The Sun and Moon, and Us

The sun must give its light to the moon, otherwise the moon would have no light. Dear Lord Jesus, my heart is Your moon; without You, it has no comfort. As the moon has more light at certain times and less at others, so is it with our heart: “The

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Considering the Eclipse of the Sun

The sun will be eclipsed in the United States this coming August. In centuries past, this was a great concern, even after it was learned that is was simply the moon casting its shadow. Herberger finds an analogy in the natural phenomena to comfort his readers. The sun is often

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The Great Works of God – book review

The Great Works of God: Parts One and Two: The Mysteries of Christ in the Book of Genesis, Chapters 1-15 Author: Valerius Herberger Translator: Matthew Carver Concordia Publishing House, 2010 Paperback 400 pages Jesus, walking along the Emmaus Road, conducted the greatest Bible study of all time. In that study

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Lime, Water & Oil

Lime, Water & Oil – an analogy on the effects of Law and Gospel Accordingly, the Law is good, righteous, and holy; but it does not justify. It shows me what I am, since through it I am provoked and hate righteousness more than before. It causes me to love

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Now and Not Yet- Luther Quote

[These] expressions “to redeem,” “that we might receive adoption,” “you are sons,” “He has sent the Spirit,” “He is a son and heir, not a slave,” and similar expression are not to be understood as having been fulfilled in us, but that Christ has fulfilled this in order that it

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St Mark, Evangelist

Feast of St Mark, Evangelist April 25 The Lord be with you Today is the Feast Day of St. Mark, Evangelist. Mark was the author of the second Gospel, which he composed, according to some Early Church Fathers, when the Christians in Rome asked him to write down the preaching

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Johann Walter, Kantor

Commemoration of Johann Walter, Kantor April 24 The Lord be with you One of the great blessings of the Lutheran Reformation is its strong endorsement of “the arts” as a blessing from God in our lives and a wonderful aid in worship. This included paintings, sculpture, cloth, woodcuts, and so

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Love Yourself?

One should also note most carefully that from the words of this commandment [to love your neighbor as yourself] some of the fathers drew the opinion that the love here prescribed begins with oneself, because, as they say, love of oneself is prescribed as the rule according to which you

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