The Test of a True Christian Preacher

68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” Commenting on these verses, Martin Luther once preached: This example illustrates that we must not rely

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The Fruit of the Lord’s Supper

The Lord be with you On Maundy Thursday, 1523, Martin Luther preached a message on the Lord’s Supper. As I’m sure is true for most Lutheran pastors, I’ve preached my fair share of sermons about this Sacrament. Reading this one from Luther was a humbling experience for me. Especially the

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Why Evil in God’s World?

The Lord be with you, There certainly have been a tremendous number of calamities, both man-made and natural, in recent years. The sad reality is that this is nothing new. Any war produces a tremendous number of man-made calamities. The recent fires in California have produced a tremendous number of

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The World’s Wisdom & Salvation

36But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. (John 6:36-37) Commenting on John 6:36-37 in a sermon, Martin Luther said: We do not

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A Preservative Against Death

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (John 6:35) Commenting on this verse, Martin Luther said: He says of Himself that He is a bread, food, and nourishment which not only preserves

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The Essence of True Christianity

This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted him by the Father. (John 6:65) You must believe. Well, when you hear that this is imperative, you are quick to say: “I will initiate this faith myself.” But no, I assure you

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Luther on John 6:46

Luther, commenting on John 6:46, preached: But now reason appears on the scene and wants to confuse you, saying: “If it is the Father who draws me, then I will let Christ go and preach while I gape heavenward at the Father, waiting for Him to draw me.” No, Christ

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From the President (of the LC-MS)

From the President of the LC-MS We all saw the recent uproar in the media about the separation of children from their parents who have entered the U.S. illegally. We (the LC-MS) did not enter this fray with public statements because we recognized immediately the inherently political nature of the

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