Posts Posted in January 2022

 

Look There

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Luke 2:49–50

Seek! Search! Look everywhere else. But you will never find Christ Jesus anywhere else but in the holy Scripture. The Spirit will reveal himself there.

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That’s It?

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6-9 and Acts 15:1-11

A person is saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ's work on the cross, not by adding their own works to his.

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Lawmen and Freeman

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6–9 and Psalm 119:33–40

Why would put God to the test by placing the yoke of the law on the neck of disciples that neither our predecessors nor we have been able to bear?

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The Constant Battle

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6-9, Ephesians 6:10-20, and Revelation 17:14

Under the devil's direction the world persecutes the gospel and would nail again Christ, the Son of God, to the cross although he gave himself for the world.

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Weather & Closing Notices

What to do when it snows...

Scripture Text: Isaiah 1:18

Wondering about conditions at church, whether we will have worship on a Sunday, or if activities at church are canceled during the week?

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Proud of the Gospel

Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 2 Corinthians 11:21–23

A Christian glories in the things of which other men are ashamed — in the cross and in his sufferings. For the world will not long endure the Word.

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Letting Go of Grace

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6-9 and Hebrews 13:20-21

Sometimes people want grace but then let go of it because they do not want Christ. They want to have the benefits of grace without being a follower of Jesus.

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Favor the Lowly

Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Romans 12:14–16

As much as you are able, live in peace with all; spend time with those of humble circumstance. Be a blessing to your neighbor.

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The Marriage Will

Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: John 2:1–2

Marriage, because it is God's institution, will be a difficult work, as the flesh will resist and rebel, as it always does against doing God's will.

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Altar Call Christianity

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6-9 and 2 Timothy 4:1-8

Christianity is not seasonal. It does not cool off. Faith does not become slack; it is constant. Have you left your faith at the altar or are you following Jesus?

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In My Own Image

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6-9 and Philippians 1:9-11

We are to abound in love with knowledge and discernment so that we may approve what is excellent, and be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.

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Love Your Neighbor

Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Matthew 5:43–46

Love desires the best for its neighbor, even when one's neighbor does not desire the best for you, so one must pray for them even when they are not neighborly.

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Wheat and Weeds

Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Matthew 13:26–30

Jesus allowed for believers and unbelievers alike in the church, so that both might be spared, believers from violent uprooting, and unbelievers an opportunity to believe.

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Backbreaking Labor

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6 and 2 Peter 2:1-3

There will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them.

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Right Devotion

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6 and Acts 2:42-47

Paul and Luther deplored the fact that the happy condition of the church, secured by years of arduous labors, some lunatic might spoil in a moment.

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Many Functions

Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Romans 12:3–5

Each Christian has been given a calling, and with that calling a particular gift or gifts to fulfill the calling. These do not make her better or happier than another.

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Life is Slippery

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Imitators of God forgive others, even when they sin against them. They give the weak a hand up when they fail and fall.

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Failure

Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Luke 2:41–49

God permits us to fail in order to make us seek him in his Word. Do not despair when things do not go your way. God is calling you.

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Prophecy

Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Romans 12:6–8

Paul does not put much emphasis on foretelling the future, but on the explanation of the Scriptures, so that there may be faith in the gospel.

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Gracious Patience

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-6 and 2 Corinthians 11:3–4

Paul was astonished that the Galatians were deserting Jesus for the law again, so that the onus for salvation was once again upon themselves.

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The “Follow Me”

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and John 14:5-7

One becomes rightly related to God by becoming a friend of Jesus. So, when he speaks the “follow me” to your heart ... follow.

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Favorable Conditions

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and 1 John 4:7-11

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. —1 John 4:10

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Love Is Not Vengeful

Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Proverbs 10:12

Love is virtue pure and precious. It neither utters, nor thinks any evil of its neighbor. It rather covers sin; not one sin, nor two, but a “multitude of sins.”

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Captive to Goodness

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and Psalm 53:1-3

There is no one who does good—no, not one. All have fallen short of the glory of God, and their own "goodness" will in no way make up the deficit.

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Editing the Gospel

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and Hebrews 7:24-27

God loves you, not because of your ability to not sin, but because Christ died for your sin. He loves you for Christ's sake, not for the sake of your piety.

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Dealing with Trouble

Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Luke 2:41–45

Good and bad happens to bad and so-called good people alike. The difference is how one responds, and why, and from where their peace comes.

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God Still Loves You

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and Ephesians 2:4-10

Tell the devil that Christ Jesus has given himself for our sins, that by his sacrifice he has taken away your sins along with those of the whole world.

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Sober Judgment

Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings

Scripture Text: Romans 12:1–3

We must consider ourselves with sound and sober judgment, not thinking much of our piety. There is always room for improvement in the Christian life.

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Sober Judgment

Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings

Scripture Text: Romans 12:1–3

We must consider ourselves with sound and sober judgment, not thinking much of our piety. There is always room for improvement in the Christian life.

