Daily Reform

Reflections on Writings of the Reformers

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In Daily Reform, I begin with a Lectionary Reading, find an appropriate writing from or about a Reformer on the text or its theme, and then pull the two together. There are over 300 devotions here, ordered by book of the Bible.

Genesis

One Flesh – Genesis 2:18-25
Curses
– Genesis 3:14-21
Whose Will? – Genesis 6:9-22
Who not What
– Genesis 9:8-17
The True Sign – Genesis 14:1-24
Promises – Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Avoiding the Babble – Genesis 24:50-67
Degrees of Movement – Genesis 27:1-29
Full-framed Faith – Genesis 28:10-19
This Alien Place – Genesis 28:15-16
Let Us Confess – Genesis 30:1-24
Choosing Greater Value – Genesis 31:25-50
Arise and Go – Genesis 35:1-20
Feeding Fools – Genesis 41:46-57
The Grace to Hear – Genesis 42:18-28
Faithful Growth – Genesis 42:29-38
The Calm in the Storm – Genesis 43:1-15
God In the Storm – Genesis 47:1-26

Exodus

Wise Foolishness – Exodus 6:10-13
You Snake!
– Exodus 7:7-16
Moving On – Exodus 14:10-15
Stand Firm – Exodus 14:13-14
Living Hope – Exodus 14:21-31
Grumbling Toward Heaven – Exodus 16:1-8
Pure Religion – Exodus 20:1-7
Just One of the Ten – Exodus 20:1-17
Upstream
– Exodus 30:17-21
Seeing God – Exodus 34:29-35

Numbers

The Shining Face – Numbers 6:24-27
Bite Back
– Numbers 21:4-9

Deuteronomy

Living Letters – Deuteronomy 6:1-6
The Onely God – Deuteronomy 6:4
We Believe in One God – Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Ironies – Deuteronomy 6:4-9
The Heart of God – Deuteronomy 18:15-20
The Israel of God – Deuteronomy 32:28-30

1 Samuel

Lost but Found – 1 Samuel 3:1-10
The True Pastor – 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Sure Steps – 1 Samuel 17:32-49

2 Samuel

Persevere – 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
The Stronghold – 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
What Could Happen? – 2 Samuel 5:1-12
The Gladdened Heart – 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
The Mess – 2 Samuel 7:1-14a
Having Everything – 2 Samuel 11:1-15
The Level Place of Grace – 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15
What Do You Say? – 2 Samuel 23:1-7, 13-17

1 Kings


Sure Promises
– 1 Kings 8:22-30, 41-43
The Largeness of His Fullness
– 1 Kings 17:10-16
An Unexpected Prophet
 – 1 Kings 17:13-24
A Parent’s Love – 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
Poking Holes – 1 Kings 18:17-21
Shhhh… – 1 Kings 19:9-18
Being Content – 1 Kings 21:1-16
Faith Comes from Fearing – 1 Kings 21:17-29
Standing Up to the King – 1 Kings 21:17-29

2 Kings

Shine, Jesus, Shine –  2 Kings 2:1-12
Faith and Healing
 – 2 Kings 5:1-14

1 Chronicles

Struggling with God – 2 Chronicles 6:24-31

2 Chronicles

No Mercy for God – 2 Chronicles 6:32-7:7
Brokering the Grace of God
– 2 Chronicles 29:1-3; 30:1-27

Nehemiah

The Plain Sense – Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10

Job

The Broken Pot – Job 1:1; 2:1-10
Hear
– Job 26:1-14
Strength in the Wave – Job 38:1-11
I Have Your Hide
 – Job 38:22-34

