Daily Prayer

Repentance Lord, I have seen my prayers. I believe that you have answered them. I see that you have changed my heart. I do not believe I have failed you. I know that I am obeying your will—​all because of what your Son has done for us. Amen. Hood Gabby & Jose, Natalie, Aria Ms. Susan Mark & Collie Paul & Anne, Olivia, Louis, Violet Co-workers Dianna & her family...

May 19, 2022 · 2 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 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 9, 2022 · 10 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 1:5-9 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 8, 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 7, 2022 · 12 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

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

What is Theologicus?

What it was Back in 2020, I set off on a major writing tear writing commentaries, sermons, gospel notes, and devotions on the Bible. In April 2021, because I had a plethora of high speed fiber bandwidth and decided to take my work to podcasts and live stream. What it is March 2022, God had other plans–moved me and my family (in-laws included) from Oklahoma to Kentucky so that I could be near my youngest children....

April 17, 2022 · 2 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

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

Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 1.I On Holy Scripture

The Introduction The Text 1 Corinthians 2:12-16 (CSB) Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. But the person without the Spirit does not receive what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually....

January 12, 2022 · 15 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, An 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

Gospel OT: Daniel, An 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

Westminster Confession of Faith, An Introduction and Resources

The Introduction I am brand new to Historical Christian Confessions. So why Confessional and why the Westminster? To answer that is to give the long answer. I was born into a family with some of the most depraved men you’ll ever met married to some of the most Godly women you have ever met. My grandfather up and left my grandma to be with some other chick in Arizona. While adultery and abandonment within covenant vows before the Holy God is a dime a dozen in our day and age, in the 50s & 60s, it was pretty shocking....

January 5, 2022 · 7 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

Praying Through: Psalm 79

Faith You are the Almighty God who rules and reigns over all the earth who demands perfection and holiness and righteousness in order to dwell with you. But you demand something that is not in us that we cannot make because we are so far from and we have turned from you we have rejected your grace and ignored your mercies because we thought we knew our own way. So you sent your Son not only to guide us and teach us but to live for us and die for us so that we would live and give glory to you....

June 22, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 78

Remembrance Everything you have done in my life and the life of your people Help me to remember you when I am weak and when I would perish you are the champion of the perishable. You have come to save me and when I wander and lost again you will save me yet again. Write your precious Scripture upon my heart so I might not sin against you you are my Rock and my Redeemer forever....

June 15, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 77

Confidence Your promises are sure. You cannot reject me you cannot withhold your grace from me you cannot reject me nor forsake me you cannot stop loving me. Because you have promised my acceptance your grace your calling your affections and your love. How do I know? Because I have your Son, Jesus Christ I always belong to my Beloved and He is mine forever. Let me praise your holy name let me worship you with everything in me let me bless your wonderful name....

June 8, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 76

Righteous When I joined the rest of the world to make war with you I sit tight under your mighty wraith with every beat of my heart because my heart knew nothing else but wickedness and deceit towards you. What I could never foreknew is that before the mountains were formed and time and space were spoken into existence from everlasting to everlasting you have sat your affections on me and you bended time and circumstances and you broke into our broken world by the way of your Son so that he would live and die for me so that my sins--all of my wicked sins would be buried in that tomb and I would be resurrected not just in life but true life forevermore....

June 1, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 75

My Judge I lived my life as the absolute chief of sinners fulfilling my heart's desires for all the lustful and rage-filled wickedness blaspheming your holy name attempting to weaken and mock those who worship you and violently opposing your holy name. But you, my Christ, rule and reign as the absolute chief of grace and gives the most mercy in your steadfast kindness to sinners just like me. Keep me in your love and keep my heart towards you you are my King Jesus and you are the judge and keeper of my life....

May 25, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 74

My Redeemer What terrible tragedies have plagued my life for all of my life? Why must I take the brunt of everyone's sins? They have tortured me they have bruised me they have wounded me they have sought to kill me. But, you, my God have sustain my life thus far I am now on the other side of tragic events I am now on the other side of circumstances I am now on the other side of pain and I have seen clearly where you have been with me and where you are for me....

May 18, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 73

My Heart I have spent most of my life chasing after the world wanting what the world is offering and falling for the temptations of Satan every single time. I yearn after my own lusts and my desires because surely this will make me secure surely this will keep me safe surely that this will protect my heart from all harm. But it didn't and my world fell apart and I had nothing and I was nothing....

May 11, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 72

King I sit and wait for your command you are my King. I will pray for your love you are my Lord. I will obey in your grace you are my Savior I will run the race in your strength you are my Life. I will fly in your freedom you are my Redeemer. I will worship in your love you are God. Amen. ...

May 4, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 24 Christ Lives

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. By The Spirit, Christ Lives Luke 24:1-8 (CSB) On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They went in but did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood by them in dazzling clothes....

April 29, 2021 · 11 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

Praying Through: Psalm 71

Refuge Calm Quiet Peace Holy Righteous Just Fixed Unbroken Redeemed Whole New Loved Saved Kept Adopted Glory You. ...

April 27, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 23:44-56 Christ Died

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Christ Died Luke 23:44-49 (CSB) It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three, because the sun’s light failed. The curtain of the sanctuary was split down the middle. And Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit.” Saying this, he breathed his last. When the centurion saw what happened, he began to glorify God, saying, “This man really was righteous!...

April 22, 2021 · 5 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

Praying Through: Psalm 70

Rescuer How many times do I fall back into the depths of the ocean to drown in my own sin to return back to my vomit to die another death to run away from you? How many times do you love me do you care for me do you keep me do you find me do you rescue me How many stars are there? How many grains of sand? How many drops of ocean?...

April 20, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 23:26-43 Christ Crucified

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Christ Crucified Luke 23:26-31 (CSB) As they led him away, they seized Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, and laid the cross on him to carry behind Jesus. A large crowd of people followed him, including women who were mourning and lamenting him. But turning to them, Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and your children....

April 15, 2021 · 2 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

Praying Through: Psalm 69

Savior I sit in the darkness once again I have been here before this a quiet and cold place where I can smell the sin waiting for me to sleep. All of the pain all of the loss all of the sin that I have ever experienced has brought me back to this place and it is cold and dark where I can almost make out the evil waiting for me to lay down My sickness my sin my disease my brokenness are now my companions And every time I come back here I would be devoured and eating to the near last bite and you would come and get me and keep my soul....

April 13, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 22-23 Christ Descends

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Christ Planned For His Death Luke 22:1-6 (CSB) The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called Passover, was approaching. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put him to death, because they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, who was numbered among the Twelve. He went away and discussed with the chief priests and temple police how he could hand him over to them....

April 8, 2021 · 14 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

Praying Through: Psalm 68

Worthy is Your Power I have seen texts empty promises words feelings good intentions exchanges hopes doubts knowledge wisdom charity love that could try to fix me. I was beyond repair nothing on this earth would make me whole would seal my heart would fulfill eternity inside right my mind open my eyes unmute my tongue unplug my ears clear my mind give a beat to my heart give me life....

April 6, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 20-21 Christ Has All Authority

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Authority Over All Luke 20:1-19 (CSB) One day as he was teaching the people in the temple and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the scribes, with the elders, came and said to him, “Tell us, by what authority are you doing these things? Who is it who gave you this authority?” He answered them, “I will also ask you a question. Tell me, was the baptism of John from heaven or of human origin?...

April 1, 2021 · 17 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

Praying Through: Psalm 67

Worthy is Your Grace I will never stop writing words sing songs mulling thoughts sleeping in my dreams reading books dwelling in your word filled with your Spirit to try do my best to express the grace that you have drowned me in lavished upon my life that is more than all the riches in the world more than the deepest minds the greatest wisdom all the love all of everything....

March 30, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 19 Christ Comes in the Name of the Lord

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Christ Came, We Are Found Luke 19:1-10 (CSB) He entered Jericho and was passing through. There was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but he was not able because of the crowd, since he was a short man. So running ahead, he climbed up a sycamore tree to see Jesus, since he was about to pass that way....

March 25, 2021 · 9 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

Praying Through: Psalm 66

Worthy Are You to Be Praised Who alone who saves the helpless and the weak the far and the lost the powerless and the downtrodden the slave and the oppressed the wicked and the sinful the blind and the deaf the mute and the dumb But who Lord when I was oppose to your will when my every breath commit treason against your holiness when my every thought was dipped in wickedness and sin when my every heartbeat longed to be my own god But who Lord saw me in my wickedness in my deceit in my folly in my stupidness in my ignorance in my sin and had the deepest affection for me....

March 23, 2021 · 1 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

Kid Devotions: Luke 18 Christ Is God

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Christ is Just Luke 18:1-8 (CSB) Now he told them a parable on the need for them to pray always and not give up. “There was a judge in a certain town who didn’t fear God or respect people. And a widow in that town kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ “For a while he was unwilling, but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or respect people, yet because this widow keeps pestering me, I will give her justice, so that she doesn’t wear me out by her persistent coming....

March 18, 2021 · 6 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

Praying Through: Psalm 65

Worthy is the Lamb There is none like you the Savior of my soul the Love of my heart the Giver of my salvation the Redeemer of my existence the Absorber of my just wrath the Remover of my sins the Adopter of this child the Mercy of my every morning the Grace upon your grace the Love that steadfastly me so. I love you Lord and I will forever praise your holy name....

March 16, 2021 · 1 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 3:27-4:5 No One May Boast

The Introduction The Text Romans 3:27–4:5 (CSB) Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By one of works? No, on the contrary, by a law of faith. For we conclude that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith....

March 12, 2021 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 16-17 Christ Gives

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Christ Gives Provision Luke 16:1-13 (CSB) Now he said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who received an accusation that his manager was squandering his possessions. So he called the manager in and asked, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you can no longer be my manager.’ “Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do since my master is taking the management away from me?...

March 11, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 64

You Are My Goodness The worst has absolutely befallen me I have already tasted death I have already lost everything two times over I have nothing But you appeared and rescued me one million and one times over and you will forever do it again because you have set your love upon me and you will never let me go and you will keep me in your bosom all of my days....

March 11, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 63

You Are My God My enemies feebly failed to destroy me They attacked me from all sides They have punctured my heart with all of their fiery arrows surely I was dead my soul was gone. But I belong to you you are my everlasting God who have sent His Son to live and die for me so that I will never perish but have everlasting life. Your love is what my life runs on....

March 10, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 62

You Are My Rest Most of my life I have fought against you blasphemed your holy name was slave to my own lusts continue to hating everybody and including myself. But with all of my life you set your affections upon me loved me with love I have never known gave me grace everywhere and was so merciful and kind towards me despite my anger and rage and sin against you I still cannot believe that you would love me at my very worst in my darkest pain in my deepest shame you saw me knowing I was dead and brought me to life....

March 9, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 61

You Are My Strength I will never forget my deepest sins my anguish my torment my chaos my own iniquity And you were so far I thought I knew you and I could not see your face All that appeared to me was darkness and dread and death and disease and wickedness. I did not knew you well enough because your hand was always on my soul your grace always surrounded me your righteousness always clothed me your peace was placed in my heart....

March 8, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 60

You Are With Me The battles I have seen The bloodshed upon my hands The hurt I have caused The wounds I have made Was all of my actions. I have been hurt too And that does not make it right I am sorry Lord For the hurt I have caused. Will you save me? Will you give me a tender heart To forgive others And love others And to seek reconcilation and help heal others?...

March 7, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 59

You Are My Stronghold I pray that all of my sworn enemies have sought to destroy me kill me hurt me maim me torture me and weaken me that they would all be saved by your hand with your love in the blood of your Son by the power of your Spirit. I will say this once because they are not my enemies but prisoners of war a war they cannot see and death is already upon them....

March 6, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 58

You Are My Quick Answer No matter what has happened to me For I have been molested raped left to starve kidnapped Held for hostage Homeless Loveless Orphan Lost Divorced Twice Lost my kids Lost my jobs Lost my friends And my homes. I am sinner filled with lust worked in porn stolen cheated lied lazy full of rage Filled with wrath Filled with pride Hater of everyone Hater of women Hater of self....

March 5, 2021 · 1 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

Kid Devotions: Luke 13:31-15:32 What Did Christ Come To Do

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Christ Came To Complete His Ministry Luke 13:31-33 (CSB) At that time some Pharisees came and told him, “Go, get out of here. Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go tell that fox, ‘Look, I’m driving out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete my work.’ Yet it is necessary that I travel today, tomorrow, and the next day, because it is not possible for a prophet to perish outside of Jerusalem....

March 4, 2021 · 20 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 57

You Are My Protector I have been surrounded by evil Left exposed And vulnerable To Satan and Demons Who feed upon my flesh And leave me to perish. My God How did you know Where I needed help How could you love Someone like me I have been unloved and unwanted All of my life But you came along And brought me to you And kept me in your heart....

March 4, 2021 · 1 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 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. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth....

March 3, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 56

You Are My Trust I have spent all of my life Being scared Being fearful of man And worrying about what did they think of me My eyes were never Where they should have been They should have been fixated On the only one Who answers my cries quiets my soul Cares for my heart Loves me till the end And brings me all the way home. Breath life into me When I turn away And start to be anxious and fearing man Man cannot save me Man cannot soothe me Man cannot save my soul Only you, my Lord Can save me And love me And heal me....

March 3, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 55

You Are My Help I don't pretend to understand Or can even teach Or comprehend Why you would answer my prayers. But just like those in the Bible, I called on you And you answered And you rescued me. Sometimes I will pray And you will not answer my questions I have taken that to mean I will wait upon the Lord Because you alone are my refuge and strength My portion My help in my very hour of need....

March 2, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 54

You Are My Deliverer I have seen so many evils in my life And I thought I had so many enemies Because they have wounded me And attempted to destroy me. I have come close to the edge of death Because I was desperate for your love And I cannot bear to live one more moment Under persecution and torment. I was already weak. The schemes of the devil? They worked....

March 1, 2021 · 2 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

Praying Through: Psalm 53

You Are My Mercy My presence My life My words My actions Boldly proclaim, "There is no God!" I sinned when I wanted And never repented No intention of Because I thought I was be fulfilled I thought porn was caring for me I thought lust was healing me. But my sins Chew on my bones And gnawed on my flesh And I was immune to the pain And could not see what it was doing....

February 27, 2021 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

A Few Quotes: Charles Spurgeon

On the smallest of faiths “The gulf between the unbeliever and the ones with the smallest faith is abysmally infinite. However, there is no gap between the ones with the smallest faith and the arms and the heart of the loving Savior.” Charles Spurgeon On Good Friday Let us muse upon the fact that Jesus was conducted without the gates of the city. It was the common place of death....

February 26, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 52

You Are My Faithful Love Everything that I have And all that I got It is in you. I have nowhere else to go And no one else to turn to You are my righteousness In you, I will trust. I will bless your name forever I will worship your name on high I will proclaim your word to everyone I will preach your gospel to the end I will love you forever I will fear you for my life I will be still And know you are my God....

February 26, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 13:6-30 Grace Upon Grace

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. In Our Faithlessness, Christ Our Grace Luke 13:6-9 (CSB) And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree that was planted in his vineyard. He came looking for fruit on it and found none. He told the vineyard worker, ‘Listen, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it even waste the soil?...

February 25, 2021 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 51

You Are My Restoration I cannot fall back into wickedness I cannot sin again I cannot be apart from you I cannot I don't want to live If I cannot be in your presence You life is my life And I choose not to live without you. Any sin left on my heart I need you wash it away Bring it up Give me the gift of repentance So I can turn away And turn to you....

February 25, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 50

You Are My Judge My sins before you can stretch to the furthest galaxies can fill the oceans can corrupt my soul can tangle my flesh can rot my mind can breaks my heart can steal any love I have in me. At one time you counted me wicked because I was wicked I was treasonous because I made war against you with my mind my heart and my desires....

February 24, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 49

You Are The Fulfillment of My Desires I am so ashamed because I have tried so hard to take the things of this world with me to the end and foolishly beyond the end. I pat myself on the back and congratulate myself for not chasing after wealth power or anything else and called myself holy and worthy to be in your presence. But the one thing I sought for all of my days was not you never you but to fulfill the lusts I had within my heart....

February 23, 2021 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 48

You Are My Dwelling I have been surrounded by all iniquity temptation waits for me sin is drawing ever so closely. The demons seek and wait for my moments of weakness which I am continuously frail surely I will be devoured. Satan attempts one last time to destroy your son to crush me with the weight of my own sin surely I will be buried. But you have appeared not just one time rescuer but the all-time destroyer of evil the everlasting protector the risen conquerer....

February 22, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 47

You Are My Dwelling I will sing of all of your done of your salvation of my soul of your goodness to me of your provision when I have nothing of your presence when I was alone. I will proclaim that you alone are good that you alone are righteous that you alone are worthy that you alone are holy holy holy. I will preach that Christ came to save sinners of whom I am the foremost that Christ came to save His people from their sins that Christ is gentle and lowly and will take our sins of Christ alone and him crucified....

February 21, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 46

You Are My Refuge You alone are my righteousness and my exalted Lord who rules and reigns in the heavens. Majesty and my Love who can do what you have done? My circumstances and my time here on earth do not define me nor do my sins nor do my actions nor do my desires nor does my heart. Only you King Jesus give me all of my identity and worth and value....

February 20, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

A Few Quotes: Octavius Winslow

On the Fullness of Joy Oh close and blessed union! Justified by God, accepted in Christ, condemnation there cannot be. I stand in the Divine presence as Joshua stood before the Lord, or as the woman stood before the Savior, charged, accused, guilty; but I am in the presence of him who, though now he sits upon the throne as my Judge, once hung upon the cross as my Savior....

February 19, 2021 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 45

You Are My Bridegroom And now you are finished my Lord and now all the kingdoms power glory belong to you alone. Yours is the kingdom and you are exalted above all. Yours is the treasure for you alone are the rightful heir to all of Creation. Be exalted, O God I shall worship you all of my days there is none like you. Amen. ...

February 19, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 12:13-13:5 Christ Our All

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Christ Our Provider Luke 12:13-21 (CSB) Someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” “Friend,” he said to him, “who appointed me a judge or arbitrator over you?” He then told them, “Watch out and be on guard against all greed, because one’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions.” Then he told them a parable: “A rich man’s land was very productive....

February 18, 2021 · 17 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 44

You Are My King Before Christ I was without strength I would succumb to the enemy day and night. Before Christ I was without glory I would lose all of my battles and torn to pieces. Before Christ I was filled with sin my consequences and my enemies would have surely put me to death. But Christ stepped in rescued me clothed me gave me food gave me strength gave me protection and gave me the one thing I never have everlasting love....

February 18, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 43

My Only Vindicator When will I know when those who would cause me harm have hurt me betrayed me abandoned me and discard me that I am sorrowful for that hurt and I grieve and I am angry for what was done because I have been hurt But for most of my life I have let that fester into rage vengeance and wrath It has taken me all of my life to know that rage is a sin vengeance belongs to you, O Lord and you alone are deserving of wrath But here is the key in you great love you sent your Son so that for your people for the salvation of those you have elected you pour your wrath not on us but on your Son because he is the Worthy Lamb that was slain holy holy holy is he Cleansed my heart of my wickedness in thinking I am God I am not Never will I be you Save us and keep us in your mercy shower us with grace and give us your steadfast love for all of our days I love you Lord thank you for saving me Save those whom I know and care for and love Amen ...

February 17, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 11:14-12:12 In Christ, There is No Middle Ground

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. 38. Why was it requisite that the Mediator should be God? A. It was requisite that the Mediator should be God, that he might sustain and keep the human nature from sinking under the infinite wrath of God, and the power of death, give worth and efficacy to his sufferings, obedience, and intercession; and to satisfy God’s justice, procure his favour, purchase a peculiar people, give his Spirit to them, conquer all their enemies, and bring them to everlasting salvation....

February 11, 2021 · 14 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

Praying Through: Psalm 42

Only Giver of Life When you found me I was a swollen corpse at the bottom of the ocean I was a dried up river in the middle of a burning desert I was frozen death in a icy wasteland I was completely dead I had no life to call upon you I had no heart to beat towards you My hands and feet were death and I stunk like a rotting corpse with sin-maggots eating away at my terrible heart Surely I was left for dead But you saw me and not only had pity on me but more so you gave me favor you lavished your grace and you extended your mercy You saw me in my desperate wickedness my unholy wretchedness my perversion wanton lusts and you loved me you cared for me you saved me you predestined me you called me you justified me and only because your promises are the only sure thing you have glorified me You are my Lord and my God there is none like you Amen and amen ...

February 9, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 41

Savior of All I will guard my mouth and my heart to not speak ill of those who are in abundance who do as they seem what is right in their own eyes and live as there is no God I pray for them that you quickly save them as I pray this prayer and say these words O Lord, I need you to be gracious to me heal my broken heart for I continuously sin against you I went about my days being worthless and foolish disobedient to all of your law deceived by the prince of the air enslaved by the lusts of my heart and the idols of my mind living in violent opposition to you hated by others and hating one another But when you appeared to me on that rainy Monday afternoon when I just sinned against you you saved me I have done nothing righteous in your eyes but you alone where completely merciful to me and you exchanged my sin-filled cancerous granite heart for your tender soft heart and you washed me clean and you renewed me with your Spirit to whom there is no end I bath in your Spirit because your Son spoken and gave me Him and now I am a wicked sinner justified by Your grace and now I am an adopted child who now inherits everything that you gave your Son Be exalted, my God Be exalted, higher and higher Amen ...

February 9, 2021 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 40

My Lord of All You called upon me and I am your servant and I heard your voice I will wait upon you to give me the command to preaching your good news to the lost the lonely the widowed the orphan the prisoner I have waited for years and I will wait until you shower me with grace until you fill me with your Spirit like you did with your Son and you open my mouth they will not hear my voice nor will they hear my words they will hear you calling to them speaking to them raising the name of your Son Jesus Christ far above their sin and idols and draw everyone to you So until that faithful day when you judged me faithful and appointed to your service I will sit still and wait upon the Lord I will meditate on your precious love I will praying and seek your face I will rejoice and be glad in you I will praise your holy name forever and ever Amen ...

February 9, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 10-11:13 What is Christ Inviting Us To Do?

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. 30. Doth God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery? A. God doth not leave all men to perish in the estate of sin and misery, into which they fell by the breach of the first covenant, commonly called the covenant of works; but of his mere love and mercy delivereth his elect out of it, and bringeth them into an estate of salvation by the second covenant, commonly called the covenant of grace....

February 4, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 39

The King of my Soul, In fury, wrath injustice vengeance rage and anger I cried out not in righteousness of your Son but if I examine my heart for a second in my own self-righteousness I share posts memes quotes to try to take away the pain when I should have been grieving crying interceding and praying because you have saw our iniquity and you have withheld your mercy and you have judged our land unholy and unpleasing to you....

February 2, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalms 38

My Everlasting Father, I will never forget the moment when I stood and asked for help I was being tormented and persecuted for the sake of sin and I have always been low because of other people's sin But those people who are not my enemies are not in my control. When I stood and I begged, "They keep doing this to me, help me to control myself help me to cease giving myself the permission to sin against the Holy God....

February 2, 2021 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 37:16-40

My Only Gift of Righteousness All of my days were filled with evil treason unholiness vile and dread before you. I was once foolish disobedient led astray a slave to various passions and pleasures passing my days in malice and envy hated by others and hating others. But when you appeared, O Lord you brought your goodness and loving kindness and you saved me Not because of anything I have ever done or will ever do but only because of your great mercy and you washed me my giving me a clean heart and filling me richly with your Holy Spirit....

February 2, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Updates

From Podcasts to Commentary Set Sunday, May 8, 2022 - So here’s the real deal: the Internet at my rural home in Kentucky is a struggle bus. By God’s good grace, it is good enough for my wife and I to get work done during the day and we can stream a movie at night. But live streaming and/or uploading videos is a real chore. So I had to step back and look at the bigger picture: what do I really want to do....

