Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 40 Q & A 161 Q How do the sacraments become effectual means of salvation? A The sacraments become effectual means of salvation, not by any power in themselves, or any virtue derived from the piety or intention of him by whom they are administered, but only by the …

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In stories the hero arrives just in the nick of time. James Bond turns off the detonator with 007 seconds remaining. Han and Chewbacca arrive just as Darth Vader is about to fire on Luke. That sort of thing. While the Bible tells us that Jesus’ incarnation took place at the right time, the narrative …

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Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 28 Q & A 107 Q Which is the second commandment? A The second commandment is, ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under …

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In God’s grace, a pastor learns that they are serving their life’s great ministry, not that they are preparing for it. This grace occurs as the story of God’s people intertwines with theirs, when God’s people are no longer a stepping stone or a means of achieving a plan, but when their stories become the …

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