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The Radical, Upside-down Gospel

  The approach of the gospel is radically different. It begins not by making a demand upon us but by simply affirming, “God loves you.” “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” What we could not do for … Continue reading

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Saved by Christ Through Faith

Remember that you are not saved by increased levels of holiness, however desirable it is that you should reach them. Indeed, while we often say that we are “saved by faith” or by “faith in Christ,” as Benjamin B. Warfield … Continue reading

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Justified by Faith…Alone

It becomes clear, then, that we cannot talk about sanctification without first saying something about justification. The difficulty we have arises because justification by faith alone, without the deeds of the law, is a mighty breakup of the ordinary schemes … Continue reading

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Luther on Galatians 5:13

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13) In other words: “You have gained liberty through Christ, i.e., You are above … Continue reading

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In the Crucible of Chaos

“In the crucible of chaos God delivers His best when we least expect it, when we least deserve it. When we are desperately experiencing our worst God delivers his best and that’s the Gospel. That when we were in the … Continue reading

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Defiant Grace

For the grace that comes to us in Jesus Christ is not measured. This grace refuses to allow itself to be tethered to our innate sense of fairness, reciprocity, and balancing of the scales. It is defiant…However much we may … Continue reading

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Because – Therefore

  We tend to view Christianity as an “if-then” statement. Let me explain, we look at it as if we do this, then God will do that. If I obey, then God will save me, or at least bless me. … Continue reading

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