January 30, 2021 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 37:14-15

My One Avenger When I am hurt when people hurt me when they attack me when they do their worse. Help me to take no offense to take my pain to you, O God because on your Son is all of my sin treason disease pain and suffering That belongs to you. I will no longer live on offense by angry by destruction by pain bv sin because you have called me to live in your Son alone Be my love, O Lord....

January 26, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 37:12-13

My One Joy I write with my words all the time that these people who have warred against me when they have sought to end my life when they have chipped away at my heart they are not my enemies but they have been captured by the Enemy. I know this truly but I cannot help to feel the pain from the wounds they have left. My God, you have granted me repentance when I have sinned against you and you were quick to forgive me....

January 26, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 37:10-11

My Only Lamb whom was Slained, Holy, holy, holy are you, my Lord. Human history and my life is filled with everybody being mighty when they are weak and conquering over the less fortunate and the weaker persons Truth be told we are all weak and feeble. Our strength amounts to nothing Our minds know nothing Our hearts are cold and embittered Our souls have nothing next to you and who you are....

January 26, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 37:8-9

My Only God I repent of a life that exacted vengeance for my wounds revenge for my pain justice for wrongs against me. I repent for being wrathful. You, O Lord, are the ONLY being deserving of justice because you have been wronged deserving of vengeance because you have been hurt wrathful because you are jealous for me. Lord, I am repenting of when I thought I was you. Beat this out of me make me your servant keep me as your friend love me as your lover Be my Lord and my God forever....

January 19, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 37:7

My One Rock I examine my life filled with despair chaos confusion darkness death. And your love have pierced through it all into my heart and gave me life when I was dead joy when there was sorrow pleasure when all I have ever known is pain weakness when I have tried to be strong humility when I was filled with pride righteousness when the world excused my lusts holiness when I was sin....

January 19, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 37:5-6

My One Commitment I love you Lord and you are my heart's desire for all of my days I want to be by your side and dwell with you and waste my days with you because you are the Lord of my life and the love of my heart. How amazing that you would look upon my sinful heart and thought of love at first sight there is none like you there is none beside you I stake all of my hope and trust in you you are my God and my Lord forever you are the center and totality of my heart you are my will and my desire....

January 19, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 37:4

The Only Holder of My Heart I have one prayer: give me your heart. for mine is frail and weak and corrupted with sin. it is made of stone and gives me no life it gives wickedness and seeks to only destroy me. If I had your heart, surely I will live surely I will be in your grace surely I will give others your grace I will see others in the a new light that you love them with all of your heart and your desire was to save them Grant me a new heart, O Lord then my desires will not be for this world but for they will be for you alone....

January 12, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 37:3

The Only One Worthy of My Trust What is my life, O Lord, that I have spent most of my years trusting in gods that weak and stupid and couldn't save themselves. What is my mind, O Lord, that my very nature is incline not to think of you but of the things of the world as though anything in the material plane could actually give me an ounce of real joy....

January 12, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 37:1-2

My Only Source What is our lives, O Lord that we would be counted as precious that you would be mindful of us that you would set your affections upon us that you would give your grace to us and you would want to cherish us? But Lord, we are here for a moment our lives are but a blink your word says, like dew on grass until the early morning sun scorches the fields and burns us all away....

January 12, 2021 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 36:10-12

My Only Unforgettable Love Keep your love upon me do not let me go do not turn your back on me do not forget me do not forsake me If I am arrogant then discipline me If I am wicked then wash me clean If I am evil then make me holy. Whatever you can do to keep me close then do it. Because I want you and nobody else and not even sin nor things of this world would be worth be one second apart from your love....

January 5, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 36:7-9

My Only Steadfast Love I love you, Lord but only for a little while. I have known you for most of my life but loved you just a little. I have seen your love for me started with my grandmother and then my mom My family is wicked and deceived and I had no inheritance. I was introduced to the revolting evil at an age when I should have not known and that sin quickly overcame my heart and infected my soul....

January 5, 2021 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 35:6

My Only Path I search this earth for something that is good and holy none I can find I see semblances but none fulfilling But you lead me to your word your word speaks of you I see that you alone are good holy justified merciful gracious loving righteous we are so far from you I see my own heart I am an infinite distance from your presence. Who would bridge this gap?...

January 5, 2021 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 9 What is Christ Calling Us To?

Luke 9:1-6 Westminster Larger Catechism Q. 17. How did God create man? A. After God had made all other creatures, he created man male and female; formed the body of the man of the dust of the ground, and the woman of the rib of the man, endued them with living, reasonable, and immortal souls; made them after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness; having the law of God written in their hearts, and power to fulfill it, and dominion over the creatures; yet subject to fall....

December 31, 2020 · 17 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 36:5

My Only Righteousness I search this earth for something that is good and holy none I can find I see semblances but none fulfilling. But you led me to your word and your word speaks of you. I see that you alone are good holy justified merciful gracious loving and righteous. And we are so far from you I even see my own heart and I am an infinite distant from your presence....

December 29, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 36:1-4

My Only Deliverer How often do I preach against the sin in others guilt deep in the hearts of men and as they continue to plot in vain as if there is no God. But my life was filled to the hilt with my own wickedness perversions that few can know evil that cause some to shudder sin that churns and burns in my heart mind and soul continuously. I was one of these worthless men that sinned all the more I was ill-deserving of any leniency I could not afford grace....

December 29, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 35:7-28

My Only Love My life I have only experienced enemies trying to take my life attempting to end me my soul my heart and my mind. They have used me for their own wickedness and to fulfill their hearts of sin and to dispose me like I am trash. I am burn with anger because I feel powerless but my eyes see who are my enemies who have vowed to draw me away from you and that fills me with rage....

December 29, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 8 But Christ Calls

Luke 8:1-3 Westminster Larger Catechism Q. 9. How many persons are there in the Godhead? A. There be three persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one true, eternal God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory; although distinguished by their personal properties. Christ Calls Us Out From Under Darkness Luke 8:1-3 (CSB) Afterward he was traveling from one town and village to another, preaching and telling the good news of the kingdom of God....

December 24, 2020 · 13 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 35:4-6

My Conquering God You descended to the cross with great joy. You faced Death and called out Life You bear the weight of my complete sin You gave yourself over and allowed them to nail you to the cross They mocked others grieved. your heart was pierced your love washed over your body broken your Spirit remained until the justified wrath of God was meant for me was finished pouring on you When you cried out, "IT IS FINISHED!...

November 12, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 35:1-3

My Only Shield of Salvation I remembered being attacked all of my days and having no will to fight succumbing to the attacks of Satan easily like a sheep like a prisoner of war tortured for entertainment to despise your holy name. When you saved me, your hand was upon me your shield protected me you healed my heart you mended my bones you restored my soul. But just as David called his mighty men you called on me there are numerous giants to be slain for Satan and his demons have sharpened their arrows quickened their aim sure their shots....

November 12, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 34:19-22

The Sovereign Power over my life My God, if I was raped tortured bruised afflicted pressed crushed beaten sicken destroyed attacked for all of my days If I faced unspeakable evil acts against me I will call upon you to give me your Son to give me your Spirit to raise my lowly head to open my eyes to see your lovely face once more to take me home My life before you was everything evil was none of it good it was torturous crushing back-breaking afflicting because of the sheer weight of all of my sins....

November 12, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 34:15-18

My Life and Heart Why would you spare me? I have seen the evil that men have done I have seen their sins stacked up miles above oceans deep filling the earth with treachery and debauchery My sins filled more overfill all oceans and canyons I have done more evil in your sight than all of humanity I am the supreme chief of sinners But yet you saw me not the good that I could ever do but the wickedness that was in me and you pitied me because I was a fool and you sought me because I was lost and you loved me because I was completely unlovable When I saw your glory from the deepest, darkest parts of my heart I cried out in agony and pain, "HAVE MERCY ON ME, A SINNER!...

November 11, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 34:11-14

My All-Good My lips have spoken evil because my heart was filled with wickedness. My eyes saw lustful things because my heart was filled with sin. My ears desired fleshy things because my heart was filled with cancer. How can I even see good when I filled with evil and contempt? How can I even keep my tongue from evil and deceit when all I know is sin. How can I turn away from evil when all I have done is chase after my gods....

November 11, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 34:10

Infinite holder of my infinite space I have sought all of my life to prey on the weak to consume to my stomach's content to try to fill my heart with everything my sin's desires the world and it's pleasures the sweetest temptations of the devil My God, you knew me and loved me you sought me and rescued me when I was in the mud at the bottom of the ocean and was dead in my trespasses....

November 11, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 34:9

The Absolute Longings of my Heart My God I have suffered so much due to all the sin I’ve committed all the righteous acts that I have failed to do and all the wickedness done to me. I was destined to die I was limited to this world and it’s smallish pleasures that fulfill nothing in my eternal heart. And because I am a son of Adam I feared only everything not Godx My attention was away from you My gaze was away from your face My heart flees from you Capture my heart Again and again Capture my love until I know no other love Capture my life until you take me home forever Tell me your will so I can do it Tell me your heart so I can see if my heart matches and repent if not Tell me I am yours forever so I can be alive and free in you Praise your holy name forever ...

November 10, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 34:8

All of my desires and affections What did your Son say? Eat of my flesh Drink of my blood For God alone is good. There is no other manna but your Son. There is no Bread of life other than your Son. There is no other Living Water other than your Son. There is no life outside of your Son. I will taste and see because my Lord alone is good For in him I live and move and have my being I will forever make a joyful noise I am so weak so be my strength I am so filled with sin so grant me your Son’s righteousness I am so far so send your Spirit to bring me home I am an orphan My God, adopt me as your own....

November 10, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 34:7

My Awe and Wonder We know that sins crouched for us. We know that the devil sets his snares for our souls. We know that the world beckons our hearts towards death. But you alone are worthy to be praised You alone are holy and holy and holy You alone are righteous for there is none like you I will worship you I will give you praise I will sing of your wondrous works I will marvel at your law I will dance in your heart I will repent of all my sin I will trust in your Son Because you have loved me Because your Son lived and died for me Because your Spirit bears witness with my spirit that I am a son of God....

November 10, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 34:6

My everything I lack. I am weak. I have nothing. I am poor. I am dead. Whatever I have is from you. This roof upon my head. Clothes on my back. My warm bed. My beautiful wife. My wonderful children. My running cars. My vocation. All of it comes from you alone. But I have everything. I am wealthy beyond measure. I am strong. I am the richest. I am fully alive....

November 9, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 34:5

Fairest of ten-thousands My God. Keep me close to you. Let me see your face. Just this once. So I can behold your beauty. If I die then so be it. Because I rather see you and die then to never see your face and never fully live. My God keep my eyes on your eyes my heart on your heart and my soul connected to yours. Whatever work you must do in me do it....

November 9, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 34:4

Essence of Faith For all of my life I have pretended to be in fear of nothing And certainly not you But I was crippled by fears of rejection betrayal abandonment and not being loved I did whatever I could to harden my heart so I wouldn’t have to feel. But I was sad alone confused angry and bitter. I was so lonely. And my life was worth nothing. And remember when I tried to be the good guy?...

November 9, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 34:3

Deliverer from Death People of God, inhabitants of the world dwellers in the city Turn your eyes upon God look at his amazing love His grace is for you! You do not have to die in your sin He will rescue you! He will pull you from hell You say, "I have no sin" then you are condemned already but those in Christ there is no condemnation You say, "There is no hell" but to those who do not trust and obey the Son the wrath of God remains upon you!...

November 8, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 34:1-2

Blessed is He With my lips I will speak blessings to my God With my hands I will bless others for my Christ With my feet I will bring peace for my Savior With my mind I will think upon my Redeemer With my strength I will depend upon the Almighty. With my portion it will only come from my All-in-all With my heart I will love the Lord at all times Jesus the Worthy Lamb who was slain glorious and mighty are you mercy and power are at your hands grace and love are from your heart Be exalted in everything I do I will worship you forever I will you alone are my God....

November 8, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 33:20-22

My Holy Shield Is there some sort of target on me? Why has the enemy been so focused on my life? Why is it that with every single foolish decision I have made, Satan has used it to drag me back in the darkness where I once lived? And why does the world keep trying to pull me back into the life that I once lived? I know that life I have been scorched by that hell....

November 8, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 33:16-19

My Only Rescuer In my darkest moments, greatest fears deepest pains I would never turn to you and instead I would flee to idols and gods that I thought would ease the pain soothe my anxiety save my soul. My idols were lust my gods were pornography when I was thirsty I would insist on drinking crap-infused toilet water But you rescued me you have kept my eyes upon you you have turn my face and my heart to you the source of everlasting joy....

November 7, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 33:13-15

My God I know that all of mankind will wonder into ungodliness will stray into wickedness and by their own sin, fall away in ignorance. I was once atheistic evil blasphemous ignorant in unbelief But yet You gave me more grace with the faith and love that can only be found in your Son. My God, we know that you see us you know we are not good we know that you do not overlord us to condemn us But you’ve sent your Son to save us....

November 7, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 33:12

Reigning King We read in your word where you have called a tiny nation unto you to carry out your promises to established your covenants. Perhaps for a moment this nation would worship you praise you and love you. But not even a generation would pass before they worship other gods distrust you and fall far away from you. That is just like any of us that is just like me I have cling to other idols I have not given you a second thought I have hated you....

November 7, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 33:11

Preacher of the Lost Souls What does your word say? Your word goes out and does it sets to accomplishes and never returns void? You have made promises to Adam to Noah to Abraham to David and to all the prophets That you will send the One who would crush the head of the serpent that is Jesus Christ the Savior of his people the Redeemer of our sins the Messiah of the nations the Conquerer of Satan the Vanquisher of demons the Wrath-filler of hell the Glory of the cosmos And this is perfectly true and now you have captured our hearts....

November 6, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 33:10

Sovereign We have made the grandest plans devised the biggest schemes and planned our legacy that we are so certain that lives on. But you are alone rule and reign over all of creation sets up and takes down kings determines the times and boundaries of our dwelling Because you are not merely in the present but also currently in the past because you are from everlasting to everlasting and you are currently in the future because you are the God who is there....

November 6, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 33:9

Lover of my soul You are the only being when you speak things actually happen When you promise they are unbreakable When you declare it is so When you proclaim it comes to pass. All of your promises are yes and amen. So when I hear your voice, when you beckon me from the depths of hades when you spoke a new identity in me when you called my name I answered....

November 6, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 33:8

My Fear and my Joy I sit and make no excuses for my sin blinds me my wickedness keeps me deaf my trespasses rob my smarts my treason born death in me. I could not see your glory I was blind and cannot see and not thing in me could process your beauty. I had no frame no knowledge no heart no love no life. Therefore I did not fear you....

November 5, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 33:7

God of the Cosmic The galaxies fall right into the palm of your hand, the universe are in your grasp the stars are named by you Jupiter is but a little toy to you the sun is pinched between your finger and thumb We have been here for the length of the creation and yet we do not know the depths of the oceans we are powerless to gather up a ocean wave But you, my Lord, gathered all the material plane at your mere fingertips....

November 5, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 33:6

Creator and Redeemer You are majestic and altogether mighty. You alone brought something out of nothing. You alone can do that. When you created me, you did so from what was created. Out of dirt. But you also created me out of your heart because of your love for me. And you created me out of your begotten for He was the firstborn among many brethen. Because of my sin I was destined to go back into dirt apart from you and under your wrath....

November 5, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 33:5

My Eternal Righteousness I have spent a lifetime ignoring this precious truth that you loved the world so much that you sent your only begotten Son to live and die for his people to rise again to champion over death hell Satan demons sin. For those who want to live with you forever we would only need to believe in you trust in you obey your word and take you at your word....

November 4, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 33:4

The Absolute of All His Promises, I remember when you fulfilled your word in the gospel to Adam and Eve in the promise to Noah and his family in the covenant to Abraham in your example with Saul in your steadfastness to David in your wisdom with Soloman in your keep with Isaiah in your tower with Jeremiah in your instructions with Hosea in your mystery with Daniel in your glory with Ezekiel in your ending with Malachi That you alone would send a Savior bring a Messiah to crush the enemy to keep your justice sure out of a family upon the throne to rescue His beloved to save His people from their sins to adopted into your family to be redeemed of their past to be resurrected to glory to never perish to never see corruption to never see hell to the fullness of life to the presence of unending joy to pleasures forevermore That is Jesus Christ the fulfiller of the law the keeper of the promises the worthy lamb that was slain the absorber of wrath the burden of my sin the bearer of my sorrows the welcomer of my trespasses the seed of Abraham the righteousness of me the lover of my soul the love of my heart I am my Beloved and he is mine forever....

November 4, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 33:2-3

Only One Worthy of all my praises Who was the only one who created the heavens from a thought who created the earth from a whisper? Who was the only one from deep love and passionate affections for a desire to create a perfect relationship with a creation out of a perfect community? Who was the only one who preached his perfect standard who grieved when we rebelled who filled with sorrow when we wage war against you who cried when we turned away from you?...

November 4, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 33:1

The Lyrics of the Sweetest Songs With my voice with every breath I will shout out I will cry out I will sing your holy name I will dance with joy Because you alone are good worthy beautiful lovely wonderful peace joy exalted and raised far above all of my gods I will worship you forever I will worship there is none like you ...

November 3, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 32:11

My Joy and Righteousness When I was a beast before you a worm beneath the dirt a blasphemer of your holy name an accuser of your beloved people a violent opponent of your dwelling a blind fool of your glory a ignorant recipient of your tender mercies a stonewall to your amazing grace a rejecter of your great love a dead man in my own sins You thought of me you stirred your affections for me you loved me you chose me you called me you saved me you gave me faith you washed away my sins you regenerated my heart you filled me with your Spirit you changed my mind you opened my eyes you cleared my ears you unmuted my tongue you adopted me you called me your own you lavished you affections upon me you justified me you discipline me you sanctify me you conform me to look like your Son you wash me in the water of your word you pour out mercies on me you give me grace upon grace you forever love me you glorified me Only then and now my heart is filled with joy my soul stands upright in your presence my being dwells with you my mind captures thoughts towards you my strength chokes out my sin do I love you Be my love....

November 3, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 32:10

Man of sorrows I have spent much of my life not turning to you not loving you and not trusting in you. And my sorrows and grief fill my heart. I am sorrowful because of my own sins and wickedness before you I grieve because I wish I have only known you all of my life You have been my God before since I was in my mother's womb since I nursed at her breasts since I knew how to walk And you pursued me when sin encroached and preyed on my flesh You loved me when I was being devoured and consumed And you rescued me I see you and I hear you and I know you love me because there is no other who could care for me love me so tenderly and perfectly save me I love you Lord and I will worship you my Redeemer....

November 3, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 32:8-9

Spirit of Christ Without you, I am completely ignorant of you. There are not enough classes in the world to sit and learn about you. There are not enough books to sit and read to know you. All the data in the world multiplied one billion fold couldn't even contain what the Son has done what the Father has thought let alone how You move. All knowledge, wisdom, and understanding philosophies, logic, reason science, medicine, and technology comes from you and is all your own....

November 2, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 32:7

To the Rock of Ages The world and the Prince of the Air and his demons have left me to rot to die to drown in the middle of the ocean to be consumed by the waves to let my soul fall into hell. They care not for my soul, it does not bother them if I live or if I die It is better for them if I was to be destroyed....

November 2, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 32:6

God of my little belief Oh how many times, O Lord, have I whispered nothings gave half-hearted thanks prayed and did not believe spoke and did not think it was real. When I was an ungodly husband and my weak non-prayers were unanswered When I was a sinful subject and any other king would ignore me or worse yet have me executed for high treason? But that is not you....

November 2, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 32:5

The Cover of my Iniquity How long, O Lord, when I have not confess to you when I have spoken of my evil when I thought, "The Lord forgives" and I no longer will be burdened with you. But burden with my wickedness, I was. My pretend ignorance failed me My own heart betrays me. and I was crushed under my iniquity and I was suppressed by my unrighteousness. But you have sent your Son to change my mind to speak life into my dead flesh to exchange my rock heart for your soft heart to borne my grief to carry my sorrow to be stricken for me to be smitten for me to be afflicted for me and pierced for my transgression and crushed for my iniquity....

November 1, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 32:4

My Judge and Mercy Alone Every sin against me does not counter any of my sins. Their sins are their sins. My sins are my sins. And you will judge accordingly. But I know of your perfection, your beauty your majesty your holiness and your righteousness. If you looked upon me, you will see my treason my affairs my thoughts my heart's desires my lusts my wickedness! And by that, you will be left wanting....

November 1, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 32:3b

My God While I tried to ignore and even excuse the pain caused me. My body never forgets. While I will make excuses and blameshift my sins against others My soul remembers. Your forgiveness does not erase my wrongdoings. But your Son's blood covers my trespasses. Help me to cry out to you, for you are my Lord and my God you are my Savior and Messiah you are my Friend and my Brother you are the only one who cared for me....

November 1, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 32:2

My Only Redeemer I am filled with iniquity, Lord, look at my sins? How can you not count my wickedness against me? Are you a god that turns his head and ignores evil? Or do you call something a sin not a sin and allow it to run rampant and destroy everything that you alone have created and that you have loved? My Lord, you did not ignore my sin you did not turn the other way you did not declare evil not evil....

August 11, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 7 The Responses of Mankind

Luke 7:1–10 Westminster Larger Catechism Q. 3. What is the Word of God? A. The holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the Word of God, the only rule of faith and obedience. To Respond with Faith Luke 7:1–10 (CSB) When he had concluded saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. A centurion’s servant, who was highly valued by him, was sick and about to die....

August 6, 2020 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 32:1

My Only Good How many times have I have sin against you done wickedness in your sight submitted myself to perversion blasphemed your holy name persecuted those who love you and violently opposed your righteousness? All of my sins, I cannot count that high. They would outnumber the stars in the sky, and the sands upon the shore. For my heart does evil continually, it is desperately sick at it's core....

August 4, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

A Few Quotes: On Praying for Wolves

Sweeter Than Honey and the Drippings of the Honeycomb Sweetest truth https://t.co/7mqQ3RD2Tc — Joseph Louthan (@JosephLouthan) July 13, 2020 Rejoice because God is God Why did God save us? John Stott with some thoughts. This should set your week up well. pic.twitter.com/Zi7jb6Vmnv — Barnabas Piper (@BarnabasPiper) July 13, 2020 Do you belong to God? If ye were not Christ’s wheat, appointed to be bread in His house, He would not grind you....

July 31, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 6:39-49 What Does the Lord Teach?

Blind Leading the Blind Luke 6:39-40 He also told them a parable: “Can the blind guide the blind? Won’t they both fall into a pit?A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. Matthew 23:15 (CSB) “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make one convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a child of hell as you are!...

July 30, 2020 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 31:23-24

The Strength of My Heart My Lord, if it be your will and under your grace alone, allow me your humble servant and your little child to preach your good news to the whole world. You are my Love and my Heart, there is none like you. You are Savior of the world, there is none like you. You are more beautiful, and the fairest of 10,000 there is none like you....

July 28, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 6:27-38 What Does the Lord Say?

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Love Your Enemies Luke 6:27 “But I say to you who listen: Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, Romans 5:10–11 (CSB) For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life.And not only that, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation....

July 23, 2020 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 31:21-22

My Steadfast Lover Who is like you, my Lord, clothed in majesty and who alone is good. When I have realized the extent of my pain the depths of my sin the torment of my evil soul the wickedness of the Devil and the infection of my heart. I called upon you and swiftly, you answered me. "Here I am!" and in your gentleness and loving kindness and grace abounding saved me to yourself....

