None likes much to experience one's limits in the hour of need. Limits of time and place, talent and knowledge, strength and skill all frustrate our efforts to live and live as we want. Others can help us sometimes, but occasionally don't or won't help at all. A Caananite woman finds Jesus reluctant to respond … Continue reading When Jesus Holds Back, Hold On!
God has given us great Freedom by faith in Christ and works in us a new Delight in the Law of the Lord. These two he joins together: Christian Freedom and Delight. Yet some separate them from one another, with devious and dismal result called Antinomianism. Antinomianism ends up denying the identity of God and … Continue reading Faith Alone Works…In Freedom and Delight
"Faith Alone Works...In Freedom and Delight" (For Wed., 3/8/17) From: The Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article VI "The Third Use of the Law," par. 4-5  For the explanation and final settlement of this dissent we unanimously believe, teach, and confess that although the truly believing and truly converted to God and justified Christians … Continue reading Readings for Midweek Lent 2
Temptations come in wide variety, but with only one source and one goal: to sever us from our eternal hope as named children of God. We experience many temptations, but Christ knows them all firsthand and far many more temptations beyond what we bear. They're exhausting, even when overcome. God provides His comfort in Christ … Continue reading Enduring Temptation for You
See, the truly pure, good works of God don’t flow from your anxious conscience. Your worried conscience only twists them all up, because you’re not focused on Christ and His cross, but totally looking at yourself. The good works God bids you bring forth don’t come out of your guilty conscience. His Holy works don’t … Continue reading Faith Alone Works…To Bear Much Fruit
Readings for Ash Wednesday Service 1 March 2017 "Faith Alone Works...To Bear Much Fruit" Selections from: The Augsburg Confession, Article XX "Of Good Works"  But, although this doctrine is despised by the inexperienced, nevertheless God-fearing and anxious consciences find by experience that it brings the greatest consolation, because consciences cannot be set at rest … Continue reading Readings for Ash Wednesday Service