Meditations: 1 Timothy 6:1-2 Christ Our Lord

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. The Meditation For those who would say the Bible promotes Western colonization and slavery, there is the context of three nations: Israel, Greco-Roman, and Euro-American slavery....

May 12, 2021 · 4 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

Meditations: 1 Timothy 5:17-25 Christ our Eldest Brother

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. For the Scripture says: Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain, and, “The worker is worthy of his wages.” Don’t accept an accusation against an elder unless it is supported by two or three witnesses. Publicly rebuke those who sin, so that the rest will be afraid....

May 5, 2021 · 15 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

Luke 24 Christ Lives

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. So the women were terrified and bowed down to the ground....

April 29, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Meditations: 1 Timothy 5:3-16 Christ our Bridegroom

The Text 1 Timothy 5:3-16 (CSB) Support widows who are genuinely in need. 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. 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; however, she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives....

April 28, 2021 · 4 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

Luke 23:44-56 Christ Died

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

Meditations: 1 Timothy 4:11-5:2 Minister in Christ

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 · 9 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

Study: Romans 12:3-8

The Text Romans 12:3-8 (CSB) For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another....

April 17, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 12:1-2

The Text Romans 12:1-2 (CSB) Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. The Support Therefore Go back and read Romans 1 through 11....

April 16, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Luke 23:26-43 Christ Crucified

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. Look, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the women without children, the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed!...

April 15, 2021 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 11:33-36

The Text Romans 11:33-36 (CSB) Oh, the depth of the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments and untraceable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? And who has ever given to God, that he should be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever....

April 15, 2021 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Meditations: 1 Timothy 4:6-10 Train in Christ

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

Study: Romans 11:11-32

The Text Romans 11:11-32 (CSB) I ask, then, have they stumbled so as to fall? Absolutely not! On the contrary, by their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel jealous. Now if their transgression brings riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fullness bring! Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Insofar as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if I might somehow make my own people jealous and save some of them....

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

Study: Romans 11:1-10

The Text Romans 11:1-10 (CSB) I ask, then, has God rejected his people? Absolutely not! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Or don’t you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he pleads with God against Israel? Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars. I am the only one left, and they are trying to take my life!...

April 13, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 10:14-21

The Text Romans 10:14-21 (CSB) How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news. But not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our message?...

April 12, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 10:1-13

The Text Romans 10:1-13 (CSB) Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation. I can testify about them that they have zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. Since they are ignorant of the righteousness of God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes, since Moses writes about the righteousness that is from the law: The one who does these things will live by them....

April 11, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 9:30-33

The Text Romans 9:30-33 (CSB) What should we say then? Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained righteousness—namely the righteousness that comes from faith. But Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not achieved the righteousness of the law. Why is that? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. As it is written, Look, I am putting a stone in Zion to stumble over...

April 10, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 9:14-29

The Text Romans 9:14-29 (CSB) What should we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not! For he tells Moses, I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then, it does not depend on human will or effort but on God who shows mercy. For the Scripture tells Pharaoh, I raised you up for this reason so that I may display my power in you and that my name may be proclaimed in the whole earth....

April 9, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Luke 22-23 Christ Descends

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

Study: Romans 9:1-13

The Text Romans 9:1-13 (CSB) I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience testifies to me through the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the benefit of my brothers and sisters, my own flesh and blood. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple service, and the promises....

April 8, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Meditations: 1 Timothy 4:1-5 Worship Christ

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 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:38-39

The Text Romans 8:38-39 (CSB) For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. The Support 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 (CSB) Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say, “There is no resurrection of the dead”?...

April 7, 2021 · 6 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

Study: Romans 8:37

The Text Romans 8:37 (CSB) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. The Support 1 Samuel 17:45-51 (CSB) David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with a sword, spear, and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD of Armies, the God of the ranks of Israel—you have defied him. Today, the LORD will hand you over to me....

April 6, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:35-36

The Text Romans 8:35-36 (CSB) Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of you we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. The Support Acts 17:24-28 (ESV) The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything....

April 5, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:34

The Text Romans 8:34 (CSB) Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. The Support God makes a covenant with Noah and then Genesis 9:18-25 (ESV) The sons of Noah who went forth from the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan....

April 4, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:33

The Text Romans 8:33 (CSB) Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies. The Support 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. Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us....

April 3, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:32

The Text Romans 8:32 (CSB) He did not even spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything? The Support Psalms 23:1 (CSB) The LORD is my shepherd; I have what I need. Romans 8:16-17 (CSB) The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him....

April 2, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Luke 20-21 Christ Has All Authority

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

Study: Romans 8:31

The Text Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? The Support If God is for us, who can be against us? I will use the words of Paul and what he says about the believer thus far in Romans: Romans 1 - The gospel of God is for everyone who believes; for the unbeliever, God turns them over to a debased mind...

