The Apocrypha, Lesson 8: Tobit, Pt. 1

Tobias Leaving His Mother and Father

Introduction Though Tobit includes historical reality in its background setting, it is not history but a religious novel to teach the faithful.  Like Judith, this book contains information known not to be true, drawing the hearer to focus on the religious content, not the historical facts.  For example, the sequence of Assyrian kings is incomplete […]

Titus, Lesson 6: Paul’s Conclusion in His Letter to Pastor Titus

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Having told Titus what he was to teach (“speak”) to various groups in the congregation at Crete, Paul now moves into what God’s salvation for us means for all Christians.   How the Christian is to live in the World Read Titus 3:1-2 “Remind them”: Remind is an imperative verb, a command. This is what […]

Augsburg Confession, Articles 19-20

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AC XIX: The Cause of Sin Concerning the cause of sin, our churches teach that–although God creates and preserves nature–the cause of sin is located in the will of those who are evil, that is, of the devil and ungodly people. Without God’s help, the will of the wicked turns itself away from God, as […]

Hebrews 10:19-25: Spurring One Another On

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God wants you to be calculated and deliberate.  He tells us: “consider how we may spur one another on to love and good works.”  That’s what the word “consider” means.  It doesn’t mean doing something at the last moment, in an impromptu way.  It means thinking about something ahead of time. So, God wants you […]