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  • Prepare His Kingdom Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Dec 14, 2018
     | 52 views

    To "Prepare His Kingdom" John the Baptist inquires about Jesus' Kingship through 1) The Request (Matthew 11:2-3), 2) The Reply (Matthew 11:4-6), and 3) The Recognition (Matthew 11:7-11)

    During the opening festivities for Kitchener’s annual German Christkindl (“Christ Child”) Market on Thursday night, a choir sang traditional carols and a hymn. Then a woman stepped forward to read the Christmas story from the German translation of the Gospel according to Luke. She was interrupted ...read more

  • Prepare His Coming Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Dec 1, 2018
     | 448 views

    Although we do not know the precise day and hour of Christ's coming, in "Preparing for Christ's' Coming" we must be: 1) Alert (Matthew 24:37–42) and be 2) Ready (Matthew 24:43–44).

    As children prepare wish lists, and adults plan Christmas get-togethers, this is an exciting time of year. Although it means extra planning and work, there is something exciting in the anticipation of Christmas. "Ready or not", Christmas celebrations are coming soon. The familiar ...read more

  • Leave The Old Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Nov 27, 2018
     | 255 views

    Just as fall turns to winter we can Leave the Old behind. But in order to do this we must: 1) Forsake our Former life (Galatians 4:8), 2) Understand our Present Life (Galatians 4:9) and 3) Live for our Future Life (Galatians 4:10-11)

    As we come to the final season of the year, it tends to be a time of extremes. We are called to more events, to buy more and decorate more than the rest of the year combined. People will also go to personal extremes. Those who have been able to control spending, drinking and personal habits, ...read more

  • The Coming Of The Messiah Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Nov 17, 2018
     | 699 views

    From Galatians 4:4-7 we see 1) The Elements (Galatians 4:4a)., 2) Reason : (Galatians 4:5). and 3) Benefits of Christ’s Coming: (Galatians 4:6-7).

  • Freedom Is Never Free Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Nov 10, 2018
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     | 326 views

    Galatians 3:23-4:3 shows how “Freedom is Never Free” with the sacrifice of Christ achieving liberation from sin and death, as seen through humanity’s :1) Collective Bondage (Galatians 3:23-24), 2) Individual Freedom Galatians 3:25-27), 3) Collective Freedom (Galatians 3:28-4:3)

    During the Second World War, Nazi forces occupied Czechoslovakia, Austria Poland, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, the Channel Islands, the Soviet Union, and Italy, (https://www.warhistoryonline.com/world-war-ii/11-countries-invaded-nazi-germany-invaded.html). In this occupation, ...read more

  • Why Then The Law? Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Oct 27, 2018
     | 321 views

    Paul now shows the inferiority of the covenant of law-first in regard to 1) Its Purpose (Galatians 3:19a), then in regard to 2) Its Mediator (Galatians 3:19b-20), and finally in regard to 3) Its Accomplishment (Galatians 3:21-22)

    On October 31, 1517, a young Augustinian Monk, schooled in the law, named Martin Luther, posted 95 Theses of concern to the church door in Wittenberg Germany. This act triggered the Reformation, as they were immediately translated and distributed across Germany in a matter of weeks. The Protestant ...read more

  • The Promise Of Justification Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Oct 19, 2018
     | 215 views

    In Galatians 3:15-18 four reasons are given for affirming the superiority of the covenant of promise: God presents its 1) Confirmation (Gal. 3:15), its 2) Christ-centeredness (Gal. 3:16), its 3) Chronology (Gal. 3:17), and its 4) Completeness (Gal. 3:18).