July 21, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

A Few Quotes: On Expository Preaching

On All Kinds of Preaching How is that working out for us? Pretty terrible. Expository preaching gives only one opinion: God’s. — Dustin Benge (@DustinBenge) July 11, 2020 On Preaching From The Bible If an expository sermon is boring, it’s not the Bible’s fault. — Nate Pickowicz (@NatePickowicz) July 11, 2020 It is enough because God is enough We would truly believe “the gospel is enough” if we really believed sinners actually go to hell....

July 17, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 6:20-26 What Does The Lord Give?

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Blessed Are The Poor Luke 6:20 (CSB) Then looking up at his disciples, he said: Blessed are you who are poor, because the kingdom of God is yours. What do you think Christ meant by poor? Luke 17:5–6 (CSB) The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,” the Lord said, “you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you....

July 16, 2020 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 31:19-20

The All Good My Lord, my life bears witness that you alone protect me shield me provide for me and place your loving arms wrapped around me. You hold me like a child, for I am just as vulnerable and would be devoured by dogs if it was not for you. I praise your holy name for you are Lord Most High. So be exalted in my life and with my words....

July 14, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

A Few Quotes: Gospel of God Foremost

Not a Conspiracy Theory I debated and prayed about even posting this at all. But I think I must. While I don’t need to write anything about the New Apostolic Reformation movement, I want to say just this: pray. I have see may people comment and write books on this movement. And everything that I have read and heart has been incredibly helpful and very pastoral. But what I have noticed that so many people commenting on this movement will never mention that they still have friends who go to NAR churches....

July 10, 2020 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 6:1-19 What Does the Lord Do?

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Jesus Rests Luke 6:1-5 (CSB) On a Sabbath, he passed through the grainfields. His disciples were picking heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” Jesus answered them, “Haven’t you read what David and those who were with him did when he was hungry— how he entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat?...

July 9, 2020 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 31:14-18

Savior of My Life How many times, my Lord, was I left for dead? The amount of people who wished me dead were too many to count. I have been abused, and used for others' perverse sins. I have been forgotten, and not attended to my needs. I have been exposed, and called a liar. But you, O my God, are the only one who has saved me. Many people want to save me but lack the will and the power....

July 7, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

A Few Quotes: On Believing

One Has Got to Burn “The cross and the confederate flag cannot co-exist without one setting the other on fire.” — @drmoore — Sam Allberry (@SamAllberry) June 27, 2020 On Corporate Worship In These Times Why I’m thankful for these things... 1. They allow us to share in the Lord’s Supper despite Rona. 2. They contain enough preservatives that they’re certainly building some kind of supernatural immunity. 3. They taste so terrible they can only make us long for heaven....

July 3, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 5: Christ is Lord Over Everything

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Christ is Lord of All of Creation Luke 5:1–7 (CSB) As the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear God’s word, he was standing by Lake Gennesaret. He saw two boats at the edge of the lake; the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from the land....

July 2, 2020 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 31:11-13

Savior of My Life How many times, my Lord, was I left for dead? The amount of people who wished me dead were too many to count. I have been abused, and used for others' perverse sins. I have been forgotten, and not attended to my needs. I have been exposed, and called a liar. But you, O my God, are the only one who has saved me. Many people want to save me but lack the will and the power....

June 30, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

A Few Quotes: Hanging On Some Choice Memes

So, since I am off social media, let me share with some memes I was about to share. Don’t say napping—its too friggin’ bright for that Me as an FBI tbh My daughter Cue up The Who’s Won’t Be Fooled Again Brave yet controversial also true It looks like that bit of news just made his day ...

June 26, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 4:38-44 The Lord Does

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. The Lord Heals Luke 4:38–40 (CSB) After he left the synagogue, he entered Simon’s house. Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her. So he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and began to serve them. When the sun was setting, all those who had anyone sick with various diseases brought them to him....

June 25, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 31:9-10

Keeper of my heart I have spent all of my days wandering from your presence searching for new idols finding new ways to sin against you And my life aches and groans in pain, not only of the sin against me but mostly because of my own sin. Lord, hear my cries do not abandon me do not let me see evil do not take your Spirit from me Lord, I have no idea of what you’ve called me but it will not be easy and it will take all of your grace and you must give me your heart and Spirit for me to do your will....

June 23, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

A Few Quotes: On Praying and Fasting

Stands to reason Pro tip. If you cant tweet as good as @DustinBenge just tweet scripture or hymn lyrics instead. — Thomas (@tacollin) June 17, 2020 Case in point Never be ashamed to hold up the Bible and with confident boldness proclaim with Martyn Lloyd-Jones: “Here in this Book is a message that would solve every single problem of the human race.” — Dustin Benge (@DustinBenge) June 17, 2020 Foremost in parenting If you were asked, "What is your number one goal for your child?...

June 19, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 4:14–37 The Word of the Lord

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. The Word of the Lord is Power Luke 4:14–15 (CSB) Then Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread throughout the entire vicinity. He was teaching in their synagogues, being praised by everyone. How can we share the gospel and teach the Bible like Jesus? Westminster Larger Catechism Q. The Word of the Lord Has Been Fulfilled Luke 4:16–21 (CSB) He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up....

June 18, 2020 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 31:6-8

Lover of my soul I cry and grieve for those who do not know you. I pray that their hearts would be turned towards you. You have rescued me countless times. And all I have ever found was your loving grace. Lord, you did not abandon me Not to hell Not to sin Not to this world Not to Satan Not to demons Not to death You rescued me with your compassion....

June 16, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

A Few Quotes: Dustin Benge

A Sample of Benge Quotes A problem: We fear man. A bigger problem: We don't fear God. — Dustin Benge (@DustinBenge) June 11, 2020 and… What is God saying in your trouble? Why is this happening? “Trust Me.” What is your sovereign plan? “Trust Me.” What are your purposes? “Trust Me.” How can this be good for me? “Trust Me.” God is teaching us to trust Him. — Dustin Benge (@DustinBenge) June 10, 2020 On Theology Assumed *The Apostle Paul has entered the chat*...

June 12, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 4:1-13 How Did Jesus Face Temptations?

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Luke 4:1–13 (CSB) Then Jesus left the Jordan, full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over, he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” But Jesus answered him, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone....

June 11, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 31:3-5

My Only Incomparable Who is like you, God? And who would compare to you? You are my everything And since birth, you have protected me you have guided me even when I wanted to run away you have always brought be back home. **You have not abandoned me to hell** even when the world the discarded me as trash and everybody has despised me and Satan has come to destroyed me and his demons keep me in disarray and my own sin defiles me But you, O Lord, are my heart's desire and I long to worship you....

June 9, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

A Few Quotes: On Grace

This is the Word of the Lord If you know Dr. Thompson’s work, especially in his book The Anatomy of the Soul, give this great episode a listen. “We did have this one woman, been in for 30 days [drug and alcohol addiction recovery]. She told a story that was so bad, it brought the room to silence because it involved the fact she was a meth addict and she sold a child to get drugs....

June 5, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 3:23-38 How was Jesus Like You and Me?

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Luke 3:23–38 (CSB) 23 As he began his ministry, Jesus was about thirty years old and was thought to be the son of Joseph, son of Heli, 24 son of Matthat, son of Levi, son of Melchi, son of Jannai, son of Joseph, 25 son of Mattathias, son of Amos, son of Nahum, son of Esli, son of Naggai,...

June 4, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 31:1-2

My Only Savior Who is like you, God? and who compares to you? You alone are worthy of honor of praise of worship for all of my days. The world critiques ridicules slams kills destroys. But you are the only Savior, who pulls me from hell brings me to your bosom and gives me peaceful rest because you alone are grace. Because you have declared me to be your child, do not ignore me....

June 2, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

A Few Quotes: On Living

On the Christian Life HERE IS THE CHRISTIAN LIFE in just six words: "Not knowing where, I know whom" - @rayortlund — Joseph Louthan (@JosephLouthan) May 21, 2020 Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.. Isaiah (Preaching the Word Commentaries). 205. On Getting to God If salvation is by works, no one could be saved. But by the works of Jesus Christ, anyone who trusts Him will be saved. — Steven Lawson (@DrStevenJLawson) May 25, 2020 The American Gospel “American Gospel: Christ Alone” Is Now On Netflix https://t....

May 29, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 3:21-22 How Did Jesus Began His Ministry?

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Luke 3:21–22 (CSB) When all the people were baptized, Jesus also was baptized. As he was praying, heaven opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in a physical appearance like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well-pleased.” How did Jesus began his ministry on earth? Are we to do it any different?...

May 28, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Now Sings My Soul" Psalm 30:11-12

Precious Redeemer I am going to worship you, all of my days for all of my life for all that I have. I can declare this in boldness nothing of my own strength and I have no righteousness to speak of. Because I have seen the fullness of your grace, and the ongoing gift of kindness the daily portion of mercies every morning and the steadfastness of your love. I have failed but you are God....

May 26, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

A Few Quotes: On Righteousness

On legalism and self-righteousness The obedience that you think keeps you out of hell is the obedience you think justifies you. — Brian Onstead (@brianonstead) May 17, 2020 On That Exact Moment No one just wakes up one morning and decides to believe in Jesus Christ. The reason he believes is because the Holy Spirit convicts him of sin, draws him to Christ, raises him to life, and grants him faith....

May 22, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 3:1–20 Who Heralds The Kingdom of God?

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Who Proclaims The Kingdom of God? Luke 3:1–6 (CSB) In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, while Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Iturea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, God’s word came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness....

May 21, 2020 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 30:8-10

My God My days here are just for a moment, and you have number them all. My life remains in your hands, only you know my beginning and end. Too many times, I have cried out to end my life here so you can bring me home. So much misery and calamity and confusion when all I wanted was peace beyond all understanding. But you are the Lord my God, who is from everlasting to everlasting, who calls anything into existence, who predestines us to life, who creates the vessels made for destruction....

May 19, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

A Few Quotes: On Prayer

Three Persons and one God, I bless and praise thee, for love so unmerited, so unspeakable, so wondrous, so mighty to save the lost and raise them to glory. The Trinity. The Valley of Vision. ed. Arthur Bennett. On praying for others “I’m praying for you.” If you say this about something I need prayer for: Thank you for bringing me to the throne of the Father....

May 15, 2020 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 2:41-52 Christ Grew In Wisdom and Stature [Part 5]

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Luke 2:41–52 (CSB) Every year his parents traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. When he was twelve years old, they went up according to the custom of the festival. After those days were over, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming he was in the traveling party, they went a day’s journey....

May 14, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 30:6-7

My God and Lord, What blessings have you bestowed upon me, my unshakable foundation, my Solid Rock, my cornerstone, the one absolute love that will never be shaken. But what is my response? I despise you I distrust you I think you will not be there for me. And I turn to other gods, and other comforts, and wallow in my sins, and let despair rest upon my soul But my beautiful Savior, you are the Shepherd who rescues the sheep, you are the Farmer who pulls the ox, you are the Christ that saves his people from their sin....

May 12, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

A Few Quotes: On Hardships

On Hardships I cared not where or how I lived, or what hardships I went through, so I could but gain souls to Christ. Henry Martyn. Banner of Truth. April 28, 2020 ...

May 8, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 2:39–40 Christ Grew In Wisdom and Stature [Part 4]

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Luke 2:39–40 (CSB) When they had completed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The boy grew up and became strong, filled with wisdom, and God’s grace was on him. What do you think it means for Christ to be fully human--to grew and became strong, filled with wisdom--yet, Jesus was also fully God?...

May 7, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 30:4-5

My God, I sit in awe of your wonderous works but more of your love for me your mercy upon me and your grace towards me. You sought me as a rebellious fool a beast towards you a wayward child. Nonetheless, you held me in your arms you cleansed me from all of my filth and promised never to let me go. You took away your anger and brought me your salvation....

May 5, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

A Few Quotes: Bavinck and Ortlund

On the Age of Information “Though we live a century after Bavinck, the obstacles to doctrinal health that he confronted–information overload that saps spiritual vitality, a waning interest in the knowledge of God, an increasing disregard for godliness,–still face us today. Some of these obstacles have grown to mammoth proportions in our digital age, consumed as it is with both self-expression and self-pity.” R. Carlton Wynne, introduction to The Wonderful Works of God, by Herman Bavinck....