April 1, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Meditations: 1 Timothy 3:14-16 Mystery of Christ

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 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:30

The Text Romans 8:30 (CSB) And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified. The Support Abraham Genesis 12:1-3 (CSB) The LORD said to Abram: Go from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you,...

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

The Study: Romans 8:29

The Text Romans 8:29 (CSB) For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. The Support God did not choose us because we were good. He chose us while we were wicked in his sight. Romans 5:8 (CSB) But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us....

March 30, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

The Study: Romans 8:28

The Text Romans 8:28 (CSB) We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. The Support Romans 8:9–11 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness....

March 29, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

The Study: Romans 8:27

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 Genesis 3:8-10 (CSB) Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden....

March 28, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

The Study: Romans 8:26

The Text Romans 8:26 (CSB) In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings. The Support 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:...

March 27, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

The Study: Romans 8:18-25

The Text Romans 8:18–25 (CSB) For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to futility—not willingly, but because of him who subjected it—in the hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage to decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children....

March 26, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Luke 19 Christ Comes in the Name of the Lord

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

The Study: Romans 8:14-17

The Text Romans 8:14-17 (CSB) For all those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. 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!” The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him....

March 25, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Meditations: 1 Timothy 3:8-13 Serve in Christ

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 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

The Study: Romans 8:12-13

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. Philippians 2:12 (CSB) Therefore, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, so now, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according to his good purpose....

March 24, 2021 · 10 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

The Study: Romans 8:5-11

The Text Romans 8:5–11 (CSB) 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. Now the mindset of the flesh is death, but the mindset of the Spirit is life and peace. The mindset of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit to God’s law....

March 23, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

The Study: Romans 8:1-4

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) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death....

March 22, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

The Study: Romans 7:7-25

The Text Romans 7:7–25 (CSB) What should we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! But, I would not have known sin if it were not for the law. For example, I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, Do not covet. And sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind. For apart from the law sin is dead....

March 21, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

The Study: Romans 7:1-6

The Text Romans 7:1–6 (CSB) Since I am speaking to those who know the law, brothers and sisters, don’t you know that the law rules over someone as long as he lives? For example, a married woman is legally bound to her husband while he lives. But if her husband dies, she is released from the law regarding the husband. So then, if she is married to another man while her husband is living, she will be called an adulteress....

March 20, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

The Study: Romans 6:15–23

The Text Romans 6:15–23 (CSB) What then? Should we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Absolutely not! Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching to which you were handed over, and having been set free from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness....

March 19, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Luke 18 Christ Is God

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

The Study: Romans 6:1-14

The Text Romans 6:1–14 (CSB) What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we were buried with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life....

March 18, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Meditations: 1 Timothy 3:1-7 Assemble in Christ

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

March 17, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

The Study: Romans 5:12–21

The Text Romans 5:12–21 (CSB) Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all people, because all sinned. In fact, sin was in the world before the law, but sin is not charged to a person’s account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin in the likeness of Adam’s transgression....

March 17, 2021 · 7 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

The Study: Romans 5:6–11

The Text Romans 5:6–11 (CSB) For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. How much more then, since we have now been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from wrath....

March 16, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

The Study: Romans 5:1-5

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 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

The Study: Romans 4:13-25

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. If those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made empty and the promise nullified, because the law produces wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression. This is why the promise is by faith, so that it may be according to grace, to guarantee it to all the descendants—not only to the one who is of the law but also to the one who is of Abraham’s faith....

March 14, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

The Study: Romans 4:6–12

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 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

The Study: Romans 3:27–4:5

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 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Luke 16-17 Christ Gives

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

The Study: Romans 3:9–26

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 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Meditations: 1 Timothy 2:8-15 Worship in Christ

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 · 7 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

The Study: Romans 3:1-8

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 · 7 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

The Study: Romans 2:17-29

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 · 6 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

The Study: Romans 2:1-16

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 · 12 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

The Study: Romans 1:26-32

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 · 10 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

The Study: Romans 1:18-25

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 · 12 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

The Study: Romans 1:16-17

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 Habakkuk 2:2–5 (CSB) The LORD answered me: Write down this vision; clearly inscribe it on tablets so one may easily read it....

March 5, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

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

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

🏠📺The Study: Romans 1:13-15

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 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Meditations: 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Pray in Christ

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

🏠📺The Study: Romans 1:8-12

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 · 4 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

🏠📺The Study: Romans 1:1-7

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 · 11 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

🏠📺The Study: Romans 1:1

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 · 6 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

Luke 13:6-30 Grace Upon Grace

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

Meditations: 1 Timothy 1:18-20 Christ Our All

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 · 5 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

Luke 12:13-13:5 Christ Our All

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

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

📺Meditations: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Christ Our Salvation

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

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

First Read Romans 8:5–11 (CSB) 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. Now the mindset of the flesh is death, but the mindset of the Spirit is life and peace. The mindset of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit to God’s law....

