These Words Still Stand

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” John 6:51 Now if Christ’s flesh is distinguished from all flesh and is solely

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Mercy from the Heart – a review

Mercy from the Heart by Oswald Bayer and translated by Jonathan Mumme is one of the “Mercy Booklet Series” published by Concordia Publishing House and available as a free download at https://files.lcms.org/wl/?id=fTWufWRW0yHyji5CR7ciJlrW9zJYV9Vv The booklet looks at God as he has revealed himself, that is, a God who is mercy. The

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The Disguises of God

He did not want to give us His divinity unconcealed; this was impossible. For God said (Ex. 33:20): “Man shall not see Me and live.” Therefore it was necessary for God to hide, cover, and conceal Himself, thus enabling us to touch and apprehend Him. He must disguise Himself in

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The Lure of Good Works

I still share this experience, that works always try to draw me away from Christ and to myself. I must still fight against this night and day. And our adversaries incessantly din into our ears: “You must do good works!” We agree and reply that this is true, that this

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Fight, Work, Pray! – a review

The Lord be with you In the history of Lutheranism, there is a strong defense of the real and true presence of Jesus “in, with and under” the bread and wine with his body and blood for the forgiveness of sins. This accent developed because there developed many in Protestantism

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My Words are Spirit and Life

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. (John 6:63) This means that the words were spoken by the Holy Spirit. Christ does not want to give you the right to run

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Jesus – More Than Just A Prophet

For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe, and who it was that should betray Him. (John 6:64) The evangelist John adds this remark to indicate that Christ is true God and, therefore, more than flesh and blood, since He knew in advance who would

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