fighting for. Since it was worth the death of your Son to you, the gospel should be a precious treasure to us. When that treasure is contaminated or spoiled or corrupted in any way, we should fight to restore it to its brilliance and beauty. (more…)