February 11, 2021 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

📺Meditations: 1 Timothy 1:1–11 Christ Our Grace

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

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

Christ Invites Us to Harvest Luke 10:1–12 (CSB) After this, the Lord appointed seventy-two others, and he sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest. Now go; I’m sending you out like lambs among wolves....

February 4, 2021 · 8 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

Massive Updates I have changed this site so much and forgot to post what is going on. Here we go. Posts within Series are in Chronological order By default in any blog software in the world, they want newest post first. Since I have been blogging for about 14 years, I have never, ever wanted my posts laid out like that. I write in series or chapters and they only make sense if you start at the beginning and work your way through....

January 30, 2021 · 3 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

🏠📺The Study: Romans, A Few Resources

It Goes Without Say The 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. Slow down, pray, read, chew and meditate. ESV Study Bible Incredible resource. I have purchased this resource multiple times over. If I had to pick just one, I use it way more in my Olive Tree Study Bible than anything else....

January 7, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

🏠📺Introduction to The Study

Audio Today’s episode at The Study. Let’s get the personal stuff out of the way. The Personal Name: Joseph Louthan Family: Wife with three kids Vocation: Consultant with Red Hat Church: Covenant Member at Frontline Church in the Oklahoma City Metro Twitch: The Study YouTube: YouTube Apple: Apple Spotify: Spotify Discord: Theologicus - Yes, this is the Discord for this page, podcast, and study! Instagram: josephlouthan Twitter: @JosephLouthan Facebook: joseph.louthan...

January 6, 2021 · 3 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

Luke 9 What is Christ Calling Us To?

Christ Calls Us to Proclaim Luke 9:1–6 (CSB) Summoning the Twelve, he gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. Then he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. “Take nothing for the road,” he told them, “no staff, no traveling bag, no bread, no money; and don’t take an extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there....

December 31, 2020 · 13 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

Luke 8 But Christ Calls

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. The Twelve were with him,and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary, called Magdalene (seven demons had come out of her);Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward; Susanna; and many others who were supporting them from their possessions....

December 24, 2020 · 10 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 32:3

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

Luke 7 The Responses of Mankind

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. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, requesting him to come and save the life of his servant. When they reached Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy for you to grant this, because he loves our nation and has built us a synagogue....

August 6, 2020 · 7 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

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 · 4 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

Luke 6:27-49 What Does the Lord Say?

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

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

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

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

Jesus Rests Luke 6:1–11 (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

Romans 1:18-20 The Righteousness of God: His Obviousness

Romans 1:18–20 (ESV) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made....

July 6, 2020 · 5 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

Luke 5: Christ is Lord Over Everything

🏠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. Then he sat down and was teaching the crowds from the boat....

July 2, 2020 · 10 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

Romans 1:18-20 The Righteousness of God: His Simplicity

Romans 1:18–20 (ESV) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made....

June 29, 2020 · 7 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

🏠Luke 4:38-44 The Lord Does

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. As he laid his hands on each one of them, he healed them....

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

Romans 1:18-20 The Righteousness of God: His Wrath

Romans 1:18–20 (ESV) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made....

June 22, 2020 · 7 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

🏠Luke 4:14–37 The Word of the Lord

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? 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

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

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

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

Luke 3:23–38 (CSB) As he began his ministry, Jesus was about thirty years old and was thought to be the son of Joseph, son of Heli, son of Matthat, son of Levi, son of Melchi, son of Jannai, son of Joseph, son of Mattathias, son of Amos, son of Nahum, son of Esli, son of Naggai, son of Maath, son of Mattathias, son of Semein, son of Josech, son of Joda, son of Joanan, son of Rhesa, son of Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, son of Neri, son of Melchi, son of Addi, son of Cosam, son of Elmadam, son of Er, son of Joshua, son of Eliezer, son of Jorim, son of Matthat, son of Levi, son of Simeon, son of Judah, son of Joseph, son of Jonam, son of Eliakim, son of Melea, son of Menna, son of Mattatha, son of Nathan, son of David, son of Jesse, son of Obed, son of Boaz, son of Salmon, son of Nahshon, son of Amminadab, son of Ram, son of Hezron, son of Perez, son of Judah, son of Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham, son of Terah, son of Nahor, son of Serug, son of Reu, son of Peleg, son of Eber, son of Shelah, son of Cainan, son of Arphaxad, son of Shem, son of Noah, son of Lamech, son of Methuselah, son of Enoch, son of Jared, son of Mahalalel, son of Cainan, son of Enos, son of Seth, son of Adam, son of God....

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

Romans 1:16-17 What is the Gospel? The Righteous Shall Live By Faith! [Part 7]

as it written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Along with Romans 1:17, Paul mentions this Habakukan passage in Galatians, along with the author of Hebrews. Galatians 3:11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” Hebrews 10:38 but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him....

