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Battling

Saul hated Jesus. He was intoxicated with hatred for followers of the Way (Acts 22:4). He pursued and captured followers of the Way to put them in prison. He forced them to blaspheme Jesus (Acts 26:11). He persecuted Christians to their death (Acts 22:4). By his own admission, Saul described …

Buried

A while ago, a grandmother of one of our Lutheran grade schoolers brought an issue to me. Her fourth-grade grandson had been in our school about 3 years. There he learned about sin, forgiveness, and Jesus. He had come from a troubled background, but he seemed to really grow and …

Reconciled

Ron DiCianni created “Salvation” as one of four paintings in the “We Believe” series. His website describes the meaning of this painting in this way: “We need to acknowledge one simple fact; Jesus paid the price for your sins on a cross 2,000 years ago so that you wouldn’t have …

Righteousness

Righteous. It means morally right. If you grew up in the church, you might get the idea that there’s a lot of heroes in the Bible that had it all together. You were told to be just like them. You might think, for example, of Abraham. Abraham and his wife …

Atonement

Growing up on a farm, I had plenty of animals to take care of – beef cattle, a flock of sheep, a handful of pigs, a horse, several hundred chickens, plus an assortment of dogs and cats. We didn’t have these animals around for fun. The cats caught mice. The …