Gospel NT: Titus 2:9-15 Teach Like This: One with Christ

The Introduction We wrap up the second chapter of Titus with us focusing the theme of chapter 2 in our teaching of one another. Surely, we know that there are those whom God has qualified to teach and shepherd great and small portions of His flock. But to us all who believe and trust in His name, we are given careful instruction to teach and encourage one another. Why? We are in Christ and Christ taught us all....

June 3, 2022 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 13:14-23 What Does Christ Want? Our Attention

The Text Mark 13:14–23 (CSB) 14 “When you see the abomination of desolation standing where it should not be” (let the reader understand), “then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. 15 A man on the housetop must not come down or go in to get anything out of his house, 16 and a man in the field must not go back to get his coat....

June 3, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:29a Who Defines Us Before The World Ever Began?

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:29 (CSB) 29 For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. The Support There are many verses that can be used to aptly say what verse twenty-nine so succinctly and definitely says here. I can think of two passages: 1 Peter 1:20-21 (CSB) He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was revealed in these last times for you....

May 30, 2022 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 2:19-23 Jesus Christ is the Number of Our Days

The Text Matthew 2:19-23 (CSB) After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, because those who intended to kill the child are dead.” So he got up, took the child and his mother, and entered the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there....

May 28, 2022 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 13:3-13 What Does Christ Want? Our Hearts

The Text Mark 13:3–13 (CSB) 3 While he was sitting on the Mount of Olives across from the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” 5 Jesus told them, “Watch out that no one deceives you....

May 27, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:28 Who Define Us in the Midst of Sin Around Us?

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:28 (CSB) 28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. The Support Our God Herein lies love: all things work together for good for those who love God. Within our world, one might dare to ask, “What about those who don’t love God? What about my friend or neighbor or co-worker who is basically a good guy or gal?...

May 23, 2022 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 2:13-18 Jesus Christ is Our Word Eternal

The Text Matthew 2:13–18 (CSB) 13 After they were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Get up! Take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. For Herod is about to search for the child to kill him.” 14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night, and escaped to Egypt....

May 21, 2022 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 13:1-2 What Does Christ Want? Our Sin

The Text Mark 13:1–2 (CSB) 1 As he was going out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, look! What massive stones! What impressive buildings!” 2 Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left upon another—all will be thrown down.” The Devotion Luke 23:28-31 (CSB) But turning to them, Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and your children....

May 20, 2022 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:27 Who Defines Us in the Midst of Our Sin?

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:27 (CSB) And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. The Support Where do you see God in the text? What does the text say about God? Our God This is a fantastic God What compares to the knowledge of God when He alone reveals all truth and science to us?...

May 16, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 12:41-44 What Does Christ Want? Our Everything

The Text Mark 12:41–44 (CSB) 41 Sitting across from the temple treasury, he watched how the crowd dropped money into the treasury. Many rich people were putting in large sums. 42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two tiny coins worth very little. 43 Summoning his disciples, he said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others....

May 13, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 11 The Gospel Tongue

The Support Colossians 2:4-10 (CSB) I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with arguments that sound reasonable. For I may be absent in body, but I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see how well ordered you are and the strength of your faith in Christ. So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to walk in him, being rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude....

May 12, 2022 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: Titus 2:6-8 Teach Like This: Spirit of Christ

The Introduction Previously, Paul admonished young Timothy to instruct older men and older women in his congregation. We can reasonably assess, by the entirety of Scripture, that these most of these instructions are not so much gender specific but wisdom and commands of God for life. But then Paul continues an instruction for the young men of any congregation. But then the Scriptures gets weightier. Let me show you. The Text Titus 2:6–8 (CSB)...

May 11, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: Titus 2:1-5 Teach Like This: Family of Christ

The Introduction In the corporate world, it is said that a clear red flag during an job interview when any of the employee of the company tells you, “We are like family around here.” When you hear that, you run for the hills and don’t look back. During the 1950s and 60s, when the ideal nuclear family unit was being promoted to America as the ultimate way of life (mostly by Evangelicals because of the design by God)–then with the social upheaval of the late 60s and 70s, that ideal fell apart....

May 10, 2022 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:26 Who Defines Us in the Midst of Our Weakness?

The Introduction When coming to the full acknowledgment of the pain and anguish of sin that he seems to never be able to overcome, Paul cries the same incredible prayer in the same spirit as the tax collector in the synagogue: “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”[^1] And I believe the totality of Romans 8 is the extended, thorough, exegetical explanation to his powerful nine-word answer: “Thanks be to God through Christ Jesus our Lord!...

May 9, 2022 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: Titus 1:10-16 Minister Like This: Fear God

The Introduction I want to look at these letters from Paul to Timothy and Titus and to a bigger extend, to the churches in Ephesus and in Crete within the both the grace and pastoral leadership of our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul makes the dire plea to both pastors to put intentional, willing, qualified elders to care for the church. Why is that? It is both to protect, love, and care for the sheep (John 21) and to be on an offensive front against those who would oppose the church....

May 7, 2022 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 2:1-12 Jesus Christ is Our King

The Text Matthew 2:1–12 (CSB) 1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star at its rising and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him....

May 7, 2022 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: Titus 1:5-9 Minister Like This: Love God

The Introduction If you pay too close attention to social media, it is quite popular to love certain parts of the Bible and then dislike certain parts of the Bible. To believe and trust in God, that will happened–especially at the beginning of your faith. But this sort of like/dislike has morphed into a different beast altogether: love and embracing some Scriptures and completely hating other parts. The most common: loving the Gospels–the defense is “Well, they are about Jesus Christ....

May 6, 2022 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: Titus 1:1-4 Minister Like This: Know God

The Introduction We are coming to the third volume of Paul’s Pastoral Letters. Initially, one set of letters were written to Timothy, a pastor in in the ancient city of Ephesus, which is located in on the coast of present day Turkey. The other was written to another pastor, Titus, who lived in the Greek island of Crete. These were little letters of instruction, encouragement, and exhortation. Little in size but in ultimately shaping the way, standing up the building studs upon the solid rock foundation of Jesus Christ for the next 2000 years and beyond....

May 5, 2022 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 10 The Gospel Certainty: The Lineage of God

The Introduction Genealogies are important. But not in the way you might think. It might help to know where we came from, who are our ancestors, or what’s in our DN But our lineage ain’t worth anything if we are not saved by God. Let us examine the passage and get into it. The Text Genesis 10 (CSB) 1 These are the family records of Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth....

May 5, 2022 · 18 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 2 Timothy 4:6-22 Glorified by God

The Introduction We have reached the end of the second letter of Timothy. Let me remind us what was the purpose of Paul in writing this letter not only to Timothy or to the church in Ephesus but to the people of God as a whole. In Paul’s first letter, he called out what Christians now get to do. In other words, since we are in Christ, how do we get to serve, minister, give, assemble, worship, and pray among many things....

May 4, 2022 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:18-25 Who Defines Us?

The Introduction The last time we were in Romans, we examined that if we are in Christ, who will bear witness for us in the sight of God. But it has been a long time since we have been in Romans. To catch us up, lets go all the way back: Romans 7: Who will save me from this body of death? Romans 8:1-4: Who will save my from condemnation?...

May 2, 2022 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:24-25 Jesus Christ is Our Grace

The Text Matthew 1:24-25 (CSB) When Joseph woke up, he did as the Lord’s angel had commanded him. He married her but did not have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. And he named him Jesus. The Devotion What I am about to show you might sound like a stretch at first. But I want you and me not to glance over these two little verses before we get to Chapter Two....

