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VDMA is an acronym that stands for the Latin slogan: Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum (“The Word of the Lord remains forever”), which was used throughout the Lutheran Reformation. The slogan is adapted from Isaiah 40:8 and also used in 1 Peter 1:24-25. Both Scriptural passages refer to the eternal faithfulness of God and His living Word. The unchanging faithfulness of God to his Word is at the very heart, soul, and mind of the gospel revealed in the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. With this in mind we read and hear Mark 7:15, 18-23:

 

Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.

 

“Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)

 

He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

 

The question is “What does one eat to feed the soul?” What does one consume, so that, evil does not emanate from within the heart, soul, and mind?

 

Scripture is where I begin. I begin here with the understanding that Scripture has been and continues to be abused and misused. There are several uses of Scripture which people use to support their own opinions or disavow because it does not support their opinion. When I ask you to appeal to Scripture I mean all of Scripture. Read Scripture in its entirety and allow Scripture to interpret Scripture. Scripture as the Word of God lays out for us a way of life that is centered upon God and service of neighbor. Scripture takes us out of the center and places God and neighbor at the center of our way of life.

 

I encourage you to read Scripture. To wrestle with the Word and walk with one another in the Way of the Lord.

 

In Christ,

Pastor Tim

 

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