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Faith, Knowledge, and Activity; December 4, 2018


Philemon 1:6 I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. There are some arguable points about exactly what is subject and … Continue reading

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November 21, 2014


James 2:26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. Martin Luther, having rediscovered salvation by grace through faith, considered James to be “a book of straw,” but it has always been something of … Continue reading

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October 12, 2014


Romans 9:30-32 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it. Why not? Because they … Continue reading

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March 1, 2014


Genesis 7:1, 5 “I have found you righteous in this generation.” And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him. Here, in the first use of the word “righteousness” (in the English Bible, at least) we obviously have what could … Continue reading

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May 27, 2013


James 2:26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. Martin Luther was so consumed by his rediscovery that we are saved by faith that he called James a “book of straw.” However, it … Continue reading

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August 10, 2012


James 2:26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. This verse is the capstone on James’ reasoned argument from verse 14 on, and as such is extremely to the point. Martin Luther disliked … Continue reading

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May 5, 2012


John 6:29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” I had not heard the term, “Easy Believism,” before about three years ago, but it certainly describes all too many churches. The … Continue reading

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