Psalms

Strength for Standing – Psalm 1:1-6
Standing in the Deep – Psalm 1:1-6
The Dumb Pastor – Psalm 1:1-6
On the Run
– Psalm 4:1-8
Multiple Oneness – Psalm 8:1-9
Stronger Than You Think – Psalm 9:9-20
An Insidious Plot – Psalm 14:1-7
Late Night Company
– Psalm 19:1-14
Sailing – Psalm 19:1-14
Kind Cuts – Psalm 19:1-14
Climbing Near the Heart of God – Psalm 20:1-9
Not Finished Yet – Psalm 22:25-31
Patience
– Psalm 22:23-31
Providential Pasture – Psalm 23:1-6
The Big Picture  – Psalm 23:1-6
Good Beyond Goodness – Psalm 24:1-10
Self-condemned
– Psalm 25:1-10
The Testing Soil – Psalm 26:1-12
House Restoration
 – Psalm 30:1-12
The Trade-off – Psalm 30:1-12
Fullness in Death – Psalm 31:9-16
Prudence – Psalm 32:1-11
Come Back – Psalm 36:5-10
Composure – Psalm 37:1-7a
Trust Issues – Psalm 41:1-13
King of Earth and Heaven – Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9
The Bare Word – Psalm 48:1-13
Living with Jesus – Psalm 50:1-6
Publishing the News – Psalm 51:1-12
The Further Shore – Psalm 51:1-12
Wake Up – Psalm 57:1-11
Preparation for Grace
 – Psalm 62:5-12
Accept – Psalm 63:1-8
The Risk of the Rock – Psalm 71:1-6
The Right Focus – Psalm 85:8-13
The Plan – Psalm 89:20-37
A Good Man – Psalm 98:1-9
Glimpsing God – Psalm 99:1-9
Dressed in Light – Psalm 104:1-3
The Face of the Deep – Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Beyond Civility – Psalm 104:24-3435b
The Way of Suffering – Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Our All and Everything – Psalm 111:1-10
Stand and Declare – Psalm 118:5-17
The Hope of Beingness – Psalm 122:1-9
The Shield – Psalm 123:1-4
Our Help – Psalm 124:1-8
A Heart for Good – Psalm 125:1-5
A Fortune of Joy – Psalm 126:1-6
High in the Lows – Psalm 130:1-8
Addressing God – Psalm 130:1-8
Never Give Up Hope – Psalm 130:1-8
Getting Along – Psalm 133:1-3
The Chief End – Psalm 138:1-8
He Who Knows You Best – Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Sharing the Glory – Psalm 147:1-11, 20c

Proverbs

Turn – Proverbs 1:20-33
Confidence – Proverbs 7:1-27
Ciphering – Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Greater Than the Law — Proverbs 3:11-20
Bent – Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

Song of Solomon

Eternal Spring – Song of Solomon 2:8-13

Isaiah

The Far Gone Darkness – Isaiah 2:1-5
Beyond Knowledge
– Isaiah 6:1-8
The Unforeseen Encounter – Isaiah 6:1-8, 9-13
Setbacks
– Isaiah 25:6-9
The Manic Worm  – Isaiah 38:17-20
Haven’t You Heard?
 – Isaiah 40:21-31
Let Go – Isaiah 43:16-21
Memorable Sins – Isaiah 43:18-25
Full on Empty – Isaiah 50:4-9a
Disdained Beauty – Isaiah 53:1-5
Divine Flesh – Isaiah 53:1-5
Return – Isaiah 55:1-9
Hope in Another – Isaiah 62:1-5
Spirit Led – Isaiah 63:7-13

Jeremiah

Risk Living – Jeremiah 1:4-10
Deeply Rooted Promises – Jeremiah 17:5-10
Freedom of Movement – Jeremiah 37:3-21

Ezekiel

The Burning Word – Ezekiel 2:1-10
The Journey of Faith
– Ezekiel 17:22-24
Reflection – Ezekiel 31:2-3, 9-11
Convocation
– Ezekiel 37:1-14
Keep Swimming
– Ezekiel 47:1-5

Daniel

Standing in the Fire – Daniel 3:19-25

Amos

The Promise – Amos 7:7-15

Jonah

Changed Hearts – Jonah 3:1-5, 10

Micah

What God Wants – Micah 6:6-8

Habakkuk

A Higher Call – Habakkuk 3:1-18

Matthew

Standing Up to the King – Matthew 4:12-17
The Real Promise
– Matthew 6:24-34
Brokering the Grace of God – Matthew 7:1-12
Whose Glory? – Matthew 10:2-7
Moving Forward – Matthew 10:16-28
Freedom of Movement – Matthew 10:24-33
Give It a Rest
– Matthew 11:28-30
Christ Alone – Matthew 17:1-8
Faith Casting – Matthew 17:24-27
Ready Faith – Matthew 24:37-44
Believe
– Matthew 28:16-20

Mark

Baptized by God, Mark 1:4-11
Hold On – Mark 1:9-15
When Christ Calls, Mark 1:14-20
More than a Great Teacher, Mark 1:21-28
Heeding the Call, Mark 1:29-39
Healed? Mark 1:40-45
New Wine, Mark 2:1-12
Feeding Fools – Mark 3:7-19a
The Grace to Hear – Mark 4:1-20
Faithful Growth – Mark 4:21-34
Godly Growth – Mark 4:26-34
The Other Side – Mark 4:30-35
Dependence – Mark 4:35-41
The Calm in the Storm – Mark 4:35-41
The Question – Mark 5:21-43
The Determined Word – Mark 6:1-13
Powerful Mercy – Mark 6:14-29
God In the Storm – Mark 6:47-56
Take and Eat – Mark 7:24-37
What Could Happen? – Mark 7:24-37
Dependency – Mark 8:31-38
The Unveiled God – Mark 9:2-9
Broken Wholeness – Mark 10:2-16
Avoiding the Babble – Mark 10:13-22
Real Healing – Mark 10:46-52
Truly Present, Mark 11:24-26
What Do You Say? – Mark 13:1-13
The Vanity of Self – Mark 14:1-15:47
No Mercy for God – Mark 14:53-65
The Barrier is Gone – Mark 16:1-8

