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Monday, April 15, 2019: Ezekiel 29-30

The refrain of these chapters is, “Then they will know that I am the Lord.” Egypt, because of their stubbornness, had to learn who is in charge the hard way. Is there an area in your life where you are being stubborn to God’s direction? How are you going to learn that Jesus is Lord- the easy way (following his Word) or the hard way (being treated like the Egyptians)?

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Tuesday, April 16, 2019: Ezekiel 31-32

“Pride cometh before the fall” (Proverbs 16:18). The unrivaled beauty of Egypt (31:8-9) made the Egyptians proud. And because God had blessed them with much, they were even more responsible for it. How can we turn back from pride, and live humbly in the Lord’s calling?

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Ezekiel 33-34

“Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me” We speak life and death, we who know the Word of God, we who know Jesus. And there is no more apt word to us than, “As I live,”declares the Lord God, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. TURN BACK, TURN BACK from your evil ways, for why will you die?”

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Thursday, April 18, 2019: Ezekiel 35-36

People who mess with Christians mess with God himself. They will be punished for their wickedness. Christians who mess with unholy living, mess with God Himself and will be cast out of God’s favor. But- “I will sprinkle clean water on you… I will give you a new heart and a new spirit… I will put my Spirit within you.”

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Friday, April 19, 2019: Ezekiel 37-38

Can these dry bones live? Yes. God can bring life to the lifeless. In Jesus, God has promised to bring life to the lifeless! And of these dead, lifeless people who have been restored to life, God says, “I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Is there a part of your life that is feeling unredeemable? Give it over to the one who breathes life into dead, dry bones.

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Saturday, April 20, 2019: Ezekiel 39-40

“I dealt with them according to their transgressions… and now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel…” God makes sure the law crushes, and we must realize we cannot do it on our own. He will do whatever it takes to get us to turn from our wickedness and toward His promises; He wants us to see His face!!

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Monday, April 22, 2019: Ezekiel 41-42

Why all this talk about a temple? Didn’t Jesus do away with it? No! He said He is the Temple (John 2:19)! He said we are His temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)! The temple is a picture into eternity, where “the dwelling place of God is with man!” (Revelation 21:3).

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Tuesday, April 23, 2019: Ezekiel 43-44

“The vision I saw was just like the vision that I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and just like the vision that I had seen by the Chebar canal.” Ezekiel couldn’t tell whether God was coming in wrath or love- God’s presence can be destructive (toward evil) and full of love (toward his loved ones) at the same time. Can you think of a time where God’s presence felt both destructive and loving at the same time?

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Wednesday, April 24, 2019: Ezekiel 45-46

The sacrificial meal is a foretaste of the feast to come, and the Lord has a meal prepared for us, for eternity. Jesus has redeemed all creation, and promises to bless us forever. Your participation in Holy Communion is part of the eternal feast. How does that change your view on Communion?

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Thursday, April 25, 2019: Ezekiel 47-48

“Wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live…for this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes” (47:9) Jesus promised streams of living water (John 7:37-39), and the Message will bring life to the world. We pray, Jesus, let the river flow that Life may abound!

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Friday, April 26, 2019: Joel 1-2:11

“Put on sackcloth and lament… wail…pass the night in sackcloth…consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord you God, and cry out to the Lord” (Joel 1:13-14). What does repentance look like in your life? What about in the life of your family and church community?

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Saturday, April 27, 2019: Joel 2:12-3:21

“Return to me,” God pleads. “Come back!” God shouts. He paints a picture of what life will look like when we have God “in our midst” (2:27).What parts of his description resonate with you? How do you see the Spirit bearing fruit in your life?

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Monday, April 29, 2019: Daniel 1-2

Living in a foreign land under foreign rules… We have that in common with Daniel (or Belteshazzar, as they call him). Our kingdom is not of this world, yet we have to try to live in the midst of it. Daniel flourished in Babylon and in God’s kingdom. Where did he feel social pressure? How did he manage it? Where do you feel social pressure today, and how do you manage it?

