When sins are unrecognized, there is no room for a remedy and no hope for a cure, because men will not submit to the touch of a healer when they imagine themselves well and in no need of a physician. Therefore, the law is necessary to make sin known so that when its gravity and…

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If you hear a pastor preaching the Law in such a way that it makes you feel uncomfortable, and you think that you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable, then you are not listening rightly.  For example, Luther’s statement, from the Large Catechism, to which we unconditionally confess: “Nevertheless, it must be known that such people as deprive…

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I would like to share with you an article and video that encourages us to consider all of the effects of COVID, not just the direct deaths. To it, I would add the massive increase in mental health problems (93%) including suicides. The article linked below explicitly states that, “this is not an argument in…

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Is not this a beautiful, glorious exchange, by which Christ, who is wholly innocent and holy, not only takes upon himself another’s sin, that is, my sin and guilt, but also clothes and adorns me, who am nothing but sin, with his own innocence and purity? And then besides dies the shameful death of the…

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Early in the year 1530, Emperor Charles V called for an imperial diet to be held in Augsburg, Germany.  The assembly was to deal with the growing problem of the Turks and the disagreement between the Lutherans and Roman Catholics which was dividing the church.  Martin Luther was unable to attend this diet because he…

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When 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 shocking when he…

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This 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 we have our…

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Do 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 listen to sermons…

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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 the sake of those…

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In hindsight, the concept of what is “right” and “wrong” usually seems obvious. But at the time, that is rarely ever the case. So it was for Martin Luther when he made his famous confession at the Diet of Worms. To us, it seems clear that what Luther did is exactly what he should have…

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