Luke

Do Tell – Luke 4:14-21
The Depths – Luke 5:1-11
Blessed Are You – Luke 6:17-26
The Golden Rule
– Luke 6:31-35
Coming – Luke 7:22-23
Unexpected Grace – Luke 7:36-50
Standing for Truth
– Luke 9:23-27
Hearing Christ Alone – Luke 9:28-36
Grounded Faith – Luke 12:35-40
My Peace
– Luke 24:36b-48

John

History Lesson – John 1:14-17
Found By Christ
, John 1:43-51
Sin Driver – John 2:13-22
Whose Will? – John 2:13-22
How to Understand – John 3:1-17
The Snake Handler – John 3:14-21
The Fullness of God – John 3:14-17, 34
The True Sign – John 4:43-54
The Eyes of Faith – John 4:46-54
Shhhh… – John 6:15-27
Near than Near – John 6:24-35
Rightly Related Thanks – John 6:35, 41-51
The Joyous Forever – John 6:51-58
Powerfully Weak – John 6:56-69
Degrees of Movement – John 8:12-20
Leaving It to God – John 8:43-47
Let Us Confess – John 9:1-17
The Gateway – John 10:1-7
Choosing Greater Value – John 10:1-18
Resistance – John 10:11-18
Kept – John 10:22-30
The One God of Scripture – John 10:24-31
Arise and Go – John 11:1-16
Greater Than the Law — John 11:17-29
Confidence – John 11:55-12:8
Living Hope – John 14:1-17
Recovery – John 14:3-6
Keeping the Commandments – John 14:8-17
Abide – John 15:1-8
Taking a Stand in Love – John 15:8-13
Staying with God – John 15:9-17
Endure – John 15:9-21
Go Forth! – John 15:26-27
A Higher Call – John 17:1-8
Where You Stand – John 17:6-19
The Gate of God – John 20:1-18
Peace Restored – John 20:19-31
The Lifted Chin – John 21:1-19

Acts

Blessed Are They Who Read – Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Drawing a Crowd – Acts 2:1-21
New Life – Acts 2:1-21
Bless Me!
– Acts 3:12-19
Renovation – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
The Requirement of Providence – Acts 4:5-12
The Snare of Godliness – Acts 4:7-12
Great Grace!
– Acts 4:32-35
Home – Acts 7:44-49
Seeing Clearly
 – Acts 8:18-23
Decisions – Acts 8:26-40
The Shared Trait – Acts 9:1-6
Time for a Change – Acts 9:1-18
The Living Dead – Acts 9:36-43
The Struggle – Acts 10:34-43
That Guy – Acts 10:44-48
Knock, Knock – Acts 11:1-18
Building on Faith – Acts 14:11-15
Getting Directions – Acts 15:1-11
The Welcome Word – Acts 15:5-11
Credo – Acts 16:4b-15
What Could Happen? – Acts 17:1-15
Sweet Obedience – Acts 17:10-13
What Do You Say? – 2 Samuel 23:1-7, 13-17
The Shore of Glory – Acts 27:39-44

Romans

The Good Bad News – Romans 3:21-26
New Shoes – Romans 3:28-31
The Heresy of the Modern Spirit
 – Romans 4:13-25
Everything You Need – Romans 5:1-5
Trinity in Unity – Romans 5:1-5
Strange Feats – Romans 5:6-8
Easy Obedience – Romans 6:17-22
The Witness – Romans 8:12-17
Heirs of the Spirit – Romans 8:14-17
True Hope – Romans 8:20-26a
The Searcher of Hearts – Romans 8:22-27
The Prize of Faith – Romans 8:31-39
Living Through Death – Romans 9:1-5
Transformation – Romans 11:30-12:2
Degrees of Movement – Romans 12:1-8
A New Day – Romans 13:11-14
The Cost of Faith – Romans 16:17-20
At All Cost – Romans 16:17-20

1 Corinthians

The Evil of Rightness – 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Standing Up to the King – 1 Corinthians 1:20-31
Feeding Fools – 1 Corinthians 4:8-21
The Grace to Hear – 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:11
Keep Walking – 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
The Fading World – 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Brokering the Grace of God – 1 Corinthians 7:32-40
Free Preaching – 1 Corinthians 9:16-23
God In the Storm – 1 Corinthians 9:16-27
Running to the Finish– 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
The Window – 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Gifted – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
The Looking Glass – 1 Corinthians 13:9-12
Freedom of Movement – 1 Corinthians 14:13-25
The Key – 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Work Hard – 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Living Like It – 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

