Comfort Is Often Hard to Get

MARTIN LUTHER was in search of comfort for his soul and assurance for his sensitive conscience above all else in life. Finally he found this comfort and assurance. Yet at times even they scarcely quieted his troubled spirit, for in spite of the assurance of forgiveness he sometimes felt as

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The Wolf and the Sheep

Once upon a time (a real time, mind you, not an imagined one), there was a wolf. He was a fat old thing. You see, he had it pretty easy. Whenever he wanted to eat, he only had to walk to the door of his cave and look at the

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The Beatitudes and Jesus – a sermon

This sermon (delivered 1/29/17) is based on the Beatitudes that Jesus gave in his Sermon on the Mount. These words can often feel like a great burden with a long list of impossible tasks to perform to become “blessed.” Pastor provides a different way to consider the Beatitudes, one which

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Commemoration of John Chrysostom, Preacher

The Lord be with you Yesterday, January 27, was the Commemoration of John Chrysostom, Preacher. Chrysostom was not John’s last name, not really. It is Greek for “golden-mouthed.” That is what first his parishioners called him, and soon so did everyone else. St. John Chrysostom was a dominant force in

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St. Titus, Pastor and Confessor

January 26 The Lord be with you Today is the festival of St. Titus, Pastor and Confessor. Technically this is a memorial day on our liturgical calendar (like the Conversion of St. Paul). Memorial days are not intended to change your regular Sunday morning worship service (like say Christmas or

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Conversion of St. Paul

January 25 The Lord be with you Today is the Festival of the Conversion of St. Paul on our liturgical calendar. This festival has been on every Liturgical calendar in every English hymnal of the LC-MS. In spite of this, I don’t remember any congregation making a fuss about it

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St. Timothy, Pastor and Confessor

Festival of St. Timothy, Pastor and Confessor January 26 The Lord be with you Today, the Church delights to celebrate the companion of St. Paul, St. Timothy, Pastor and Confessor. The Festivals of St. Timothy and St. Titus (January 26) cluster around that of St. Paul’s conversion (January 25). This

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Preaching Good Works Correctly

Preaching about Good Works can be tricky. It is all to easy to give the false impression that we should trust in our Good Works instead of Jesus, or that Good Works are just not important. Andrew Das, commenting on Galatians 6:7-8, has some good advice. The modern pastor must

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Living in the Light

Today’s message was titled “Living in the Light. One key focus of the message is the concept theologians call “simul justus et peccator” and the rest of us call being both a sinner and a saint at the same time.

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It’s Not My Fault

Andrew Das, in his comments on Galatians 6:3-5, cites favorably G. Walter Hanson: Our capacity for self-deception is frightening. It is amazing how blind otherwise brilliant people can be to their own spiritual direction in life. In fact, the more brilliant people are. The more skilled they are at developing

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