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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

Munus Triplex: Christ as Prophet, Priest and King

Text: Hebrews 1:1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Christ in His offices of Prophet, Priest and King meets our desperate need for trusted guidance, a sufficient sacrifice under His Kingly reign.

August 30, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Answering More Common Objections

Love-Question

My latest interview on the Iron Sharpens Iron radio program is now posted here at this link.

We got to talk about some important issues, dispensing with many man-made traditions along the way. - JS

August 27, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Conviction in a time of rapid change

Ligonier.org: On August 25th, we were joined by Dr. John MacArthur, president of The Master's Seminary, and Dr. Stephen Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College. We discussed the urgency to stand with conviction in a time of rapid cultural change.


August 26, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Christus Victor!

Christus Victor! Christ is conqueror!

Christ conquered the devil at the cross, but how exactly did He do that?

August 23, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Blessed Man Unveiled

Psalm 1

The way of the righteous contrasts strongly with the way of the ungodly. Yet who among us truly qualifies to be blessed by God? Only as we understand Law and Gospel can we rightly interpret this Psalm.


August 16, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Story

Creation... the Fall... the Rescue... the Restoration

God’s love for the world was seen in the giving of His one and only Son so that all those who believe in Him would in no way perish but instead have everlasting life for sure.

August 14, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Dressed to Kill!

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Ephesians 6:10-20

As Christians, we are born into a war zone where our enemy rages against us, seeking to devour us. This intense spiritual conflict will continue as long as we remain in this world. God commands us to put on the whole armor of God and to stand against the schemes of the devil. Here's how.

August 09, 2015  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

Luther and the Tower

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (NIV)

Martin Luther was a man plagued in conscience because of his sin, knowing God had to be just in punishing him. Light broke through the dark, foreboding clouds when he came to understand Romans 1:17.

August 03, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink