Posts Posted in April 2022

 

The Risen Life

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Colossians 3:1–5

Through Christ's death, you are redeemed from sin and death, raised to an imperishable life you cannot yet perceive in yourselves except through faith.

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Self-help

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:16 and Psalm 121:1–8

Your sins are forgiven when you believe on Jesus Christ who was crucified for your sins, those sins being imposed upon him instead of you.

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Bless Your Heart

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:16 and Psalm 14:1-3

Grace is freely given by God to we doltish darlin’s who have come to realize that need his righteousness — and none of our own, as if we had any. 

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2022 Cruise 'n Barbeque

Event Photos

Scripture Text: Galatians 5:14

Photos of the 2022 Cruise n' Barbeque at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC. Proceeds benefit the needy in our community.

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Kinship

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:16 and Romans 4:13-16

No amount of work makes you part of an earthly, let alone heavenly, family. It is a matter of believing you are so that you may act like family.

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True Love

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:16 and Deuteronomy 6:4-9

We must have faith that God still loves us, despite our failings at loving him, and it may be this keeps-coming-back love that God desires from us.

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The Ledger

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:16 and Colossians 2:8-14

Christianity is not a matter of credits and debits, of record keeping that puts Christians at a disadvantage. Christ Jesus has become their advantage.

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In a Good Bad Place

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:16 and Psalm 51:6-17

When we are in that bad condition of spiritual desperation, we have actually arrived at the good place of being able to receive mercy from God.

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Vanity

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:16 and Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

All is in vain without faith in Christ. The greatest vanity, the vanity of vanities, is to believe that there is ultimate meaning in life apart from Christ Jesus.

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Warts and All

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:16 and Revelation 21:9-11

If we could actually see the evil rooted in the nature of humankind, we would never entertain such silly dreams about our merit or worthiness.

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The Fact of the “I Do”

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:16 and James 2:14-18

We are not justified with God, nor do we make ourselves righteous, by our devotion to him or our works for our neighbor, but by believing in his love for us.

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Breaking the Law

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:16 and Hebrews 10:11-18

Even if you could perfectly keep the First Commandment, you would not be right with God because one simply is not justified by the works of the Law.

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Good Behavior

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:15 and Acts 13:38-41

One is paroled from the prison of the law by their faith in Christ. Break that condition by relying on your good behavior and you are imprisoned again. 

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Be Certain

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 Peter 4:10–11

Be careful that what you hear from the pulpit is the sure Word of God instead of those doctrines that suit a pastor's or denomination's agenda.

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Looking Good

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:15 and Psalm 24:3-6

Joining a church does not make one righteous before God any more than doing good deeds. Righteousness is a gift from God, for Christ's sake.

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The Cross and the Plate

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:14 and 2 Timothy 2:15

We must be careful to never give a reason for anyone to think that faith in Christ alone is insufficient for salvation, that works must be added to his cross.

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Dear Brothers

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: John 20:17

It is not enough to know the historical fact of Jesus, but to also know that he calls us dear brothers, infusing his own righteousness and glory into us who believe.

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The Troubled Conscience

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:14 and 2 Timothy 2:15

Distinguish rightly between law and gospel, knowing when to hear each, allowing the law to drive you to the gospel and the peace of Christ.

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Peace

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: John 20:19

It is comforting to hear Jesus tell us that his Father is also our Father, for as Jesus returns to him, we too, will one day ascend to our God in heaven.

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A Slap to the Head

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:14 and Ephesians 2:8–10

Peter confused the separation of law and gospel, that difference between the gospel which justifies in heaven, and the law which justifies on earth.

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Come to the Light

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:14 and John 1:9-13

God's will for your sinful life on earth is that the righteousness of his grace would always outshine the accusations of the law, keeping you in the way.

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The Heavenly Conscience

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:14 and Colossians 3:1-3

The moment the law and sin, along with the devil's accusations, and the threat of condemnation cross into heaven, i.e., your conscience, kick them out.

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On the Third Day

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 15:3–4

Christ lay in the tomb for a part of three days, rising on the third, but what we should note is not so much the number but the fact that he truly died.

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A Willingness to Hear

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:14 and Proverbs 9:7-9

We should respond to correction as Peter seemed to do, admitting wrong in the clear teaching of the Word, repenting and being determined to do better.

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All the Difference

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:13 and 2 Timothy 4:1-4

Let us search the Scriptures with humility, praying that we never lose the light of the gospel by trusting ourselves for justification instead of God.

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The All of Salvation

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:13 and Philippians 2:9-12

The law is good to remind us of areas for moral improvement in life but have no place in our salvation which is accomplished through Christ alone.

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Take a Stand

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:13 and Acts 7:55–60

It is marvelous how God preserves the church by a single person, sometimes one person doing more than the whole assembly.

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A Testimony

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23–25

We have the clear Word of God as testimony for us who believe, that Christ gave himself as a grace to be received in the bread and wine of his table.

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Focus

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:12 and 2 Corinthians 7:8-11

There can be great danger in the keeping of rituals and customs and ceremonies, as they so easily tend to the error of works righteousness.

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A Fresh Lump

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 5:1–7

May you be a fresh lump with whom Christ Jesus being worked in, that the grace and power of the Spirit may continue to work out your salvation.

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No Offense

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:12 and Ephesians 6:10-20

It should not seem odd to us that some insist on the church sliding back into law-keeping, while they also seem to find it so difficult to be gracious.

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Who is On the Throne?

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:12 and Revelation 4:2–11

We can sometimes seem like we worship our ways, so we must remind ourselves that Christ is on the throne and not the ways we worship him.

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Expatriates

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Philippians 3:20–21

"The baptized Christian is born a citizen of heaven through baptism. We should be mindful of this fact and walk here as if native there."

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The Work that Saves

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:12 and Romans 11:1-6

To do certain things, or not do them, is immaterial; what is of utmost importance is Christ, and him crucified and risen for your salvation.

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Without Rules but With Christ

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:12 and Matthew 28:18-20

When it becomes about the rules instead of about Jesus, then the church, at best, goes into the world making rule followers, not Christ followers.

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Two Temptations

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:11 and 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

No one has fallen so far that he cannot rise, just as no one stands so well that he might not fall. If Peter fell, I may fall. If he rose again, I too may rise.

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The Sainted Sinner

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:11 and Romans 8:1-11

You are far from perfect but you are holy because Christ Jesus has assigned his perfect holiness to imperfect you through your faith in his promises.

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Taken Up

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Genesis 5:24

We aim to believe in what is written in the words of Scripture, so that we may have a faith like Enoch, faith in the God who takes up his people to himself.

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