Sola fide – We are saved by faith alone

  Ephesians 2:8-9 – “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” This is part two of a five-part series on the 5 Solas of the Reformation. I was blessed to join...
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Lend me your ear

  “Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”  So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, “An angel has spoken...
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Don’t hesitate

  I recently read the story of Sodom and Gomorrah during my daily Bible reading.  Two angels came into Sodom in the evening and found Lot at the city gate (Genesis 19:1).  His position at the city gate indicates Lot was clearly a man of local esteem.  Lot greeted the angels...
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In the moment

  My brother-in-law was in the area and wanted to take advantage of our world-class pheasant hunting.  We enjoyed a late afternoon hunt together before arriving at our last hunting location for the day.  We each had room for one more bird to complete our daily limit, and I...
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Spiritual fitness

  I hung a poster in the wrestling room when I coached.  It read, “Victory occurs when 10,000 hours of preparation meet a single moment of opportunity.”  I knew there would be long days ahead of us.  We started a program from scratch, and winning would not come quickly or...
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In good company

  I have no delusions of being a good golfer.  I enjoy spending time with friends, and golf provides an opportunity for me to do that.  I golfed in a foursome for a fundraiser last weekend.  My brother brought his friend, and my nephew also joined us.  We had a good round...
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Intimacy over accomplishment

  There is a fair amount of German heritage in our fair community.  I enjoy the German dishes and the thick German accents of some of the old farmers.  My nephew speaks German well and has traveled to Germany several times, and I have friends who serve the Lord in Germany. ...
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A friend of Christ

  God provides numerous titles for Himself in Scripture.  He is Great I AM, Great Physician, Father, Creator, Redeemer, Provider, etcetera.  Considering the titles for God makes for a wonderful Bible study, but the list is far too extensive for a short article.  It is also...
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Purpose

  I have had the honor of serving in various community organizations.  Some have been more effective than others, and I have found the most effective organizations are those who have a clear purpose.  They answer the questions, “Who are we?” and “Why are we here?”  They know...
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I am with you

  This is the eighth and final article of a series on the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing...
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