May 1, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 2:34–38 Christ Grew In Wisdom and Stature [Part 3]

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Luke 2:34–38 (CSB) Then Simeon blessed them and told his mother Mary, “Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed— and a sword will pierce your own soul—that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” There was also a prophetess, Anna, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher....

April 30, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 30:1-3

O LORD my God, I sing praises to your name, for you are worthy and worthy to be praised. I have cried for help, too many times to recall How many times have you responded? All of them plus one more. I know I am with you, and because of that I am being healed by your loving grace My soul has been afflicted My heart has been scorched My body has been abused But you are my everlasting joy and the healer of all iniquity and sin....

April 28, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 2:25–33 Christ Grew In Wisdom and Stature [Part 2]

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. ​Luke 2:25–33 (CSB) There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for him what was customary under the law,...

April 23, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 29

My Blessed Redeemer, Who is like you, splendid in majesty high and exalted wonderful and amazing beautiful and all-together lovely. So I will sing this song, with all of my days because you are my portion and you loved me since forever. How many times have you rescued me from the pit of despair from the darkness of hell from the knife edge of death? I know not the countless times....

April 21, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 2:22-24 Christ Grew In Wisdom and Stature [Part 1]

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Luke 2:22–24 (CSB) And when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were finished, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every firstborn male will be dedicated to the Lord) and to offer a sacrifice (according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons)....

April 16, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 28

My Blessed Lord How many times, my God, must you rescue me? How many times, O Lord, will you come running when I call your name? But I am wicked and violent man, and violence has me surrounded on all sides? But you, O my Lord, rescued me saved me because you loved me from the very beginning. I need you, Lord, now more than ever. I am in desperate need of your hand to rescue me from despair and violence....

April 14, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 2:8-21 God Becomes Man [Part 2]

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. ​Luke 2:8–21 (CSB) In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord....

January 22, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 27:13-14

My Lord I will worship you with all of my days. You are my King and my God. and there is none like you. You called me to wait, and wait upon you, I will. Be blessed, O my Lord. ...

January 21, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 2:1-7 God Becomes Man [Part 1]

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Luke 2:1–7 (CSB) In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town. Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant....

January 15, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 27:11-12

O Lord My enemies have been numerous, and they attack me relentless. They do not rest when I am sleeping, they even attack me in my dreams. My scars run deep, my bones break. But you, O Lord, are my healer and my restorer. You sent your Son to care for the sick and wounded. Be attentive to my pain and I will rejoice before you. You are the sweet love of my life forever....

January 14, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 1:67-80 What Are You Saved From and To?

Luke 1:67–80 (CSB) Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and provided redemption for his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, just as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets in ancient times; salvation from our enemies and from the hand of those who hate us....

January 8, 2020 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 27:7-10

O Lord Every single adult who were suppose to love me and care for me did not. My father raped me. My mother abandoned me. My grandmother threw me to the wolves. My step-mother neglected and beat me. But you, O Lord, have never stopped loving me, even when everybody else has. You have called me into this world, only to glorify you. You have declared that I am in the world and not of the world....

January 7, 2020 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 1:57-66 What is Your Calling?

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Luke 1:57–66 (CSB) Now the time had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she had a son. Then her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her his great mercy, and they rejoiced with her. When they came to circumcise the child on the eighth day, they were going to name him Zechariah, after his father. But his mother responded, “No. He will be called John....

January 1, 2020 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 27:4-6

My Lord Protector Who has been my shield and my armour of my life? Who has been my home my roof and my foundation of my worth? Who has been the sanctuary the keeper of the fire and my spirit inside of me? You, O Lord, are my only one and my heart's desire and I long to worship you. Save me, my God, and keep me close. My heart keeps trying to run away, from the only Father I have ever known....

December 31, 2019 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 1:46–55 What is Your Song?

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Luke 1:46–55 (CSB) And Mary said: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, because he has looked with favor on the humble condition of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed, because the Mighty One has done great things for me, and his name is holy. His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear him....

December 25, 2019 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 27:1-3

Beholder of my Righteousness Countless times, I lie in wait in darkness and despair. Even when I knew you and was known by you, I have never seen such misery. It did feel as though everything was against me and I knew no wait out. But you, O my God, did not abandoned me. You did not leave me in hell. Even when I was scared and wanted to run away, you were not like other fathers that wait for their kids to come back....

December 24, 2019 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 26

Beholder of my righteousness You are my Lord, the defender of my heart the rescuer of my joy the protector of my life. The world, life, Satan, and sin, might circle me might entrap me might try to take my life. But you, O Lord, are my strength and shield. my ever present help my healing in my gaping wounds. I do not be so presumptuous that I have anything good before you that my heart is upright in your presence that any of my deeds are good for you....

December 20, 2019 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 1:39-45 Jump For Joy

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Luke 1:39–45 (CSB) In those days Mary set out and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah where she entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and your child will be blessed! How could this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?...

December 18, 2019 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 25

My Steadfast Lover My enemies have long shamed me and I have been beaten to death. I have decided, "My Lord is not for me, I have been forsaken." "There is nothing left for me, there is none I am call to. Let me waste away to death and turn back into dust." But You, O Lord, have been my God, since before I was in my mother's womb. Since then, I have been hurt and afflicted, left confused and driven to desperation....

December 13, 2019 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 1:26-38 God Calls Us To Him

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Luke 1:26–38 (CSB) In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you.” But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be....

December 11, 2019 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 24

My Ascended God All of Creation is yours. It belongs to you, And you rule overall. Yet, despite my own wickedness, and corruption you sought me. You would even descend to become man. So that in you, you would be my righteousness. You are the Worthy Lamb who was slain. Only you, my Lord, can open the gates of heaven. Only you, Jesus, can set the captives free. Only you, my Redeemer, saved a sinner like me....

December 6, 2019 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 1:18-25 Can We Keep Secrets From God?

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Luke 1:18–25 (CSB) “How can I know this?” Zechariah asked the angel. “For I am an old man, and my wife is well along in years.” The angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and tell you this good news. Now listen. You will become silent and unable to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time....

December 4, 2019 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: 1 Chronicles 29:10-18 Pray Like This: Yours is The Kingdom, O Lord

Pray Then Like This Matthew 6:13b (KJV) For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Yours is The Kingdom, O Lord 1 Chronicles 29:10-18 (ESV) Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours....

November 28, 2019 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 1:11–17 Who is the Last Prophet of the Old Testament?

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Luke 1:11–17 (CSB) An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified and overcome with fear. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. There will be joy and delight for you, and many will rejoice at his birth....

November 27, 2019 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:6e You Are My Home Forever

My Dearest God You were mindful of me, before the foundations of the world were formed by you. You did not merely saw, but you knew me intimately from the inside out. You knew that my heart was desperately sick filled with sin and far from you. Yet, I was formed by your loving hands inside my mother's womb. You have been my Lord since I have been at my mother's breast....

November 26, 2019 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: James 1:13-15 Pray Like This: Deliver Us From Evil

Pray Then Like This Matthew 6:11-13 (CSB) Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. If we are going to pray like the Son of God because we are sons of God, we have to listen and obey what he says. When Christ told us to pray for our daily bread, I contended to you that it was more than just our nourishment and our physical needs....

November 21, 2019 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 1:8–10 How Can We Worship God Everyday?

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Luke 1:8–10 (CSB) When his division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, it happened that he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense. At the hour of incense the whole assembly of the people was praying outside. 1 Corinthians 7:24 So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God....

November 20, 2019 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:6d All The Days of My Life

My Lord and God, Your Son has shed his blood for me, so that I now believe. Your Son has given up his life, so that I might live forever. You have taken my sin-filled heart, and my wonton desires, and replaced them with your own heart, and my desire is only for you. Because you have done it all, to save me to yourself, I am yours. Come make your home in me, Lord Jesus, come into my heart....

November 19, 2019 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Luke 23:32-34 Pray Like This: Forgive Us--Help Us to Forgive

Pray Then Like This Matthew 6:12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Matthew 6:14-15 (CSB) “For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your offenses. Forgive Us–Help Us to Forgive How can we forgive: God forgives and saves us Hebrews 8:10-12 (CSB) For this is the covenant...

November 14, 2019 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 1:5–7 How Can We Be Righteous Before God?

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Luke 1:5–7 (CSB) In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest of Abijah’s division named Zechariah. His wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous in God’s sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord. But they had no children because Elizabeth could not conceive, and both of them were well along in years....

November 13, 2019 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:6c You Will Always Be With Me

My Blessed Redeemer, Your Word stands true. For you have declared that, your law is perfect and it revives my soul. Your testimony is *sure*, turning my foolishness into wisdom. Moreover, your precepts are always right, my heart rejoices. Your commandments are pure, now my eyes can now see. To fear you is my righteousness, I will be with you forever. Once more, your rules are truth, and right-standing altogether. I desire you, O Lord, more so than all the riches....

November 12, 2019 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: John 6:22-71 Pray Like This: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Pray Then Like This Matthew 6:11 (CSB) Give us today our daily bread. Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread God knows what we need before we ask. He is our good Father in heaven. He provides for the birds in the air and the flowers in the field. How are we any less? He knows that we need food and water and housing. But that is to survive for the day....

November 7, 2019 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke 1:1-4 To Be Called A Witness

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. Luke 1:1–4 (CSB) Many have undertaken to compile a narrative about the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed them down to us. So it also seemed good to me, since I have carefully investigated everything from the very first, to write to you in an orderly sequence, most honorable Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things about which you have been instructed....

November 6, 2019 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Kid Devotions: Luke, A Few Resources

Updated: January 30, 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....

November 5, 2019 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:6b Mercies

O Lord, Tender mercies, you have given me every single day that I life. I was so far from you from your will and your flock and your heart. But I was never more than a mere breath away from your mercies for me. Even in my wickedness, your kindness towards me was your continuous call for me to come home to you. My God, Keep me close to your heart and do not let me stray....

November 5, 2019 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Westminster Larger Catechism (HTML)

Note: I wanted a plain text file of this Catechism with one caveat. Notice at the end of the question, there should be two spaces. I did that so that the Answer will follow immediately on the next line after the Question in order to pair them together within Markdown. Westminster Larger Catechism Q. 1. What is the chief and highest end of man? A. Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever....

November 4, 2019 · 76 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:6a Surely Goodness

Great God, I am reminded what Christ declared: You alone are good. You are the source of all good but my heart flees and wanders from you But in your Word, you declared me holy because you are holy. you declared me righteous because Christ is righteous you declared me justified because you alone justified. Then because of who You are, I am awashed in your grace upon grace wake up to new mercies every morning abounded in your steadfast love....

October 29, 2019 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Psalms 73:21-28 Pray Like This: On Earth As It Is In Heaven

Pray Then Like This Matthew 6:10 (CSB) Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. On Earth As Is It In Heaven Psalms 73:21-28 (ESV) When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you. Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel,...

August 23, 2018 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:5c My Cup Overflows

My Lord I am reminded of all of your sweet blessings. You are my inheritance. You are my portion. You are my lot. Because you are my Christ, the Son of God, in whom is my All-of-all. My God, you have called me into your family and I share my inheritance. But just as you drank from the cup, I gladly and with great joy drink from the cup. I am yours and your are my Beloved forever....

August 21, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Ephesians 1:11-14 Pray Like This, Your Will Be Done

Pray Then Like This Matthew 6:10 (CSB) Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Your Will Be Done Ephesians 1:11-14 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory....

August 16, 2018 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:5b The Gift of Your Spirit

My God Because of everything your Son has done for me, I now walk in the power of Your Spirit. He leads me. He guides me. He teaches me. He reminds me of what You have said. He reminds me of my righteousness. He reminds me that I am your son. More so than that, He is the seal upon my heart and the promise of your strength. And because He dwells in me, I fear no death....

August 14, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Matthew 16:15-19 Pray Like This, Your Kingdom Come

Pray Then Like This Matthew 6:10 (CSB) Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Your Kingdom Come Matthew 16:13-16 (CSB) When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”...

August 9, 2018 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:5a Circumstances Abound

My God, I have been crushed and discarded a hundred times. But, I have warred against you thousand more. Yet, you sent your Son to live and die for me. And now I live for you. I will never understand why you saved me, but I only know that because I have sin much You have forgiven much. Now I know you let me sit at your table, when I should been condemned for treason....

August 7, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Isaiah 6:1-7 Pray Like This, Hallowed Be Your Name

Pray Then Like This Matthew 6:9 (CSB) “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy. Hallowed Be Your Name God is holy Isaiah 6:1-4 (CSB) In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphim were standing above him; they each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew....

August 2, 2018 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:4d The Comfort of Your Power

My God, It is the might and strength of your protection on my life and heart that gives me peace. That no other thing in all of creation can ever separate me from you in the name of your Son, Christ Jesus my Lord. Nothing ever compares to you. You alone are powerful and worthy. Thank you for protecting me. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for calling me your own....

July 31, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Romans 8:14-17 Pray Like This, Our Father in Heaven

Pray Then Like This Matthew 6:9 (CSB) “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy. Our Father In Heaven Thus far in the Lord’s instruction, Jesus Christ has helped and encourage us to pray like him. Let me sum up Christ’s teaching on prayer: you must believe and trust in God That is it. That is the message....

July 26, 2018 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:4c You Are With Me

My Lord and my God, Even when I was dead, you called my name. Even when I was lost, you found me. Even when I was blind, you touched my eyes and opened them to see. Even when I was deaf, you opened them to hear. Even when I was hard-hearted, you took my heart of stone and gave me your tender heart. Even when I couldn’t know you, you gave me Your Spirit....

July 24, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Ezekiel 11:19-20 Pray Like This, Do What He Does

Pray Then Like This Luke 11:1-4 (CSB) He was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.” He said to them, “Whenever you pray, say, Father, your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone...

July 19, 2018 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Matthew 6:5-13 Pray Like This, An Introduction

Pray Then Like This Matthew 6:5-15 (CSB) “Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward. But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you....

July 12, 2018 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:4a Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death

My Great God, How many times have you rescued me from not only eternal death but certain death and doom? How many times have I sinned that did and did not lead to my death? The answer is countless. The truth is infinite. But yet, you are my great God and Savior! I have fallen into the abyssmal pit too many times to count. But because of your grace upon grace, you were deeper still!...

July 10, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:4b My Only Fear

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July 10, 2018 · 0 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Ordo Salutis XII: Our New Body – Spirit's Power in Our Glorification

Psalm 97:9 (CSB) For you, LORD, are the Most High over the whole earth; you are exalted above all the gods. And how can we even fathom this glory of God? How can we fully look upon God in his sheer radiance, beauty, and majesty without our minds and eyes and hearts shutting down? It is sheer madness. And that is exactly what God wants! He wants to be with him forever and ever....

July 5, 2018 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:3b He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake

My Precious God, I am often reminded of my sinful ways of the past. As the vines grew up from my heart and slowly and surely tightened around my neck as I continuously die without thought But you, my God, broke the spell of the sin over my life. But time after time, I see those weeds grow. I feel the cancer thriving in my heart. I sense the sin that crouches for me and waits to pierce my soul with his poison....

July 3, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Ordo Salutis XI: Our New Lives – Spirit's Work In Our Sanctification

Isaiah 48:9–11 (CSB) 9 I will delay my anger for the sake of my name, and I will restrain myself for your benefit and for my praise, so that you will not be destroyed. 10 Look, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. 11 I will act for my own sake, indeed, my own, for how can I be defiled?...

June 28, 2018 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:3a He Restores My Soul

My Lord, I perish without you. I cannot live without you. Apart from you, the hole in my inner being remained infinitely empty. Without you, I strived and pushed and pulled and made idols and did whatever I need to do in order to fill my soul. But all of it comes up empty. But you, O Lord, not only fills my heart to the brim but gives my soul b and new life....

June 26, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Ordo Salutis X: Our New Inheritance – Spirit’s Witness in Our Adoption

We have fully established that we are not fully alive despite being biologically alive. Throughout the Bible, starting in Genesis 2, God states that sin separates the soul of man from the spirit of God. And without God, we are dead. And just being dead is not enough: Ephesians 2:1-3 (CSB) And you were dead in your trespasses and sins 2 in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit now working in the disobedient....

June 21, 2018 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:2b He Leads Me Beside Still Waters

My Lord You are the fountain of true life. I am dead without you. It is not that I can find this water on my own. For I am lost and, my soul is dried-up and dead. I have no wisdom, strength, or spirit to find you. But you, O Lord, rescued me. You have brought me into your life and in your life alone, I am <em>fully</em> alive. My soul is no longer dried in sin but restored, covered, and filled with your forever grace....

June 19, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Ordo Salutis IX: Our New Heart – Spirit’s Power in Regeneration

When God saved us from eternity past, His saving work was not finished when Christ lived, died, buried, and rose again, as though there is nothing for him for his people. You see, every single person born of man since Adam and Eve were born inherently not in connection with God but being apart from God both infinitely and eternally. That separation is because we have no spirit of God because our hearts were not born of God....

June 14, 2018 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:2a He makes me lie down in green pastures

My Lord You are the Prince of Peace. Where you are, there I find satisfaction of my wearied soul and find perfect peace where I can truly rest. Apart from you, I die and I perish. Away from you, I am only tormented by confusion and despair. Without you, there is nothing but destructions by my own hands and by everything around me. But you, O Lord, call me to enter through you and abide in you....

June 12, 2018 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Ordo Salutis VIII: Christ’s Finished Work, We Are Protected

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.” This has been one of the most difficult chapters to write because there is so much to be packed into the doctrine of propitiation. The only way I could approach this is to start at the beginning and start at the high altitude and work our way down....

June 7, 2018 · 22 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:1b I Shall Not Want

My Lord Above, I thank you for your perfect provision. You are my Good Father in heaven and because I am your child, you have always provided for me. When I was younger, I wanted many things but you did not provide them. But looking back, those things I wanted would have harmed me or cause me to turn away from you. But what you have always done is gave something even better, which turned out to be actually good....

June 5, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Ordo Salutis VII: Christ’s Sufficient Work, We Are Clean

1 John 1:9 (CSB) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This is the magnificence of the True God. The God of the Old Testament who called down judgment on the wicked and the departed. The same God who expressed His faithfulness to His people who were faithless. The God whose steadfast love never ceased to those whom he promised would make things all things right....

May 31, 2018 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 23:1a The Lord Is My Shepherd

You are my Good Shepherd. You fled the ninety-nine in order to come rescue me, when I could not possibly rescue myself. You saved me from certain damnation, you’ve rescued me from the slaughter. You’ve taken all of my sin, and you let the wrath of Father fall upon your heart You bled out for me, so that I might live forever. Lord, keep me in your care, I pray that you keep good shepherds to care and feed me....

May 29, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Ordo Salutis VI: Christ’s Perfect Work, We Are Justified

Many people tried to say that the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament are completely two different gods. Have you heard this argument? Why was God so angry? Why is Jesus so loving and kind? Was God in the Old Testament was the Father and then his Son took over in the New? I don’t understand a god that would punish people. I can only understand a god that loves....

May 24, 2018 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 22:25-31

My Worthy Lord, Let my words and my songs be a sweetness to your ears. For I know that you sit on the throne of our praises because you are the God who alone saves. I know that not only are you willing and able to save, you and you alone are the only one who is mighty to save. So I praise you with all of my breath and strength and life....

May 22, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Ordo Salutis V: God Speaks To The Dead

The Introduction How did God save us? What does the Bible say? Chapter 1 The Overflowing Love of God - The Predestination of God Chapter 2 The Weight of Sin - The Fall of Mankind Chapter 3 For God So Loved the World - The Gospel of God Chapter 4 We Are Destined to Die - The Wages of Sin If you are not in Christ, you must know where you are at right now in order to see what God does to rescue you....

May 17, 2018 · 17 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 22:22-24

My God in Heaven, There is none like you! You are God who sits high above all of my sins, my hardness, my wickedness, my trespasses and my calamity. You are exalted far above all of my gods. But in your steadfast love, abounding grace, and tender mercies, you saved me! You sent your son, Jesus Christ, to come live and die for me. More than that, your Son rose from the grave and conquered all of the sins, hell, Satan, demons, and death once and for all....

May 15, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Ordo Salutis IV: We Are Destined For Death

How does God determine who he will save and not save? If you ever speak about the doctrine of election and predestination, you are sure to get that question asked. Numerous times have I been asked this and numerous times the answer of “his glory”: Isaiah 48:11 (CSB) I will act for my own sake, indeed, my own, for how can I be defiled? I will not give my glory to another....

May 10, 2018 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 22:19-21

Almighty God, Who are you, my Lord, whose glory fills the entire earth? Whether I am in the heavens or make my bed in hell, you are there with me. If I ascend the mountain of your glory or wander in the desert of the wilderness, you are face to face and closer than a whisper. My God, you are never far! You are with me! Always. While I might feel desperate or despair sadness or anger or happiness, you are with me and within me....

May 8, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 22:12-18

Dear God, My enemies are on all sides and their attacks are relentless, you are my protector. When lions clamp down on my guts, you are the teeth-breaker and my healer. When I am buried, you call me out of the ground. When I was dead in my sins, you lived, died, and rose alive so that I might live. You have never left me. You have always been with me even when I did not know nor loved you....

May 1, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Ordo Salutis III: For God So Loved The World

Now that we have established who we are in the sight of God, let us tackle the bigger, nay impossible question: Who is God? Beyond the authoritative Scriptures, each single attribute has had countless books and papers written describing in full detail the awesome majesty of God. Yet, when I read the Bible, I am truly confident of who God is for God is love. The Bible overwhelmingly states this to be so....

April 27, 2018 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Ordo Salutis II: The Weight of Sin

Before we can even try to understand what God has done in Salvation, we must first truly understand our condition as human beings born on this earth. I feel compelled to at least touch on this doctrine for I believe that many Christians sometimes either forget their natural state before God saved them or they simply don’t remember being that ‘bad’ of a person before being saved. It is not that we have to dwell on our depravity, our flesh, our sin nature but to ignore or forget about it would absolutely rob our heart of joy and worship before the Lord....

April 26, 2018 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 22:6-11

Dear God! Who am I that I have been rejected a million times and despised a million times more? You say, “Speak of my love” and it falls on deaf ears. You say, “Speak of my power” and it means little to the strong. You say, “Speak of my glory” and their eyes remain blind. However, you saved me. You made me with your hands. You are the one who started my heartbeat....

April 24, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Ordo Salutis I: The Overflowing Love of God

To proclaim ourselves as Christians is to proclaim that we believe and trust upon Christ as our Saviour and Lord. At that beautiful moment, when God saved us, we hope and pray that each one of us are immediately surrounded by other brothers and sisters in Christ that are willing to walk alongside with us in love, encouragement, teaching and exhortation. This is called discipleship. This is the grassroots of the Great Commission....

April 19, 2018 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 22:1-5

God! Where are you? I am in trouble! Sin and wickedness have surrounded me. Everything goes dark and cold. Satan and his minions look upon my flesh with lust and hunger. Temptations are too much. I cannot do battle. My muscles are weak, small, and frail. I cry and scream: HELP ME, O GOD! But you are my powerful Champion. You are the people’s Savior. You are invincible. You are forever strong....

April 17, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 21

My Lord and My God, My focus is far from you, the one who sets up Kings and puts them down. I have been distracted by the choosing of kings rather to place my focus on the King of kings. It is in you, O Lord, where my strength resides my salvation is present my heart's desire my soul's fulfillment. Be my provision. Be my grace. Be my mercy. Be my life....

March 9, 2016 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 20

If I cry out for you, will you answer me? If you alone made the provisions and the sacrifices, will you save me? Even if I don’t understand you, will you reach for me? I need you, Lord. I don’t even have the wisdom to reach my hands up to you. I want you, God, and my heart is still filled with sin and wickedness. I have you, my Lord and my God, because I have your Spirit within me all because of what Your Son has done for me....

January 21, 2014 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 19

My God, Yet, you transported from the spiritual to the material. You cut across space and time. You _personally_ opened my eyes, gave words for my throat, opened my eyes, filled my heart, and gave me understanding so that I may know you. You gave me rest for my soul, removed the curse from my tongue, made me your son and you glorified me. You called out to me so that I might have life....

September 3, 2013 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 18, Pt. 5

I was once so far from you. I was once lost. I was once your sworn enemy. Instead of casting me out, you sought me out. Instead of leaving me lost, you found me. Instead of leaving me to die, you found me and gave me life. Instead being at war with me, you call me friend. You are my only hope. You are my life. You are my salvation. You alone hold the words of eternal life....

August 27, 2013 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 18, Pt. 4

Who is like you, my Lord? Who is like my God? The one who has saved me and never abandoned me. The one who is my shield when fiery arrows have scorched the skies. The one who has called me righteous and equips me according to his own righteousness? The one who has given me the speed to run to him in times of trouble? The one who has set me upon the mountaintop to see his awesome glory?...

August 20, 2013 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 18, Pt. 3

You are my Way, I am a man with little mercy. My life is filled with shame. My heart is ridden with cancerous sin. My will longs for the wide path well-traveled. I cannot think I am better than a prideful man because I am that prideful man. But you, O my Abba, have cleared one singular particular definite path to you and that is through your precious Son, my Christ my Savior and King....

July 2, 2013 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 18, Pt. 2

My Lord, My hands are not clean. My hands are washed in my own sin. They stink of feces and dung. If you judge me according to what I have done, then surely I am damned! What hope do I have in myself and the works that I have done? I have nothing to give you, God. But you knew. You knew and you came to be born as a man like me....

April 30, 2013 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 18, Pt 1

My Lord, You are my All-in-all. Beyond my Provider, it is by your very thought that you hold me together. By your will, I am pointed in your direction. By your great Spirit, I have strength. You give unlimited might for this very weak man. You put an immovable foundation beneath my weary feet. You are my home where I can peacefully lay to rest. You are my rescuer and it is in your arms, I know I am coming home....

April 23, 2013 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 17

O Father, You are God of the Universe. Holy, righteous, just. High above my idols. High above my sins. High above my faults. High above the twisted wickedness of my own heart. In no way could I have ever approach you. But you, O Lord, abundant in mercy and rich in grace, made the way. You sent your Son to come get me. Now I am yours. I am your son....

April 16, 2013 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 16

My Lord, I have gone everywhere. I have not found any good apart from you. When I turn away from you or try to find _not You_, my sorrow and grief run deep. It crushes my hearts and buries my soul. When I try to give life to my idols, they give nothing back because there are no other gods. And I die. When will I realize that you alone are my All-in-all?...

April 9, 2013 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 15

O Lord, How could I possibly worship you? I am not worthy to commune with you and be with you. I sin even now. My heart strays. My soul wanders. Yet, you, O God, are not far from me. When I am in the wilderness, you are closer than a whisper. When I have fallen, you set me back up on solid ground and you rejoice over me with singing....

March 5, 2013 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 14

O Lord, I would say to you, “I have not forgotten you.” But what about those times I succumb to the wickedness of my heart, to the depravity of the world, or to the lies of Satan? What about those times? What about those times when I am devoid of strength and I do not turn to the one who has my infinite strength? What about those times when I rely on my rational thought process, the very good gift that you have given me, instead being depended and led by that very Giver, the Spirit of God, by which I am declared to be your beloved son?...

February 19, 2013 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 13

O Lord, You have not forgotten me. You have not hidden your lovely face from me. Your comfort and wisdom warm my soul. Your joy and hope fill my heart all the day long. You are mindful of me and when I call out your name, you answer me. You have answered me by saving me. You saved me by giving Yourself to me. One day, I might stare down Death, but when I do, I will only see a crownless king with a broken scepter who has been stripped of power where there is little left to wield....

February 5, 2013 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 12

My Lord, My legacy has already passed through my lips. I have nothing but strongest bitterness and the most potent venom to come out of my mouth. I have lied. I have manipulated. I have cheated. With my snake tongue, I have tried to get others to do my bidding, believing the lie that I am the one that needs to control them in order for my soul to be at peace....

January 29, 2013 · 2 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

Praying Through: Psalm 11

Dear God, I have seen the volley of artillery rain down all around me and You, O Lord, my precious shield, have absorbed their attacks. Yet, the enemy’s sharpshooters have taken careful aim at my heart. Their fiery bullets have pierced my chest. Their lies have penetrated my mind. Their blasphemous words have laid weight upon my soul. It hurts me so. But You, O God, are endlessly faithful: Faithful to save....

January 15, 2013 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 10

O Lord, My sin wakes me up from my slumber. At my weakest, my iniquities flood my mind. My mind is not sharp. My soul is asleep. In the pitch blackness of the night, I cannot see. Sin is like a ravenous, rabid dog who sits upon my chest, waiting to devour me. I can smell it’s breath. I can taste the poison stench. My eardrums break from the deafening bark....

January 8, 2013 · 2 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

Praying Through: Psalm 9

Dear Lord, I will not and cannot list what I _think_ you have not done for me. That is preposterous! What you have done for me, in me, and through me is too great to even list. But I thank you so much. I thank you for you are absolutely good, absolutely merciful, absolutely gracious, and absolutely love. These I know of you and know you well. God, you are high and exalted far above all creation, including any little thing I might create with my mind and my hands....

December 18, 2012 · 2 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

Praying Through: Psalm 8

My Lord, Our Lord, Your name is known throughout all the earth. Your fame knows no bounds. Your glory will not be given to another. Your love is simply unmatched. And who you are and what you do is not determined and defined by the world around me. You are defined by your thoughts, your mind, your heart, and upon your revelation alone. I ask not for you to reveal more than what you have already reveal for my mind and soul and heart can barely comprehend your fullness now....

December 4, 2012 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Thanksgiving for Your Weight–Glorification

Exodus 14:1-4 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Tell the people of Israel to turn back and encamp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-zephon; you shall encamp facing it, by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the people of Israel, ‘They are wandering in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’ And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD....

November 28, 2012 · 114 min · Joseph Louthan

Thanksgiving for Your Work–Sanctification

Exodus 29:43 There I will meet with the people of Israel, and it shall be sanctified by my glory. Exodus 31:13 “You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the LORD, sanctify you. Leviticus 10:3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD has said, ‘Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified....

November 27, 2012 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Thanksgiving for Your Friendship—Reconcilation

_Lord, you are more precious than silver. Lord, you are more costly than gold. Lord, you are more beautiful than diamonds, and nothing I desire compares with you._ 2 Chronicles 20:7 Did you not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? Ruth 1:16-18 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you....

November 26, 2012 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Thanksgiving for Your Adoption—Family

John 14:18-21 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me....

November 23, 2012 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Thanksgiving for Your Mind—Repentence

Numbers 23:19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? Deuteronomy 5:29 Oh that they had such a mind as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever!...

November 22, 2012 · 37 min · Joseph Louthan

Thanksgiving for Your Faith—Trustfulness

Genesis 24:27 and said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the LORD has led me in the way to the house of my master’s kinsmen.” Genesis 32:10 I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps....

November 21, 2012 · 21 min · Joseph Louthan

Thanksgiving for Your New Heart—Regeneration

Genesis 6:5-6 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. Lamentations 5:3 We have become orphans, fatherless; our mothers are like widows. 1 Chronicles 29:15 For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were....

November 20, 2012 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Thanksgiving for Your Righteousness—Perfection

Isaiah 64:6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. Genesis 3:21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. Genesis 6:5-9 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually....

November 19, 2012 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Thanksgiving for Your Justification—Exoneration

Psalm 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Titus 3:4-7 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life....

November 16, 2012 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Thanksgiving for Your Freedom—Redemption

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. Exodus 6:1-9 But the LORD said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land....

November 15, 2012 · 7 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

Thanksgiving for Your Blood—Expiation

Leviticus 6:28 And the earthenware vessel in which it is boiled shall be broken. But if it is boiled in a bronze vessel, that shall be scoured and rinsed in water. Leviticus 16:21-22 And Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins. And he shall put them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who is in readiness....

November 14, 2012 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 7

O Lord my God, It might feel like the world is against me. I might feel like I am a being persecuted. But the real battle is not the world versus me but rather, my own sin and my own iniquities versus the spirit inside of me. Dear God, my very best works and all of my good deeds before you are nothing more than used menstrual rags and bags of crap....

November 13, 2012 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Thanksgiving for Your Mercies—Propitiation

Luke 18:13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ Leviticus 6:28 And the earthenware vessel in which it is boiled shall be broken. But if it is boiled in a bronze vessel, that shall be scoured and rinsed in water. Isaiah 53:1-12 Who has believed what he has heard from us?...

November 13, 2012 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Thanksgiving for Your Calling—Mission

Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. Genesis 6:11-22 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them....

November 12, 2012 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Thanksgiving for Your Choice—Election

Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Ephesians 1:3-10 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him....

November 9, 2012 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Thanksgiving for Your Love—Affections

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 1 Chronicles 16:34 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Matthew 5:45 For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. Titus 3:4-7 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. ...

November 8, 2012 · 7 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

Thanksgiving for Your Word—Scriptures

John 1:1-5; 14-18 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” ...

November 7, 2012 · 17 min · Joseph Louthan

Praying Through: Psalm 6

My Holy Lord Above All, My deeds have warranted not your affections but your attentions—attention to correct my path. However , it is not simply that, it is more serious, more deadly than that. I continuously want death. I continuously want counterfeit. I continuously want less. You, my Father, don’t want that for me. You want life for me. You want truth for me. You want the most for me....

November 6, 2012 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Thanksgiving for Your Holiness—High and Lifted Up

Leviticus 18:24-22:31 “Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, for by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become unclean, and the land became unclean, so that I punished its iniquity, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you (for the people of the land, who were before you, did all of these abominations, so that the land became unclean), lest the land vomit you out when you make it unclean, as it vomited out the nation that was before you. For everyone who does any of these abominations, the persons who do them shall be cut off from among their people. So keep my charge never to practice any of these abominable customs that were practiced before you, and never to make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.” ...

November 6, 2012 · 19 min · Joseph Louthan

Thanksgiving For Who You Are—You Are God Alone

I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost....

November 5, 2012 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 5

My King and my God, My heart grieves. My soul groans. I am in need of your Spirit. My own pride has kept me far from you. My own arrogance has caused you to look away. Yet, I am in need of your holiness—the very thing that keeps me far is the very thing that keeps me close. Clean my lips. Give me your heart. Remove this poison from my throat....

October 30, 2012 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 4

Dear God, Help! You have helped me in the past and this time I still need you. I have dismissed all the lies around me. I still need you. I still need your love. I still need your mercy. I still need your grace. Give me your hand. I need to feel your embrace. I need to feel your warmth. I know you are always with me. Right now, I will lay in peace....

October 23, 2012 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 3

My God, In my finite perception, my circumstances would seem to say I am in despair. I feel that. I feel that onslaught. I feel that pressure. Many would say, ”Ah, your God has failed. Your God is not good. Your God does not deliver. Your God does not save.” They would be wrong on all accounts. When I turn away from all of my oppressors and turn towards you, I see the loveliness of your face....

October 16, 2012 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 2

My Lord, I am set apart, this is true. But set apart by you to you. I reach out to the world, plead to the world, and with the Spirit, invite the world to come into Your loving embrace. Few do. Many do not. How can I respond? You are my Lord above. You are my King on high. All things, both spiritual and material, are yours. All truth and all philosophies are under your sovereign hand....

October 9, 2012 · 1 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

Praying Through: Psalm 1

O Lord, Like a child, I have fallen and all of my strength has left me. As my precious Father, put me back up on my feet and hold my hands so I can learn to run to you. Give me your strength and might. Give me your word and your promises. Oh, how you give to me. You give me your love and you see to it that I make it back to you....

October 2, 2012 · 1 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

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