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Daily Devotionals

Scripture Text: Psalm 119:105

The following are links to three different daily devotionals: Comments on Galatians – Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary Reading the Word with Luther – Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions – Scripture related to a short reading from the Book of Concord, with commentary pulling the two together Coming in 2022: Reading the Bible in a Year

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A New Thing

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:15-17 and Acts 10:9-43

God accepts all peoples, all nationalities, all cultures, all races, women and men, old and young, so long as they fear him and do what is right.

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A Mystery

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Luke 8:9–10

Don't you love a good mystery, one told well and ends well? That is what Jesus came to proclaim, a mystery for the ages revealed for you.

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Standing Alone

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6-9 and Hebrews 4:12-13

Don't trust your subjective feelings. The true and objective way to know God's will and ways is by hearing and reading the Sacred Scriptures.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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We Are the Lord's

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Romans 14:8–9

We may go about living our lives with good, Christian courage, knowing that we belong to the Lord. He has prepared us for both life an death.

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A Just Reward

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: 2 Thessalonians 1:2–4

God will repay the wicked for their persecution of Christians, and he will reward Christians, though not for the reasons many think.

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The Faith of Shepherds

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Luke 2:15–20

Do we believe the Word of God because of the revelation or because of its messenger, because it is God's Word or because of the preacher?

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Our Need of the Gospel

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Luke 2:8–14

We are not so pious as we imagine ourselves to be. Take care of your self-regard and pious pride, for the gospel grows in the pasture of confession.

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Grace Working in Nature

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Luke 2:1–7

Jesus took on our nature so that, through faith in him, we may be given his nature, and be made right to be with him in eternity.

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For You

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Luke 2:7–11

The great joy of this day is that your Father has given the gift of his Son, along with the gifts of his Spirit and eternal life...to you. His gift is for you.

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Behold!

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: John 1:29–34

Jesus is the only one who can remove your sins, and make you right with the Father. Behold, the Lamb of God who has taken away the sin of the world.

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The Last Message

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: John 1:19–23

Our lives, like John the Baptist's life and ministry, should direct our family, friends, and neighbors to Christ and his gospel.

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The Word-angel

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Scripture Text: Matthew 11:7–10

God's Word-angel made manifest the sin and religion that would hinder the coming grace of his Christ, the Messiah, the long-awaited one.

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Believe and Rejoice

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Philippians 4:4–7

Until the heart believes in God, it is not possible to rejoice in him. But for the believer, both rejoicing and peace are possible.

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Armor of Light

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Romans 13:11–14

It is not enough to put off the works of darkness; one must put on the armor of light. Without the light of faith, even works we think good are not.

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Glad Tidings

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Matthew 11:1–5

Good news is received best by those poor folks who need glad tidings the most. "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

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Spiritual Day

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Romans 13:11–14

The darkness of all that is not of the gospel is behind us. The spiritual, gospel day of Christ lies ahead.

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The Peace of the Cross

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Scripture Text: Philippians 4:4–7

Even when you are not at peace with others—or even with yourself—the peace of God is yours. Be content in Christ through faith.

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Prayer over Anxiety

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Philippians 4:4–7

Many things happen throughout the day that should drive you to prayer. So, pray. Your prayers are pleasing to God.

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The Outworking of Faith

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: James 2:14–18

The only thing God demands is that we exercise faith in him. Yet there is a second, similar command that we love our neighbors like we love God.

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The Offense of Christ

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Matthew 11:2–6

Christ is the only way to heaven, to eternal life with God. Blessed are you if this truth about Christ Jesus does not offend you.

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In God’s Hands

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Luke 21:29–33

The season of Advent has us reconsider how all things will change, and that we must trust God with everything we hold dear, even our souls.

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The Seed of Faith

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Genesis 22:15–18

The communion of saints, the Israel of God, all believe in Messiah, one, the Messiah who was to come and the other, the same Messiah who has come.

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The Armor of Light

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Romans 13:11–14

Awake from unbelief so that you may recognize the blessings of God, and become a blessing to your neighbor.

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Thy Kingdom Come!

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Romans 8:18–25

The advent of Christ is the redemption of all who believe. It is not for their destruction but for the destruction of their sin. Thy kingdom come!

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A Word for Christians Only

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Luke 21:25–28

This is a difficult word for the world, in its comfort and ease, to hear and believe, and as such, is meant for Christians alone to hear.

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Take Note and Hold Fast

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Luke 21:25–28

Many will doubt, but—though the heavens be shaken—let us hold fast to the gospel.

