Do We Have Free Will, or Are We Under the Bondage of Will? A Look at Martin Luther's Heidelberg Disputation, Part I
Theses 1 through 12 deal with the question of our objective deeds: “What must a man do to be saved? How humans can advance on the path to righteousness? For these questions, the theologian of glory answers that the good works of man are necessary for our righteousness before God, but Luther rejected these ideas of the theologian of glory.
Jesus has risen. He has defeated the power of death and risen from the dead. Jesus’ tomb was an empty tomb. Jesus was risen on the third day after being crucified on the cross. God had raised Jesus from the dead through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Tens of thousands of churches will have events to celebrate the Christmas season. The events will range from simple Christmas Eve candlelight services to major musical productions. And most of them will fail their intended purpose.
This coming Sunday is Easter Sunday, a day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Church buildings will likely be more full than all other Sundays of the year. Songs of resurrection will ring out. Congregations will gather in their finest clothes to worship, often followed by a special Sunday lunch.
This week is Passion Week, the week to remember and meditate on the sufferings of Jesus. During Passion week, we meditate on the cross of Jesus and the blood of Jesus that he shed on the cross. The reason we meditate on the blood of Jesus is because the blood of Jesus is precious.
With mid year holidays coming soon, here is some useful information for your church regarding the days of the year with the most attendance!
Governing oneself is definitely not an easy task. Even a reverent person as David couldn’t govern himself and commit the sin of adultery and murder. He governed over numerous people but he couldn’t govern the sinful desires of his heart. He won over numerous battles but he was defeated over the battle with himself.
God wants us to embrace holy longing in our hearts. Longing is yearning for something or someone. Yearning is a feeling of intense desire for something. Those who were used by God embraced holy longing in their hearts. Longing is a thirst. Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink” (Jn. 7:37). Longing is a passion; it is an inner fire. Longing is the power that moves us.
Bowing my head to the ground, pounding my chest in confession, “I am nothing but a sinner!” I say money can't buy happiness and yet worry about money all the time. Where is the action of faith on "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these shall be added unto you?"
I would randomly but frequently receive emails or Facebook messages asking for advice and information regarding the Army chaplaincy from future chaplain hopefuls. Many of the questions are very similar and it would seem helpful to pastors who may be interested in the Army chaplaincy for me to share some of the correspondences that I have had with them. This Q&A is a collection of different questions from different pastors who have inquired me regarding joining the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps.
Billy Graham answers the question on why God doesn't seem to answer prayers.
Although this controversy happened almost five hundred years ago, it is significant for the church today. This controversy is important today because many deny that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation.
The letter I’m writing to you this week is an understanding that I really want to convey to you, my beloved saints. It is to realize that there is a way in books. I think of books as God’s greatest gift to humanity. The greatest book of all is the Bible. God has placed the way to salvation in the Bible and gave it to us as a gift. The Bible is God’s Word. Through the Bible, we know and encounter God. The Bible is a treasure that contains the knowledge and wisdom of God. The problem is that we are not able to find the treasure in the Bible because we don’t know how to read the Bible.
Some ideas for inspiration to help kids love Sunday school.
Perhaps one of the most destructive forces hidden under the blanket of ministry is jealousy. I'm struggling with it once again, which I'd thought had under control. It all began with a couple of recent articles about a new trend of the 1.5 generation Korean-American pastors getting love-calls from mega-churches in Korea.