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Tuesday, April 30, 2019: Daniel 3-4

Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, as the Babylonians called them) provided an extreme witness, and it changed a king and his kingdom. “Our God is able to deliver us.. But if he does not, be it known that we will not serve your gods!” (3:17-18) These men provide a witness to us. They realized God might not save them from unfair treatment, but they were going to stand in their faith regardless. Jesus can do all things for us, but if He leads you to a cross, how will you respond?

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Wednesday, May 1, 2019: Daniel 5-6

Daniel’s holiness was offensive to the people of his day. Jesus’ holiness was offensive as well. He has given us a holiness that is distinct from the world. “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first” (John 15:18), Jesus tells his disciples. How do we stay above reproach, yet offensive in our holiness at the same time?

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Thursday, May 2, 2019: Daniel 7-8

The end of times causes anxiety even within Daniel, the seer of the vision (7:15)! What verses bring comfort to you in this section? Which verses cause alarm? Ultimately, we can trust that Jesus’ kingdom is “one that shall not be destroyed” (7:14)!

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Friday, May 3, 2019: Daniel 9-10

Pray Daniel’s prayer in 9:4-19 for yourself and for your nation. Take some time to write down how this experience was for you.

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Saturday, May 4, 2019: Daniel 11-12

“Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end” (12:9). We don’t get all the answers we want from God, and His instruction to us is to “Go your way.” So, go your way! God called Daniel to work for the government of Babylon. God has called you to other work. While you are waiting for Jesus to return- go your way! And rest assured in Jesus’ promised return.

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Monday, May 6, 2019: Ezra 1-2

Why all the numbers?! Who cares?? Why do we need to have a count of each and every little thing and person that returned? Because God cares about each and every little thing and person. Every single person was counted- no one was left out. What does that mean for us today? In Christ, God will not miss even one of his “remnant.” God has a count of every single person- so those numbers are good news!

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Tuesday, May 7, 2019: Ezra 3-4

“The people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout from the sound of the people’s weeping, for the people shouted with a great shout, and the sound was heard far away.” (Ezra 3:30) Sometimes the sound of joy and sadness are the same. Can you think of a time in your life where you were filled with both joy and sadness? What was that like? Did you see God at work in the midst of it?

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Wednesday, May 8, 2019: Ezra 5-6

The Lord worked through secular kings and the money of foreign nations, and His people had a place to worship once again. In their celebration, the most joyful thing to do was to celebrate the Passover. For us today, the most joyful thing we can do is celebrate the Sacrament of the Altar. We rejoice at God’s presence, just as the Jews did at the Passover. We rejoice at the presence of Jesus, the One who has taken our guilt and shame and has prepared an eternal home for us. I encourage you to dwell on the impact Communion has had on your life, and to look forward with eager anticipation the next opportunity you have to celebrate joyfully at the altar with God’s people.

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Thursday, May 9, 2019: Psalm 137, Haggai 1

“If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill!” (Ps. 137:5) That’s what they said before they were sent back; after they got back to Jerusalem however, the freed captives turned to their own stuff (houses, fields, etc.) rather than rebuilding the Lord’s house. In the midst of pain, it is much easier to see clearly. That is probably why God often uses suffering to produce patience, perseverance, and hope within us May we seek to see clearly, with or without suffering!

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Friday, May 10, 2019: Haggai 2, Zechariah 1

“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1). The same went for the people of Haggai’s and Zechariah’s time, and it goes for us as well. God is in charge of all we do. In Christ, God promises to take care of us and give us all we need. Do you feel as though you are relying on God to control your life?

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)


Saturday, May 11, 2019: Zechariah 2-3

“I will remove the iniquity of the land in a single day” (3:9). In a single day, so much was accomplished. The filthy rags were buried, Satan was declared the loser, and death was defeated. It was a day that seemed as though Jesus had lost, that first Good Friday, but when He declared, “It is finished,” that is exactly what he meant. The iniquity of the whole earth was removed- in a single day. Praise God for cleansing us through Jesus!

—Ethan Luhman (St. Paul, Saratoga Springs)