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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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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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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Christianity, A Costly Calling

Matthew 10:34-36, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be of his own household.” This statement is truer than we realise. Jesus is not talking […]

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Republicans & Democrats: Love One Another, Pray for One Another, Pray for the President

Prayer, Respect, and Honour for the President This article is not going to be about political advocacy for Hillary Clinton or President Donald Trump, or for the Republican or Democratic party. I have a more important message. For that, I want us to focus on 1 Timothy 2:1-4: First of all, then, I urge that supplications, […]

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End of the Law

Romans 10:4, Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. What does this mean? Luther says it well, “Nothing else than that all who believe in Christ are justified through faith and receive His Spirit and grace” (Church Postil, sermon for New Year’s Day on Galatians 3:23-29, Luther’s Works 76:13-14). The law […]

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Knowing God

John 8:19, “If you knew Me, you would know My Father also.” Thus, the only way to know God is through His Son, Jesus Christ. Anything that is not sanctioned by Christ, therefore, is of the Devil. If this sounds too harsh or drastic, that is a worldly mind. When our minds are set in the […]

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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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