April 30, 2022 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 2 Timothy 4:1-5 Charged by God

The Introduction 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (CSB) All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. Because the Bible is supernaturally inspired by the Almighty God on high, what are we to do with this word? The Bible is outside-of-us, beyond-us, greater than our intellect, bigger than our emotions, grander than our hearts, and more powerful than our wills....

April 27, 2022 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 2 Timothy 3:13-17 Called by God

The Introduction It’s been a moment since we have been in the Pastoral Epistles. We made the distinction between the two letters, written by Paul, to the young pastor of the church of Ephesus. First letter to Timothy was Paul’s instruction and guidance on how elders and deacons are to minister to the church–including the qualifications and character of the ministers. We are in chapter 3 of the second letter to Timothy....

April 20, 2022 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:22-23 Jesus Christ is Our Immanuel

The Text Matthew 1:22-23 (CSB) Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel, which is translated “God is with us.” The Devotion Attiyq Youm: The Ancient of Days Daniel 7:9 (CSB) “As I kept watching, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat....

April 9, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:21 Jesus Christ is Our Savior

The Text Matthew 1:21 (CSB) She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” The Devotion It is one thing to say Mary, who is pregnant at the time, to give birth. It is another thing to know the sex of the child–that he will be a son to Mary. Another presumptuous to tell the husband of the wife pregnant with not your kid what his name is....

April 2, 2022 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:18-20 Jesus Christ is Our Righteousness

The Text Matthew 1:18-20 (CSB) The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant from the Holy Spirit. So her husband, Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly. But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit....

March 26, 2022 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:17 Jesus Christ is Our God

The Text Matthew 1:17 (CSB) So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations; and from David until the exile to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the exile to Babylon until the Messiah, fourteen generations. The Devotion all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations; The God of Abraham Genesis 15:4-7 (CSB) Now the word of the LORD came to him: “This one will not be your heir; instead, one who comes from your own body will be your heir....

February 19, 2022 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:12-16 Jesus Christ is Our Messiah

The Text Matthew 1:12–16 (CSB) 12 After the exile to Babylon Jeconiah fathered Shealtiel, Shealtiel fathered Zerubbabel, 13 Zerubbabel fathered Abiud, Abiud fathered Eliakim, Eliakim fathered Azor, 14 Azor fathered Zadok, Zadok fathered Achim, Achim fathered Eliud, 15 Eliud fathered Eleazar, Eleazar fathered Matthan, Matthan fathered Jacob, 16 and Jacob fathered Joseph the husband of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus who is called the Messiah....

February 12, 2022 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:7–12 Jesus Christ is Our Lineage

The Text Matthew 1:7–12 (CSB) 7 Solomon fathered Rehoboam, Rehoboam fathered Abijah, Abijah fathered Asa, 8 Asa fathered Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat fathered Joram, Joram fathered Uzziah, 9 Uzziah fathered Jotham, Jotham fathered Ahaz, Ahaz fathered Hezekiah, 10 Hezekiah fathered Manasseh, Manasseh fathered Amon, Amon fathered Josiah, 11 and Josiah fathered Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon....

February 5, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 12:38-40 So That We Might Live and Be In His Family Forever

The Text 38 He also said in his teaching, “Beware of the scribes, who want to go around in long robes and who want greetings in the marketplaces, 39 the best seats in the synagogues, and the places of honor at banquets. 40 They devour widows’ houses and say long prayers just for show. These will receive harsher judgment.”...

February 4, 2022 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 12:35-37 So That We Might Live and Be Glorified

The Text 35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple, he asked, “How can the scribes say that the Messiah is the son of David? 36 David himself says by the Holy Spirit: The Lord declared to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.’ 37 David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How, then, can he be his son?...

February 3, 2022 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 12:28-34 So That We Might Live and Love Him and Love Others

The Text 28 One of the scribes approached. When he heard them debating and saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which command is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength....

February 2, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:1-6 Jesus Christ is Our Perfection

The Text Matthew 1:1–6 (CSB) 1 An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: 2 Abraham fathered Isaac, Isaac fathered Jacob, Jacob fathered Judah and his brothers, 3 Judah fathered Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez fathered Hezron, Hezron fathered Aram, 4 Aram fathered Amminadab, Amminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fathered Salmon,...

January 29, 2022 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 12:18-27 So That We Might Live and Be With Him Forever

The Text 18 Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and questioned him: 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife behind but no child, that man should take the wife and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers. The first married a woman, and dying, left no offspring....

January 28, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 12:13-17 So That We Might Live and Belong to Him

The Text 13 Then they sent some of the Pharisees and the Herodians to Jesus to trap him in his words. 14 When they came, they said to him, “Teacher, we know you are truthful and don’t care what anyone thinks, nor do you show partiality but teach the way of God truthfully. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?...

January 27, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 12:1-12 So That We Might Live and Be Sent By Him

The Text Mark 12:1-12 (CSB) 1 He began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug out a pit for a winepress, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and went away. 2 At harvest time he sent a servant to the farmers to collect some of the fruit of the vineyard from them....

January 26, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 11:27-33 So That We Might Live and Know Him

The Text Mark 11:27–33 (CSB) 27 They came again to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came 28 and asked him, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do these things?” 29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; then answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things....

January 25, 2022 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 11:20-25 So That We Might Live and Believe

The Text Mark 11:20–25 (CSB) 20 Early in the morning, as they were passing by, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. 21 Then Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” 22 Jesus replied to them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him....

January 24, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:1 Jesus Christ is the Good News

The Text Matthew 1:1 (CSB) An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham The Devotion The Bible is about Jesus Christ. Now, why would we say that? Especially when we crack open the Bible, start at the beginning, Genesis 1 and read straight through all the way to Malachi chapter 4 verse 6 and we never see not word stitched together to form neither ‘Jesus’ nor ‘Christ’....

January 22, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel OT: Daniel 1:1-7 World vs God: Who Chooses Us?

The Introduction The Text Daniel 1:1–7 (CSB) 1 In the third year of the reign of King Jehoiakim of Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and laid siege to it. 2 The Lord handed King Jehoiakim of Judah over to him, along with some of the vessels from the house of God. Nebuchadnezzar carried them to the land of Babylon, to the house of his god, and put the vessels in the treasury of his god....

January 21, 2022 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 11:15-19 So That We Might Live and Be Saved

The Text Mark 11:15–19 (CSB) 15 They came to Jerusalem, and he went into the temple and began to throw out those buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves, 16 and would not permit anyone to carry goods through the temple. 17 He was teaching them: “Is it not written, My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations?...

January 19, 2022 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 11:12-14 So That We Might Live and Never Die

The Text Mark 11:12-14 (CSB) 12 The next day when they went out from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree with leaves, he went to find out if there was anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for it was not the season for figs. 14 He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!...

January 18, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 11:1-11 So That We Might Live

The Text Mark 11:1-11 (CSB) 1 When they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2 and told them, “Go into the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?...

January 13, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 10:46-52 God Alone Receives The Poor

The Text Mark 10:46-52 (CSB) 46 They came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting by the road. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many warned him to keep quiet, but he was crying out all the more, “Have mercy on me, Son of David!...