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That Irritating Inner Voice

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and 1 Corinthians 15:1–4

If the devil tells you that you will be damned, tell him. “I will fly to Christ who gave himself for my sins." Remind yourself of the Father's favorable will.

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Appearances

Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Luke 2:33–35

Simeon was not impressed by appearances and so, could bless Christ Jesus. If appearances are our motivation, we will not bless Jesus.

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The Hindrance to Holiness

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and Romans 4:22–25

Christ, the Son of God, was not given for the righteous or the holy, but for sinners that they may be holy in the righteousness of Christ alone.

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Acceptable Sacrifice

Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 Peter 2:2–5

Christians are priests, each and every one of them, and as priests, are to offer acceptable sacrifices to God. That sacrifice is self for the honor God.

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Stubborn Sins

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and 2 Corinthians 12:8-10

It is not your spiritual might that saves you, any more than it is your spiritual weakness that condemns you. It is Christ who saves you in spite of you.

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Peace to Continue

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and Romans 5:6-11

God loves you when you are at your worst, so we see that sin cannot harm those who believe in Christ, because he has overcome sin by his death.

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Faith in His Word

Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Luke 2:25–33

We must have faith in the Word, not in what our senses tell us. Feelings are secondary (at least) and are to be subordinated to "what is written."

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Bless

Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Romans 12:14–21

Christians should not curse—in the sense of wishing evil in a person's life. However, Christians are to censure and reprove evil in the hope of good.

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Died

Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions

Series: Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Scripture Text: John 19:28–37

Jesus did not sleep, as we say, but truly died a real, physical death so that those who believe may be raised from death to a real and bodily life.

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He Gave Himself

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and Romans 3:21-31

"If our sins could be removed by our own efforts, what need was there for the Son of God to be given for them?"

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Very God of Very God

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and 1 Corinthians 1:23-24

"You are established in this belief that Christ is very God because he gives grace and peace, gifts which only God can create and bestow.”

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Kept in Humble Faith

Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Luke 2:41–52

God allows suffering to guard against presumption, as example to others to repent, and as preparation for finding Christ, and keeping him.

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Living Sacrifice

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Romans 12:1–2

The sacrifices of the Old Testament are fulfilled in the one sacrifice of Christ Jesus so that we may offering the living sacrifice of faith in everyday life.

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Faith to Comprehend

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and Romans 1:16-17

Augustine said, "Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.” The hard stuff is believed through God's grace.

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The Arresting Question

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and John 14:1-11

"Without Christ there is no access to the Father, but futile rambling; no truth, but hypocrisy; no life, but eternal death."

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The Soul Purpose of God

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and Hebrews 12:7-11

"True Christian theology does not inquire into the nature of God, but into God’s purpose and will in Christ." And his purpose is to bring our souls to himself.

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Our Lord

Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions

Series: Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Scripture Text: 2 Thessalonians 2:14–17

We confess God to be a gracious Lord who loves us so greatly that he promised to save us and through his own sacrifice, brings us everlasting comfort and the hope of redemption.

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A Pernicious Doctrine

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and Ephesians 2:4-14

The world views God's grace as a pernicious doctrine, that our own free will should take hold of life and troubles and fix things ourselves. But we cannot conjure peace.

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The Obedience of Faith

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and Romans 1:1-7

"The more a person seeks credit for himself by his own efforts, the deeper he goes into debt. Nothing can take away sin except the grace of God."

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To Know Christ

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Matthew 2:1–6

The magi may not have known who the newborn king truly was, but you and I are called to attend to our vocations, then think only how we may know Christ.

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I’m Buying!

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and Romans 3:23-25

We need the article of justification repeatedly preached to us because the infirmity of our flesh does not allow us to believe it with all our heart.

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Your Final Answer

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 & 1 Corinthians 2:1-15

The Christian's peace is not found in the world but upon the cross. Christ Crucified is our only comfort, glory, and hope.

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Where Our Hope Rests

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 & 1 Corinthians 15:12-19

Our faith must be fixed on the Who, not the what. Christ alone is our righteousness, hope, and victory.

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Holy Pride

Devotions from the Book of Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and Romans 1:1-6

One should not force a way into the divine office. God must call so that the pastor speaks with the "holy pride" of his calling.

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The Gift of God

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Ephesians 2:1-10

Just as little as it lies in one’s power to be born and to receive natural existence, so little does it lie in his power to be without sin or to escape from it. He who created us must take it away.

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Hear

Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions

Series: Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Scripture Text: Deuteronomy 6:4

When we say that we “believe in one God,” as the Apostles' Creed plainly outlines, we name the one God as Father, Son, and Spirit.

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Holy Pride

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-5 and Romans 1:1-6

One should not force a way into the divine office. God must call so that the pastor speaks with the "holy pride" of his calling.

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Conviction

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:1-9 and Jude 3-4

If your convictions rest on the sure Word of God, then you have something worth sharing with your neighbor.

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