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Theme Thursday: Familiar  Sayings ... Not In The Bible

Join us for our current series as we take a look at some of those familiar phrases that have become popular with Christians and are sometimes even thought be quotes from the Bible. However, they aren’t actually there when you look for them in the Scriptures. We are exploring a new saying each week.

Check out this excellent four-part Video Bible Series

Ever wondered if some texts were intentionally excluded from the Bible and why? Why did some ancient writings fail to make the cut for inclusion, why other texts most definitely met the standard, and why others, including those "gospels" found in the last century, came up short  Click here.

Life This Side of Heaven

"We walk by faith not by sight”

(2 Corinthians 5:7).

 

Jesus gives us life with Him now and eternal life in heaven. Real life. But where is it?  

You and I experience sin, shame and suffering in this world every day. Where is this life that Jesus talks about? It's easy to get bogged down by the weight of all that we experience on this side of heaven.

 

It's into the midst of all of this that Jesus has come and has rescued us. When we look for evidence of God's love He directs our focus to His Son, to Jesus, on the cross.

In love, Jesus took our sin and shame upon Himself. By His suffering and death on the cross you have the forgiveness of all of your sins. And Jesus is with us now and brings that comfort and mercy to us every day in His Word, in Holy Baptism, and in the Lord's Supper.

 

These daily audio devotions will take us into God's Word and to the cross so that we may rejoice – not just when the day comes when we are standing before His throne, but even now. In Lamentations 3:21-24 we hear, "Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.'” Here's Good News to hear every day of our life this side of heaven.   

Rev. David Tannahill

Retired LCMS Lutheran Pastor

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