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10 Biblical Truths: 'This Is Most Certainly True.'

Since we so often forget and prefer to have our itching ears scratched by false teachers who might look and sound the part of a Pastor/Priest (2 Timothy 4:3), here are 10 Biblical Truths (reminders) for all Christians with the corresponding Bible verses added by me so you can trust but verify...

1. God is "Monergistic" meaning He works alone (1 Corinthians 2:14; John 6:65; Ephesians 2:4-9)


2. Jesus died for the worst of all people -- and we should view ourselves as the worst (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:6-10; Romans 7:24; 1 Timothy 1:15-16)


3. The "Means of Grace" work together (1 Peter 3:21; 2 Timothy 3:16; Matthew 4:4; Luke 22:14-20; John 3:16)


4. Faith and emotions have nothing to do with each other (Jeremiah 17:9-10; Matthew 15:18-20; Ephesians 4; Romans 5:1-5; Luke 13:3)


5. The Law kills and the Gospel saves (Galatians 3:24-25; Romans 5:12-21; 2 Corinthians 3:6)


6. Law and Gospel must be properly distinguished (John 1:17; Hebrews 4:12; Isaiah 55:11-12; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:14-17)


7. Never say to someone who is sorry for their sin to "do something" -- even if it happened 5 minutes ago. Give them Christ, because the Holy Spirit has already just worked contrition (Matthew 18:10-35; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13)


8. You can do NOTHING to save yourself! Jesus did it for us so rest in the promises of God (1 John 4:10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 2:21; Titus 3:5; 2 Timothy 1:9 Hebrews 12:1-2)


9. Be hospitable and kind since God has been hospitable and kind to us (Proverbs 3:3; Galatians 5:22-23; Mark 12:31; Luke 6:35; Ephesians 4:32; Romans 12:10; Hebrews 13:2)


10. Don't ever let anyone take the focus off of Christ and place it on you as far as the Gospel is concerned (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:10; John 5:24)

These are FANTASTIC reminders!

Remember it's ALWAYS about what Jesus did and is doing for you, for me, and for all mankind. He did, He does, we humbly and thankfully receive in faith.

In a Lutheran layman's terms, please print this out and keep it somewhere safe, because it's the perfect antidote to the Me, Myself, And I brand of Christianity so popular today where it's "YOU For Christ" rather than "CHRIST For You!"

NOTE: Please understand that I'm not a called and ordained minister of God's Word and Sacraments. I'm a layman or just your average everyday Christian, Corporate Healthcare Recruiting Manager, Husband, Father, Friend who lives in the "City of Good Neighbors" here on the East Coast in Buffalo, NY. As another Christian Blogger once wrote, "Please do not see this blog as me attempting to 'publicly teach' the faith, but view it as 'an informal Public Journal of sorts' about my own experiences and journey." So if any of my notes here help you in any way at all, then I say, "Praise the Lord! Thanks be to God!" but please do double check them against the Word of God and with your own Pastor at all times. Trust, but always verify. To be more specific, and relevant to the point I want to make with this lengthy disclaimer/note, please understand that I'm a relatively new convert to "Confessional Lutheranism" and one who recently escaped an American-Evangelical-Non-Denominational mindset a little more than 8 years ago now despite being a Christian my whole life. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you're a Lifelong Lutheran who believes that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way back into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is inconsistent with the Bible, our Confessions, and Lutheran doctrine in general (in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word, which our Confessions merely summarize and repeatedly point us back to over and over again) so that I can not only correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray (James 3:1), but so that I can also repent of my sin and learn the whole truth myself. With that in mind, please be aware that you might also discover that some of the earlier/older pieces I wrote for this blog back in 2013 definitely fall into that "Old Evangelical Adam" category (and they don't have a disclaimer like this) since I was a "Lutheran-In-Name-Only" at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact that a Christian "Book of Concord" even existed (Small/Large Catechism? What's that!?!). This knowledge of the Lutheran B-A-S-I-C-S was completely foreign to me even though I was baptized, confirmed, and married in an LCMS church! So, there are some entries that are a little more "out there" so-to-speak since the subject matter was also heavily influenced by those old beliefs of mine. I know that now and I'm still learning. Anyway, I decided to leave those published posts up on this website and in cyberspace only because they are not blasphemous/heretical demanding I correct them or take them down entirely, but because I now have this disclaimer, and only to demonstrate the continuing and sanctifying work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life from then until now (Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 1:6). Most importantly, please know that any time I engage in commenting on and/or interpreting a specific portion of the Holy Scriptures, it will always closely follow the verse-by-verse footnotes from my own Lutheran Study Bible and/or include references to the Book of Concord unless otherwise noted. Typically, I will defer to what other Lutheran Pastors both past and present have already preached and taught about such passages too since they are the called and ordained under-shepherds of our souls here on earth. Finally, I'm going to apologize ahead of time for the length of most entries (this disclaimer/note is a perfect example of what I mean by that! haha). I'm well aware that blogs should be short, sweet, and to the point, but I've never been one to follow the rules when it comes to writing. Besides, this website is more like a "Christian Dude's Diary" in the sense that everything I write about and share publicly isn't always what's "popular" or "#Trending" at the time, but is about all the things that I'm studying or thinking about myself at the moment instead. For better or for worse, these posts tend to be much longer than most blog entries you'll find elsewhere only because I try to pack as much info as possible into a single piece so that I can refer to it again and again over time if I need to (and so that it can be a valuable resource for others -- if possible, a "One-Stop-Shop" of sorts where I've done all the research for you already to help save you valuable time). Thank you for stopping by and thank you in advance for your time, help, and understanding. Feel free to comment/email me at any time. Grace and peace to you and yours!

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