To the Glory of God Alone (2 Corinthians 3:12-18), Part 5 of Solas of the Reformation

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2 Corinthians 3:12-18

In the third volume of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, one of the main characters is a young boy named Eustace. Eustace displayed a thirst for power, but went about getting it in mischievous ways. He would irritate and bully his pears, while ingratiating adult authority figures. In Narnia, Eustace discovers a dead dragon’s treasure trove. Elated, he imagines the power the treasure will give him. He slips on the dead dragon’s gold bracelet and falls asleep. Terrified, he awakes to find out he has turned into a dragon. Continue reading

Christ Alone (1 Timothy 2:1-7), Part 4 of Solas of the Reformation

Christ Alone

1 Timothy 2:1-7

There is a seeming inherent tension in God. How can he be both just and loving? Continue reading

Grace Alone (Ephesians 2:1-10), Solas of the Reformation, Part 3

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Ephesians 2:1-10

I used to run with a group of boys who were a mild terror to our neighborhood. Continue reading

Faith Alone (Romans 3:21-26), Solas of the Reformation, Part 2

Faith Alone

Romans 3:21-26

On July 2, 1505 a young student was traveling from his home town of Mansfield in Germany back to law school in Erfurt. The skies opened, and a violent thunderstorm encircled him. Legend has it, he was almost literally struck by lightning. Continue reading

Scripture Alone (2 Timothy 3:14-17), The Solas of the Reformation, Part 1

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2 Timothy 3:14-17

How can we say anything meaningful about God? If God is transcendent, defying our cognitive abilities to fully comprehend him, how can we say anything of certainty about God? Continue reading

Grace in an Unexpected Place (Joshua 2:1-21), Part 5 of “Get Ready”

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Joshua 2:1-21

It was the strangest of sights. Bird enthusiast from places as far as Wisconsin and Indiana flocked to see it. Continue reading

Be Strong and Courageous (Joshua 1:16-18), Part 4 of “Get Ready”

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Joshua 1:16-18

As a federal prosecutor for Brazil’s public ministry, Delton Dellagnol wanted to make his home country a better place. The Brazilian justice system was broken and ineffective. The most powerful were immune to criminal prosecution. Continue reading

Prepare Provisions (Joshua 1:10-11), Part 3 of “Get Ready”

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Joshua 1:10-11

After the attack on the naval fleet in Pearl Harbor in 1941, the nation united behind the war effort. Continue reading

Keep this Book of the Law (Joshua 1:7-8), Part 2 of “Get Ready”

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Two weeks before the Christmas of 1995, the sky turned red in Lowell, Massachusetts. A devastating fire was consuming the Malden Mills textile factory. By morning, all that remained was ashes. Continue reading

Get Ready (Joshua 1:1-6)

_Tell the people, ‘Get your supplies ready.'_

Joshua 1:1-6

We might be tempted to think that the mission of God was completed and closed when Jesus died on the cross and victoriously rose from the dead. Continue reading