Open as PDFPrint PostWhen St. John uses the word “world,” – in the Greek “κόσμος” (pronounced Cosmos) – he’s not thinking in terms of metaphysics, nor is he referring to the celestial body orbiting the sun. John uses the word to refer to the evil, unbelieving world. This is what makes it all the more…

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Open as PDFPrint Post O faithful, true, and righteous God, who in Your faithful Word have indicated in the most comforting manner how a true, earnest, zealous, believing, and persistent prayer pierces mightily the clouds of heaven and not only comes with certainty before Your presence, but also is capable of much and accomplishes much:…

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Open as PDFPrint PostThis past Sunday we had our confirmands stand before the congregation and confess their willingness to remain steadfast in the Lutheran Faith. How difficult a charge we laid upon their shoulders. Every time we have a confirmation service, I find the seriousness of the confirmation vows to be striking; such as when…

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Open as PDFPrint PostDo you ever consider why we Lutherans make such a big deal of the Sacrament of the Altar? Of course, we confess that Jesus’ Body and Blood provide forgiveness, life, and salvation. But since I am baptized, I already have the forgiveness of sins. I pray and read my Bible and even…

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Open as PDFPrint Post God has given us Baptism, the Sacrament of the Altar, and absolution to bring Christ very close to us, so that we can have Him not only in our heart but also on our tongue, so that we can feel Him, grasp Him, and touch Him. God did all this for…

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