January 12, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 10:32-45 God Alone Receives the Dead

The Text Mark 10:32-45 (CSB) 32 They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were astonished, but those who followed him were afraid. Taking the Twelve aside again, he began to tell them the things that would happen to him. 33 “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death....

January 11, 2022 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 10:28-31 God Alone Receives the Last

The Text Mark 10:28-31 (CSB) 28 Peter began to tell him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus said, “there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for my sake and for the sake of the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundred times more, now at this time—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and eternal life in the age to come....

January 10, 2022 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel OT: Daniel - Introduction and Resources

The Introduction Why do a series in the Daniel? Much like in our Westminster Confession series, I wanted to do this out my time in the world from 2007-2019 where I slowly read the word and pray over what I just read. From Jeremiah zig-zagged through the Bible and ended with Isaiah, it took me 12 years to read the Bible like that. My life during that time was marked with loss, grief, death, suicide attempt, marriage, divorce, birth, chaos, and unrepentant sin....

January 7, 2022 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 10:23-27 God Alone Receives the Lost

The Text Mark 10:23–27 (CSB) 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 The disciples were astonished at his words. Again Jesus said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God....

January 7, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 10:17-22 God Alone Receives the Brokenhearted

The Text Mark 10:17–22 (CSB) 17 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: Do not murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; do not defraud; honor your father and mother....

January 6, 2022 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 10:13-16 God Alone Receives the Fatherless

The Text Mark 10:13–16 (CSB) 13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it....

January 5, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 10:1-12 God Alone Receives the Widow

The Text Mark 10:1–12 (CSB) 1 He set out from there and went to the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Then crowds converged on him again, and as was his custom he taught them again. 2 Some Pharisees came to test him, asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He replied to them, “What did Moses command you?...

January 4, 2022 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 9:49-50 God Alone is Our Source

The Text Mark 9:49–50 (CSB) 49 For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt should lose its flavor, how can you season it? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” The Devotion Again, we can talk about salt in terms of farming or cooking. But I want to emphasize what Christ is highlighting here:...

January 3, 2022 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 9:43-48 God Alone Is Far Above Sin

The Text Mark 9:43–48 (CSB) 43 “And if your hand causes you to fall away, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and go to hell, the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to fall away, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and be thrown into hell....

December 20, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 9:42 God Alone is Mighty to Save

The Text Mark 9:42 (CSB) 42 “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to fall away—it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. The Devotion So many false teachers, who preach not the gospel, who are causing his little ones to stray–presuming that there is no God and they will not have to answer for leading his sheep astray....

December 17, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 9:38-41 God Alone Saves His People

The Text Mark 9:38-41 (CSB) 38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he wasn’t following us.” 39 “Don’t stop him,” said Jesus, “because there is no one who will perform a miracle in my name who can soon afterward speak evil of me. 40 For whoever is not against us is for us....

December 16, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 9:33-37 God Alone Receives All Who Would Come

The Text Mark 9:33-37 (CSB) 33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34 But they were silent, because on the way they had been arguing with one another about who was the greatest. 35 Sitting down, he called the Twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last and servant of all....

December 15, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 9:30-32 God Alone is Over Death

The Text Mark 9:30-32 (CSB) 30 Then they left that place and made their way through Galilee, but he did not want anyone to know it. 31 For he was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after he is killed, he will rise three days later....

December 14, 2021 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 9:14-29 God Alone Over Faith

The Text Mark 9:14-29 (CSB) 14 When they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes disputing with them. 15 When the whole crowd saw him, they were amazed and ran to greet him. 16 He asked them, “What are you arguing with them about?” 17 Someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you....

December 13, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 9:2-13 We Will Suffer

The Text Mark 9:2–13 (CSB) 2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain by themselves to be alone. He was transfigured in front of them, 3 and his clothes became dazzling—extremely white as no launderer on earth could whiten them. 4 Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus....

December 10, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 8:34-9:1 We Must Die

The Text Mark 8:34–9:1 (CSB) 34 Calling the crowd along with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me and the gospel will save it. 36 For what does it benefit someone to gain the whole world and yet lose his life?...

December 9, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 8:31-33 Jesus Must Die

The Text Mark 8:31–33 (CSB) 31 Then he began to teach them that it was necessary for the Son of Man to suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and rise after three days. 32 He spoke openly about this. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning around and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan!...

December 8, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 8:27–30 Jesus Opens the Only Way to God

The Text Mark 8:27–30 (CSB) 27 Jesus went out with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the road he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 They answered him, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, one of the prophets.” 29 “But you,” he asked them, “who do you say that I am?...

December 7, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 8:22–26 Jesus Opens Our Eyes So That We Would See God

The Text Mark 8:22–26 (CSB) 22 They came to Bethsaida. They brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and brought him out of the village. Spitting on his eyes and laying his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” 24 He looked up and said, “I see people—they look like trees walking....

December 6, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 8:14–21 Jesus Gives Us New Hearts So That We Might Receive God

The Text Mark 8:14–21 (CSB) 14 The disciples had forgotten to take bread and had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 Then he gave them strict orders: “Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” 16 They were discussing among themselves that they did not have any bread. 17 Aware of this, he said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact you have no bread?...

November 25, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 8:11–13 Jesus Changes Our Minds So We Now Understand God

The Text Mark 8:11–13 (CSB) 11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, demanding of him a sign from heaven to test him. 12 Sighing deeply in his spirit, he said, “Why does this generation demand a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.” 13 Then he left them, got back into the boat, and went to the other side....

November 24, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 8:1-10 Jesus Feeds Us So We May Have Life

The Text Mark 8:1–10 (CSB) 1 In those days there was again a large crowd, and they had nothing to eat. He called the disciples and said to them, 2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they’ve already stayed with me three days and have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a long distance....

November 23, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 7:31-37 Jesus Opens Our Ears So We Now Hear God

The Text Mark 7:31–37 (CSB) 31 Again, leaving the region of Tyre, he went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the Decapolis. 32 They brought to him a deaf man who had difficulty speaking and begged Jesus to lay his hand on him. 33 So he took him away from the crowd in private....

November 22, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 7:24-30 The Word of God Saves

The Text Mark 7:24–30 (CSB) 24 He got up and departed from there to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it, but he could not escape notice. 25 Instead, immediately after hearing about him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit came and fell at his feet. 26 The woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she was asking him to cast the demon out of her daughter....

November 21, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 7:14-23 The Word of God is Righteousness

The Text Mark 7:14–23 (CSB) 14 Summoning the crowd again, he told them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15 Nothing that goes into a person from outside can defile him but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” 17 When he went into the house away from the crowd, his disciples asked him about the parable....

November 20, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 7:7-13 The Word of God is Law

The Text Mark 7:7–13 (CSB) 7 They worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines human commands. 8 Abandoning the command of God, you hold on to human tradition.” 9 He also said to them, “You have a fine way of invalidating God’s command in order to set up your tradition! 10 For Moses said: Honor your father and your mother; and Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death....

November 19, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 7:1-7 The Word of God is Love

The Text Mark 7:1–7 (CSB) 1 The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him. 2 They observed that some of his disciples were eating bread with unclean—that is, unwashed—hands. 3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, keeping the tradition of the elders....

November 18, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 6:53-56 Jesus is the Lord of Time

The Text Mark 6:53–56 (CSB) 53 When they had crossed over, they came to shore at Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 As they got out of the boat, people immediately recognized him. 55 They hurried throughout that region and began to carry the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 Wherever he went, into villages, towns, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch just the end of his robe....

