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The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

LD 16:  The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving by Rev Allen Brummel Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Christ’s death was an atonement offering for our sins.  Our lives now must be lived as thank…

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The Reign of Sin Destroyed

LD 16: The Reign of Sin Destroyed by Rev Allen Brummel Romans 6:6,7 “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  For he that is dead is freed from sin.” The victory of the cross is not something that…

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Death Translated to Victory

LD 16: Death Translated to Victory by Rev Allen Brummel I Corinthians 15:55 “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”  We live in the midst of death. Every day we are reminded of the horror of death by the obituaries in the newspaper. Our loved ones are taken by death. Sometimes…

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The Fourth State of Humiliation

LD 16: The Fourth State of Humiliation by Rev Allen Brummel Acts 13:29 “And when they had fulfilled all that was written of Him, they took Him down from the tree, and laid Him in a sepulchre.” The soldiers pierced His side with a sword. As water and blood gushed out, it was evident that Jesus…

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The Third State of Humiliation

LD 16: The Third State of Humiliation by Rev Allen Brummel Philippians 2:8 “And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” We have here the third state of humiliation, Jesus’ death. The catechism asks why it was necessary for Jesus to humble…

Lord’s Day 16

Lord’s Day 16 Heidelberg Catechism The Second Part –Of Man’s Deliverance –Of God the Son   Question 40 Why was it necessary for Christ to humble Himself even unto death? Answer Because, with respect to the justice and truth of God, satisfaction for our sins could be made no otherwise than by the death of the…

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Glorying in the Cross

LD 15:  Glorying in the Cross by Rev Allen Brummel Galatians 6:14 “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” Notice again the personal approach of the catechism. “I am assured.” The more we reflect…

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No More Condemnation

LD 15:  No More Condemnation by Rev Allen Brummel Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” How terrible it would be to go through life thinking that God is cursing me because of my sins. The superstition that…

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The Curse of the Cross

LD 15:  The Curse of the Cross by Rev Allen Brummel Galatians 3:13 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” Many attempts were made to end the life of Jesus. These attempts, orchestrated by…

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Condemned by Pontius Pilate

LD 15: Condemned by Pontius Pilate by Rev Allen Brummel John 19:4 “Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.” Even our children know that Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate even though Pilate admitted…