Posts Posted in September 2022

 

Evidence, Not Merit

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:9 and John 13:13–15

Luther wrote: "We do not deny that Christians ought to imitate the example of Christ; but mere imitation will not satisfy God."

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Serving One Lord

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Matthew 6:24–25

God would not have us be overanxious for our life, but labor and commend our anxiety to him, so, he does not allow us to have another Lord besides himself.

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The Promise Fulfilled

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:9 and Mark 16:15–16

"To bless simply means to spread abroad the knowledge of Christ’s salvation. This is the office of the New Testament Church..."

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The Blessing of the World

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:9 and John 3:16

The blessing is the promise of the Gospel. All nations are to be declared righteous before God through faith in Christ Jesus.

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Our Only Help

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Luke 10:30–35

The man who lies half dead, wounded and stripped of his clothing, is all mankind. The Samaritan is our Lord Jesus Christ Cling to him, your only help.

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The All and Everything

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:9 and Habakkuk 2:1–4

Religion knows no end of satisfactions that must still be made. Faith knows and relies on the cross of Christ alone. That is the all and everything.

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Robed for Action

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:8 and 2 Corinthians 5:7–10

Faith in God’s Christ robes us for heaven while dressing us for action on earth. As Ambrose said, “Faith is the mother of a good will and doing what is right."

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We Are the Widow

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Luke 7:11–15

The widow's misfortune is portrayed here so that we might learn that with God nothing is impossible, whether it be misfortune, calamity, anger, or whatever.

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A Spiritual Pedigree

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:8 and Ephesians 4:6

We esteem Abraham because he had faith in the Christ who would come 14 generations later. We do not regard him because he created a religion.

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It Is Written

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:8 and Matthew 4:1–10

Our faith in his Word, which is the promise of his very self, is what upholds us until there is no time to measure — and will uphold us forever. 

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The Justification of Abraham

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:8 and Genesis 12:1–3

If Abraham’s works did not justify him to God, then how could any follower of Father Abraham be justified by his works? They cannot, nor can we.

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Nothing Else will Do

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:7 and John 3:16–18

God, the loving Father, sent his only Son, the Light of the World, into this dark world. He insists that we have faith in him. Nothing else will do.

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One Faith

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:7 and Ephesians 4:4–6

Abraham’s faith being reckoned to him as righteousness must be the same faith that justifies us also to God for there is “one faith” by which we all are saved.

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Suffering Life

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Romans 8:15b–18

What would all the riches and nobility of the world be compared with being named and chosen by God himself, called his son, the heir of exalted divine majesty?

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The Same Christ

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:7 and John 8:56–58

The faith of Abraham was directed to the Messiah who was to come, while ours rests in the Christ who has already come and is coming again with great power and glory.

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First Things First

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Matthew 6:25–33

Do this for the honor of God and for your own benefit: strive after the great and eternal good. If you attain and keep this, the rest will surely take care of itself.

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Faith in His Details

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:7 and Revelation 21:21–27

Faith believes God when he makes the promise of eternal life, without knowing the particulars, just as Abraham believed God for the seed of blessing.

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The Likes of You and Me

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:7 and Genesis 17:20–21

Cheats like Jacob may become children of Abraham — because they have faith in the promise. And that is good news for the likes of you and me. 

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Ockpastorfest

A Traditional German Feast, honoring our pastors

Local LCMC and NALC pastors are invited to bring their families to be our guests for traditional German fare.

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The Blessing to the Nations

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:7 and Matthew 28:16–20

The physical offspring of Abraham are born in sin into wrath and condemnation but the spiritual offspring to pardon and heaven.

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Common-sense and Scripture

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:7 and Romans 4:1–5

"Paul’s argumentation runs... 'Since this is the unmistakable testimony of Holy Writ, why do you take your stand upon circumcision and the law?'"

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The Chief Good

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Luke 10:25–28

To love God with all the mind is to cleave to him who is our chief good, to do nothing against his will, to take nothing except what is pleasing to God.

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Believing the Promise

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:7 and John 3:16–18

We are not protected from eternal wrath and damnation by doing a blessed thing. Like Abraham, we are justified to God by believing him. 

