On Almsgiving

On Almsgiving, by Martin Chemnitz, is another of the “Mercy Essays” available on-line from the Missouri Synod. “Almsgiving” is an old-fashioned word for acts of mercy or charity. It might take the form of giving some money to a person in need; then again it might take the form of

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Mercy in the Early Church – a review

The Lord be with you Mercy in the Early Church: The Gospel of Love and Charity is another mercy essay in the “Mercy Booklet Series” published by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The entire series, twenty-five booklets in all, can be found at https://blogs.lcms.org/2018/mercy-essays-feature-lutheran-theologians-from-reformation-to-today/. Mercy in the Early Church is a

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The Will of the Father

“For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:40) How you must perceive, whether willingly or unwillingly, that the Ten Commandments are not the

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Mercy in the Old Testament – a review

The Lord be with you Many critics of God these days call God in the Old Testament cold, vengeful, hateful, misogynistic, xenophobic, arbitrary, and any number of other blasphemous things. In doing so they demonstrate their own sin-darkened reason, unable to understand the Old Testament. However the arguments of these

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God Said It …

41So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” (John 6:41-42) Whoever wants to

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Mercy and the Lutheran Congregation – a review

The Lord be with you I grew-up during a time when “liberal” churches were dominated by the “social gospel” and “conservative” churches reacted against the reductionism of the “social gospel.” This “social gospel” seemed to subordinate sound teaching to acts of mercy to the point where teaching was forgotten and

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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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