When Not to Trust Your Conscience

Martin Luther, commenting on Galatians 5:5, wrote: Let us learn, therefore, that amid great and horrible terrors, when the conscience feels nothing but sin and supposes that God is wrathful and Christ is hostile, we must not consult the consciousness of our own heart. No, then we must consult the

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Silent Night, Holy Night, a homily

The homily for the Fourth Wednesday in Advent was inspired by the Christmas Carol “Silent Night, Holy Night.” In the message I refer to the first recording of the song. That recording has been included here in the second video on this post. The first video is of the message.

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Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle

Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle December 21 The Lord be with you Today is the Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle. All four Gospels mention St. Thomas as one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. John’s Gospel, which names him “the Twin,” uses Thomas’s questions to reveal truths about Jesus. It

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Commemoration of Katharina von Bora Luther

Commemoration of Katharina von Bora Luther December 20 The Lord be with you Katharina von Bora Luther (1499-1552) is another new addition to the LCMS liturgical calendar. In this we are following the German Evangelical Calendar of Names (1962), which I think was the first time she was included on

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Commemoration of Adam and Eve

Commemoration of Adam and Eve December 19 The Lord be with you Adam was the first man, made in the image of God and given dominion over all the earth (Genesis 1:26). Eve was the first woman, formed from one of Adam’s ribs to be his companion and helper (Genesis

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Grasping the Genuine Christ

Martin Luther, commenting on Galatians 5:4, wrote: It must be noted and pointed out carefully that Paul declares the desire to be justified through the Law to be nothing else than being separated from Christ and being made completely useless by Him. What can be said against the Law that

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Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Commemoration of Daniel the Prophet and the Three Young Men December 17 The Lord be with you Daniel the prophet and the three young men—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—were among the leaders of the people of Judah who were taken into captivity in Babylon. Even in that foreign land, they remained

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Celebrating the Saints – Book Review

Celebrating the Saints: The Feasts, Festivals, and Commemorations of Lutheran Service Book William Weedon Concordia Publishing House (2016) 288 pages (including indexes, etc.) The Church Year is one of the great treasures of the Church. It blesses both believers and non-believers. Feasts like Christmas and Easter are known well beyond

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O Come, All Ye Faithful – homily

The Lord be with you This past Wednesday’s Advent homily was inspired by the Christmas Carol, “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” In the homily I reference the first time this carol actually charted on the popular music charts in America. That was in 1905 by the Peerless Quartet. The first

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