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Luther on Spiritual Warfare (part 7)

How a Common Christian has Need of Such Power in His Station. It belongs in common to all Christians that they preserve the doctrine and their faith, but especially they which carry out the preaching office, that each in his particular station can stand up for it and answer useless talkers. “Do you not hear […]

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Prayer for the Speedy Return of Christ to Judgment. Luther

Prayer for the Speedy Return of Christ to Judgment Martin Luther (1483-1546) Dear Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen and bring to completion the work that You have begun in us. Yes, hurry to us with the glorious day of our redemption, which by the grace of God we heartily desire, and for which we sigh and […]

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Luther on Spiritual Warfare (part 6)

  And in the might of His strength. Paul here uses quite emphatic words. This is certainly unclearly spoken, and it is neither good German, Latin, nor Greek, but instead quite Hebrew. Still we must retain the words, because he had reason to talk this way. He saw and thought farther than we do in […]

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Luther on Spiritual Warfare (part 6)

  And in the might of His strength. Paul here uses quite emphatic words. This is certainly unclearly spoken, and it is neither good German, Latin, nor Greek, but instead quite Hebrew. Still we must retain the words, because he had reason to talk this way. He saw and thought farther than we do in […]

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Luther on Spiritual Warfare (part 5)

But a Christian Should Firmly Abide by His Calling Therefore, as one must, through the Word make himself firm and certain in the Lord against the attacks of unbelief or the despising of the Word, so also we have here to bring it about, that we strengthen ourselves well with the same Word of the […]

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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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Luther on Spiritual Warfare (part 3)

7. How This Must Happen in the Preaching Office and Other Stations As, for instance, he who wants to be a pious preacher or pastor. He has his hands full that he rightly carry out his office, preach pure and clear, exhort, pray, and watch, that the devil not secretly cause sects and hinder him […]

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Luther on Spiritual Warfare (part 2)

6. What “Be Strong in the Lord” Means This is so much as to say, be so minded that you hold fast and remain with that which you have received, and each carry out his faith and his office well, and not follow or give in to the devil’s promptings or his own flesh and […]

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Luther on Spiritual Warfare (part 1)

Edifying Treatment of the Armor and Weapons of a Christian Preached by Luther in 1532 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh […]

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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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How Christians Should Love and Serve Sinners. Luther

You have often heard that it is our duty, for love’s sake, to serve our neighbor in all things. If he is poor, we are to serve him with our goods; if he is in disgrace, we are to cover him with the mantle of our honor; if he is a sinner, we are to […]

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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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Boasting Before the Devil

It would be very much in order were we to employ such arrogance when addressing the devil and say, I have God’s Word and I know that with it I have accomplished much good–some I have instructed, others I have admonished, here I have helped some with charitable gifts; I know these to be good […]

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Legitimate Government, Evangelical Lutheran Style

 I will shortly be posting an article at All Along the Watchtower (Jess’ site) on Luther’s Two Kingdoms doctrine. [It is now up, and is here.] In it I am talking about the interference we are currently seeing in our churches, both here and in the UK, from the secular authorities. I think you should […]

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Devout Sigh for the Last Day–Luther

Devout Sigh for the Last Day Martin Luther, 1483-1546 from Ev. Luth. Gebets-Schatz Lord Jesus Christ, please hurry and bring the blessed day when the hope of our glorious redemption shall be fulfilled.  For you have called us to pray for this in the Lord’s Prayer: Thy Kingdom Come!  Then, since you have commanded us […]

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Thanksgiving after Receiving the Holy Supper–Luther

Oh my God, even though I am without doubt a poor sinner, nevertheless I am no sinner.  I am a sinner in myself and outside of Christ, but in my Lord Christ and outside of myself I am no sinner.  For He has paid for all my sins with His blood, as I firmly believe.  […]

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Luther on Ghosts, Part 2

From Luther’s “Sermon for the First Sunday after Trinity,” in the Church Postil: [I may have posted this before, but it’s worth reading again:] 31. However, if you have in your house a spook or ghost, who pretends that the departed can be helped by saying masses, You should be fully persuaded that it is […]

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Luther on Praying for the Dead

From Luther’s Church Postil “Sermon for the First Sunday after Trinity” :   28. The fourth question is: Shall we pray for the dead; since here in the Gospel there is no intermediate state between Abraham’s bosom and hell, and those in Abraham’s bosom do not need it, and it does not help those in perdition. […]

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How the Sectarians Preach Justification by Faith: Luther.

From the Church Postil Ascension Sermon 48. When one understands and believes this text, then the teaching of the other text should follow, namely, that we should also do good works. Yet good works must accompany faith and depend upon faith, which always clings to Christ and pleads before God that he will graciously and […]

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Don’t Confuse Faith and Good Works. Luther, Ascension Sermon.

Luther, Ascension Sermon, Church Postil    37. But you may say: Indeed, you yourself teach that a Christian must do good works; God himself commanded to do them, enjoining the keeping of the Law, and Christ also says: ”If thou wouldest enter into life, keep the commandments,” Mt 19, 17. Now, faith alone does not […]

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