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The Reformation: 500 years on

On this day 500 years ago Martin Luther would nail his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the Wittenberg church.

His seeming defiance of the Roman Catholic Church was based on ‘justification by faith’, which is largely the theme of Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans, and indeed, the entire Gospel.

That we have all sinned, but are freely made righteous only by the amazing grace of God through the redemptive power of Jesus and the cross (paraphrasing Rom. 3:23,24).

In his ‘Commentary on Romans’, Luther wrote,
“The Epistle is really the chief part of the New Testament and the very purest Gospel, and is worthy not only that every Christian should know it word for word, by heart, but occupy himself with it every day, as the daily bread of the soul.”

There is an error today where many would like to believe that, the old testament was under the law and people had to be saved by mere works, and that today we are living under grace and saved by faith alone.

A careful study of the Word will reveal that “justification by faith” was the only way by which people were saved all along, even in old testament times. A scroll through the hall of faith in Hebrews 11 will confirm just that.

The Apostle Paul wanted to expound on this truth to the early Jewish Christians by bringing two pivotal characters of the Jewish nation into the picture. Father Abraham and King David.

In Romans 4:1-17, he points out that justification by faith was there before the existence of a Jewish nation, and even before the Mosaic laws.

So if we are justified by faith and faith alone in Jesus Christ does that make void the laws of God and give us the license to live in lawlessness? God forbid. Rather we uphold the law (paraphrased Rom. 3:31).

Let the REFORMATION continue!

 

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Be Seeing You

It’s 6 past 10 as I take my seat in a bus full of weary faces.

I write this sitting next to a stranger, as a stranger.

An empty house awaits me at the end of this journey.

Cold as the growing yearning within.

For I already said goodbye to my girls tonight.

She knew not the depth of the “bye Dada” and the butterfly kisses from the hallway looking back at her.

I shall settle for your innocent smile nevertheless. A smile that has no idea what awaits.

For tomorrow I leave on a jet plane.

A ride with even more strangers but hopefully no strange twists.

I will clutch onto the memories of you until I see you again….. Some day…

One day…

Six days from now.

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Life So Far

I am a year into my life as a DAD to a DAUGHTER. It is what I expected and even more. It is beyond beautiful. Right now I cannot imagine life without her. I could go on and on, but let me get to the bottom of this blog first.

I am learning as I go, like every other father before me I suppose. I won’t pretend to be a father-figure sage to dish out fatherhood advises. And certainly none of those tips to stop your baby from crying in the public. I am not here to tell you to do this or do that as a father.

I  just want to share my observations and reflections that chance upon me when I am with her. Any opinion expressed  will be my own.

If you can relate to anything I say, then feel free to drop by the comments section and go nuts.