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Signs

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Luke 21:19–28

As all these signs appear, especially the sign of an agonized conscience, and then appear again and again, where can may you flee for help?

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The Fullness of Grace

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Galatians 4:1–7

The Father asks you to believe what seems empty of all human wisdom, so that you may have the fullness of his grace.

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A Spiritual Kingdom

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: John 12:12–15

The Evangelist corrects the "blindness and false notions of those who seek bodily and temporal blessings in Christ and his gospel."

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The Nature of Faith

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Matthew 21:1–5

"The nature of faith is that it does not judge nor reason by what it sees, but by what it hears. It depends upon the Word alone..."

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The Exact Opposite

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Zechariah 9:9–11

You did not love God so much that he came into this world. He loved the world so much that he came to save you. You do not find God. He finds you.

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The Christian Life

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Matthew 7:7–12

Faith gives Christ to you; loves gives you to your neighbor; and hope keeps faith and love alive in the midst of suffering and trials.

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The Intervening Force

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Philippians 3:13–21

Our religious devotion and piety have nothing to do with it; it is the intervening power of Christ alone that will raise us to glory on that Day.

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Rest Assured

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: 2 Thessalonians 1:5–12

Christians will suffer for the Faith, but they are promised eternal reward for their patient witness to Christ Jesus and his Word.

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The Unexpected

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Luke 21:25–28

There have been signs and will always be signs, and so, the return of the Christ will be unexpected. Your redemption is drawing nearer.

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Spiritual Knowledge

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Colossians 1:9–11

Spiritual knowledge is knowing the will of the Father is that everyone who sees his Son and believes in him will have eternal life.

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Overcoming Unrest

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: John 21:20–25

Christians should be content with their own calling: mother or father, electrician or teacher, pastor or acolyte. Be content and follow Jesus.

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Stand Firm

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: 1 Peter 5:8–11

Be alert, eager every day to learn of God's Word and will, so that you may stand firm in your faith until the end.

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A Kingdom...for You

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Matthew 25:31–34

We await Christ's coming, and with it, a kingdom prepared for those who believe in him. So, you may wait and pray confidently, expectantly.

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Moving Words

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Matthew 25:31–33

If these thoughts and words do not move you, nothing else will.

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Successful Failure

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: 1 John 1:7–2:2

When we believe in Christ Jesus, we are forgiven our sins and through the Spirit of God, his grace and truth begin to grow in us, giving us the desire to keep God's law.

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What the Gospel is

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Luke 24:44–48

The gospel is the announcement that God demands we turn from our sins and offers forgiveness only through Christ Jesus.

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The Treasure

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Psalm 119:9–12

The Christian cannot rely upon reason or human wisdom but must always turn to God's Word and ask him to guide.

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Time for the Word

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Ephesians 5:15–21

The times would draw us away from God's Word and will, so we must make the time to hear him.

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The Reassuring Promise

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Genesis 6:17–18

Noah is reassured of God's plan of an ark and flood, as baptism reassures us that God will carry us through the flood of sin and death.

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Church Unity

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Romans 15:5–7

Taking up your neighbor's burdens, including his sins and imperfections, as if they were your own brings honor to God.

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Proud Sin

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Ezekiel 16:48–50

May God preserve us and grant that we may escape from the temptation to willfulness and haughty sin.

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The Righteousness of Faith

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Philippians 3:7–9

The righteousness of faith teaches us patience, the patience to wait until that Day, confident that Christ's further grace of eternal life awaits those who trust in him.

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The Great Need

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Luke 22:17–20

Of course you are not worthy of God's grace, but do you need what he supplies? Do not deny your Lord his will to bless your need.

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Standing Amid the Falling Ruins

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Psalm 5:3, 7–8, 11–12

Our trust is not in the prosperity of the world around us but of the hope within us. The righteous stand unruffled in the falling ruins.

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Faith Requires Fear

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Matthew 22:8–14

We must not be sure of our faith, but be confident in the one who supplies us faith. We cannot instigate or maintain faith, so we must fear God and ask him daily to keep us in that faith.

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How God Reigns

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Psalm 2:7–9

The rule of the nations will not be accomplished through warfare but by the will of the Father. We too, are ruled in the same manner, by the will of God.

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The Saving Word

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: John 5:37–40

Without the working of God's Spirit through the Word of God—the revelation of who he is and what he has done for us—no one would come to saving faith.

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Daily Use

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Romans 15:1–6

Christians should make daily use of this book, as the life to come is not evident.

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A Higher Plane

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: John 4:46–50

"This is a pure and strong faith, that requires the individual to cast away all sense, understanding and reason, and sink himself into one little word, be satisfied with it and feel secure in it."

