Commemoration of Noah

The Lord be with you One of the features of the Liturgical Calendar developed for the Lutheran Service Book is the addition of a number of Biblical saints not previously celebrated in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod with a designated day. One of them is Noah, whose name means

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Festival of St. Andrew, Apostle

Festival of St. Andrew, Apostle November 30 The Lord be with you Vocation, acceptance, God’s call, our response, and ministry to our own family are themes of this feast day. Andrew, whose name means “manly,” was the brother of Peter, and was born in Bethsaida, a village in Galilee. Originally

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Christmas is so Life could Die

The Lord be with you In his Christmas sermons, Saint Augustine just loved the contrast that the incarnation presents us with and never tired of exploring it. The following quote comes from a Christmas Day sermon delivered in 411 or 412. The Word of the Father, through which all times

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Inner Health Made Audible

I found the following C. S. Lewis quote in Forum Letter, volume 42 Number 10 (October 2016). But the most obvious fact about praise – whether of God or anything – strangely escaped me. I thought of it in terms of compliment, approval, or the giving of honour. I had

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Our Greatest Inheritance

Commenting on Galatians 4:12-20, Andrew Das quotes favorably Walter Hansen’s commentary on Galatians. I once hear a son speak at his father’s funeral service about his inheritance. He said, “The greatest inheritance my father left me was not what he had but what he was. He was a man of

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Great Analogy of the Incarnation

Archbishop Proclus of Constantinople, Homily in nativ. Dom., p. 55: “The Virgin Mary is the intellectual [logikos] paradise of the Second Adam, the workshop of the union of the natures, the festivity of the saving exchange, the bridal chamber in which the Word married the flesh.” Page 56: “This Mary

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Jesus in the Form … Likeness

The Lord be with you Taking the Bible seriously means not importing ideas from outside the text into the text, pretending the Bible teaches something it doesn’t. One favorite verse to twist is Philippians 2:7. In the quote below Gerhard uses his skills of a true master to expose false

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Clement of Rome, Pastor

Commemoration of Clement of Rome, Pastor November 23 The Lord be with you November 23 is set aside for the commemoration of Clement of Rome on the Church Calendar used in the LCMS. Clement (ca. 35-100 AD) is remembered for having established the pattern of apostolic authority that governed the

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