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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Faith

Martin LutherMartin Luther:

“Faith is the ‘yes’ of the heart, a conviction on which one stakes one’s life.”

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Mercy and Justice

In the words of John Calvin:

“God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation.”

The Kingdom

Quoting John Calvin:

“For though we very truly hear that the kingdom of God will be filled with splendor, joy, happiness and glory, yet when these things are spoken of, they remain utterly remote from our perception, and as it were, wrapped in obscurities, until that day.”

When Grace Is Absent

According to John Calvin:

Augustine does not disagree with this when he teaches that it is a faculty of the reason and the will to choose good with the assistance of grace; evil, when grace is absent.”

“I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels.”

A Fallen Man’s Firewall

Written by John Calvin:

“There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence.”

To Resist God

In the words of John Calvin:

“For there is no one so great or mighty that he can avoid the misery that will rise up against him when he resists and strives against God.”

Duty

Quoting Martin Luther:

“It is the duty of every Christian to be Christ to his neighbor.”

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