November 17, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 6:45-52 Jesus is the Lord over Sin

The Text Mark 6:45–52 (CSB) 45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After he said good-bye to them, he went away to the mountain to pray. 47 Well into the night, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and he was alone on the land....

November 16, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 6:30-44 Jesus is the Lord of Provision

The Text Mark 6:30–44 (CSB) 30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all that they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they went away in the boat by themselves to a remote place,...

November 15, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 6:14-29 Jesus is the Lord over Humanity

The Text Mark 6:14–29 (CSB) 14 King Herod heard about it, because Jesus’s name had become well known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that’s why miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “He’s Elijah.” Still others said, “He’s a prophet, like one of the prophets from long ago.” 16 When Herod heard of it, he said, “John, the one I beheaded, has been raised!...

November 14, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 6:7-13 Jesus is the Lord of Preaching

The Text Mark 6:7–13 (CSB) 7 He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs and gave them authority over unclean spirits. 8 He instructed them to take nothing for the road except a staff—no bread, no traveling bag, no money in their belts, 9 but to wear sandals and not put on an extra shirt....

November 13, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 6:1-6 Jesus is the Lord of Life

The Text 1 He left there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. “Where did this man get these things?” they said. “What is this wisdom that has been given to him, and how are these miracles performed by his hands?...

November 12, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 5:35-43 Jesus is the Lord over Death

The Text 35 While he was still speaking, people came from the synagogue leader’s house and said, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the teacher anymore?” 36 When Jesus overheard what was said, he told the synagogue leader, “Don’t be afraid. Only believe.” 37 He did not let anyone accompany him except Peter, James, and John, James’s brother. 38 They came to the leader’s house, and he saw a commotion—people weeping and wailing loudly....

November 11, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 5:25-34 Jesus is the Lord of Power

The Text 25 Now a woman suffering from bleeding for twelve years 26 had endured much under many doctors. She had spent everything she had and was not helped at all. On the contrary, she became worse. 27 Having heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his clothing. 28 For she said, “If I just touch his clothes, I’ll be made well....

November 10, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 5:21-24 Jesus is the Lord of Prayers

The Text 21 When Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the sea. 22 One of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet 23 and begged him earnestly, “My little daughter is dying. Come and lay your hands on her so that she can get well and live....

November 9, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 5:14-20 Jesus is the Lord of Salvation

The Text 14 The men who tended them ran off and reported it in the town and the countryside, and people went to see what had happened. 15 They came to Jesus and saw the man who had been demon-possessed, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and told about the pigs....

November 8, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 9:18-29 The Gospel Certainty: The Glory of God

The Introduction Thoughts on Bible Study vs. Sermon. Prep is the same. Execution is different. more questions We are here at the end of the story of Noah. We are completing his life here in Genesis. We have seen him be spared and saved by the grace of God alone, declared righteous, blameless, and one who walked with God. We have seen him and his family walk through the greatest catastrophe on the earth that displayed the righteousness, holiness, wrath and judgment of the omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent God of the Universe....

October 28, 2021 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 9:8-17 The Gospel Certainty: The Redemption of God

The Introduction It is one thing to wrap our minds around the continuous work of God in redemption. It is whole other thing to sit and think and meditate on the permeance of God’s work in redemption. What I mean is this: when we dwell on the promises of God especially when it comes to God saving us, I think things like salvation, adoption, calling, and even election can be understood simply–whether we believe it or not....

October 21, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 9:1-7 The Gospel Certainty: The Love of God

The Introduction There is no doubt that God is personal and he responds personally to us as individuals. He cares for us, speaks to us, answers are prayers and provides for us. God certainly acts very intimately and personally. But throughout the Bible, what we see is a consistent God–the only God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And the story of Noah is beyond the judgment and wrath by God on sin and unbelievers....

October 14, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 8:15-22 The Gospel Certainty: The Promise of God

The Introduction Lamentations 3:19–26 (CSB) 19 Remember my affliction and my homelessness, the wormwood and the poison. 20 I continually remember them and have become depressed. 21 Yet I call this to mind, and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the LORD’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!...

October 7, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 8:1-14 The Gospel Certainty: The Restoration of God

The Introduction The salvation of God can explained in a myriad of ways. Now, we know that God saves his people from their sins. That is Matthew 1:21. But the salvation does not stop there. In the eradication of sin upon the earth, God has not just made a neutral ground for all believers. He has not just taken away the negative parts and leaves us in limbo. When God saves you, it is not a one shot deal....

September 30, 2021 · 18 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 7:11-24 The Gospel Certainty: The Will of God

The Introduction Make no mistake: everybody who has a opinion of God is a theologian. The question remains are you a good or bad theologian. “God doesn’t exist.” - that’s a bad theologian. God does exist, he has made his eternal power obvious and divine nature obvious–or as the Apostle Paul puts it, “have been clearly seen” since the beginning of creation but you choose to suppress the truth so you can go your own way and not respond to the gospel commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ....

September 23, 2021 · 15 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 7:1–10 The Gospel Certainty: The Salvation of God

The Introduction When you read Genesis 4 and 5, you might be tempted to follow the section headings within the chapters–The Line of Cain, The Line of Seth, so on and so forth. While extremely helpful, don’t assume the section headings are inerrant and infallible–even our chapter and verse numbers were thought up by humans as a helpful way to remember the “address” of a particular passage in Scripture. What I mean is that what you see in the headings or cross-references are there to help along but that’s not everything in the text....

September 16, 2021 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 6:10-22 The Gospel Certainty: The Holiness of God

The Introduction In Genesis 1 & 2, God created the heavens and the earth, we were introduced to the omnipotence, omniscient, and omnipresent of God. And please don’t be put off by these big fancy words. omnipotence - all powerful; Almighty omniscient - all knowing and all wise omnipresent - everywhere and in every moment of time In Genesis 3, in light of temptation, evil, our sin, we saw the grace, the mercy, the salvation, and the righteousness of God....

September 9, 2021 · 15 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 6:8-9 The Gospel Certainty: The Grace of God

The Introduction Genesis chapters 3 through the beginning of 6 starts to unveil and unravel the destructive nearly unceasing power of sin and corruptness. Our wickedness and transgression against the Holy God was not without the most severe consequences. To call it, “consequences”, is an understatement. The best phrase I have heard said, “the breaking of the cosmos”. Do you think that something in space and time didn’t break? Could you even imagine when sin came into our existence, that the departure of the spirit, the cracking of the mind, the depletion of strength, hardening of the heart, and the infection of the will?...

September 2, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 6:1-7 The Gospel Certainty: The Wickedness of Man

The Introduction Hamartiology (ha mar tee ology). Incredibly huge word. If I would take a guess, I would say that maybe just a few people in here today has ever heard this word before–fewer still have even used it in a sentence. Hamartiology (ha mar tee ology) is simply “the study of sin.” Undoubtedly, anybody who would undertake such a discipline would be, most likely, from a Christian perspective and within that perspective, “the study of sin and its effects....

August 26, 2021 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 5 The Gospel Plan

The Introduction The Text Genesis 5 (CSB) This is the document containing the family records of Adam. On the day that God created man, he made him in the likeness of God; 2 he created them male and female. When they were created, he blessed them and called them mankind. 3 Adam was 130 years old when he fathered a son in his likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth....

