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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

Sunday Thoughts for March 10

The Lord be with you This coming Sunday (March 10) is the “First Sunday in Lent.” In our tradition we say “in” Lent, not “of” Lent. This is to distinguish the days of Lent, which are Mondays through Saturdays, from Sundays. This gives us the count of forty days for

Continue reading

Grace and the Remnants of Sin

The power of sin is to accuse, condemn, sting, sadden, disquiet the heart, show a wrathful God, hell, and the like. This power of sin is done away with through free mercy, and yet there remain true remnants of this poison. Therefore both statements are true: “No Christian has sin”;

Continue reading

Ash Wednesday Thoughts

The Lord be with you This coming Wednesday (March 6) is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the Lenten Season. We will have worship services each Wednesday during Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday. Our Ash Wednesday service will begin at 7:00 PM, preceded by a soup supper at 5:30 PM.

Continue reading

Pray With Impure Hearts

In the very moment in which you feel that the temptation is strongest and that you are least prepared for prayer, go off into a solitary place (Matt. 6:6), and pray the Lord’s Prayer or whatever you can say against Satan and his temptation. Then you will feel the temptation

Continue reading