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Thank God for October 31, 1517

Today is a great reason to celebrate. Martin Luther at the age of 33 nailed his 95 thesis to the Wittenberg Church door 493 years ago on this day. We thank God today for Martin Luther because he held up the belief and teaching that salvation is a gift of God's grace and received by faith. He believed that it was God's work from beginning to end. Luther changed the course ...

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The Power of Community and Relationships

Our mouth has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our heart is opened wide. You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections. Now in a like exchange I speak as to children open wide to us also. 2 Corinthians 6.11-13 Relationships are important. Paul, along with Timothy, has opened up wide his heart to the people in the church at Corinth. This...

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Vertical to Horizontal: Orphan Care

For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven...In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 5.20, 7.12. This past Sunday, I shared how God has been stirring my heart with the call to care for the orphans ...

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The Fiery Hell

But I say to you everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, 'You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. Matthew 5.22 Jesus in His sermon He taught in the hill country goes beyond the act of murder itself when ...

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Prayer

I have mentioned in writing the last couple of weeks, Jesus' parable in Matthew 13.24-30 (explained in 13.36-43), which speaks of the wheat and tares. The obvious point of this parable is that the wheat that sprouted and bore grain is the sons of the kingdom and the tares are the sons of the evil one. Parables though, I believe, have many layers to them. The tares are a we...

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