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For you

This wonderful salvation is for you. For you. It is a gift, precisely because we cannot earn it. It is precious, precisely because we cannot do without it. It is to be received, embraced, gripped, because it—and it alone—is life-giving. … Continue reading

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Want to

Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; let your faithful people sing with joy. Ps. 132:9. Righteousness becomes the Christian. Right-eous thoughts, right words, right actions. Thoughts leads to words; words to actions. We are not “saved” because we do right … Continue reading

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World without end

Gloria Patri: “World without end. Amen.” A world—more colorful, more diverse, more real—that we can’t even imagine.

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No impediment

Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan. Luke 4:1 Here is the divine pattern. The Holy Spirit is given at Baptism—filling us, empowering us to live our lives for God, But with Jesus there was … Continue reading

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A little while

A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father. John 16:16 Although Jesus was referring to his imminent death and resurrection, we may draw … Continue reading

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A metaphor for holy Baptism

“When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.” John 9:6 A metaphor for holy Baptism. The dirt moistened with … Continue reading

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Read, mark, learn

Blessed Lord, who has caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of your holy Word, we … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on baptism

When the Word comes together with the water, then the baptism is valid even if faith is lacking in the person being baptized. For my faith does not make Baptism what it is; rather faith accepts what Baptism is. It … Continue reading

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The Regensburg Agreement of 1541

Before the Roman Catholic Council of Trent met and proceeded to reject the doctrine of justification by faith alone that was being confessed and taught in the Lutheran, Reformed and Anglican Churches in Europe, theologians from the Roman and Protestant … Continue reading

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The gospel is…

Summed up in these words from the New Testament: For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus. (1 Tim 2:5) The gospel is—simple. You don’t have to be a mathematician to answer … Continue reading

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