Table Talk

Table Talk is a free weekly devotional that provides writings for use as a bulletin insert for congregations and for use in family devotions. It follows the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) used by SOLA Publishing. ILT makes it available every week, free of charge, on our Resources page and by email subscription. Table Talk's message delivers God's devotion to you, his wayward people, through his Son Jesus Christ.

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The Second Sunday in Advent A

December 08, 2019

Relegating repentance to feeling sorry for your sin commits a grave error. Repentance is a more serious matter. It is death and new life. Repentance is being joined to the death of Christ (Ro. 6). Repentance is being drowned in the waters of baptism (Small Catechism). Repentance is the entire life of the Christian (Luther, 95 Theses). Repentance is Jesus’ call to come and die (Bonhoeffer). The death wrought by baptism is the death of the old person full of both vice and virtue. Jesus Christ comes and takes away that person’s future, leaving behind only mortal flesh, soon to go down to the grave. Jesus Christ then gives your mortal flesh the only life possible to it, his own. The Christian has no life except for the indwelling life of Christ (Gal. 2:20). All else is mortal and passing away and has no future.

The First Sunday in Advent A

December 01, 2019

Prophesying the end of the world seems much beloved by both ancient and modern prophets. One list I consulted has 103 end-of-theworld scenarios prophesied in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries alone. Even the Old and New Testaments of our Christian Bible contain end time prophecies. Usually they prophesy a day known as “the coming of the Son of Man,” “the Day of the Lord,” or “Judgment Day.” This day marks the time of accountability for everyone. Jesus Christ will be revealed on that day in all his glory. This old creation will pass away and the New Creation will be brought fully into being.

Christ the King

November 24, 2019

As a believer caught up in the faith of Jesus Christ, you possess a dual citizenship. By virtue of your flesh—that is, your mortal body—you have citizenship in this old world which is passing away. By virtue of your faith—that is, the presence of Jesus Christ—you have citizenship in the New Creation which has already come into being through Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). Your mortal body no longer has a life of its own; it has Jesus Christ as its life (Gal. 2:20). Its flesh is subject to all the weaknesses of flesh and will eventually return to the dust from which it was made (Ge. 2:19). Your life, however, is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). When Christ comes in his glory, that hidden life of yours will be revealed in its glory as the Lord speaks it into fleshly existence in the New Creation.

The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

November 17, 2019

Once again, the Apostle Paul exercises pastoral care over this favored congregation of his. First off, Paul commends them to the faithfulness of the Lord who will guard them against the evil one (vs 3). He also directs their hearts to God’s love and Christ’s steadfastness (vs 5). After these good words of reassurance, Paul takes up his pastoral concern: someone is being “idle” or perhaps “sloppy” (the Greek word can be translated as either) in or about the tradition the congregation received from Paul’s preaching, teaching, and example (vs 6).

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