"Thoughts" On Important Themes



From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven in near.”

        -Matthew 4:17


Be no longer conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds.          

          -Romans 12:2


When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent,’ He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.

        -The Ninety-five Theses, Thesis 1


[Baptism] signifies that the old creature in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new person should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.

        -The Small Catechism, Holy Baptism, IV


Now, properly speaking, repentance consists of two parts: one is contrition or the terrors that strike the conscience when sin is recognized; the other is faith, which is brought to life by the gospel . . . .  Thereupon good works, which are the fruit of repentance, should follow.

              -Augsburg Confession XII: 3-6


Many are the plans of a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose which prevails.

         -Proverbs 19:21


God has saved us and called us for a special purpose – not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace.

         -2 Timothy 1:9


For it is God who energized you to choose and to do according to His good purpose.

            -Philippians 2:13


And we know that God makes all things synergize for the good of those who, having been called according to His purpose, love Him.

            -Romans 8:28


A Catalogue of Testimonies


I thought about the former days, the years of long ago; I remembered my songs in the night.  I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.

       -The Psalmist (Psalm 77:5-6a, 11)


Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up, do you not perceive it?  I will create a new heavens and a new earth.  The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.

       -Isaiah (Isaiah 42:18-19a, 65:17)


If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old had gone, the new has come!

       -Paul (2 Corinthians 5:17)


Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things.

       -The Psalmist (Psalm 100:1)


Everyone who knows the Scriptures and becomes an eager learner in the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out new and old treasures from the storeroom.

       -Jesus Christ (Matthew 13:52)