More Than A Nice Story

As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. With this Christ entrusts to his disciples the office of proclaiming the gospel, telling of and applying Christ’s suffering and resurrection according to their intended purpose. For if the suffering and resurrection of Christ had remained apart from the

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Christ’s Mercy to the Weak

So we see in this story [John 20:19-31], not only in the example with Thomas, but also in the example with the other disciples, what a very gracious Lord we have in Christ, who treats us neither sternly nor harshly, but seeks us out and comforts us as sheep gone

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Finding Where God Speaks

If anyone knew of a church on earth where God’s voice could be heard, how he would run to get there! Yet he would hear nothing other than what he hears from the minister at home in his own church. Of all the blessings and gifts which he received from

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Comfort from Jesus’ Resurrection

From a sermon Martin Luther preached in 1534: In this manifestation [of Jesus to the disciples in John 20:19-31], there are other teachings and examples which are useful and comforting. First, it is good to note that the Lord does not wait for his disciples to go after him, but

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Christ in Our Worship

The Lord be with you Luther describes the congregation’s vision of God in the Divine Service most vividly in a sermon on Jn 3:22-25. He speaks about the seeing that comes from the sacramental enactment of God’s Word. After telling of God’s provision of signs in addition to his Word

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Daily Value in Remembering the Judgment

We, however, do not belong [to the people who] shrink back for destruction, but [to the people] of faith for the safekeeping of the soul. Hebrews 10:39 Yet despite their privileged status as Christ’s holy brothers, they may not presume on God’s grace, for their salvation depends on their faithful

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Worthy Reception of the Lord’s Supper

Martin Luther preached: [L]earn diligently and note well that they do not receive the Sacrament unworthily who confess to be wretched sinners, feel all kinds of temptations, curse from time to time, become impatient, do not always eat and drink in moderation, and then pray for mercy: Help me, Lord,

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The Preacher Within

The Preacher Within or “Follow Your Heart?” Martin Luther, in a sermon on 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, sought to encourage his congregation to faithful use of the Lord’s Supper, not simply by outlining the Supper’s benefits but also our need. For you have a preacher within you, who eats and drinks

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Ears “Digged” Open

The English Annotations (1645; 1651; 1657): Hebrew, “mine ear hast thou opened”; or “digged open.” It is a proverbial manner of speech, whereby there is implied the qualifying or fitting a person to obedience in service, the ear, or opening of the ear, being an emblem or symbol, or a

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