    Many of the delightful things that we anticipate in our lives are based on promises. We enter into relationships with people we care about and in broader organizations through promises. The word “promise” itself is filled with hopeful realities. We love it when someone makes a promise. It has the ...read more

  • Justification By Faith Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Oct 13, 2018
     | 524 views

    Justification by Faith Alone as seen through the 1) Positive OT proof (Ga. 3:6-9) 2) Negative OT proof (Gal. 3:10-12) & 3) Positive Hope in Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:13-14)

    The three great monotheistic religions of the world—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—all trace their start to God’s promise of blessing to Abraham. More than half the world’s population, over three billion people, have a vested interest in this issue. God tells us that anyone can share in the ...read more

  • The Purpose Of Thanksgiving

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Oct 10, 2018
     | 942 views

    In Colossians 3, the Apostle Paul shows: three aspects of thankfulness. A believer shows: 1) Thankfulness in Themselves (Colossians 3:15-16a), 2) Thankfulness to Others (Colossians 3:16b) and 3) Thankfulness to God (Colossians 3:15-17)

    Thanksgiving is a time when we can formally recognize and give thanks for the obvious and more abstract things that shape our lives here in Canada. The first recognized Canadian thanksgiving was held in 1578, at least forty years earlier than that of our friends to the south. In an attempt to ...read more

  • Justification Through The Gospel By The Triune God Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Oct 4, 2018
     | 323 views

    1) A believer’s experience of the Lord Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:1), 2) of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 3:2-4), & 3) of God the Father (Gal. 3:5) are incontrovertible evidence of having been graciously made acceptable to God through personal faith in the perfect, complete work of Christ.

    If you are a fan of classic TV, you will remember the show Bewitched. It is the longest running supernatural themed sitcom of the 1960s–1970s. The focus of the show is on the mixed marriage of a nose-twitching witch, Samantha Stephens (Montgomery), and her mortal husband, Darrin (originally played ...read more

  • Response To The Deviation From The Gospel Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Sep 15, 2018
     | 569 views

    Chapter two of Galatians has been Paul’s biographical defense of his Apostolic authority and the Gospel. After he defended the truth of the Gospel against Peter’s hypocritical actions he explains the doctrine of justification by faith alone

    W. M. Clow, in his book: The Cross in the Christian Experience, summarized the true distinction between human true faith and religion. He said: “The deepest heresy of all, which corrupts churches, leavens creeds with folly, and swells our human hearts with pride, is salvation by works. “I believe,” ...read more

  • Deviation From The Gospel Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Sep 8, 2018
     | 599 views

    In Galatians 2:11-13 Paul explains Peter’s deviation from the gospel. In this we see 1) The Clash (Galatians 2:11), 2) The Cause (Galatians 2:12) and 3) The Consequence (Galatians 2:13)

    A new study published in the Religion, Brain and Behavior Journal explored the idea that behavioral models displayed by religious parents are often what crafts their child’s future beliefs. It found when parents are insincere and unfaithful, their offspring have a more difficult time believing ...read more

  • Affirmed In The Gospel Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Sep 1, 2018
     | 744 views

    In Galatians 2:1–10 Paul was “Affirmed in the Gospel”, as shown through 1) His Coming (Galatians 2:1–2), 2) His Companion (Galatians 2:3–5), 3) His Commission (Galatians 2:6–8), and 4) His Commendation (Galatians 2:9–10) that he was of one truth and one spirit with the other twelve apostles.

  • Proof Of Gospel Conversion Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Aug 25, 2018
     | 491 views

    Paul shows how certain events before he was saved, when he was saved, and after he was saved all prove his message was received from God and how we can testify to God’s radically changing grace.

    This week we celebrated the life of our own: Babi: Maria Polomska. Through the tributes, one theme ran throughout: The life of a woman lived for the glory of God. Her love, and hope were expressed in her confidence and readiness to go home to the Lord. Even through she couldn’t always directly ...read more

  • The Gospel & Who We Are Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Aug 18, 2018
     | 944 views

    In Galatians 1:10–12 the Apostle Paul shows presenting the Gospel is not about 1) Pleasing People (Gal. 1:10); 2) A Human Centered Message (Gal.1:11); nor a 3) A Human Devised Message (Gal. 1:12a), but a 4) Christ Centered Message (Gal.1:12b).

    Canada is presently in a fierce diplomatic fight with Saudi Arabia. The government’s confrontation over several human rights issues has resulted in Saudi Arabia, to cut off diplomatic ties, withdraw students and begin a trade war. Critics say that this conflict is over the issue of Saudi Arabia ...read more