June 1, 2020 · 8 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

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

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

Romans 1:16-17 What is the Gospel? From Faith For Faith [Part 6]

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith. from faith for faith When I first taught this passage in small group, I thought everything about this passage would be hard-hitting and hard to swallow....

May 25, 2020 · 8 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

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

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. He went into all the vicinity of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah: A voice of one crying out 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

Romans 1:16-17 What is the Gospel? The Righteousness of God Revealed [Part 5]

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed The mark of the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ is not defined necessarily by what He proclaimed nor by what He did....

May 18, 2020 · 4 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

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

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. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends....

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

Romans 1:16-17 What is the Gospel? To the Jew First and also to the Greek [Part 4]

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith. For the gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek This phrase “to the Jew first and also the Greek” can be easily taken out of context and used weirdly if we are not careful....

May 11, 2020 · 4 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

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

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

Romans 1:16-17 What is the Gospel? To Everyone Who Believes [Part 3]

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith. To everyone who believes Anybody remotely familiar with Christianity (from the casual observer to the longtime preacher) would be a bit shocked at this Biblically, and ultimately, the absolute truth:...

May 4, 2020 · 5 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

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

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. She was well along in years, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and was a widow for eighty-four years....

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

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

​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

Romans 1:16-17 What is the Gospel? For Salvation [Part 2]

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith. For salvation In salvation, people often think that God saves His people from sin, Satan, demons, hell, and even death....

April 20, 2020 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

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

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

Romans 1:16-17 What is the Gospel? The Power of God [Part 1]

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith. What is the gospel? Simply put, the gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek....

April 13, 2020 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

🏠Luke 2:8-21 God Becomes Man [Part 2]

​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

🏠Luke 2:1-7 God Becomes Man [Part 1]

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

🏠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

🏠Luke 1:57-66 What is Your Calling?

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.” Then they said to her, “None of your relatives has that name....

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

🏠Luke 1:46–55 What is Your Song?

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. He has done a mighty deed with his arm; he has scattered the proud because of the thoughts of their hearts; he has toppled the mighty from their thrones and exalted the lowly....

December 25, 2019 · 3 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

Romans 1:8-15 Who Are We? We Are Saved to Good Works

Romans 1:8-15 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine....

December 23, 2019 · 15 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

🏠Luke 1:39-45 Jump For Joy

​ 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

Romans 1:5-7 Who Are We? We Are Called to Obedience

Romans 1:5-7 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Three, if we are in Christ and Christ is in us, then each of us are called to proclaim the gospel to bring about the obedience of faith....

December 16, 2019 · 9 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

🏠Luke 1:26-38 God Calls Us To Him

​ 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

Romans 1:5-7 Who Are We? We Are Dependent on Grace

Romans 1:4b-7 … Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ....

December 9, 2019 · 9 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

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

​ 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

Romans 1:5-7 Who Are We? We Are Far From God

Romans 1:5-7 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Through three chapters, we have studied and talked about the Triune God....

December 2, 2019 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

The Lord's Prayer: 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. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all....

November 28, 2019 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

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

​ 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

Romans 1:2-4 Who is God? God Redeems

Let us continue. Five, the gospel which he promised beforehand through his prophets. You have seen and heard this a million times and you will a million more. The gospel, that is, the good news of God, first explicitly preached by God himself while he walked the cool of the garden looking for his lost children. His children, Adam and Eve, our first parents, believed not God for his righteousness but believed Satan for our own self-righteousness....

November 25, 2019 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

The Lord's Prayer: Deliver Us From Evil

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Deliver Us From Evil My Rescuer, Once, I was far from you. Assured of my own salvation based on what I did and nothing you have done. Yet, I sinned against you and others all the more. I was dead. I had no life in my limbs. I had no strength to reach out to any passerby....

November 21, 2019 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

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

​ 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

Romans 1:1 Who is God? God Saves

Romans 1:1-7 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,...

November 18, 2019 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

The Lord's Prayer: Forgive Us--Help Us to Forgive

Matthew 6:12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Forgive Us–Help Us to Forgive My Love and My Life, Who is like you, God and who compares to you? I know just a few things. You are holy and entroned on the praises of your people. I know that you are exalted far above all other gods. And I know when when your Son joyfully, obediently, gladly, and in awe-struck power, nailed himself to that cross, He took all of my sins upon himself so that I would be with him forever....

November 14, 2019 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

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

​ 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

Romans 1:1a Who Are You, Lord?

We begin our commentary into the Epistle to the church in Rome not starting off the bat with fleshing out entirety verse one: Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, If you know your Bible and understand just who Paul was and what he was in the sight of God before penning this letter. So I wanted to start this commentary by focusing on only the apostle himself, Paul....

November 11, 2019 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

The Lord's Prayer: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread My Provider What is your provision for me? Do I need food, shelter, and water just to stay alive? But what is life? Is it that my heart pumps blood or my lungs breath in and out air? Is it because my skin is warm to the touch? No. It is not merely those things....

