Michael Nowling

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Lord’s Supper of Papal Mass?

Devotional Word for Tuesday, July 27, 2021 As I have worked with both children and adults over the years, I commonly hear many repeated questions.  One of them pertains to denominations.  Specifically, people often wonder why there are so many denominations.  A follow up to that question would be if

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Currency and the Other Sign and Seal

Devotional Word for Friday, July 9, 2021 As we have discussed the Lord’s Supper in the past few devotional times, one of the descriptions of the supper in the catechism which has been repeated comes from Jesus’ institution of the supper.  Listen with me to Matthew 26:26-28. It says, “While

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Currency and Communion

Devotional Word for Wednesday, July 7, 2021 For the past weeks, we have been discussing the sacraments of baptism and communion.  Today we are going to continue that course and we are going to consider again the how the bread and the cup assure us of Jesus’ death FOR US. 

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Communion, Not Just a Pre-Lunch Snack…

Devotional Word for Wednesday, June 23, 2021 We have spent the last few devotional times looking at the way in which the sacrament of baptism (which is of water) corresponds or acts as a sign directing us to the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  For Christians, we understand that they

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Who Do We Baptize?

Devotional Word for Friday, June 18, 2021 As we have been working through the Heidelberg Catechism (particularly as it relates to baptism), there is one question left.  There may be many questions in your mind about baptism, but the catechism only asks one more.  So that we all have reasonable

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Nonsalvific Analogy

Devotional Word for Tuesday, June 15, 2021 In our last meeting we looked at how Christians are as certainly washed by the blood of Jesus as they are by the water in baptism.  That leads raises many questions.  One of the subsequent questions is anticipated in Questions 72 and 73

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An Excursus

Devotional Word for Tuesday, June 15, 2021 In the earlier devotion on the Heidelberg Catechism question and answer 71, I omitted any discussion on one part of the answer.  I did so because of a “problem” with it.  The explanation of the “problem” and its resolution go beyond the scope

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Close Connection of Body and Blood

Devotional Word for Monday, June 7, 2021 Way back in March, we had been progressing through the Heidelberg Catechism.  We were going through just a few questions a week.  We had made it through question 70.  I distinctly remember saying, “Lord willing we will be working through the sacraments of

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Really… Washing in the Blood?

Devotional Word for Thursday, March 11, 2021 In our last devotion, I spent some time reflecting on the manner in which the sacraments of baptism and holy communion are used by the Holy Spirit to confirm our faith.  The sacraments confirm our faith in different ways.  The Heidelberg Catechism addresses

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The Gravity of the Sacrement

Devotional Word for Tuesday, March 2, 2021 In May of 1997, I learned about gravity.  Of course, I had already learned about gravity.  I knew that gravity was the force that acts on objects to draw them together.  As the object with relatively largest mass which is closest to most

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