Intercession

According to Dictionary.com, “Intercession” is defined as: 1) an act or instance of interceding; 2) an interposing or pleading on behalf of another person; 3) a prayer to God on behalf of another. If you’re like me – and I’m guessing most Christians are – you tend to think of

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Who Are You Playing For?

David Ross is a retired professional baseball player with two significant World Series victories on his resume. In 2013, Ross drove in a winning run in game 5 and started as catcher in the clinching game 6 of the Boston Red Sox World Series win. In 2016, Ross played a

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Remembering on Memorial Day

The motto of The Lutheran Reformation, “The Word of the Lord Endures Forever,” comes to mind as I ponder the coming Memorial Day. Almost a half millennium has passed since Lutheran Princes bound together, under this motto, in a military league to defend their belief that Scripture Alone is the

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Who’s Confessional?

Here is a story with no ending. Fictional Pastors Schmidt and Schultz shepherd LCMS congregations in neighboring towns. Both believe that Holy Scripture is the sole norm for faith and life in the church and both subscribe to the Lutheran Confessions (quia) as a true and proper exhibition and exposition

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Is Mission Outreach Dispensable?

A sentiment that surfaces in the church every now and then is that mission outreach and evangelistic efforts are not necessary. The reasoning goes: God has predestined people to salvation; He will convert whom He will convert; all we need to do is wait for the elect to become part

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New Starts for New People

I stayed at a new Home2 Suites hotel the other day. It’s a fairly new hotel brand in the Hilton family of hotels. Hilton Worldwide had not launched a new brand in twenty years. So, why the new start? One important reason: new starts reach new people. For under a

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