In All that You Do, Trust God

1 Corinthians 10:12, Therefore, let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. A strange verse to read on the morning of my 28th birthday, yet a good reminder on this day God finished creating me to trust in Him alone. Misplaced confidence in my strength will cause me to fall. Indeed, I […]

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Trust in the Word

Matthew 4:3-4, And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But He answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (cf. Deuteronomy 8:3). Satan didn’t test Jesus out of doubt […]

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The Baptism of Our Lord

Matthew 3:17, And behold, a voice from Heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were present in the beginning (John 1:1-5). Now here at Christ’s Baptism, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are present again. Why would Christ—a sinless man—need to be baptised? We are baptised […]

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Guatemala: Tear Down the Wall

We arrived in Guatemala late Saturday night (Jan. 20) in Guatemala City. As soon as we stepped out of the airport, I was immediately satisfied with the air of warmth I felt having flown from Missouri. After many months of hearing about the two American missionaries we’d be working with, we finally got to meet […]

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Cling to God in Prayer

James 5:17, Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on earth. In light of this verse, the evangelical Christian in his mysticism will say, “See, if you just pray hard enough, God will answer […]

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Our Father

Matthew 6:9, “Our Father, who is in Heaven…” (own Greek translation). What does this mean? Luther explains in his Small Catechism, “With these words God wants to entice us, so that we come to believe He is truly our Father and we are truly His children, in order that we may ask Him boldly and with complete […]

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This short story illustrates the thoughts and feelings that go through my mind every day as I suffer with social anxiety, and the comfort I daily receive from the Gospel. The dialogue in italics portrays this anxiety. What is it about silence that makes people so uncomfortable? I wonder this every time I talk to […]

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Your Will Be Done

Matthew 6:10b, “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” What does this mean? Luther explains in his Small Catechism, “God’s good and gracious will comes about without our prayer, but we ask in this prayer that it may also come about in and among us” (10). How does His will come about […]

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