Fight, Work, Pray! – a review

The Lord be with you In the history of Lutheranism, there is a strong defense of the real and true presence of Jesus “in, with and under” the bread and wine with his body and blood for the forgiveness of sins. This accent developed because there developed many in Protestantism

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My Words are Spirit and Life

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. (John 6:63) This means that the words were spoken by the Holy Spirit. Christ does not want to give you the right to run

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Jesus – More Than Just A Prophet

For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe, and who it was that should betray Him. (John 6:64) The evangelist John adds this remark to indicate that Christ is true God and, therefore, more than flesh and blood, since He knew in advance who would

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Löhe’s “On Mercy,” part II

I have already posted a review of part I of Wilhelm Löhe’s pamphlet “On Mercy.” The original booklet had seven chapters. This publishing of his work divided it into two pamphlets. Part I had the first 5 chapters and part II has the final two chapters. The next chapter, chapter

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The Devil Does Not Take A Holiday

There is no one with such a sure mastery of this doctrine [of faith in Jesus] that he need not apply himself to it every hour with great diligence. It may happen that one hour finds you very well acquainted with this doctrine and firmly believing it, while the next

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Leaving Jesus?

After Jesus’ sermon in John 6, the Evangelist reported: “After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him” (John 6:66). Who were these disciples, as clearly they were not the Twelve whom Jesus addresses in verse 67? Luther’s thought is the commonly accepted idea today.

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What is Mercy?

On Mercy – Volume 1 – a review “Mercy is goodness, goodness is love, and, therefore, mercy is love. Mercy is goodness and love but in a specific relationship, namely, in relation to the unfortunate and wretched. Love is manifold. When it is directed to God on high, it becomes

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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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