Christ in Our Worship

The Lord be with you Luther describes the congregation’s vision of God in the Divine Service most vividly in a sermon on Jn 3:22-25. He speaks about the seeing that comes from the sacramental enactment of God’s Word. After telling of God’s provision of signs in addition to his Word

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Daily Value in Remembering the Judgment

We, however, do not belong [to the people who] shrink back for destruction, but [to the people] of faith for the safekeeping of the soul. Hebrews 10:39 Yet despite their privileged status as Christ’s holy brothers, they may not presume on God’s grace, for their salvation depends on their faithful

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Worthy Reception of the Lord’s Supper

Martin Luther preached: [L]earn diligently and note well that they do not receive the Sacrament unworthily who confess to be wretched sinners, feel all kinds of temptations, curse from time to time, become impatient, do not always eat and drink in moderation, and then pray for mercy: Help me, Lord,

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The Preacher Within

The Preacher Within or “Follow Your Heart?” Martin Luther, in a sermon on 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, sought to encourage his congregation to faithful use of the Lord’s Supper, not simply by outlining the Supper’s benefits but also our need. For you have a preacher within you, who eats and drinks

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Ears “Digged” Open

The English Annotations (1645; 1651; 1657): Hebrew, “mine ear hast thou opened”; or “digged open.” It is a proverbial manner of speech, whereby there is implied the qualifying or fitting a person to obedience in service, the ear, or opening of the ear, being an emblem or symbol, or a

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Spiritual Interpretation of the Tabernacle

Lucas Osiander (1534-1604): The structure, which is called the holy of holies, was denoting Christ, who is the most holy temple of the Trinity, John 2, in whom all the fullness of deity dwells bodily, Colossians 2. The golden censor was designating the most efficacious prayers of Christ for the

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Preaching Easter

To the praise and honor of our merciful, eternal God, we wish to preach today about the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is proper that we do so. This festival enables us to focus on the Gospel’s account of Christ’s resurrection and to learn from it. It is

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