The New Man

James 1:18, Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. From what were we brought forth? Our Baptism, in which the word of truth washes us in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As Paul describes, the […]

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Jesus’ Mission

2 Corinthians 5:21, [God] made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. Jesus Christ died a sinner—He died a sinner’s death. Not that He actually committed sin, but on the cross He became sin and His righteousness becomes ours (i.e. justification by faith). This […]

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To Fall or Rise

Luke 2:34, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel…” (own Greek translation). God, in His goodness and mercy, sent His only-begotten Son into the world on account of His promise made to Israel through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to raise all of Israel from death in sin to life in […]

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Walk in Christ

Colossians 2:6-7, As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith. Too often, Christians think, “Because Christ has forgiven me, I can do whatever sin I want without regret.” No, you cannot; that is Christian sociopathy. Faith in Christ does not permit licentiousness; […]

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An Altar to the Lord

Genesis 12:7, [Abram] built [at Moreh] an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. This was the first time Abram built an altar to YHWH, and he did not pick it at random; God Himself chose the location. And for what purpose? In Luther’s words, “He appoints a definite place where the church should […]

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Christ Chose Us

Acts 9:4-6, And falling to the ground, [Saul] heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” There are Christians who think […]

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The Father’s Duty

Written while in Guatemala on January 24, 2018. Ephesians 6:4, Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. The father’s duty is to discipline his children in the Lord and to teach them the Word. Although I grew up in a Christian home, we […]

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Follow Me

Written while in Guatemala on January 22, 2018. Matthew 9:9, [Jesus] saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and He said to him, “Follow Me.” And he rose and followed Him. That the Lord would have me read this verse on this day is proof of His providence. For as I am now in Guatemala […]

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Forgiveness for All Sins

1 John 1:8-9, If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It could not be any clearer. We are all sinners. If we deny this, […]

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The Purpose of Good Works

Galatians 2:16, Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be […]

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