'Paul' Tagged Posts

'Paul' Tagged Posts

“CONTEND FOR THE FAITH”

There is a “call to arms” in the little book of Jude on the far end of the New Testament.  “Contend for the faith!” says the sacred writer.   There is no getting around it.  If you are a faithful Bible reader, then you know that many portions of God’s Book sound a militant tone.  The apostle Paul tells us to put on the full armor of God, to take up the sword of the Spirit…

DRIFTING?

Do you just feel like you’re drifting some days?  Aimless? Lost? The inspired writer to the Hebrews (2:1) says:  “We need to pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” The words of this Bible passage take us down to the sea in ships.  In the language of the New Testament, the word for “pay attention” was also used of tying ships to the…

“MORE THAN CONQUERORS”

Paul once talked about the gospel ministry in this way:  “Thanks be to God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ. In a culture which measures success statistically and visibly, we might wonder how Paul could describe the preaching and teaching ministry as a triumphal procession.   Paul’s missionary journeys were marked by public floggings and imprisonments, by…

THE HIDDEN GOD

“Indeed, You are a God who hides Himself,” wrote the prophet Isaiah (45:15). Martin Luther wrote a great deal about this subject of “the hidden God.” Even when it comes to His beloved children, there are some things which God lets us in on, things which He clearly reveals to us in the Bible.  But there are other things over which God draws a curtain. He hides Himself.…

LESSONS FROM THE WILDERNESS

God was no miser to His Old Testament people.  He drenched all of them with grace, an undeserved love that foreshadowed the word and sacraments in which He wraps you and me today.   The pillar of cloud and fire went before them like unto Him who said:  “I am the Light of the world; he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”   They…