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  • The Secret of Sanctification Article by Nicholas Batzig

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2011

    One of the most beneficial things I learned from my professors during my seminary days was that ministers must continually preach the message of the cross to the people of God for their growth in grace. One professor in particular constantly exhorted us to preach Christ “for pardon and power.” The longer I am a Christian, the more clearly I see the wisdom of this counsel. The message of the cross meets our deepest need for pardon and power as we seek to overcome indwelling sin. Few things trouble the soul of the child of God as much as … View Resource

  • A Sinless Life Article by Nicholas Batzig

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2011

    And being found in human form, He humbled Hi mself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death of the cross” (Phil. 2:8). I have long wished that, in heaven, I might get to see the entire history of Christ’s earthly life, from Hi s birth to Hi s ascension—viewing each and every act of obedience. The reason is simple. Jesus lived a representative life. Jesus lived a sinless life, and it was, therefore, a life of representative sinlessness. Our Lord’s obedience stands in the place of His people’s sin. His law-keeping is counted … View Resource

  • Take Heed Article by Nicholas Batzig

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2011

    Bernard of Clairvaux once mentioned an old man who, upon hearing about any professing Christian who fell into sin, would say to himself: “He fell today; I may fall tomorrow.” The apostle Paul commended the same mindset when he wrote, “let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor. 10:12). There is great wisdom in not trusting our own ability to stand. When I was a boy, my father would often say, “The person I trust least of all is myself.” It should shock us to hear a professing Christian say, “I … View Resource

  • Welcome One Another Article by Nicholas Batzig

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2016

    I recently received a letter from a couple in our congregation who have been laboring for the sake of the gospel in the Congo for the better part of their lives. As I read, one line in particular stood out to me. “We pray,” they wrote, “that we all learn to love, forgive, and accept each other more in the time God gives us.” This is one of the most important requests that any of us could ask of God. The Lord calls believers to love, forgive, and accept one another—precisely because He has loved, forgiven, and accepted us in … View Resource