2 Corinthians 

Walk On – 2 Corinthians 1:18-22
A Comfortable Life
, 2 Corinthians 3:4-6
Seeing God – 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Seeing the Light – 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Consequential Faith – 2 Corinthians 5:1-7
Press On – 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, 14-17
Gracious Power – 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Faithful Growth – 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
The Risk of Faith – 2 Corinthians 6:4-11
The God Within – 2 Corinthians 6:16-18
But Are You Ready? – 2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Real Strength – 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
I Got That – 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Necessary Tribulations – 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Standing in the Name – 2 Corinthians 13:2-5

Galatians

Falling on the Rock – Galatians 2:17-21
Divine Assistance
– Galatians 3:1-5
Longsuffering
– Galatians 5:22-23

Ephesians

One Certain Truth – Ephesians 1:3-14
Closer – Ephesians 1:3-14
The Frustration of Truth– Ephesians 3:8-12
Unity of the Spirit – Ephesians 4:1-3
The Fixed Point – Ephesians 4:1-16
Shhhh… – Ephesians 4:17-32
The Last Word – Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Feelings – Ephesians 5:18-21
The Doer – Ephesians 6:1-10
Facing Trouble – Ephesians 6:10-18a

Philippians

In Tune – Philippians 1:15-18
Momentous Trivialities – Philippians 2:2-8
Striving and Stretching
– Philippians 2:12-16
Transfiguration – Philippians 2:12-21
Step Out of the Shade – Philippians 3:7-9
A Higher Call – Philippians 3:12-21
Contentment – Philippians 4:11b-20

Colossians

True God – Colossians 1:15-20
The Fullness of God and Man – Colossians 2:6-9

1 Thessalonians

Pray Always – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

1 Timothy

Plainly Spoken – 1 Timothy 4:7b-16

2 Timothy

Avoiding the Babble – 2 Timothy 2:14-21
The School of Faithfulness
– 2 Timothy 3:10-14

Hebrews

Within the Hope – Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Word and Faith
 –  Hebrews 4:1-7
Whose Will? – Hebrews 4:1-13
Begin Anew – Hebrews 5:5-10
Learning to Speak – Hebrews 6:11-20
The True Sign – Hebrews 8:1-13
Hooligans – Hebrews 10:16-31
Keep Walking – Hebrews 11:1-12
The Next Step – Hebrews 12:1-3
Life Without the Trappings – Hebrews 12:14-17

James

The Change of Life – James 1:17-27
The Call
– James 1:21-27
No Mercy for God – James 2:1-13
The Only Good Work – James 2:1-17
The Taming of the Tongue – James 3:1-12
At Home with God – James 4:4-8

1 Peter

Living Hope – 1 Peter 1:1-12
Peaceful Troubles
– 1 Peter 1:17-25
Beware the Sham
– 1 Peter 2:11-25
Set Sail
– 1 Peter 3:18-22
The Painful Gift – 1 Peter 4:1-6

2 Peter

The Divine Nature – 2 Peter 1:2-10
The Gravity of Your Situation
– 2 Peter 2:1-4
The Difference – 2 Peter 3:11-18
Found in Christ
 – 2 Peter 3:13-14

1 John

Let Us Confess – 1 John 1:1-10
The Most Difficult Thing
– 1 John 1:8-10
Choosing Greater Value – 1 John 2:12-17
More than You Ask – 1 John 3:1-7
Arise and Go – 1 John 3:11-18
Greater Than the Law — 1 John 3:18-4:6
The Dickensian Paradox – 1 John 3:16-24
Who Knows You? – 1 John 4:7-10
Real Love – 1 John 4:7-21
Embrace Faith – 1 John 5:1-6
Ready Obedience – 1 John 5:9-13
Confidence – 1 John 5:13-21

3 John

Limp On – 3 John 2-5

Revelation

The In-between – Revelation 1:1-9
Hold Fast
– Revelation 2:12-17
Possessing God
– Revelation 3:14-22
Unstable Security
 – Revelation 3:17-19
Fall Down – Revelation 5:11-14
The Great Schemer – Revelation 7:9-17
Fighting Dragons – Revelation 12:3-11
Thy Kingdom Come – Revelation 12:7-12
The Mark of the Lamb – Revelation 13:11-14:1
At Rest In Him – Revelation 14:12-13
Looking Away to Faithful – Revelation 19:11-16
Light on the Horizon – Revelation 21:22-27

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