Faith

Speak His Name

BY VALERIE LOCKLAIR

Shazam, the newest superhero rebooted by DC Comics, comes into existence through the power of one name—a name so powerful that, if uttered by one who is pure of heart, will allow the speaker to transform into the ideal man displaying the paragon virtues of wisdom, strength, stamina, courage, and speed.

Speak His Name

Fearless Thomas Apart From Christ

MARTIN LUTHER

Thomas was the most fearless and courageous of all the disciples, in that he said when Christ wished to go again into Judea to Lazarus who was dead: “Let us also go, that we may die with him,” Such fine characters were the disciples of Christ and especially St. Thomas…

Fearless Thomas Apart From Christ

Un-Joyfully God's

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I know the inclination should be towards joy and hope, but for some of us, it's not. And I sometimes wonder, if there's enough grace for us? Can grace cover a perpetually sad-sack Christian, who knows what he or she has to look forward to, but has trouble translating that into the here and now?

Un-Joyfully God's

Faith Is Not What Some People Think

BY MARTIN LUTHER

Faith is not what some people think it is. Their human dream is a delusion. Because they observe that faith is not followed by good works or a better life, they fall into error, even though they speak and hear much about faith. “Faith is not enough,” they say, “You must do good works, you must be pious to be saved.

Faith Is Not What Some People Think

Good Works and Useless Burdens

BY MARTIN LUTHER

No Christian can boast that his own efforts have made him a member of Christ, with other Christians, in the common faith. Nor can he by any work constitute himself a Christian. He performs good works by virtue of having become a Christian, in the new birth, through faith, regardless of any merit of his own.

Good Works and Useless Burdens

Behold Your King

BY MARTIN LUTHER

This Gospel pre-figures Christ coming with grace, and none may receive or accept save he who believes him to be the man, and has the mind, as this Gospel portrays in Christ. Nothing but the mercy, tenderness and kindness of Christ are here shown, and he who so receives and believes on him is saved.

Behold Your King

It Never Depended Upon You

BY JAKE ALLSTAEDT

I visited a senior man at his home the other day. I'll refer to him as “Jim.” Jim had recently returned home from the hospital after recovering from a fall. The back-and-forth from hospital to home had become his rhythm of life, and, because of that rhythm, he had been unable to attend worship.

It Never Depended Upon You

Behind the Satanic Curtain:

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

There are a few occasions in the Bible where the curtain lifts, and we get to peer into the inner workings of the Divine Court. There we see strange creatures and beasts, angels and thrones, throngs and thrills. The Bible writers struggle to describe these scenes which put the imagination into overdrive and surpass its ability to reconstruct clear or coherent images.

Behind the Satanic Curtain:

It is Better to Not See

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

One of the things I enjoy the most about having four Gospels is that we get four diverse accounts of Jesus. That is not only helpful, it is realistic. For example, take four people to watch a film and they’ll have differing impressions. Having four Gospels gives us a realism and vantage that stays true to life’s diversity.

It is Better to Not See

Sanctified By Faith

BY RYAN COUCH

As sinful humans, we are adept at taking what God gives as gift and making it into a work. Nowhere is this made more evident than in the universally misunderstood doctrine of sanctification. Scripture teaches that faith is not something we do but something that is created within us as the promise of Christ is heard.

Sanctified By Faith

When a Christian Is Pushed Into Atheism, Who Will Bring Him Back?

BY DONAVON RILEY

How do we respond when a Christian acknowledges that he's fallen into doubt about the existence of God and his purpose as a Christian?  What about a pastor who struggles to keep up the mask of faithfulness, but of late isn't convinced anymore there's a God?

When a Christian Is Pushed Into Atheism, Who Will Bring Him Back?

Faith In A Sea Of Unbelief

BY MARTIN LUTHER

This narrative, gives us an example of faith and unbelief, in order that we may learn how mighty the power of faith is, and that it of necessity has to do with great and terrible things and that it accomplishes nothing but wonders; and that on the other hand unbelief is so fainthearted, shamefaced and trembling with fear that it can do nothing whatever.

Faith In A Sea Of Unbelief

On Demanding Good Works

BY MARTIN LUTHER

You say: Since forgiveness depends on faith alone, why must one nonetheless do good works? Answer: If faith is of the true sort, it cannot be without good works, just as no good work can be where unbelief dwells.

On Demanding Good Works

Crisis of Faith and Sufficient Grace

BY PAUL DUNK

I spend a lot of time talking to people in coffee shops. Some share my Christian faith, some are exploring and questioning faith and others have left the church, having had a crisis of faith. I'm going to speak to an observation I've made on the 'crisis of faith' variety.

Crisis of Faith and Sufficient Grace

Love Is The Law's Interpreter

BY MARTIN LUTHER

Faith is here set forth in that this man, sick with the dropsy, looks to Christ and firmly believes he will help him. This faith he had as the result of his previous acquaintance with Jesus. He knows him as a kind, friendly and sympathetic man who always helps everyone and lets none go away uncomforted.

Love Is The Law's Interpreter

The Heart of Unbelief

BY KATHY STRAUCH

The more I heard the song, the more I heard the heart of the Gospel in the song. The music swept through the office like a refreshing breeze. It broke through a playlist which had become stale over time. Repetitively, the words flowed through the air, “let me love you.”

The Heart of Unbelief

Yet Faith Remains…

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

Almost every day during the warmer months, I take a stroll on the boardwalk near my home. Sometimes, I'm up early enough to see the sun burst forth from the horizon, and some days I get out at just the right time to catch it dropping from view.

Yet Faith Remains…

We All Sink Like Peter

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

If there is one thing I like about Peter, it's his failures. He was bold and passionate about following Jesus, and yet he would also at times fall flat on his face. I could only imagine all the things that weren't written about him.

We All Sink Like Peter

Why Did Jesus Scold Peter for Trying?

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

It is often the case that when dealing Divine, we find ourselves befuddled.  For as relatable and surprisingly vulnerable God is as the man Jesus, he seems, at times, to retain a certain aloofness, a type of distance.

Why Did Jesus Scold Peter for Trying?

White Belts

BY PAUL DUNK

A number of years ago, I took a karate class with my kids for fun. One day my class was sparring and the sensei walked onto the mat in between matches. Since we were on a break, one of the instructors shouted jokingly, "Who wants to spar sensei?" I volunteered.

White Belts

Real Strength

BY KATHY STRUACH

God cannot love me unconditionally without prerequisites, especially after all I’ve done, can He? I’m afraid it’s too good to be true. I have to do something.

Real Strength