THEME OF THE DAY God goes before us. Again the lessons testify to the fact that all the good there is in life is a work of God (Justification and Sanctification by Grace). Psalm 27:1, 4-9 The Psalm is an act of devotion, a triumphant song of confidence, and a prayer for deliverance traditionally attributed [...]
by Mark Ellingsen THEME OF THE DAY Baptism and new life! This is a Sunday to explore the meaning and significance of baptism, which entails attention to Sanctification and Christian life (a core theme of the Epiphany season) as well as to Justification by Grace Alone. Psalm 29 This is a hymn attributed to David, [...]
THEME OF THE DAY The party continues (with some good conversation). The themes of the texts stress celebration of the love of God in all aspects of life, entailing attention to Christ, Justification, and Sanctification as works of grace, as well as Creation, Church, and even some insights about the Trinity. Psalm 147:12-20 This is [...]
THEME OF THE DAY God makes it happen! These texts focus our attention on the fact that all we do depends on God doing it first and for us (Justification and Sanctification by Grace). Psalm 40:1-11 This is a composite Psalm, attributed to David, including a thanksgiving (which we consider in vv. 1-11) and a [...]
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The light of grace shows the way. The stress on light is an appropriate theme for this celebration of the wise men guided by the star that led them to the newborn Christ. The light of God reminds us that he seeks us (Justification), but in shining his light we have opportunities to follow (Sanctification and Social Ethics).