Posts from September 2013

Posts from September 2013

A REVIEW OF THE BASICS

Sometimes it is good to review the basics – for our own understanding of what we believe, and to help others understand also.  The message of the Bible can be summed up in the three-fold motto of the Lutheran Reformation: By Grace Alone By Faith Alone By Scripture Alone GRACE ALONE We believe that all people are by birth and nature sinful, alienated from God.   We believe…

“LOOK AT THE FIELDS!”

The disciples show up just as Jesus has finished talking to a shady lady at Jacob’s well.  She has gone back to the village with her tale of a man who told her everything she ever did, a man who offered her living water, a man who must indeed be the Messiah, the Christ of God! Pointing to the fields of grain blowing in the breeze, Jesus reminds the disciples of their own…

A FAMILIAR VOICE?

In June of 1940, Hitler’s armies were poised to destroy the cornered British army stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk. As the British people anxiously awaited word of their countrymen’s fate, a three-word message was transmitted from the besieged army:  “But if not…” The British public recognized the familiar words from the King James Version of the Bible…the words of…

“THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU”

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). God has a plan for you.  In fact, that’s why we talk about “the plan of salvation.”  God planned to send his Son into the world that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  What God planned in…

REPENTANCE GETS PERSONAL

The subject of the end times, of the second coming of Christ, is intriguing.  The sinful nature sometimes seizes on those parts of the Bible which deal with the last things in the same way conspiracy buffs get worked up over UFOs, aliens and who shot JFK. Christian book stores have made a mint on books entitled Left Behind, a series of novels filled with false teachings…