N ot only on this account but also to afford saddened consciences dependable and reliable comfort and to give due honor to the merit of Christ and the grace of God, Scripture teaches that the righteousness of faith before God consists solely in a gracious reconciliation or the forgiveness of sins, which is bestowed upon [...]

How does God speak? Enthusiasts believe that the Holy Spirit speaks apart from the External Word of God (the Scriptures). The Smalcald Articles, part of the Lutheran Confessions, answer:

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n these matters, which concern the external, spoken Word, we must hold firmly to the conviction that God gives no one his Spirit or grace except through or with the external Word which comes before.

Why did all the 10 virgins of Matthew 25 fall asleep? If Pope Francis is right and all religions are good, then why did Jesus condemn and malign the priests and scribes of his day? To what was the Lord referring when he said, "Come out of her my people"? What were the days of [...]

S ome people seem instinctively to know how to make their way through the world. That's never been the case with me. I stumble. Yet through it all my longing has always been to understand why we're here, how things got this way, and what we can do to find a better way. Read the [...]

       W hen God at first made man, Having a glass of blessings standing by, "Let us," said he, "pour on him all we can. Let the world's riches, which disperséd lie,       Contract into a span."       So strength first made a way; Then beauty flowed, then wisdom, honor, pleasure. When almost all was out, God [...]

H ave you ever found yourself accepting a Christian tract? Perhaps your reaction is something like mine. I first attempt to make eye contact. This is harder than you might think. In my neighborhood the people handing out tracts often have the look of high school kids forced to be in afterschool detention. I then [...]

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