Proclaiming the Word Boldly

Acts 4:19-20, But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” Standing before the council of the Sadducees, Peter and John had to answer for what they […]

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Peace with God

John 14:27, “My peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” People think Jesus came for world peace. These people do not know Jesus. He Himself says He came not to bring […]

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Sheep Are Stupid

John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” As Westerners, I think we generally understand the concept of the relationship between sheep and shepherd, but I still think it’s mostly lost in our culture. After all, shepherds aren’t exactly common these days as they were in biblical […]

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To See Christ

Matthew 17:5, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” Many implications come to mind from this account on the Transfiguration—all of which I’ve heard sermons on and have done my own studies. But there is something else I haven’t yet considered until I read a pericope from Luther’s Works. He […]

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The First and the Last

Matthew 20:16, “So the last will be first, and the first last.” A difficult text to interpret. But when put in its proper context of the labourers in the vineyard (vv. 1-15), perhaps it’s not too difficult (indeed, all verses must be interpreted in their given context, otherwise it makes no sense and we become unfaithful […]

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Secure in Christ

Romans 8:38-39, I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Who is Paul writing to here? Not […]

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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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Bearing Our Cross

Luke 9:23 is a well-known passage amongst us Christians, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Yet this passage is often misinterpreted. Most contend this passage is a generalisation about discipleship—that we have to be Christlike in all circumstances. Whilst I concede being Christlike is a […]

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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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