November 7, 2019 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

🏠Luke 1:1-4 To Be Called A Witness

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

🏠Family Devotions: Luke, A Few Resources

Updated: February 2, 2021 Here just the very small list of resources on Mark that I have found most helpful. It Goes Without Say The 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. Slow down, pray, read, chew and meditate....

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

Here is Love: That God Loved Us - 1 John 4:10

For here is love: 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. And here is love: Deuteronomy 7:6-8 “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth....

October 31, 2019 · 6 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

Here is Love: What Heights or Depths - Romans 8:38-39

Romans 8:38–39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. In the year of our 2018, we have Christians contending that their faith would be unshaken if the resurrection never took place....

August 27, 2018 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

The Lord’s Prayer: 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, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you....

August 23, 2018 · 6 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

Here is Love: For Your Consideration - Romans 8:37

Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us All of the questions, pushbacks, and opposition that Paul was facing with teaching this one particular truth of God as a through but simple exposition of Christ’s own words when He said: I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand....

August 20, 2018 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

The Lord’s Prayer: 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. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, 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

Here is Love: Sheep to the Slaughter - Romans 8:36

Romans 8:36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” So what if a little “tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?”1 comes our way? God promises suffering for his saints. There is no way around it. Just in case you are at odds with the rest of the authors of the Bible and only want the “red letter edition”, let us consider the words of Christ himself:...

August 13, 2018 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

The Lord’s Prayer: Your Kingdom Come

Matthew 16:15-19 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!...

August 9, 2018 · 3 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

Here is Love: What Shall Separate? - Romans 8:35

And here is love: Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? I am not here to try to define for you what each of these circumstances means. I am 43 years old who lives in the Bible Belt of the United States and have been a believer for a quarter of my life....

August 6, 2018 · 16 min · Joseph Louthan

The Lord’s Prayer: Hallowed Be Your Name

Revelation 4:8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” Hallowed Be Your Name My Father Because You are my good Father in heaven, I now get to say this: You are holy....

August 2, 2018 · 2 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

Here is Love: Who Can Condemn? - Romans 8:34

Romans 8:34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Let’s try to find a verse that sums up the whole Bible concerning the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and you will have your choice of a few verses: John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life....

July 30, 2018 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father in Heaven

Romans 8:14-17 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him....

July 26, 2018 · 4 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

Here is Love: Let The Charges Pile Up! - Romans 8:33

Romans 8:33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. This world and its inhabitants, princes, rulers, and principalities crouching, and ready to pounce and devour your heart and soul. They are not always going to do it with outright accusations, but they might resort to that. “Look at your life! Look at all the mistakes you’ve made! You can’t even stay married.”...

July 23, 2018 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

The Lord’s Prayer: Do What He Does

Ezekiel 11:19-20 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. Do What He Does My Father I hear Your words....

July 19, 2018 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Here is Love: God Has Given Us Everything - Romans 8:32

Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? I could sit here and blast you with God’s holy words about God alone provides for us, and we need nothing. Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. It is more than “I don’t want” like we are monks in Timbuktu living off the land but rather, because God adopted us, we are co-heirs with the One who has inherited all things....

July 16, 2018 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

The Lord’s Prayer

Pray Then Like This Matthew 6:5-13 (ESV) “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret....

July 12, 2018 · 1 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

Here is Love: The Preeminence of the Love of God - Romans 8:31

Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? The love of God cannot be simply defined by the merest of affections and words that we might share with one another. Is our relationship to our spouse, children, family, coworkers, or neighbor compare to one’s relationship with God? Although our relationships should be held in the light of God’s relationship with us, it is preposterous to think that anybody we know would compare to God is perfect in all things especially when it comes to love....

July 9, 2018 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

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

Psalm 97:9 For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all 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 · 8 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

Here is Love: Glorified by God- Romans 8:30d

And here is love: “… and for those whom he justified he also glorified.” We look up all of Romans 8:30 as a chain that begins and ends with God. To that end, predestination and glorification are things that our minds cannot fully fathom. But we rest assure that every single person predestined is called is justified is glorified. There is no whittling or dwindling of numbers as we move along the list, Christ said:...

July 2, 2018 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

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

Isaiah 48:9–11 “For my name’s sake I defer my anger; for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another....

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

Here is Love: Justified by God- Romans 8:30c

And here is love: and those whom he called he also justified. This is the steadfast chain of salvation that links us to God forever and ever. Predestination is God’s mere thoughts, affections, will, and decisions towards us. From eternity past, God thought of us specifically and was mindful of us intentionally. Calling is the voice of God that actively makes us alive in our dead and sinful state. The calling of God is the voice of the Father bringing us to life and calling us according to His purpose....

June 25, 2018 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

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 And you were dead in the trespasses and sinsin which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind....

