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
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,
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
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
The Lord be with you On Easter Tuesday, 1533, Martin Luther gave a sermon based on Luke 24:36-47. The message had three main points of focus: the disciples thought, at first, that the resurrected Jesus was a spirit; the disciples (and us) are to proclaim repentance and remission of sins
The message for the Second Sunday of Easter was based on all three Scripture readings for the day, though the text was John 20:31. In considering how the early believers came to grips with the meaning of the Resurrection, we discover some of the meaning for us.
The Lord be with you Yesterday (April 6) was the Commemoration of Lucas Cranach and Albrecht Dürer, Artists. I forgot to post something about the day so I’m doing so now. Lucas Cranach (1472-1557), a close friend of Martin Luther, was a celebrated painter of portraits and altarpieces and a
Lucas Osiander (1534-1604): The structure, which is called the holy of holies, was denoting Christ, who is the most holy temple of the Trinity, John 2, in whom all the fullness of deity dwells bodily, Colossians 2. The golden censor was designating the most efficacious prayers of Christ for the
The Lord be with you The appointed lessons for Easter Wednesday are: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; Colossians 3:1-7 or 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; and John 21:1-14. The Introit is drawn from Psalm 118:13-14, 29, antiphon Psalm 118:17. I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD.