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Lord’s Day 27 (Q/A 72-74): THE MATTER OF BAPTISM AND WHY IT MATTERS

72   Q.    Does this outward washing with water                 itself wash away sins? A.    No, ^1 only Jesus Christ’s blood and the Holy Spirit| cleanse us from all sins.^2 ^1 Matt. 3:11; 1 … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day 26 (Q/A 69-71): HOLY MOVEMENT, WHOLLY MOVES

69   Q.    How does baptism                 remind and assure you                 that Christ’s one sacrifice on the cross                 … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day 25 (Q/A 65-68): PROOFS, PLEDGES, PROMISE: DIVINE-HUMAN ENGAGEMENT

65   Q.    It is through faith alone                 that we share in Christ and all his benefits:                 where then does that faith come from? A.    … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day 24 (Q/A 62-64): THE ANTIDOTE FOR EGO, VITAMIN FOR THE HEART

62   Q.    Why can’t our good works                 be our righteousness before God,                 or at least a part of our righteousness? A.    Because the righteousness … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day 23 (Q/A 59-61): TRUE FREEDOM

59   Q.    What good does it do you, however,                 to believe all this? A.    In Christ I am righteous before God and heir to life everlasting.^1 ^1 Hab. 2:4; Rom. 1:17; John … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day 17 (Q/A 45): DIVINE INTERVENTION

45   Q.   How does Christ’s resurrection benefit us? A.    First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, so that he might make us share in the righteousness he obtained for us by his death.^1 Second, by his power we too … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day 14 (Q/A 35-36): NOT FAD, NOT COOL, BUT TRUE

35   Q.   What does it mean that he “was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary”? A.    That the eternal Son of God, who is^1and remains true and eternal God,^2 took to himself, through the working … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day 11 (Q/A 29-30): THE AXIS MUNDI

29   Q.    Why is the Son of God called “Jesus,”                 meaning “savior”? A.    Because he saves us from our sins,^1 and because salvation should not be sought and cannot be found in … Continue reading

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Rooted and Grounded in Love: A Reflection on Lebanon and Syria

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great. You are clothed with honour and majesty,. . . 14 You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for people to use, to bring forth food from the … Continue reading

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On Solidarity, Unity, and Difference

Throughout the week and until Sunday, flags across the country have been flying half-mast in honor of the late Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye, the second-longest serving U.S. senator in history and a decorated World War II veteran. Humble in his … Continue reading

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