June 21, 2018 · 12 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

Here is Love: Called by God - Romans 8:30b

And here is love: Romans 8:30b And those whom he predestined he also called… So if there was nothing in us to attract, sway, or convinced God to love us and save us, what did God see in us before He saved us? There is a war in our world to determine the value of a human’s life. Life today is no longer precious. Consider the life of a newborn or the life of a refugee....

June 18, 2018 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

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 · 8 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

Here is Love: Predestined by God - Romans 8:30a

And here is love: Romans 8:30a And those whom he predestined We have now established that God loved us not just for the sake of love by itself. It is a warm and sentiment notion to be sure but when it comes to God, it is not just simply His love as though he can be reduced to one feeling. Likewise, while his love remains supreme, it isn’t all that he is....

June 11, 2018 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

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

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. To understand propitiation, we must understand God, his law, his love and his holiness. What can incite the wrath of God? It is when we decide that we don’t need his way but we insist on own our way....

June 7, 2018 · 16 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

Here is Love: To Whom Are We Saved? – Romans 8:29e

Romans 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. When we carefully walked through verse 29 of Romans 8, we saw that there was more than a few questions that rose to the top, namely: What did God saw in us? We now know that he didn’t see anything good, righteousness or lovely....

June 4, 2018 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

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

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. The infinitely powerful God who was able to always woo and pursue the hearts of his children and bring them out of death and destruction back into life everlasting....

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

Here is Love: Why Did God Save Us? – Romans 8:29d

Romans 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. This entire series has been trying to pit the world’s definition of love versus God’s definition of love. And perhaps up until this moment, we have never taken that to actual task. What I mean by that is that comparatively speaking, if I speak of God’s love, we can still find something like that in on earth....

May 28, 2018 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

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 · 11 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

Here is Love: By Whom We Are Saved – Romans 8:29c

Romans 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. When we speak of Romans 8, most Christians rightfully cling to the verse 1: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. But Romans 8:1 is not the very first line of this epistle from Paul to the church in Rome....

May 21, 2018 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Ordo Salutis V: God Speaks To The Dead

John 6:44-47 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me—not that anyone has seen the Father except he is from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life....

May 17, 2018 · 13 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

Here is Love: How Did God Save Us? – Romans 8:29b

Romans 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. So we have firmly established that God did not look into the future and see that I was good enough to be saved. I did not make the right decision to be saved or do a bunch of “good” works to be saved....

May 14, 2018 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

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, Proverbs 25:2] and his pleasure (Isaiah 48:11 cf. Philippians 2:13]” is simply not good enough. Furthermore, to answer that “the secret things belong to the LORD (Deuteronomy 29:29)” is merely a copout to most people....

May 10, 2018 · 6 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

Here is Love: What God Saw In Us – Romans 8:29a

Romans 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. There are many verses that can be used to aptly say what verse twenty-nine so succinctly and definitely says here. I can think of two passages: 1 Peter 1:20–21 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God....

May 7, 2018 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

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? Ask my son and he would immediately quote: God is the universe’s Creator And Sustainer plus the only Savior, there is no one greater. He’s Triune, holy, omnipotent, omniscient, absolute, loving, sovereign and righteous are just a few of His attributes. – Shai Lynne, Atonement Q&A...

May 3, 2018 · 6 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

Here is Love: All Good – Romans 8:28

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

April 30, 2018 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

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 · 5 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

Here is Love: He is the One Who Knows Us – Romans 8:27

Romans 8:27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. This is a fantastic God What compares to the knowledge of God when He alone reveals all truth and science to us? Yet, he is not merely the best supercomputer in the world with every single piece of knowledge and scientific fact ever....

April 23, 2018 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Ordo Salutis I: The Overflowing Love of God

To proclaim ourselves as Christians 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 us in love, encouragement, teaching and exhortation. It is my sincere hope that no newly saved person is ever alone by themselves trying to figure this thing especially when the cross of Christ has not only saved us to Himself but we have been reconciled to each other....

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

Here is Love: He is Our Mediator – Romans 8:26

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 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:...

April 16, 2018 · 4 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

​Here is Love: He is Our Hope – Romans 8:24-25

Romans 8:24-25 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. What is this hope? Walk backwards from the text. Our hope in adoption as sons? Redemption of our bodies? That creation would be set from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God?...

March 7, 2016 · 2 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

Here is Love: He is Our Longing – Romans 8:23

Romans 8:23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. My mother abandoned me when I was five years old and I never seen her since. My father physically, emotionally, mentally, and sexually abused me when I was a child. While I have “grown” physically, my heart and my emotional growth stunted to that of a child....

January 20, 2014 · 3 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

Here is Love: He is Our Revelation – Romans 8:19-22

Romans 8:19–22 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now....

September 2, 2013 · 4 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

Here is Love: He is Our End – Romans 8:18

Why even bother? Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. That is why we bother. If your affections, desires, and wants are places on Christ alone, then there is everything that we have endured and suffered will not compared to seeing His glory. What is glory? Here is my weak, futile, mortal attempt to explain what glory is:...

