Devotion for Sunday, February 25, 2024
Lutheran Core
by Jeffray Greene
17h ago
“Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan, coming to John to be baptized by him.  But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have the need to be baptized by You, and yet You are coming to me?” (Matthew 3:13-14) All authority in heaven and on earth belongs to the Lord.  But Jesus comes to be baptized with a baptism of repentance.  Why?  It is the really bad man who needs to repent, but he does not know it.  It takes a perfect man to repent perfectly, but then, a perfect man would not need to repent.  Jesus undergoes the baptism of repentance we all need but are ..read more
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Devotion for Friday, February 23, 2024
Lutheran Core
by Jeffray Greene
3d ago
“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11). Never forget who Jesus is.  The Lord God, Creator of the universe has shown up.  Yes, He makes Himself approachable, but He is still God.  What we do pales in comparison with what He does and who He is.  He who is the Alpha and Omega will accomplish what He has purposed.  We are baptized in water.  He comes and fills us with His Holy Spirit and empowers us t ..read more
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HOST A PREMIERE SCREENING OF “FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPS” AT YOUR CHURCH!
Lutheran Core
by Kim Smith
4d ago
Editor’s note: Bob Rognlien is a Lutheran (LCMC) pastor, author, and discipleship expert. Per Pr. Rognlien, “The sooner you can send this out the better, because the window for organizing and inviting people to such an event is rapidly closing!” Also, the video review Pr. Rognlien recorded for Lutheran CORE on his book Recovering the Way can be watched here. For over 30 years now pastor Bob Rognlien and his wife Pam have been leading people in historically-rooted, spiritually-focused pilgrimages, following the footsteps of Jesus and Paul. Now they are releasing a feature-length documentary fi ..read more
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Devotion for Thursday, February 22, 2024
Lutheran Core
by Jeffray Greene
4d ago
“And the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore, every tree that does not bear good fruit is being cut down and thrown into the fire” (Matthew 3:10). This warning is important.  Only the Lord knows the heart, but there appears to be many who simply give lip service.  Their actions are like the world’s and do not reflect any of the Lord’s commands.  Those who are not rooted in Christ will be cast away.  Where are your roots?  Are you living the life to which you have been called, or is your life no different than the one who hates the Lord? I know I am ..read more
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Devotion for Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Lutheran Core
by Jeffray Greene
5d ago
“Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance; and do not assume that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father’; for I tell you that God is able, from these stones, to raise up children for Abraham” (Matthew 3:8-9). Do you rely upon the Lord and His salvation, learning to obey all that He has commanded?  I do not know, but it seems as though many say, “God’s got it covered, so I’ll just do a I please.”  The Lord Jesus has come to make you to be like Him, a child of the Heavenly Father.  There is no place in this eternal relationship for continuing to sin ..read more
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Devotion for Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Lutheran Core
by Jeffray Greene
6d ago
“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” (Matthew 3:7) The goats and others who hate the Lord are often in the mix.  The devil hates the Lord and will do whatever he can to derail what the Lord is doing.  Do not think it is different in your fellowship.  Sadly, it is not.  But so what?  Will that change how you behave as one called by the Lord to learn how to be faithful and conformed to the image of Christ?  Will you listen to those whose fat ..read more
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Devotion for Monday, February 19, 2024
Lutheran Core
by Jeffray Greene
1w ago
“At that time Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the region around the Jordan; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins” (Matthew 3:5-6). It was a day’s journey to the Jordan river from Jerusalem.  The city was stirred up, for in a few years, shortly after the death and resurrection of Jesus, Rome would destroy Israel and scatter her people.  People were curious as to who this baptizer was.  The faithful were confessing and he was baptizing with a baptism of repentance.  Many others were watching too.  Thi ..read more
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Devotion for Saturday, February 17, 2024
Lutheran Core
by Jeffray Greene
1w ago
“For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said “The voice of one calling out in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight!’” (Matthew 3:2) We hear the words of prophecy from Isaiah 40.  We are here for only a short time.  We know this is especially true when we think about living a few decades here and an eternity with the Lord.  What is the call before us?  In part, it is to walk the paths that have been straightened before us.  Learn to love the Lord, your neighbor, and obey all that He has commanded.  Don’t twist ..read more
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Devotion for Friday, February 16, 2024
Lutheran Core
by Jeffray Greene
1w ago
“Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,  “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:1). The kingdom of heaven is at hand.  The times have not changed.  To repent is to turn.  To turn to the Lord is to turn away from the rebellion of this age.  One cannot both live in rebellion and live in the Lord.  It is one or the other.  Too many seem to think they can be a Saturday night hedonist and a Sunday morning Christian.  This is not so.  We have been called to be conformed to the image of Chr ..read more
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Devotion for Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Lutheran Core
by Jeffray Greene
1w ago
“But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Then after being warned by God in a dream, he left for the regions of Galilee. Joseph did as the Lord instructed.  How many would be willing to travel to another country with a small child and then, a couple of years later, back again.  All of this as the step father of the child.  We witness such a level of devotion and faithfulness that we should be moved to seek to do the same.  Joseph was faithful.  You and I are called to faithfulness.  Come and ..read more
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