We Die Blameless

John 8:21, “I am going away, and you will seek Me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” Whom is Jesus speaking to here? Unbelieving Pharisees. When Jesus said this to them, they thought it meant Jesus was going to kill Himself (v. 22). But He made a distinction […]

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Do not Deceive Yourself

Galatians 5:24, But those of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its sufferings and its lusts. (Own Greek translation.) Therefore, when we are tempted with all sorts of sins and lusts, we must not deceive ourselves and think we can give in just because we are in Christ. For Christ died and rose from the dead […]

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Christ’s Authority

Hebrews 1:3, [Christ] is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high… Our confessional creed—the Nicene Creed—essentially follows the format of this […]

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Christian Peace

Romans 5:1, Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. For us Lutherans, justification by faith is the heart of the Gospel. Without it, the Gospel dies. For us, to devalue or completely rid of justification is to devalue and rid of Christ and the cross. […]

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It’s Not Okay, But I Forgive You

Marriage, when based on God’s Word, serves so many wonderful functions. It is is the foundation of the familial unit, which is the foundation of our society. It is also a reflection of Christ’s relationship with His bride, the church.  “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife […]

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An Advocate with God

1 John 2:1, If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. Thus, any other advocate before the Father who is not Jesus Christ the Son of God is inadequate. He alone advocates for us before the Father. No saint who has gone before us, not even Mary herself, can […]

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Sin, Shootings, Solutions

My fellow author and brother in Christ, Ricky Beckett, has already written on the subject of the Florida shooting. And I suggest if you want a piece that is extremely well written, professional, and thought out, that you read his article found here: https://thelutherancolumn.com/2018/02/19/parkland-florida-a-theology-of-the-cross/ My piece here will address some of the subjects Mr. Beckett addressed. […]

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Putting on Christ

Galatians 3:27, For as any of you as were baptised into Christ have put on Christ. Nowhere in Paul’s writings on Baptism is it ever suggested that he’s using metaphorical or symbolic language, as the evangelicals erroneously claim, belittling the work of Christ. Not even the Greek suggests this. Nay, in Baptism we are clothed with […]

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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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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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