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Storming the Devil’s Kingdom

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Luke 22:14–19

In Holy Communion, "the only agent at work is the spoken Word," so that Christ alone may be remembered and honored.

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The Anchor of the Heart

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Psalm 2:1-6

While the world thinks itself the victor, God laughs, knowing the outcome. His King is triumphant.

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Trust.

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Psalm 51:1–3

"The sum of the matter is this, that those persons are saved who place their trust solely in God, not in their works."

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Are you covered?

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Matthew 22:7–14

Are you clothed in Christ? You better look like Jesus on that Day.

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Our Single Service

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Romans 15:1–6

What service can a Christian render that is acceptable to God? What service may be given by a Council president, pope, a pastor, a bishop, a laywoman? Thanksgiving and praise is all God expects, and we may all give him this gift. It does not require riches or education or station. We are one in the Body of Christ.

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The Comfort of Baptism

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Scripture Text: Acts 22:14–16

Baptism is a comfort to Christians. It reminds us that God loves us and forgives us. Avail yourself of his promises daily, confessing your sin, and believing he forgives, for Christ's sake.

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True Love

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Matthew 22:1–14

Christ Jesus does not desire your works, whether religion, devotion, Bible reading, vigils, tithes, service on committees, going to church—none of that. He desires you, as a groom desires his bride. True love desires its beloved and nothing else. True love then, issues forth all the rest.

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Commend It to God

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Psalm 2:1–7

Some people are preoccupied with harassing Christians. Yet they are really bent against the Lord. So, commend them to the Lord, then live your life faithfully, doing those things God has given you to do each day. And today, may you have a blessed Reformation Day!

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Be Careful of Your Way

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Psalm 1

Just because you go to church or serve on a committee does not mean that you highly regarded by God. Many is the pastor or council president or bishop whom God does not regard. God regards those who walk by faith in Christ's virtue, not those who display their station or deeds.

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It Had to Be

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Matthew 22:41–46

God has given us the perfect gift, one which we can never purchase for ourselves. There isn't enough money, virtue, or merit to make us able to walk with God in glory. So, God sent himself to make satisfaction for our sin. God has appeased himself, for Christ's sake, so that we may walk with him in his glory. God has given us the perfect gift; let us be thankful.

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Christian Unity

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Romans 15:1–6

To what lengths should we go to keep Christian unity? Squabbling over music, translations, and other stylistic matters can divide a church. We do not have to be right—but we do have to be forbearing. There is always discord but we are called to patient and gracious, as Jesus was...and is.

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The Sin of Ingratitude

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Scripture Text: Proverbs 17:13–14

We get pretty upset with people who repay our kindnesses with silence, with indifference, with ingratitude. Yet God has given us the ultimate gift—for which we cannot give enough thanks. Are we grateful?

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How to Correct the Problem

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 1:3–9

We are all aware of people who have been ungrateful for things we have done for them. Children have to be reminded to say "thank you," but adults can suffer from the same lack of gratitude. But we too may be ungrateful to God for what he has given us. One of the ways this ingratitude is expressed is when we do do accept his forgiveness and salvation, instead trying to do things that earn his favor

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The Unity of the Spirit

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Scripture Text: Ephesians 4:1–6

The unity of the Church does not consist in what we do. Certainly, we must do all we can to maintain "the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" but in the end, it is up to that same Spirit of God. In those matters we cannot fix, we should commend any discord, disharmony, and even anger to God. He alone can fix what we might only make worse.

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Let It Shine

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Scripture Text: Matthew 5:14–16

Showiness has nothing to do with Christianity. But showing Christ in what we do and say is an important aspect of Christianity. This display does not save us, but serves as a witness to others. Let his light shine!

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Faultlessly in Faith

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Scripture Text: Philippians 1:3–6

The newest convert can go forward faultlessly in faith. This does not mean that they do not sin, any more than seasoned Christians are sinless. But all we sinners go forth with faith in Christ, that he will will preserve us to himself until that Day—in spite of ourselves.

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A Contrary Doctrine

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Scripture Text: Psalm 1:1–6

What greater prosperity can you have than to keep your faith? The person who keeps faith until the end, prospers most, for she receives eternal life.

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You cannot pay your debt.

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Scripture Text: Matthew 18:23–27

Sin leaves us in debt to God. We cannot pay our debt to him, yet he sent his Son to pay our debt in full.

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He's tricky.

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Ephesians 6:10–13

The attack comes from a level we do not expect. The devil urges us to depend upon ourselves; the temptation is to rely upon ourselves.

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