On Faith

Our faith has no “worthiness”, but it is given as a gift of the Holy Spirit in order to be “an instrument with which we embrace Christ our righteousness”.  Being only an instrument, faith is simply the means by which we are justified, not the ground.  This is solely Christ and His righteousness.  This was […]

On Kindness

The centurion cared for his servant when sick, took pains to see him restored, did not despise the Jews when many Gentiles did, and gave liberally to the synagogue, loving Israel not only in word and tongue, but in deed. Let us show kindness to everyone like him.  Let us strive to have an eye […]

For the Lord’s Day (452)

And, in His teaching, He said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows’ houses and, for a pretense, make long prayers.  They will receive the greater […]

When Were You Saved?

When were you saved?  I’ll never forget the day the answer hit me between the eyes: “Two thousand years ago.”  My pastor looked puzzled.  I didn’t know it then, but I was talking about the history of salvation (historia salutis) and he was thinking about the order of salvation (ordu salutis).  In reality, though, “salvation” […]

On God’s Mercy

We cannot say too much of God’s mercy.  This is the origin of all our hopes. . .We are accepted in the Beloved.  Let us come in His name.  Let us draw near, in full assurance of faith.  Let us rejoice in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the […]

The Heart

Whatever captures the heart’s trust and love also controls the feelings and behavior.  What the heart most wants, the mind finds reasonable, the emotions find valuable, and the will finds doable.  It is all-important, then, that preaching move the heart to stop trusting and loving other things more than God.  What makes people into what […]