August 19, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 4 The Gospel Meeting

The Introduction The Text Genesis 4 (CSB) The man was intimate with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain. She said, “I have had a male child with the LORD’s help.” 2 She also gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel became a shepherd of flocks, but Cain worked the ground. 3 In the course of time Cain presented some of the land’s produce as an offering to the LORD....

August 12, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 3:14-24 The Gospel Proclaimed

The Introduction The Text Genesis 3:14-24 (CSB) So the LORD God said to the serpent: Because you have done this, you are cursed more than any livestock and more than any wild animal. You will move on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life. 15 I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head,...

August 5, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 3:1-13 The Gospel Needed

The Introduction The Text Genesis 3:1-13 (CSB) Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die....

July 29, 2021 · 19 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 2 Timothy 3:1-12 Refined By God

The Introduction Walking through the Paul’s second letter to Timothy has really been a walkthrough to how God really saves us–beyond the sinner’s prayer when we were little kids. In everything, we should praise God - 2 Timothy 1:1-7 We are saved only by God - 1:8-12 We are to be instructed by God - 1:13-2:2 We have been made fully alive by God - 2:3-14 We can understand the absolute truth by God - 2:15-19 We are chosen by God - 2:20-26 All of those wonderful things don’t come fast nor cheap....

July 28, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 2:4-25 Our Forever Righteousness

The Introduction The Text Genesis 2:4-25 (CSB) These are the records of the heavens and the earth, concerning their creation. At the time that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, no shrub of the field had yet grown on the land, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not made it rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground....

July 22, 2021 · 18 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 2 Timothy 2:20-26 Chosen by God

The Introduction To be saved by God is an amazing thing. First of all, it is beyond our own goodness–I don’t care how much self-righteousness you think you have. Second of all, it is beyond our own power–you and I are too terribly weak to save ourselves. Lastly, it is beyond our will. Let me put that into plain English: apart from God, we do not want any part of God....

July 21, 2021 · 13 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 2:1-3 Our Forever Rest

The Introduction The Text Genesis 2:1-3 (CSB) So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. On the seventh day God had completed his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it he rested from all his work of creation. The Support Two explicit commands were given to mankind before the Fall, only one of them is forever While the command of not eating from a certain tree no longer applies to us, we are still to rest after six days of work because God rested after six days of work....

July 15, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 2 Timothy 2:15-19 Truth by God

The Introduction Last week, we examine our lives in Christ and by Christ and how it looks much different than living in this world. Paul calls us soldiers, athletes, and farmers–not in the way that you might think. (2 Timothy 2:3-7) We are to suffer like Christ, receive righteousness by Christ and let the indwelling of the Spirit produce fruit in us like Christ. Out of that, we preach and live our lives out for the sake of the gospel....

July 14, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 1:26-31 Our Forever Image

The Introduction The Text Genesis 1:26-31 (CSB) Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, the whole earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.” So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female....

July 8, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 2 Timothy 2:3-14 Life by God

The Introduction Is the gospel of God and the word of God relevant to our culture today? As the tides of history continuously move on, the world will come up with a set of questions that they think are original. But the why and the heart of those questions are all the same. We have questions on same-sex attraction and those who say, “there is nothing wrong with it” would point out that the Bible never mentions “homosexuality” and “those passages in Leviticus, the Gospels, and Romans are all outdated and don’t mean what you think they mean....

July 7, 2021 · 13 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 1:20-25 Our Forever Creator

The Introduction The Text Genesis 1:20-25 (CSB) Then God said, “Let the water swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the large sea-creatures and every living creature that moves and swarms in the water, according to their kinds. He also created every winged creature according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them: “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the waters of the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth....

July 1, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 2 Timothy 1:13-2:2 Taught By God

The Introduction I told you that in Paul’s second letter to Timothy, Paul is going to get a lot more personal–not only speaking to Timothy but calling out a few people in Timothy’s church by name. I have often preached against gossip and slander. Is this what Paul did? We are about to find out but that is not the point of the passage. What is the point is what God has done and what is this new life we get to live all because of what God has done in us....

June 30, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 1:14-19 Our Forever Light

The Introduction The Text Genesis 1:14-19 (CSB) Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night. They will serve as signs for seasons and for days and years. They will be lights in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth.” And it was so. God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule over the day and the lesser light to rule over the night—as well as the stars....

June 24, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 2 Timothy 1:8-12 Saved by God

The Introduction With both 1st and 2nd Timothy, we have the tale of two letters. In Paul’s first letter, the overarching theme and testimony is “This is what you need to do in order to minister to you church.” It dealt with a lot of the problems that churches and the people of God have not outgrown and evolved past ever since Adam and Eve. But in Paul’s second letter, this now deals with the person that is Timothy....

June 23, 2021 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 1:6-13 Our Forever Home

The Introduction The Text Genesis 1:6-13 (CSB) Then God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters, separating water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above the expanse. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.” Evening came and then morning: the second day. Then God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear....

June 17, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 2 Timothy 1:1-7 Thanks Be To God!

The Introduction You have walked with us through Paul’s first letter to Timothy. Remember all the things that Paul addressed and helped Pastor Timothy with? teaching false doctrine listening to silly, pointless myths leaving the church leaving the faith loud rambunctious overly rebellious against authorities corporately worshipping God while hating and despising others women dressing immodestly overly aggressive women passive men unqualified leaders entertaining demons demonic teaching anti-gospel teaching ageism lack of support for widows not honoring elders not paying full-time elders prejudice favoritism lack of self-care rich people That is a truckload of ministry and learning how to minister....

June 16, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 1:1-5 Our Forever Wisdom

The Introduction The Text Genesis 1:1-5 (CSB) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness....

June 10, 2021 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 6:20-21 Be With Christ

The Introduction Paul has written many epistles–which is another fancy word for “letter”. No doubt he was a prolific epistle writer. He has written many letters but only a handful of them have made their way into our Biblical canon as Scripture. In all of his church letters to the church in Rome, Corinth, Galatia, and Ephesus, among others, we call these particular letters to the pastors Timothy and Titus, “The Pastoral Letters”....

June 9, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 1:1 Our Forever Love

The Introduction The Text John 1:1-2 (CSB) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The Support You would think that when you about to study Genesis, that the first study you are about to do is something about Creation. Almost. But to be honest, we are not just there yet. Before the heavens and the earth were formed, before the mountains took shape and the oceans were filled, before time and space were created, from everlasting to everlasting there is one God....

June 3, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 6:17-19 Hope in Christ

The Introduction Acts 16:1-5 (CSB) Paul went on to Derbe and Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a believing Jewish woman, but his father was a Greek. 2 The brothers and sisters at Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him. 3 Paul wanted Timothy to go with him; so he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, since they all knew that his father was a Greek....

June 2, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 6:11-16 Contend in Christ

The Introduction We are focusing on the gospel implications of Paul’s letters to Pastor Timothy of the Church in Ephesus. What is the good news that we can draw out of these letters. Paul is writing to Timothy to encourage him, urge him on, stand his ground, flee from sin, and shepherd his people–which includes pastoring and preaching and teaching to his congregation. Last week, we see Paul to admonish both to young Timothy and his church to be content in everything–especially with money and provisions....

May 26, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 6:2-10 Be Content in Christ

The Introduction The Text 1 Timothy 6:2-10 (CSB) Teach and encourage these things. 3 If anyone teaches false doctrine and does not agree with the sound teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the teaching that promotes godliness, 4 he is conceited and understands nothing, but has an unhealthy interest in disputes and arguments over words. From these come envy, quarreling, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant disagreement among people whose minds are depraved and deprived of the truth, who imagine that godliness is a way to material gain....