August 26, 2013 · 15 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

Here is Love: You Have Everything– Romans 8:17, Pt. 2

Will there be suffering? Is there life? Do we live in this world? Will you suffer anxiety, worry, depression, angst, anger, frustration, and rage? Will you suffer pain, hurt, torment, cancer, sickness, disease, anguish, and death? Will you suffer forgetfulness, confusion, doubt, and disbelief? Will you suffer? I don’t have to explain all of life and all of mankind to you. You already know this. If you don’t know this, then you are blind and don’t see life around you....

August 19, 2013 · 4 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

Here is Love: We Get Everything—Romans 8:17, Pt. 1

Romans 8:17a and if children, then heirs-heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, What does it mean to be a child of God? To ask that is to ask: What does it mean for the Father to set his affections upon you? What does it mean for Christ to love you, pursue you, die for you, and then live for you? What does it mean for the Spirit to lead you and to bear witness for you?...

July 1, 2013 · 3 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

Here is Love: With Him For Always—Romans 8:16

Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, What can I say when I am in the presence of the Almighty God? I have no defense! All of my works of righteousness are as used bloody tampons before God. Everything I did before knowing God was regarded as crap. This is what I hold in my hands, bloody tampons and shit, before the incredible, awesome, magnificent, glorious Creator God of the Universe, who is high, lifted up, and exalted far above me, my thoughts, my pride, my sin, my iniquities, and my pitiful gods....

April 29, 2013 · 3 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

Here is Love: Unlimited Access–Romans 8:15

Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Can you have both the spirit of slavery and the Spirit of adoption? Never mind just twelve verses ago (Romans 8:3-8) that we have already made that distinction. So, let us see what Christ says: “Enter by the narrow gate....

April 22, 2013 · 4 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

Here is Love: Never Alone- Romans 8:14

Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. What does it mean to be led? The Holy Spirit is a comfort, a teacher, and a bringer of peace. Never is the Spirit of God associated with violence or forcefulness. So what does it mean to be led? Does this mean that Holy Spirit drags the kicking and screaming sons of God to Jesus Christ?...

April 15, 2013 · 5 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

Here is Love: Here is Power – Romans 8:13

Romans 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. How are you going to live? So what if you live according to your emotions, thoughts, feelings, and instincts? I feel like this is the right thing to do. This is the wrong thing to do but I am in love....

April 8, 2013 · 7 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

Here is Love: You Can’t Give a Dead Man Anything – Romans 8:12

Romans 8:12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. What is the debt? In other words, what is there to give to our old life. What do we owe to our former cold hearts of stone? How can you give dead man anything? Paul said it already in Romans 6: We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin....

March 4, 2013 · 4 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

Here is Love: Logic – Romans 8:11

Romans 8:11 (CSB) And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through his Spirit who lives in you. What is certain? This is certain: if you have the Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from dead, dwells in you, you have life. How can we be certain that we have the Spirit of God in us?...

February 18, 2013 · 4 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

Here is Love: Our Sin is Death, Our God is Life – Romans 8:10

Romans 8:10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. What is righteousness? Righteousness is when you are constantly, consistently, always perfect. It is continuous thread of how God is able to do everything: love, create, judge, save, redeem, rescue, glorify. None of us, any human being, born of Adam, is able to claim righteousness as our own....

February 4, 2013 · 5 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

Here is Love: Never Alone, Can’t Do It Alone – Romans 8:9

Romans 8:9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. In modern times, we tend to talk about mankind’s achievements and possibilities. To the modern mind, humans have achieved so much and therefore, mankind’s possibilities are endless. Likewise, to the individual, we can achieve anything....

January 28, 2013 · 4 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

Here is Love: I Cannot Go On Without You – Romans 8:8

Romans 8:8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Is this true? 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.1 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one....

January 14, 2013 · 4 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

Here is Love: Despite Our Limitations – Romans 8:7

Romans 8:7 **For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. What is Paul suggesting here? That the mind that is not renewed by the Spirit of God cannot possibly obey God’s law? So does that mean we are not breaking the law of God and therefore sinless before God?Absolutely, not! The mind of man is broken....

January 7, 2013 · 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

Here is Love: Despite Us For Us – Romans 8:5-6

Romans 8:5-6 **For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. What is the flesh? Is it something inherently evil? Is it that this body cannot do anything right?...

December 17, 2012 · 5 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

Here is Love: No One Else Can Do – Romans 8:3-4

Romans 8:3-4 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. What is the law? The world wants to look upon the Bible and see how hard it is to be a Christian....

December 3, 2012 · 7 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

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

Here is Love: You Have Been Set Free – Romans 8:2

There are 613 commandments in the Old Testament. Don’t eat pork.1 Don’t eat eel.2 Don’t get tattoos.3 If you have a slave, there are rules on beating your slave.4 Women, if it is that “time of the month”, there are rules for that.5 Don’t marry somebody outside of your faith.6 Be kind to the immigrant—illegal or otherwise—and treat them as you would your own countryman.7 You have to sacrifice every day and sometimes twice a day....

