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Luther on Spiritual Warfare (part 4)

But such strength is quite rare in the world. For how many are they now, who so take up the subject, that they be certain of their faith and life in their hearts, that they can firmly hold to them and despise all other things? Yes, the whole world does not come to this point […]

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I Will Sing My Maker’s Praises

I will sing my Maker’s praises And in Him most joyful be, For in all things I see traces Of His tender love to me. Nothing but His love could move Him With such sweet and tender care Evermore to raise and bear All who try to love and serve Him. All things have their […]

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Funeral Sermon for a Miscarriage. September 2015

In Memoriam + Thomas W. Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois St. Mark 10:13-16 September 17, 2015 Iesu Iuva Beloved in Christ: Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”   Ryan and […]

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Jesus’ Groan. 12th Sunday after Trinity, 2015.

12th Sunday after Trinity St. Peter Lutheran Church St. Mark 7:31-37 August 23, 2015 “Jesus’ Groan” Iesu iuva “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us,” says St. Paul in Romans chapter 8. “For the creation waits with eager […]

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Place Yourself Beside the Publicans. Luther

The Gospel is spoken to those only who acknowledge their sins, and their sins they acknowledge when they repent of them. But this Gospel is of no use to the Pharisees, for they do not acknowledge their sins. To those, however, who do acknowledge them, and are about to despair, the Gospel must be brought… […]

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The Good News for Parents

The Gospel for parents who fail. http://www.mbird.com/2015/05/absolved-parenthood/ Continue reading The Good News for Parents . . . → Read More: The Good News for Parents

Better to Struggle With the Fear of God’s Wrath–Luther

It is exceedingly difficult for the human heart to expect with certainty everything good of God and to appreciate all grace and mercy. Indeed, it is altogether impossible except through Christ the mediator. Coarse and impious hearts may be very strong and haughty at this point, bearing themselves hard in much conceit, and thinking that […]

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Prayer in Great Weakness of Faith

Prayer in Great Weakness of Faith Ev. Luth. Gebets-Schatz   O Lord, I now experience it in truth, that not everyone has faith.  I believe, dear Lord, but help my unbelief!  You who would not break the crushed reed, nor put out the smoldering wick, O Jesus, You who sit at the right hand of […]

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Sheila Walsh, The Storm Inside

There are three levels of reality, of truth, that you and I face each day and understanding each one of those will be a game-changer for us. There is the chaos of what we feel and the chaos that the enemy would stir up in us. If we focus on those two a… . . . → Read More: Sheila Walsh, The Storm Inside

Infant Faith Prior To Baptism: The Lost Work of Johannes Bugenhagen

A couple of months ago Logia (a Lutheran theological journal) published an article I wrote about the faith of infants prior to baptism.  Readers of this blog will be familiar with a lot of its content, but I’m grateful to Logia  and especially its editor, Rev. Aaron Moldenhauer, for publishing it and working to get […]

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The Benefits of Persecution–Luther

14. Hence, people have here an example where they are to seek their comfort and help, not in the world; they are not to guard the wisdom and power of men, but Christ himself and him alone; they are to cleave to him and depend on him in every need with all faithfulness and confidence […]

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Sin Raging Within–A Good Thing for Christians

Luther, Lectures on Galatians (1535), trans. Philip Watson. http://lutherdansk.dk/1%20Galatian%201535%20-%20old/index.htm On Chapter 5: 19 (“Now the works of the flesh are evident…” These things sufficiently declare who be the true saints indeed, and which is to be called a holy life: not the life of those which lurk in caves and dens, which make their bodies […] . . . → Read More: Sin Raging Within–A Good Thing for Christians . . . → Read More: Sin Raging Within–A Good Thing for Christians

Whoever is not yet nothing

Psalm 38:21  Forsake me not, O Lord, My God, be not far from me.  “I am alone, despised, and forsaken by everyone.  Therefore accept me, and do not forsake me.” God’s nature is that He makes something out of nothing.  Therefore, whoever is not yet nothing, God can make nothing out of him.  People, on the other […] . . . → Read More: Whoever is not yet nothing . . . → Read More: Whoever is not yet nothing

I am the stench of death

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.  For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to the one a fragrance from death to […] . . . → Read More: I am the stench of death . . . → Read More: I am the stench of death

Satan is raging and angry, but God is kindly disposed. Luther.

For God does not afflict the godly; He permits the devil to do this, as we see in the case of Job, whose children are killed by fire and his cattle by storms, not because God was angry with him, but because Satan was.   Therefore when a plague and other misfortunes assail us, we, […] . . . → Read More: Satan is raging and angry, but God is kindly disposed. Luther. . . . → Read More: Satan is raging and angry, but God is kindly disposed. Luther.

God Brings Restoration

1.  God brings restoration From all tribulation; All to Him I’ll leave. I was His elected ere in womb detected, ere my heart did grieve. Likewise He/ Will come to me And my soul from woe deliver;– ‘Tis His manner ever. 3.  God brings restoration; Storm and fulmination Well may have their way. Mid the […] . . . → Read More: God Brings Restoration . . . → Read More: God Brings Restoration