Reformation 7: Devotional Life

“I am a doctor and a preacher, yes, as learned and experienced as all the people…Yet I am as a child who is being taught the Catechism. Every morning, and whenever I have time, I read and say, word for word, the 10 Commandments, the Creed, the Lords Prayer, the Psalms, and such. I must […]

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2017 Jars Of Clay

WE ARE BEGGARS: THIS IS TRUE. It is a confession of humility before God –- that all we have and all we are is a gift from His good, gracious, and generous hands. It echoes what Jesus said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 WE ARE […]

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Do you ever watch those TV courtroom drama shows? Some of you might remember Perry Mason or Matlock. Since then there are many others: LA Law, Boston Legal, and of course, all the Law and Order spin-offs! One internet list had over 50 TV shows! It seems that we are interested in and familiar with […]

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2017 Romans 14: Urgency

There is an urgency to the Christian faith and life. We live in the End Times – the Last Days. Time is limited; opportunity is brief. We only have a fixed number of days left to live. St. Paul emphasizes this urgency in the book of Romans.

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2017 Romans 13: Gospel Motivation

One of the most fundamental truths in theology and holy Scripture is this: Sanctification follows Justification. Sanctification is your holy life; and it ALWAYS comes after justification, after God declares you “not guilty!” of your sins through faith in Christ. Another way of saying it is this: FIRST GOD FORGIVES YOU; THEN YOU DO GOOD […]

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2017 Romans 11: Patient Endurance

As believers in Christ, our stance towards suffering is to “patiently endure”. Patient endurance does not mean that you close your eyes and hold your breath and hope it goes away. Biblically, “patiently endurance” is the posture of faith in the midst of suffering. Patient endurance is holding on to God and His promises through […]

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Martin Luther once said this: The believing man has the Holy Spirit; and where the Holy Spirit dwells, He will not let a man to be idle, but stirs him up to all kinds of godliness and good works, and of true religion, to the love of God, to the patient suffering of afflictions, to […]

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2017 Romans 6: The Old Testament

There are 39 books in the Old Testament, written over a 1,500-year time period. The OT has 929 chapters and over 23,000 verses. The OT teaches us the early history of the world, and the formation of Israel as the people of God.The Old Testament is part of the holy, inspired, and inerrant Word of […]

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