Live By The Spirit

The Lord be with you Because we are sinners, it is all too easy to identify primarily as sinners. Andres Das, in commenting on Galatians 5:25 (If we live by the Spirit, then by the Spirit let us also walk), reminds us that such a self-view is mistaken. Preachers and

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Commemoration of Sarah

January 20 Today, we rejoice to remember the Lord’s handmaiden Sarah, wife of Abraham and ancestress of the Messiah. Just when some might be thinking about a bit of blissful retirement, Sarai’s big adventure begins. She and her husband, Abram, had never been blessed with children. They doted a bit

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Walk By The Spirit

Andrew Das, commenting on Galatians 5:16 (“But I say, walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not satisfy the desire of the flesh”), wrote: Christians will still sin (thus [Galatians] 6:1), but they will not live their lives from the vantage point of an age that is passing away.

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The Confession of St. Peter

January 18 The Lord be with you In our Church Year, today is set aside as “the Confession of St. Peter.” This is classed as a “festival.” The confession of Peter remembered this day is found in Matthew 18:13-20, Mark 8:27-29, and Luke 9:18-20. This is where Peter confesses Jesus

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Laodicea

The final letter to the Seven Churches of Revelation is the one to Laodicea. It is the only church Jesus has nothing positive to say about. Is there a lesson for us today from this letter? Topics covered in this Bible study include “Amen,” “Witness,” “Source of God’s Creation,” “lukewarm,”

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The Broad Shoulders of Love

Martin Luther, commenting on Galatians 6:2, wrote: To love does not mean, as the sophists imagine, to wish someone else well, but to bear someone else’s burdens, that is, to bear what is burdensome to you and what you would rather not bear. Therefore a Christian must have broad shoulders

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Not So Obvious – a sermon

Sometimes, as Christians, we feel truths like the Incarnation, and the benefits of them, are “obvious.” We feel like “everyone” knows them. The reality is different, according to Pastor. In this sermon, Pastor explores this.

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The Plague of Our Own Righteousness

Commenting on Galatians 5:19, Martin Luther wrote: So dangerous a plague is it to trust in one’s own righteousness and to dream that one is pure. But we are not in a position to trust in our own righteousness, for we are aware of the uncleanness of the flesh. This

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When Troubles Happen Between Christians

In an ideal world, there would be nothing but peace and harmony between the children of God. But we live in a fallen world, and that impacts believers as well. That means problems between believers happens. Martin Luther, commenting on Galatians 5:16, has some words of advice for when that

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Irenaeus on Jesus

Irenaeus (126-203) was bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, which is now Lyons, France. He was born in Smyrna in Asia Minor (modern Turkey). Irenaeus, bk.3, ch. 21, p. 212: “The divine Scriptures bear witness of both with regard to Him (Jesus): that He had the outstanding begetting beyond all people

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