1. This is an excerpt from the Sinner/Saint Advent Devotional (1517 Publishing, 2022). Now available for purchase!
  2. Isaiah speaks to our time. He speaks to our rejoicing now and an anticipated joy-filled future. Christ’s coming, Christmas, brings them both.
  3. We’ve hung on every whisper of hope that this way of life would end and a new one would rise to take its place.
  4. Our freedom as Christians is not a form of independence. Our freedom in Christ comes from our dependence on him.
  5. The following is an excerpt from “The Sinner/Saint Lenten Devotional” written by Kyle G. Jones and Kathy (Strauch) Morales (1517 Publishing, 2019).
  6. This petition is proof that the Christian life is not a practice in perfectionism. Rather, it is a life of dying and rising, lived under the cross of Christ, in the continual forgiveness of our sins.
  7. This article begins an eight-part series inspired by the Lenten themes of catechesis, prayer, and repentance found in the Lord’s Prayer as Luther taught it in his Small Catechism.
  8. Should we really be surprised that it would happen this way, that the servant would suffer for our salvation and die for our forgiveness?
  9. He calls us to suffer as Christ suffered. That is, we are to suffer in service to our neighbor even if they caused the injustice.
  10. Worship not only starts with God; it also returns to Him through the filter of the cross. Jesus did not enter a cosmic retirement after his ascension.
  11. Our sin marked Christ. Jesus was marked with the scars of nails and a spear for us. His hands, feet, and side are marked with scars displaying the cost of our redemption.