May 19, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 6:1-2 Christ Our Lord

The Introduction The Text 1 Timothy 6:1-2 (CSB) All who are under the yoke as slaves should regard their own masters as worthy of all respect, so that God’s name and his teaching will not be blasphemed. Let those who have believing masters not be disrespectful to them because they are brothers, but serve them even better, since those who benefit from their service are believers and dearly loved....

May 12, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 5:17-25 Christ our Eldest Brother

The Introduction The Text 1 Timothy 5:17-25 (CSB) The elders who are good leaders are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says: Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain, and, “The worker is worthy of his wages.”> 19 Don’t accept an accusation against an elder unless it is supported by two or three witnesses....

May 5, 2021 · 13 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 5:3-16 Christ our Bridegroom

The Introduction The Text 1 Timothy 5:3-16 (CSB) Support widows who are genuinely in need. 4 But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them learn to practice godliness toward their own family first and to repay their parents, for this pleases God. 5 The widow who is truly in need and left all alone has put her hope in God and continues night and day in her petitions and prayers; 6 however, she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives....

April 28, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 4:11-5:2 Minister in Christ

The Introduction The Text 1 Timothy 4:11 - 5:2 (CSB) Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone despise your youth, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity. Until I come, give your attention to public reading, exhortation, and teaching. Don’t neglect the gift that is in you; it was given to you through prophecy, with the laying on of hands by the council of elders....

April 21, 2021 · 13 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 4:6-10 Train in Christ

The Introduction The Text 1 Timothy 4:6-10 (CSB) If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and the good teaching that you have followed. But have nothing to do with pointless and silly myths. Rather, train yourself in godliness. For the training of the body has limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come....

April 14, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 4:1-5 Worship Christ

The Introduction The Text 1 Timothy 4:1-5 (CSB) Now the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared. They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods that God created to be received with gratitude by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, since it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer....

April 7, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 3:14-16 Mystery of Christ

The Introduction The Text 1 Timothy 3:14-16 (CSB) I write these things to you, hoping to come to you soon. But if I should be delayed, I have written so that you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. And most certainly, the mystery of godliness is great: He was manifested in the flesh,...

March 31, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:14-17 Who Bears Witness For Us?

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:14–17 (CSB) 14 For all those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” 16 The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children,...

March 25, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 3:8-13 Serve in Christ

The Introduction The Text 1 Timothy 3:8-13 (CSB) Deacons, likewise, should be worthy of respect, not hypocritical, not drinking a lot of wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. They must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons. Wives, likewise, should be worthy of respect, not slanderers, self-controlled, faithful in everything. Deacons are to be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently....

March 24, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:12-13 What Do I Do When I Sin?

If Jesus was obedient, even unto death on the cross, to become our sin by the power of the Holy Spirit, how do you think we are suppose to be killing off sin? In other words, if the mighty men of David had to continue slaying giants in the land, what do you think the brothers and sisters are Christ are called to do with their sin? The Introduction So through prayer and reading the word, I pray that you are working out your own salvation with an actual fear, reverence, awe, worship, and love for our great King....

March 24, 2021 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:5-11 How Can I Walk This Path?

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:5–11 (CSB) 5 For those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on the things of the Spirit. 6 Now the mindset of the flesh is death, but the mindset of the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mindset of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit to God’s law....

March 23, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:1-4 No Condemnation in Christ Jesus

The Introduction Now, by the sacrifice of Christ all the sins of the Church are entirely put away. He, the sinless Lamb of God, took them up and bore them away into a land of oblivion, whence even the Divine mind fails to recall them. Octavius Winslow, No Condemnation in Christ Jesus. The Text Romans 8:1–4 (CSB) 1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus,...

March 22, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 7:14-25 Then, God Saves Us From Our Sin

The Introduction The chaptering of Romans is a little bit off. I am not saying I could have done a better job–I definitely could not. But Romans 6-7:7 seems to be grouped together and I taught it as so: Romans 6:1-14 God Kills Our Sin Romans 6:15-23 God Buries Our Sin Romans 7:1-6 God Rips Our Sin From Us We see what God is willing to do to save each of his children....

March 21, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 7:7-13 First, God Reveals Our Sin

The Introduction I think one of the most remarkable things that God, through his word, teaches us two things: and/both either/or I noticed that so many debates on social media are people desperate to find a one side to contend for and be on the winning side. Speaking about the Bible: lets talk about drinking alcohol. Some people’s conscience cannot bear to drink alcohol for themselves. That is called self-control....

March 21, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 7:1-6 God Rips Our Sin From Us

The Introduction Licentiousness - I am not going to use this word too often because mostly I cannot say it well enough to use it often. Paul, under the lordship, guidance, inspired, command of Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, battles legalism in Romans chapters 2 to 4. And if you think Paul is too hard on legalism, he is simply taking his cues from the ministry of Christ in the gospel....

March 20, 2021 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 6:15–23 God Buries Our Sin

The Introduction So, you are reading and studying Romans. You are convicted and comforted by the fact that you could have not done anything good enough to be saved by God. You convicted and comforted in the fact that God in his grace must save you to him. You cannot boast in other than God. You cannot earn your salvation–you can only receive God’s gift of salvation, grace, mercy, faith, and love....

March 19, 2021 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 6:1-14 God Kills Our Sin

The Introduction Follow me here. I am reading Romans in this way: Chapter 1 - split in three different ways: 1-15: Introduction and Greetings 16-17: The righteous shall live by faith 18-32: The depravity of mankind Then proceeding into chapters 2, 3 and 4 can be summarized in this way: you are not saved in the way you think you are Chapter 2: it was never by the law Chapter 3: no one is righteous Chapter 4: you cannot boast in your obedience Or to put in another way: the children of Abraham believed God and it is counted to them as righteousness....

March 18, 2021 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 3:1-7 Assemble in Christ

The Text 1 Timothy 3:1–7 (CSB) 1 This saying is trustworthy: “If anyone aspires to be an overseer, he desires a noble work.” 2 An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not an excessive drinker, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy. 4 He must manage his own household competently and have his children under control with all dignity....

March 17, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 5:12–21 God Reigns, Not Us

The Introduction In a Bible Study series as this, it is always really helpful to remind us where we have been studying in order to see where we are going. Romans is not the exception. Romans 1 - The gospel is the power of God in salvation but we have all suppress the truth of God and therefore live in that sin Romans 2 - God’s kindness is meant for your repentance....

March 17, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 5:6–11 God Loves, Not Us

The Introduction The Text Romans 5:6–11 (CSB) 6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. 8 But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us....

March 16, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 5:1-5 God Sanctifies, Not Us

The Introduction The Text Romans 5:1–5 (CSB) Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we boast in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope....

March 15, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 4:13-25 God Fulfills His Promises, Not Us

The Introduction The Text Romans 4:13-25 (CSB) For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 If those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made empty and the promise nullified, 15 because the law produces wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression....

March 14, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 4:6-12 God Justifies, Not Us

The Introduction The Text Romans 4:6–12 (CSB) Just as David also speaks of the blessing of the person to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: Blessed are those whose lawless acts are forgiven and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the person the Lord will never charge with sin. Is this blessing only for the circumcised, then? Or is it also for the uncircumcised? For we say, Faith was credited to Abraham for righteousness....

