Open as PDFPrint PostDear brethren, the Lord has marked out for us the fullness of love that we ought to have for each other. He tells us: No one has greater love than the man who lays down his life for his friends. In these words, the Lord tells us what the perfect love we…

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Open as PDFPrint PostWhen mankind was estranged from him by disobedience, God our Savior made a plan for raising us from our fall and restoring us to friendship with himself. According to this plan Christ came in the flesh, he showed us the gospel way of life, he suffered, died on the cross, was buried…

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Open as PDFPrint PostThe passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the hope of glory and a lesson in patience. What may not the hearts of believers promise themselves as the gift of God’s grace, when for their sake God’s only Son, co-eternal with the Father, was not content only to be born…

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Open as PDFPrint PostIt is strange how few Lutherans are aware that today marks one of the most ancient and venerable feasts ever celebrated in the history of the Christian Church. That is not to say that Lutherans are unfamiliar with the Scriptural text, however. In fact, we do hear the reading for this feast…

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Open as PDFPrint Post “Human beings can be saved from the ancient wound of the serpent in no other way than by believing in him who, when he was raised up from the earth on the tree of martyrdom in the likeness of sinful flesh, drew all things to himself and gave life to the…

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Open as PDFPrint Post “Theology is doxology. Theology must sing.” Rev. Martin Franzmann Although Lutherans are known for their hymnody and exuberant singing, there is a great misunderstanding in it. Lutherans DO NOT sing because we like to sing, NOR do we sing what we want to sing.  There are those blessed Sundays when the…

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Open as PDFPrint PostSt. Patrick’s Breastplate is contained in the ancient Book of Armagh, from the early ninth century, along with Patrick’s Confession. Although the missionary lived in the fifth century, it is said to have been written by him nonetheless as a prayer to strengthen himself in God’s grace as he prepared to confront…

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Open as PDFPrint PostIn the year 1519, Dr. Martin Luther wrote a short treatise on the wrong and right ways to meditate on Jesus’ suffering and death. It’s a wonderful essay that I suggest you read as we turn a corner this week in the season of Lent and near its end. “You must get…

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Open as PDFPrint PostIn the fourth century, St. John Chrysostom wrote: Suppose someone should be caught in the act of adultery and the foulest crimes and then be thrown into prison. Suppose, next, that judgment was going to be passed against him and that he would be condemned.  Suppose that just at that moment a…

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Open as PDFPrint PostAs Luther expounds upon Psalm 45, he wonderfully describes what he calls the art of the Christian dance. It is a picture of how the Church looks in times of overwhelming sorrow, temptation, and martyrdom. It is a picture of joy in the midst of suffering! “With joy and gladness they will…

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