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Sola Fide (Faith Alone)

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Faith in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ Not too long ago, I was speaking to a professing believer, who with much enthusiasm was telling me about his life's goals. "You know, sometimes people want to rain on your parade, but to me, all you have to do is believe, and everything will fall into place." I thought to myself, "Believe in what? In whom?" The statement struck...

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Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)

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Saved by Grace Alone When he was a Roman Catholic "monk," Martin Luther would have said that grace alone was the "gasoline" that propels the car of salvation. However, the "Reformer" Martin Luther would have affirmed that Grace Alone was the "entire" car itself. In other words, all of salvation, from beginning to end, was by Grace Alone. For Luther, the issue of salvation...

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Reflections on Man Camp

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Running the Race of Life Together The writer of Hebrews exhorts his readers, "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you ...

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Solus Christus (Christ Alone)

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Christ Alone is Sufficient for Salvation and Sanctification In C. S. Lewis' fictional masterpiece, The Screwtape Letters, Screwtape, an experienced demon, mentors his nephew, Wormwood (also a demon, but "in training") on the art of breaking down Christians. In essence, the devil's strategy is not to replace or remove Christ completely, but to promote a "Christ AND" ...

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Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)

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The Sufficiency and Authority of Scripture If you think about the Reformation "Solas" like a building, then the Foundation of the building was the great principle or truth of Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone). What did this mean? That Scripture Alone was the Ultimate and Final Authority in all matters of faith and practice, personally and for the church. It did not mean th...

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Let's Keep the Main Thing, the Main Thing

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Knowing and Worshipping Christ Over the years, building Lego projects has been a fun and treasured time with my kids. Once, I helped one of my boys build his new Star Wars Lego spaceship. This was the biggest Lego building project of his (then) young seven-year-old life. So as much as I wanted the spaceship to be brought to completion within a 12-hour day, I wanted him to...

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Going Beyond the Call of Mere Duty

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Serving Out of Gratitude Rather Than Obligation Some time ago, during the holiday season, I came across a Ralph's employee who, upon charging me for my items, said, "Looks like you are prepping for a big breakfast!" "Yes," I replied, "It's a family tradition." I looked at her name badge, and observed that she had been with Ralph's for 40 years. "Wow, Connie, you have be...

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Make a Stand for What You Believe and Reject

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Teaching Truth and Refuting Error There has been a subtle shift in the last 20 years or so in various evangelical circles. It is not that "professing" Christians say that doctrine does not matter "at all," but that we should not just be defined by "what we are against." Instead, we should be defined more by "what we stand for." On the one hand, I would agree that we shoul...

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Book Review of "Every Good Endeavor"

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The Christian in the Workplace One of the suggested books from our "spiritual disciplines" series a couple of years ago was Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work, by Tim Keller. In his book, Keller states " in this book we will do what we can to help illuminate the transformative and revolutionary connection between Christian faith and the workplace." M...

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Putting "Freedom" in Perspective

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Freedom to Love the Lord and Love Others One of the "privileges" that we enjoy in our great country is "freedom." Freedom of speech, freedom to worship publicly, freedom to have a certain sense of autonomy, and to pursue happiness as individuals along with our families. Each of us as Americans enjoy this freedom and ought to have a profound sense of gratitude for what God...

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