March 13, 2021 · 13 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 3:9–26 No One Does Good

The Text Romans 3:9–26 (CSB) What then? Are we any better off? Not at all! For we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin, as it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one. There is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away; all alike have become worthless. There is no one who does what is good,...

March 11, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 2:8-15 Worship in Christ

The Introduction The Text 1 Timothy 2:8-15 (CSB) Therefore, I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument. Also, the women are to dress themselves in modest clothing, with decency and good sense, not with elaborate hairstyles, gold, pearls, or expensive apparel, but with good works, as is proper for women who profess to worship God. A woman is to learn quietly with full submission....

March 10, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 3:1-8 All Goodness and Glory Belongs to God

The Introduction The Text Romans 3:1-8 (CSB) So what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Considerable in every way. First, they were entrusted with the very words of God. What then? If some were unfaithful, will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? Absolutely not! Let God be true, even though everyone is a liar, as it is written: That you may be justified in your words and triumph when you judge....

March 10, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 2:17-29 Everything Belongs to God

The Introduction The Text Romans 2:17-29 (CSB) Now if you call yourself a Jew, and rely on the law, and boast in God, and know his will, and approve the things that are superior, being instructed from the law, and if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light to those in darkness, an instructor of the ignorant, a teacher of the immature, having the embodiment of knowledge and truth in the law— you then, who teach another, don’t you teach yourself?...

March 9, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 2:1-16 All Righteousness Belongs to God

The Text Romans 2:1-16 (CSB) Therefore, every one of you who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is based on the truth. Do you think—anyone of you who judges those who do such things yet do the same—that you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you despise the riches of his kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?...

March 8, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 1:26-32 All Wrath Belongs to God

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:26-32 For this reason God delivered them over to disgraceful passions. Their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. The men in the same way also left natural relations with women and were inflamed in their lust for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the appropriate penalty of their error. And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a corrupt mind so that they do what is not right....

March 7, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 1:18-25 God Alone is God

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:18–25 (CSB) For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, that is, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what he has made....

March 6, 2021 · 13 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 1:16-17 God Alone Saves His People

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith. The Support Galatians 3:11–14 (CSB) Now it is clear that no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous will live by faith....

March 5, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 1:13-15 God Alone is Sovereign

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:13-15 Now I don’t want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I often planned to come to you (but was prevented until now) in order that I might have a fruitful ministry among you, just as I have had among the rest of the Gentiles. I am obligated both to Greeks and barbarians, both to the wise and the foolish. So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome....

March 4, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Pray in Christ

The Introduction Just in previous chapter, Paul exhorts Timothy to remember the prophecies made about Timothy in order to keep the good fight–because apart from the grace of God, we are a plethora of tiny, micro decisions from shipwrecking our faith. Paul encourages us to fight the good fight of faith. How do we do that? Paul goes on: The Text 1 Timothy 2:1-7 (CSB) First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity....

March 3, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 1:8-12 God Alone Reigns

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:8–12 (CSB) First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you because the news of your faith is being reported in all the world. God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in telling the good news about his Son—that I constantly mention you, always asking in my prayers that if it is somehow in God’s will, I may now at last succeed in coming to you....

March 3, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 1:1-7 God Alone Fulfills His Promises

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:1–7 (CSB) Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures— concerning his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was a descendant of David according to the flesh and was appointed to be the powerful Son of God according to the Spirit of holiness by the resurrection of the dead....

March 2, 2021 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 1:1 God Alone Saves

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:1 (CSB) Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God The Support The Damascus Road Acts 9:1-25 (CSB) Now Saul was still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord. He went to the high priest and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem....

March 1, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 1:18-20 Christ Our All

The Introduction The Text 1 Timothy 1:18-20 (CSB) Timothy, my son, I am giving you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies previously made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the good fight, having faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and have shipwrecked the faith. Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered to Satan, so that they may be taught not to blaspheme....

February 24, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Christ Our Salvation

The Introduction The Text 1 Timothy 1:12-17 (CSB) I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened me, because he considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry— even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man. But I received mercy because I acted out of ignorance in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus....

February 17, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Gospel NT: 1 Timothy 1:1–11 Christ Our Grace

The Introduction The Text 1 Timothy 1:1–11 (CSB) Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope: To Timothy, my true son in the faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. As I urged you when I went to Macedonia, remain in Ephesus so that you may instruct certain people not to teach false doctrine or to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies....

February 10, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans - A Few Resources

Updated: January 9, 2022 - Fixed formatting, links, images, and order of preference. -Ed. Here just the very small list of resources on Romans that I have found most helpful. It Goes Without Say The Holy Bible Many times, many teachers, preachers, and small group leaders (myself included) will “cut straight to the chase” and engage the commentary instead of engaging the Word of God. Remember, the commentaries are not without error—they are the observations of the author....

January 7, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 5:1-13 Jesus is Lord of Hell

The Text Mark 5:1–13 (CSB) 1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 As soon as he got out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit came out of the tombs and met him. 3 He lived in the tombs, and no one was able to restrain him anymore—not even with a chain—...

January 16, 2013 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:35-41 Jesus is Lord of the Material

The Text Mark 4:35–41 (CSB) 35 On that day, when evening had come, he told them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the sea.” 36 So they left the crowd and took him along since he was in the boat. And other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking over the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped....

January 9, 2013 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:33-34 Jesus is Lord of the Spiritual

The Text Mark 4:33–34 (CSB) 33 He was speaking the word to them with many parables like these, as they were able to understand. 34 He did not speak to them without a parable. Privately, however, he explained everything to his own disciples. The Devotion There are two types of revelation: general and special revelation in relation with how God choses to reveal himself to mankind....

December 19, 2012 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:30-32 Jesus Grows His Kingdom

The Text Mark 4:30–32 (CSB) 30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use to describe it? 31 It’s like a mustard seed that, when sown upon the soil, is the smallest of all the seeds on the ground. 32 And when sown, it comes up and grows taller than all the garden plants, and produces large branches, so that the birds of the sky can nest in its shade....

December 5, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:26-29 Jesus Grows Us

The Text Mark 4:26–29 (CSB) 26 “The kingdom of God is like this,” he said. “A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day; the seed sprouts and grows, although he doesn’t know how. 28 The soil produces a crop by itself—first the blade, then the head, and then the full grain on the head....

November 14, 2012 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:23-25 Jesus Gives More, Do We Receive?

The Text Mark 4:23–25 (CSB) 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen.” 24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear. By the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and more will be added to you. 25 For whoever has, more will be given to him, and whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him....

November 7, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:21-22 Jesus is the Light

The Text Mark 4:21–22 (CSB) 21 He also said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket or under a bed? Isn’t it to be put on a lampstand? 22 For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing concealed that will not be brought to light. The Devotion If we believe, trust, hope, and obey in Jesus Christ our Lord, do we keep it a secret or do we live this new life that we have received by God?...

October 31, 2012 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:13-20 Jesus Sows, We Grow

The Text Mark 4:13–20 (CSB) 13 Then he said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand all of the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 Some are like the word sown on the path. When they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word sown in them. 16 And others are like seed sown on rocky ground....

October 24, 2012 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:10-13 Jesus Helps Us to Understand, See, Hear, Feel, and Know God

The Text Mark 4:10–13 (CSB) 10 When he was alone, those around him with the Twelve asked him about the parables. 11 He answered them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to those outside, everything comes in parables 12 so that they may indeed look, and yet not perceive; they may indeed listen, and yet not understand; otherwise, they might turn back and be forgiven....

October 17, 2012 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:1-9 Jesus Teaches, How Do We Respond?

The Text Mark 4:1–9 (CSB) 1 Again he began to teach by the sea, and a very large crowd gathered around him. So he got into a boat on the sea and sat down, while the whole crowd was by the sea on the shore. 2 He taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them, 3 “Listen! Consider the sower who went out to sow....

October 10, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 3:31-35 Jesus is Family

The Text Mark 3:31–35 (CSB) 31 His mother and his brothers came, and standing outside, they sent word to him and called him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him and told him, “Look, your mother, your brothers, and your sisters are outside asking for you.” 33 He replied to them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 Looking at those sitting in a circle around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!...

October 3, 2012 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 3:28-30 Listen to the Holy Spirit

Introduction Jesus did all things with the fullness of the Spirit. Teaching Preaching Healing Calling Ministering In stark contrast to the previous passage (Mark 3:20-27) where Christ, being the single authority on the Satan, demons and the spiritual realm continues this his teaching authority on all things spiritual. Why would he be the only authority on the spiritual? Because He alone is God. Here’s what I want you and I to grapple with: Jehovah God, the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of Heaven and Hell, the very life of all mankind was in their presence…...

September 20, 2012 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 3:20-27 Christ is Stronger

The Text Mark 3:20–27 (CSB) 20 Jesus entered a house, and the crowd gathered again so that they were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard this, they set out to restrain him, because they said, “He’s out of his mind.” 22 The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and, “He drives out demons by the ruler of the demons....

September 18, 2012 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 3:7-19 Jesus is on Mission

The Introduction When you read the Gospel of Mark, if nothing else, if you are even halfway paying attention, is that Christ is one of action. We have read where Jesus heals, prays, accepts sinners, forgive sinners, heals hearts, and preaches the gospel. But Christ was no ordinary man who did a bunch of great and even supernatural things. Christ is the Son of God who was God. And while he was here ministering on earth, he was filled with the Holy Spirit....

September 3, 2012 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 3:1-6 Jesus is Life

The Text Mark 3:1-6 (CSB) Jesus entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a shriveled hand. 2 In order to accuse him, they were watching him closely to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath. 3 He told the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand before us.” 4 Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save life or to kill?...

August 29, 2012 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 2:23-28 Jesus is Our Rest

The Text Mark 2:23-28 (CSB) On the Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to make their way, picking some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25 He said to them, “Have you never read what David and those who were with him did when he was in need and hungry — 26 how he entered the house of God in the time of Abiathar the high priest and ate the bread of the Presence —which is not lawful for anyone to eat except the priests —and also gave some to his companions?...

August 27, 2012 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 2:18-22 Jesus is the Bridegroom

The Text Mark 2:18-22 (CSB) Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. People came and asked him, “Why do John’s disciples and the Pharisees’ disciples fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19 Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot fast while the groom is with them, can they? As long as they have the groom with them, they cannot fast. 20 But the time will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day....

August 22, 2012 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 2:13-17 Jesus is the Good Doctor

The Text Mark 2:13-17 (CSB) Jesus went out again beside the sea. The whole crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 Then, passing by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, “Follow me,” and he got up and followed him. 15 While he was reclining at the table in Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who were following him....

August 17, 2012 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 2:1-12 Jesus Forgives

The Text Mark 2:1-12 (CSB) When he entered Capernaum again after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many people gathered together that there was no more room, not even in the doorway, and he was speaking the word to them. They came to him bringing a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they were not able to bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and after digging through it, they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying....

August 15, 2012 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:40-45 Jesus Accepts

The Text Mark 1:40-45 And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them....

August 13, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:35-39 Jesus Prays

The Text Mark 1:35-39 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out....

August 10, 2012 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:29-34 Jesus Heals

The Text Mark 1:29-34 And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons....

August 9, 2012 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:21-28 Jesus Rules and Reigns Over Satan and Demons

The Text Mark 1:21-28 (CSB) They went into Capernaum, and right away he entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and began to teach. They were astonished at his teaching because he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not like the scribes. Just then a man with an unclean spirit was in their synagogue. He cried out, “What do you have to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?...

August 8, 2012 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:16-20 Jesus Rules and Reigns Over All the People

The Text Mark 1:16-20 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets....

August 7, 2012 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:14-15 Jesus is the Good News

The Text Mark 1:14-15 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” The Devotion When you read the other gospels, such as Matthew, you will get more of John the Baptist preaching, “Repent for the kingdom of God is near.” Yet, when John was done with paving the way for Christ, and then Christ started ministering–only with the fullness of the Holy Spirit....

August 6, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:12-13 Jesus is Led by the Holy Spirit

The Text Mark 1:12-13 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him. The Devotion Romans 8:12-17 (CSB) So then, brothers and sisters, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, because if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die....

August 5, 2012 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:9-11 Jesus is God

The Text Mark 1:9-11 (CSB) He proclaimed, “One who is more powerful than I am is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of his sandals. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. As soon as he came up out of the water, he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove....

August 4, 2012 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:7-8 Jesus Baptizes Us in the Holy Spirit

The Text Mark 1:7-8 (CSB) He proclaimed, “One who is more powerful than I am is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of his sandals. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” The Devotion There are things we do in the church that are so important and so sacred. They are the utmost importance and these are things we should not do lightly....

August 2, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:2-6 Jesus is the Center of Our Lives

The Text Mark 1:2-6 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins....

August 1, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:1 Jesus is the Good News

The Text Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Lets go through this grand introduction, idea by idea. The beginning Who wrote Mark? Who is Mark Mark is said to be the writer for Peter What does Mark write about? Mark testifies about Christ Jesus Each of the Gospels tells a different perspective about Jesus: Matthew - Jesus is King (Lion of Judah) Mark - Jesus is Servant (The Ox) Luke - Jesus is Man (The Human) John - Jesus is God (The Eagle) In Mark, we are going to talk about all that Jesus did (like a Servant, like a hard working ox) for us, in us, and through us for the glory of God....

July 30, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Kids’ Spiritual Well-Being For the Sake of the Gospel?

“I sometimes wonder, my dear friends, if one of the questions—if one of the first questions—God would ask me at the day of judgment, as He assesses my life, is not going to be, ‘How well did you preach?’ but ‘What kind of father were you?’ ‘How faithful were you to the charges I gave you?’. That’s your first ministry, isn’t it? Not to be using your gifts here and there, in the church, here and there....

July 27, 2012 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark - A Few Resources

Updated: January 9, 2022 - Fixed formatting, links, images, and order of preference. -Ed. Here just the very small list of resources on Mark that I have found most helpful. It Goes Without Say The Holy Bible Many times, many teachers, preachers, and small group leaders (myself included) will “cut straight to the chase” and engage the commentary instead of engaging the Word of God. Remember, the commentaries are not without error—they are the observations of the author....

July 25, 2012 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Devotions in Mark: An Introduction

I still remember when I first did family devotions. Every Thursday night at dinner. I would love to tell you that when we first started they were gentle, sweet, and quiet little angels who sat there, smiled, ate their peas, and then afterward, broke out in a stunning rendition of the classic hymn, “The Solid Rock”. Instead, when I announced what we were doing, it took our family a whole twenty minutes to get calmed down....

July 24, 2012 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan