How to Deal with Sin (Sat. July 9)

The word of the day is “reckon.” What is our relationship to sin? As we start down our walk with Christ in the Spirit, sin is likely to follow us. We try to flee it. But it seems that the faster we run from it, the more it catches up with us. If we cannot escape sin, what can we do? In our reading of Romans 6:11-17, Paul says, “Reckon yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord (OSB vs. 11). Today, we consider what being “dead to sin” and “alive to God” means for our struggle against temptation. We will find that the key is how we “reckon” ourselves. We Should Not Let Sin…

Arising to Newness of Life: Three Narratives and Our Story (Sun. May 15)

The word of the day is “arise.”  The Lord has the power to lift the fallen and to command those who are lying prone in sickness, sin, and death to arise.  Today on this Sunday of the Paralytic, we learn about three incidents when those who are bound to their beds heard the command to “Rise up.”  Two of those who heard the order to arise were paralytics, one in our Gospel and one in our Epistle reading.  The last and most spectacular example was the beloved believer Dorcas who had died.  In our reading of Acts 9:32-42,  Peter said, “Tabitha, arise,” and she opened her eyes, looked at Peter, and sat up (OSB vs. 40). Today as we hear…

Your Personal Pascha (Sat. April 23)

Christ is risen! The word of the day is “baptized.”  If we have any doubt that the glorious events of our salvation apply to us, we should reread today’s reading of Romans 6:3-11.  If we observe the events of these holy days as a spectator, then, of course, they do not happen to us.  But the Lord calls us to participate in His sufferings and death so that we might also share in His resurrected life.  This is Paul’s proclamation when he writes, “Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in newness of life (NKJV Romans…

How to Deal with Sin: Consider Oneself Dead to Sin but Alive to God in Christ (Sat. July 17)

The word of the day is “reckon.”  What is our relationship to sin?  As we start down our walk with Christ in the Spirit, sin is likely to follow us.  We try to flee it.  But the faster we run from it, the more it catches up with us.  If we cannot escape sin, what can we do? In our reading of Romans 6:11-17, Paul says, “Reckon yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (OSB vs. 11).  Today, we consider what being “dead to sin” and “alive to God” means for our struggle against temptation.  We will find that the key is how we “Reckon” ourselves. We Should Not Let Sin Reign In today’s…

Arising to Newness of Life: Four Narratives and Our Story (Sun. May 23)

The word of the day is “arise.”  The Lord has the power to lift the fallen and to command those who are lying prone in sickness, sin, and death to arise.  Today on this Sunday of the Paralytic, we learn about three incidents when those who are bound to their beds hear the command to  “Rise up.”  Two of these who heard the order to arise were paralytics.  The last and most spectacular example was the beloved believer Dorcas who had died.  In our reading of Acts 9:32-42,  Peter said, “Tabitha, arise,” and she opened her eyes, looked at Peter, and sat up (OSB vs. 40). Today we interpret these miracles of raising up the lifeless in the light of…

Your Personal Pascha (Sat. May 1)

The word of the day is “baptized.”  If we have any doubt that the glorious events of our salvation apply to us, we should reread today’s reading of Romans 6:3-11.  If we observe the events of these holy days as a spectator, then, of course, they do not happen to us.  But the Lord calls us to participate in His sufferings and death so that we might also share in His resurrected life.  This is Paul’s proclamation when he writes, “Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in newness of life (NKJV Romans 6:4). The Old…