'Genesis' Tagged Posts

'Genesis' Tagged Posts

OUR SUBSTITUTE

Our old teachers spoke often about “the vicarious atonement.”  We got it, because they explained it.    Churchy words such as, “justification” (to declare not guilty), or “redemption” (to be ransomed by the blood of Christ when we were held hostage by sin, death and hell), or “reconciliation” (that God made friends of us when we were His declared enemies) – these and countless other rich Bible words do not need to be dummied down to a vanilla vocabulary.  They…

WHERE WILL IT ALL END?

In these troubling times, as in many times past, we may find ourselves wondering:  “Where will it all end?”    St. Paul famously said this:  “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, for those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28  EHV). It is doubtful that you and I would believe these words if God Himself had not caused them to be written down in the Bible.  As the years…

THE GREAT SIMPLIFIER

People sometimes complain that the Bible is too difficult, that they can’t understand it.  Certainly, like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. It does take faithful Bible reading habits to connect some of the dots, to see sinful man and a sinless Christ in the ceremonies and sacrifices of Leviticus, to get a handle on the numerous kings of Judah and Israel and the warnings and comfort to be found there, to use the…

BACK TO THE BIBLE

The 17th chapter of Acts says:  “Now the Bereans were more noble-minded than the Thessalonians. They received the word very eagerly and examined the Scriptures every day to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11  EHV). The Bereans were different, “more noble-minded,”  not by nature, but as believers in the coming Savior, God the Holy Spirit has given them a hunger and thirst for the Scriptures.   It is true that the preacher must bring his very best effort…

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS

1500 years ago the church father, Augustine, wrote his classic work – The City of God.   He compared the worldly “city” founded by Cain’s descendants with “the City of God” belonging to believers. 300 years ago an imprisoned British preacher named John Bunyan wrote a book called Pilgrim’s Progress.  It’s the story of a man named Christian who sets out from the City of Destruction to go to the Celestial City – that is, Heaven.  The book tells of all…

FAMILY FEUDS

Esther Pauline Friedman entered the world 17 minutes ahead of her twin sister, Pauline Esther Friedman. The identical twins dressed alike, took the same classes, even shared the same purse with one set of keys, one comb, one lipstick.  They slept in the same twin bed. In fact, the first time they were separated was after their double wedding. The middle-aged Esther Pauline got a job replacing the original Ann Landers at the Chicago Sun Times.    Two months later Pauline…

THE GOD WHO INTERVENES

And now, some selected verses from today’s epistle lesson – 2 Peter 3: “First, know this: In the last days scoffers will come with their mocking, following their own lusts. They will say, ‘Where is this promised coming of his? For from the time that our fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they have from the beginning of the creation.’ ” Their line of thinking is this:  “You see, He didn’t intervene back then.  He didn’t intervene today. He is…

ENOCH – ACCORDING TO JUDE

You may recall that Enoch was a godly patriarch in the days before the Flood.  His family tree placed him in the line of the coming Savior. In a world getting worse day by day, “Enoch walked with God,” says the 5th chapter of Genesis, and “then he was no more, because God took him away.”   The New Testament book of Hebrews describes it this way:   “By faith Enoch was taken up, so that he would not experience death,…

“WATCH YOUR STEP”

King Solomon penned a stunning line in the book of Ecclesiastes:  “Guard your steps when you go the house of God.” Watch your step!  Look out! Be careful when you go to church!  He posts a warning sign over our worship life like we might see at the door of a bus or at the top of a long winding staircase.  Watch your step! Danger! We might expect such a flashing, amber caution light to be posted near the gutters…

GLEANINGS FROM GALATIANS

This week and next, our guest preacher, Pastor James Korthals, will focus on two texts from Paul’s letter to the Galatians.   Like Paul’s letter to the Romans, Galatians deals with the chief article of the Christian faith – justification by faith in Christ alone. But the tone of Galatians is far different than that of Romans.  The smoke of battle and the clatter of weaponry rise from the page.  Unlike Paul’s calmer and more studied approach in his letter to…

SIN, DEATH AND THE DEVIL

We hear it in church often enough…and the children in our school hear it plenty – this business about “sin, death and the devil.” The “sin” is easy enough to spot – in our homes, in our hearts, on the playground.  And “death” forces us to admit its power as we carry loved ones to the cemetery. But when we teach the children to pray Luther’s morning and evening prayers – asking “that the wicked foe may have no power…

BACK TO THE BEGINNING

In the next few months we will go back to the beginning, to the opening chapters of Genesis.  The first eleven chapters of Genesis take us back to when the world was young. Dr. Martin Luther wrote a massive commentary on Genesis – 8 volumes when translated into English.  He continued to polish that work until shortly before he died.  He called Genesis “the most beautiful book in the world.” The last century or so has not been as kind…
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