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November 23

November 23

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November 23 HC #116 – Matthew 7:7-11 Now that we have established prayer as a chief means of thankfulness, we can rightly understand that the Lord does want us to bring our requests to him in prayer.  Jesus makes this plain in Matthew 7:7-11. Ask and it shall be given, seek and you shall find, […]

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November 22

November 22

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November 22 HC #116 – Philemon 4, Philippians 1:3-4, Ephesians 1:16, 1 Thessalonians 1:2 Prayer.  Prayer is called here a chief means of thankfulness.  Yet, too often when we think of prayers we think only of asking.  We even call prayer a means of grace, and thus we often use prayer to ask for grace […]

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November 21

November 21

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November 21 HC #115 – Psalm 32 The law also then drives us to ask God for His grace in the Holy Spirit.  The Law shows us our shortcoming and our failure.  It shows us sin, and thus we are driven to our knees to confess our sins and ask for His grace and Spirit. […]

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November 19

November 19

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November 19 HC #115 – Romans 7:24-25 If we cannot keep the law, then why does God command the law? Why does he tell us about the law at all and ask Christians to follow the law, when ultimately he knows we cannot do it. God has a lesson for us to learn. Paul learned […]

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November 18

November 18

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November 18 HC #114 – Psalm 130 If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand? The answer is assumed and implied: no one. No one can stand if God holds our sins against us. This is the cry of a man who is calling out to the Lord, so it is safe to assume […]

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November 17

November 17

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November 17 HC #114 – Mark 9:17-27 Lord I believe, help my unbelief. This is a prayer of great faith, and it recognizes a fundamental reality for all believers. We believe, but we sin and we still have some unbelief, doubt, and other such sins that need to be removed. No one is perfect. No, […]

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November 16

November 16

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November 16 HC#114 – Ecclesiastes 7:20 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and does not sin.  In other words, everyone sins.  Or as Paul would later put it, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  This means even the believer. Hopefully in this trip through […]

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November 15

November 15

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November 15
HC #113 – Matthew 9:16-22 The Rich Young Ruler is a great illustration of this.  We read Mark’s version earlier this year, but we will use Matthew this time and examine it in light of the Tenth commandment. The man comes wanting to know his place in heaven is secure.  You can tell he […]

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November 14

November 14

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November 14 HC #113 – Romans 7:7-12 Thou shalt not covet also teaches us that we are not to break any of the laws internally in our hearts. As the catechism puts it, not the least inclination against any of these laws ever enter our heart. It is the command that shows the internal nature […]

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November 13

November 13

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November 13 HC #113 – Micah 2:1-5 Coveting means desiring after or longing for something that is not currently in your possession.  This you will note is an internal action, not an external one.  You desire something that is your neighbor’s and your neighbor will never know unless you act upon that coveting.  But what […]

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