November 12, 2012 · 3 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

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

Here is Love: I Tell You This So That Your Joy May Be Full – Romans 8:1

My abusing and the abuse done against me. My lies that I have told. The wicked thoughts in my head. My own foolishness. My sickness. The iniquities of my heart. The lusts that captured me for most of my life. The amount of pornography I have distributed in my lifetime. My disobedience. My distrust. My blasphemy. My anger. The poison from my tongue My hatred. My self-righteousness. My pride. This what defines me....

November 5, 2012 · 4 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

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

Here is Love: Death and Life – Galatians 2:20

My life is not my own. My heart, my soul, my flesh, my mind, and my strength: all of it does not belong to me. I used to think that it did belong to me. I use to the think that I was solely in charge of my own life, my own purpose, and my own destiny. But as the years rolled on, I noticed that the more and more that I tried to handle my life on my own, I was inching closer and closer to death—leaving a trail of destruction along the way....

October 29, 2012 · 3 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

Here is Love: John 3:16 Whoever Believes

God loves us. So much so, He came to us. The one who thinks of themselves as good or even, not-so-bad thinks that this is acceptable. “God should come to us. Why shouldn’t he? God should come to me and meet me and get to know me and love me and save me despite me.” However, you see, to the renewed mind, the first line of John 3:16 almost doesn’t make sense....

October 22, 2012 · 4 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

Here is Love: Necessary Surgery—Ezekiel 36:22-28

This is the good news for all time: that Jesus Christ has come to make all things right-standing with Him.1 This is the unquenchable thirst of holiness: He will do so by saving His people from Him, by Him, for Him, through Him, and to Him forever and ever.2 This is the weight of the glory: His word will be preached among the dead—the valley of dry bones—and because He is life, he speaks life into the dead and those who were once dead, now they shall live!...

October 15, 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

Here is Love: God to Man and Man to God—2 Corinthians 5:21

And here is love: 2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Ah ha! Welcome to where things do not make sense in the real world. This is the incredible. The awesome. The audacious. Let us chop this verse up. Who is he who made him to be sin?...

October 8, 2012 · 3 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

Here is Love: Perfectly—Matthew 1:21

And here is love: Matthew 1:21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” I have heard it said many times from the pulpit, “The Bible does not say, ‘Jesus died on the cross for only his people.’” Then why did Jesus die on the cross? Did He die for the mere possibility that you might be saved?...

October 1, 2012 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Here is Love: For All Time—Psalm 103:15-18

And here is love: Psalm 103:15-18 As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.** **But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments....

September 19, 2012 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Here is Love: Precious in His Sight—Deuteronomy 7:6-8

And here is love: Deuteronomy 7:6-8 “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt....

September 12, 2012 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Here is Love: The Cross Was Never Plan B—Genesis 3:15

Here is love: 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.” The cosmos shattered. The universe cracked. The world broken. Sin has entered into our lives and began its wanton destruction leaving billions dead and the sons of Adam damned to the eternal wrath of the Holy God....

August 29, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Here is Love: All Sin Future Sin—Romans 5:8

Here is love: Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. I am confident that 99.8% of people reading this was born in the 20th century. Historically speaking, Christ died about 2000 years ago. I am going to link these two ideas in one moment. Christ is fully God. That means He fully sees all and fully knows all....

August 27, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Here is Love

Here is love, vast as the ocean, Loving-kindness as the flood, When the Prince of Life, our Ransom, Shed for us His precious blood. Who His love will not remember? Who can cease to sing His praise? He can never be forgotten, Throughout Heav’n’s eternal days. On the mount of crucifixion, Fountains opened deep and wide; Through the floodgates of God’s mercy Flowed a vast and gracious tide. Grace and love, like mighty rivers, Poured incessant from above, And Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice Kissed a guilty world in love....

August 22, 2012 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Here is Love, An Introduction

What is love? Isn’t that a question for the ages and especially, in our day and time? Some think it is abstract and for some, more substantial. Some flee from love and desire it all the more. Others attempt to change love in order to fit their lives and their hearts. Often, we see these questions in our culture even when culture are not using those three little words, “what is love?...

August 22, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 1:40-45 Jesus Will Never Reject Us

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

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

Mark 1:29-34 Jesus Rules and Reigns Over All Sickness and Disease

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

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 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

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

Mark 1:14-15 Jesus Rules and Reigns Over All the Earth

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 ministry (only with the fullness of the Holy Spirit)....

August 6, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

🏠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

🏠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

🏠📺 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

🏠📺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

🏠📺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

🏠📺Family Devotions: Mark, A Few Resources

Updated: February 2, 2021 Here just the very small list of resources on Mark that I have found most helpful. It Goes Without Say The 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. Slow down, pray, read, chew and meditate....

July 25, 2012 · 3 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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