Michael Nowling

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Stormy Banks and the Coming Lord

Devotional Word for Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Questions 48 and 49 of the Heidelberg Catechism are on topics Christians do not often think about.  That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t look at them.  Quite the contrary.  These two questions help us more fully think through who our Lord and Savior

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At the Father’s Right Hand

  Devotional Word for Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Question 50 of the Heidelberg Catechism brings up a good concluding point about Jesus’ ascension.  It asks, “Why is there added: ‘And sits at the right hand of God’?”  The answer says, “Because Christ ascended into heaven so that He might manifest

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If Jesus Is in Heaven…

  Devotional Word for Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Questions 48 and 49 of the Heidelberg Catechism are on topics Christians do not often think about.  That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t look at them.  Quite the contrary.  These two questions help us more fully think through who our Lord and

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Ruling the World from the Ascended Throne

  Devotional Word for Thursday, December 31, 2020 After the Heidelberg Catechism looks at the resurrection of Christ, it immediately begins a discussion on the Lord Jesus’ ascension into heaven.  Question 46 asks, “How do you understand the words: ‘He ascended into heaven’?”  The answer says, “That Christ was taken up from

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Resurrection on Christmas

Devotional Word for Friday, December 25, 2020 Merry Christmas!  This year has required radical changes to many aspects of our lives.  It is good on this day to remember the coming of Christ.  As we remember His birth, may we also remember the purpose for His coming.  The Lord Jesus,

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A New Creature….Thank Goodness

Devotional Word for Friday, December 18, 2020 As we have considered the work of the Lord Jesus in His life and death (particularly His death), we have come to an interesting place in the catechism.  Question 43 of Heidelberg asks, “What further benefit do we receive from the sacrifice and

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Death, Burial, and the Not Yet

Devotional Word for Wednesday, December 16, 2020 As we have been thinking about the sufferings of the Lord Jesus, I think it is worth considering why Jesus had to die.  This actually is question forty in the Heidelberg Catechism.  It asks, “Why did Christ have to suffer ‘death’?”  The logic

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Atoning for Sin is Excruciating; Paper Cuts are Not

Devotional Word for Tuesday, December 15, 2020 In our last devotion, we looked at our Lord Jesus the suffering Savior.  Today we are going to look at a logical follow up question to the sufferings of Christ.  Question 39 of the Heidelberg Catechism asks, “Is there something more in His

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The Suffering Savior

Devotional Word for Tuesday, December 8, 2020 Just about a year ago (in fact it was the last Youth Fellowship before Christmas), I fell while playing with the youth and fractured my arm.  It hurt.  There is no other way to describe it. I had a fairly terrible throbbing in

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Christmas Sweaters and New Born Kings

Devotional Word for Wednesday, December 3, 2020 Well, the Christmas season is upon us.  As my festive sweater makes clear, Christmas is just three weeks and one day away.  I think the sights and smells of Christmas are perhaps the most evocative.  That is to say that more than any

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