"Forgive us our sins, as we forgive the sins of others"? How does that work? Craig and Troy dive headfirst into the Fifth Petition of the Lord's Prayer.
If God does all this stuff anyway, why should we even pray for it? Craig and Troy wade back into the Lord's Prayer and our receiving of what He does.
Who should pray and how can we do it? Craig and Troy take a closer look at the prayer Jesus Himself gave us to pray.
You gotta serve/work for/obey/be of use to somebody . . . will it be for selfish gathering of treasures that fade and decay, or will it be service that comes from a sincere faith and a pure heart?
Let's be honest: your Heavenly mansion is not going to be that big, and it gets smaller with every room addition that you plan. Craig and Troy work through Jesus' warnings to not be a hypocrite.
We wanted to spend just a few minutes answering For You Crew questions, but as usual got carried away. Listen as Craig and Troy spitball on the question of Bible translations and specifically on the King James Version.
Jesus ruthlessly hammers us with a Law that we cannot escape so that He might give us a Gospel that will never abandon us.
You ARE salt and light. By our new nature in Christ, we do salty and light things. But how is God glorified in the things that we do?https://bookofconcord.org/sources-and-context/heidelberg-disputation/
Mercy, peace, and pureness of heart are not something we find in ourselves, but we find them in Christ, and in Christ we are found to be all those things.
The Beatitudes aren't veiled Law, but pure gracious Gospel. Jesus tells us we are blessed when we are found in Him.
At the outset of His ministry, Jesus' authority is on full display. Authority over sickness, authority over demons, and the authority to call you to follow Him
Craig and Troy tackle the issue that has caused so many first-year seminarians untold sleepless nights: When Jesus was tempted, could He actually have sinned?
Satan had so much success in deceiving the first Adam he figures he can do the same with the Second Adam. But Jesus won't play Satan's game according to Satan's rules.
Does God come that we might serve Him, or that He might serve man? Craig and Troy revisit the end of Matthew 3 to bring out the implications of what it means for Jesus to serve us by fulfilling all righteousness.
God doesn't demand that you wash yourself and come up to Him in holiness, but instead He comes all the way down to you in the filth of your sin.
. . . but the joke's on Herod. Joseph takes Mary and baby Jesus to refuge in Egypt, and all that happens in Matthew 2 is done in order to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Testament.
King Herod's rule is threatened when the Magi come to worship the one born King of the Jews. But did they spill the beans?
"Joseph, being a just man, was unwilling to put her to shame." The young woman Mary turns up pregnant before the wedding, and what is a fiancé to do?
Matthew tells us how Jesus came from a proud and glorious lineage of . . . well, of prostitutes, thieves, and murderers as well as kings and prophets, all of whom happen to be God's people. Jesus reaches all the…
So what happens when you come to the lowest moment of your life and doubt that anything good can come out of it? God meets you there in His Redeemer. Craig and Troy finish up the book of Ruth.
Ruth is given six measures of joy and rest. Boaz does everything he can to protect her integrity and her reputation. God's blessings will fall on them both, and all people will be blessed through Him.
Ruth chapter three is either sweet or sensuous, but either way God's plan for the Redeemer shines through in the end.
Meanwhile our heroine, mild-mannered Ruth, gathers the gleanings to provide for her mother-in-law. But who is this mysterious God-sent stranger?
Ruth shows grace to Naomi. Boaz shows grace to Ruth and Naomi. And God is behind the scenes, working grace to all.
Humanism, Scholasticism, ad fontes . . . how did we get to the 95 Theses and what does this mean? You can read what Luther never intended you to see in the 95 Theses.