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The Promise

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:7 and Genesis 15:1–6

"This is the main point of Paul’s argument against the Jews: The children of Abraham are those who believe, not those who are born of Abraham’s flesh."

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The Transfusion

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:6 and Philippians 3:7–9

Because sin lingers in us, and God hates sin, a transfusion of alien righteousness becomes vitally necessary. So, faith justify without works.

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Simul

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:6 and 1 John 1:8–10

Our Mediator has become our righteousness. Our deeds are not the final answer; our faith in Christ Jesus is what makes us just before God.

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Why?

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:6 and John 16:27

"On one occasion Jesus said to His disciples: “The Father loveth you.” Why? Not because the disciples were Pharisees, or circumcised, or particularly attentive to the Law."

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The Comfort of the Cross

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:6 and Revelation 7:9–14

Those who imagine they are becoming good enough for God are fooling themselves, and they know it with every pious effort they make at holiness.

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Perfect Power

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:6 and 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

"Faith is weak, but it means enough to God that He will not lay sin to our charge. He will not punish nor condemn us for it. He will forgive our sins..."

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The Gospel Secret

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:6 and Romans 7:14–25

"God 'winks' at my sins and covers them up. God says: 'Because you believe in my Son I will forgive your sins until death shall deliver you from the body of sin.'”

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The Hiding Place

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:6 and Psalm 91:1–4

"Because the shadow of Christ’s wing covers me I have no fear that God will cover all my sins and take my imperfections for perfect righteousness."

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Grading on the Curve

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:6 and 1 John 3:19–24

"Christian righteousness is the confidence of the heart in God through Christ Jesus. Such confidence is accounted righteousness for Christ’s sake."

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God’s Dollar

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Mark 8:4–6

"Christ commands the disciples to set the loaves before the multitude, by which he shows that he will administer his work and gifts through the instrumentality of human agencies."

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Moving Into the Future - copy

Search for Associate Pastor

Scripture Text: Jeremiah 29:11

St. Paul's is in the process of calling an Associate Pastor. Interested applicants should email the Call Committee and attach a resumé. We will reply promptly to you. The following was written by George Barringer, Church Council President, and read to the church before worship on September 4, 2022. Following the resignation of Pastor Lura in December of 2018, our church embarked on the Interim Ministry process, a service provided through LCMC. The purpose of this service is to help congregational leaders chart a general course going forward, as they prepare the way for a new pastor. This information is ...

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Honoring God

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:6 and Romans 4:9–12

"Faith truly honors God. And because faith honors God, God counts faith for righteousness."

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Blessed Ears

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Matthew 13:15–17

What would it help the critics of Christ if the gospel was preached twice as clearly as it is? They are so deafened by their own conceits that they can hear nothing else.

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Moving Into the Future

Search for Associate Pastor

Scripture Text: Jeremiah 29:11

St. Paul's is in the process of calling an Associate Pastor. After reading this profile, interested applicants should email the Call Committee and attach a resumé. We will reply promptly to you. The following was written by George Barringer, Church Council President, and read to the church before worship on September 4, 2022. Following the resignation of Pastor DJ Lura in December of 2018, our church embarked on the Interim Ministry process, a service provided through LCMC. The purpose of this service is to help congregational leaders chart a general course going forward, as they prepare the way for a new ...

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Snubbing Christ

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:6 and Romans 6:23

"They despise God, make a liar out of him, snub Christ and all his benefits; in short, they pull God from his throne and perch themselves on it."

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No Other Gods

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Exodus 20:1–3

"When we come before God the Father, Christ will say: Father! Although they have not wholly fulfilled thy law, yet I have done so, let this be to their benefit because they believe in me."

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Fear and Hope

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:6 and Psalm 147:10–11

We may trust in God's mercy and grace through faith in him, not in our works, for he is no unmerciful slave driver or unfaithful and angry judge.

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The Work of God

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:6 and John 6:26–29

"Everyone who by faith slays reason, the world’s biggest monster, renders God a real service, a better service than the religions of all races and all the drudgery of meritorious monks can render."

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