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Hardening of the Conscience

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So then He has mercy on whomever He wills, and He hardens whomever He wills.

Walther on Care for the Dying

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And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”

Eschatology

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

Ulrik Vilhelm Koren

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U. V. Koren teaches us about what it means to be faithful in confession, patient in controversy, faithful in vocation, and fervent in duty.

Walther on Pastoral Care

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Prophets, Signs, and Obedience

Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.

Unity in the Church

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

Hearing the Word

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?

Walther on Confirmation

And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.

The First Council of Constantinople

The First Council of Constantinople upheld the truth in the midst of fierce opposition.

The Practice of Prayer

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Walther on Marriage

They are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.

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Outsourcing Conscience: A Response to Yuval Noah Harari

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A Christian response to Yuval Noah Harari and artificial intelligence.

Faithful in Mission, Part 5

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I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.

Faithful in Mission, Part 4

Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.

Faithful in Mission, Part 3

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.

Faithful in Mission, Part 2

How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!

Review: Why Johnny Can't Preach

Are fleshly or pietistic expectations from the hearers only ever to blame when a sermon is not heard well? How can pastors improve their preaching skills?

Twentieth Sunday after Trinity: Ephesians 5:15-21

To walk childishly while knowing better in the ways of darkness is willful disobedience.  The spiritual man-child has no place in the kingdom of God.

Mercy and Judgment

Mercy and judgment are not always at odds. Mercy, which sees need and acts in compassion, may even be served by judgment.

Faithful in Mission, Part 1

Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

St. Michael and All Angels: Revelation 12:7-12

God is not deaf to the plight of His Church on earth, and all the powers of heaven wage war in her defense.

Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity: Ephesians 4:1-6

Being a Christian is not a vague concept, nor one that is immediately obvious to us because of sin.  The Lord informs us of His will so that we are able to walk in it.

The Majesty of God (Psalm 8)

Psalm 8 is not a glorification of man, but of God. Though man seems childish and insignificant in comparison with God's creation, Christ proves to us that God cares for us.