Sunday Thoughts for March 31

The Lord be with you We will be sharing the Lord’s Supper this coming Sunday and using the second setting of the “Divine Service.” (I still feel funny calling the Sunday morning service “Divine” and prefer the name used in The Lutheran Hymnal, “The Order of Morning Service,” or “The

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Commemoration of Joseph, Patriarch

Commemoration of Joseph, Patriarch March 31 Today, we remember and thank God for Joseph, Patriarch. The story of the patriarch Joseph, beloved child of Jacob, is one of the most stirring pieces of literature in the bible. It is also an amazing typological prophecy of our Lord Jesus Christ. As

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Chrysostom on Prayer

Prayer is no small bond of love for God, developing in us the habit of converse with him and encouraging the pursuit of wisdom. … We are, however, not as aware as we should be of the benefit of prayer, for the reason that we neither apply ourselves to it

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Sunday Thoughts for March 24

The Lord be with you This coming Sunday (March 24) is the Third Sunday in Lent. We will be using the second setting of the Divine Service, configured as a Service of the Word. Because we are in Lent, we will omit the Hymn of Praise and use the Verse

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God is the God of the Humble

Here we need statements like those which the holy fathers undoubtedly used to ponder a great deal. Though He is talking there about physical blessing, the Lord says in Deuteronomy 9:5 “Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess the land

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Sin, Promise & Justification

Sin is sin, and by its nature it merits punishment, whether you acknowledge it or not. The acknowledgment of sin is a sort of co-requisite [for justification] in that God wishes to forgive sins to those who acknowledge them and does not wish to forgive sins to those who do

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Wednesday Thoughts for March 13

The Lord be with you Tomorrow (March 13) we will have our second Wednesday Lent service. The service will begin at 6:00 PM and be followed by light refreshments. As Daylight Saving Time has begun and, as the days are growing longer, this time means people who do not like

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Sunday Thoughts for March 17

The Lord be with you This coming Sunday is the Second Sunday in Lent (March 11, 2019). The old Latin name is Reminiscere, which comes from the first word in the old Latin Introit for the Day. That Introit begins, in English, “Remember, O Lord, Thy tender mercies and Thy

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One Cause for Justification

There is only one cause for justification, namely, the merit of Christ, or the gracious mercy which hearts that are ignited by the Holy Spirit grasp by faith. If someone wants to, he may list the acknowledgment of sin as a second cause … It is the sort of cause

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The Two Parts of Justification

These are the two parts of justification. The first is grace revealed through Christ, that through Christ we have a gracious God, so that sin can no longer accuse us, but our conscience has found peace through trust in the mercy of God. The second part is the conferring of

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