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Characteristics of the Left Hand Kingdom

Every Christian belongs to two kingdoms: one is spiritual and the other is earthly.  Lutheran theologians call these the kingdoms of the right hand (the Church) and the left hand (the State).  Here are three characteristics of the left hand kingdom. First, the state is established by God. Daniel 2:21 says, “He (God) changes times and [&hellip

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Differences in the Two Kingdoms

Every Christian belongs to two kingdoms: one is spiritual and the other is earthly.  Lutheran theologians call these the kingdoms of the right hand (the Church) and the left hand (the State).  There are four distinct differences between the two.  First, the kingdom of the right hand has an eternal focus, preaching Law and Gospel [&hellip

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Two Kingdoms

As we start a new year, I want to begin a new blog series on the two kingdoms that Christians inhabit. These are the kingdoms of the right hand and the left hand, or the church and the state. Every Christian belongs to two kingdoms: one is spiritual and the other is earthly.  Lutheran theologians [&hellip

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Biology (Part 4)

Let’s conclude the series on biology.  Belief in evolution requires the acceptance of things that defy scientific law.  The ideas that matter could arrange itself, come alive, and express thought all violate observable laws using the scientific method.  What makes more sense is that there is something more to this world than just atoms and [&hellip

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Biology (Part 3)

We continue to examine a Christian worldview of biology.  Earlier we had noted that two views regarding the origin of life exist–creation and evolution.  The biblical view is that God created life in a literal six-day creation.  But what if that view is wrong? If evolution is true, then matter arranged itself against the law [&hellip

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Biology (Part 2)

Our review of the Christian worldview of biology continues. Christians believe that God created the universe with the literal account of our origins as found in Genesis 1. How do you know that’s true? There are several reasons to believe this. Colossians 1:16-17 says, “For in him (Jesus) all things were created: things in heaven [&hellip

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Biology (Part 1)

Blogs continue with a study of the truth. Specifically, we’ll focus on biology. What does the word “biology” mean? It means the study of life. When we study life, there are two dominant views regarding life’s origin: evolution and creation. In the Evolution model of life’s origin, life appeared 3 billion years ago after the [&hellip

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Ethics (Part 4)

Let’s wrap up this month’s focus on ethics.  As Christians, we believe that God exists and He has declared what is right and wrong through the Bible.  These moral absolutes are for all people everywhere. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in [&hellip

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Ethics (Part 3)

Let’s continue this series of blogs on ethics.  If the Christian worldview is wrong, and there are no absolute moral standards, then moral relativism must be true.  We each decide what is acceptable and what is not.  But if that’s the case, then there is no such thing as “wrong”, even in the case of [&hellip

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Ethics (Part 2)

The Bible teaches moral absolutes: there are certain things either right or wrong that God has declared.  These standards, or norms, of right and wrong, are grounded in God’s holy character.  He is holy, so he expects holy behavior out of His creation. How do you know that’s true?  In Deuteronomy 32:4, it says, “He [&hellip

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