Being Offended

Matthew 11:6, “Blessed is the one who is not offended by Me.” The world is so concerned with “offending” others, yet they could care less about offending the Creator and His stewards. Why don’t they care? Because they find Christ and His God offensive. Christ disapproves of their hedonism and licentiousness, and they are offended. Christ […]

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Prepare the Way of the Lord

Isaiah 40:3, A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of YHWH; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Of interesting note is that Isaiah says “YHWH,” not “Messiah” or some other title ascribed to the Messiah/Christ. Thus, John the Baptiser prepared the way not only of the Christ, but especially YHWH—the […]

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Sick in Sin

Luke 5:31-32, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” We are all ill, and it is killing us all. We all know this, for we all seek idols to give us pleasure in this life to […]

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Have Mercy, O Lord

Psalm 51:1-2, Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! Such should be our daily prayer. I adore this psalm, for in it we find the two parts of repentance: contrition—godly sorrow—for […]

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The Fear of the Lord as Filial Fear: Part V. Centrality of Wisdom (Conclusion)

This entire series is my 30-paged bachelor thesis I submitted to the theology department at Concordia University-Ann Arbor—a higher Lutheran education university—as part of the requirement to graduate from the Pre-Seminary programme. It has been reformatted to fit this blog. Separated from God, we exercise Adamic fear as fear of God’s wrath. As we move […]

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The Fear of the Lord as Filial Fear: Part IV. Threefold Use of the Law

This entire series is my 30-paged bachelor thesis I submitted to the theology department at Concordia University-Ann Arbor—a higher Lutheran education university—as part of the requirement to graduate from the Pre-Seminary programme. It has been reformatted to fit this blog. As I argued in part three, filial fear relies on God’s promise in our justification […]

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Good Grief!

2 Corinthians 7:10, For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. As he hears some bad news, Charlie Brown exclaims, “Oh, good grief!” We often think of this as an oxymoron. Grief can’t possibly be good! It’s rather ironic that our culture views grief as a bad […]

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God Hears You

Psalm 88:2, Let my prayer come before You; incline Your ear to my cry! Sometimes we know exactly what to say when we pray. We’ll ask God to protect someone we love, heal their illness, protection for ourselves, to look over our financial situation, whatever it may be. Other times, we may be at a loss […]

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Why Should I Go To Church?

As a future pastor, this question bugs me. I come across Christians from all different walks of life who somehow get it in their heads that since they’re Christian, church isn’t required. Actually, the opposite is true. Church is required because you’re Christian! If you’re not Christian, obviously church isn’t required. After all, why would an unbeliever […]

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