Self-denial is a difficult, but a godly thing.
The Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth keep silence…
Let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth.
Miracles always teach us something about God.
Justification means to be righteous before God.
Propitiation in a Christian sense is God's work toward us.
Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.
Cain's wall, Jubal's instruments, and Tubal-Cain's forging all work contrary to the Lord's commands.
God created us to labor, as seen with Adam in the garden of Eden.
Erasmus Sarcerius considers the example of the disciples in the relationship between reason and the cross.
We have no reason to fear anything in this world, because Christ reigns triumphant at the right hand of God, exalted above all earthly things.
LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy mountain?
Who is the greater fool? The man who says there is no God or the man who lives as if there was not?
I have trusted in your steadfast love, and my heart will rejoice in Your Salvation, O Lord.
The words of the Lord are pure words, silver refined in a crucible in the ground, purified seven times.
To run away from the cross is cowardly. To take it up, even at the cost of our life, is the way of Christ.
The desire of the poor you hear, LORD. You will make their heart firm. Your ear will listen attentively
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
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.
God will give justice to His elect, and even when the accusations of the wicked ring hollow, the living God will vindicate His people.
Though we suffer justly for our sin, the fire of God’s discipline purifies rather than consumes, and through it we will offer up sacrifices of prayer and praise in righteousness.
A Christian may in fact pray imprecatory psalms as an expression of a deep trust in the Lord, even in the face of great evil. The Lord will vindicate His holy name.
In Psalm 4, the distress of the godly flies away, because the Lord hears the prayers of His people. God is not far from His own.
Let us pray this Psalm confidently, knowing that the Lord protects us in the midst of all dangers. The Christian rests safely in His hands, and the Lord will set all things right.
Christ reigns and will reign over all the nations of the earth, because He is the King of Kings without peer or rival.
To meditate on the Law means to be in the Scriptures.
Adam was created to work the ground and keep the Garden. Though his fall brought a curse upon the ground and labor, we still benefit from our work and labor. Understanding Adam's purpose of working and keeping the garden assists us in how we view and carry out our labors.
What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means!
The Law of God builds up and instructs the Christian, even in the examples of God's wrath.
Apart from Me, you can do nothing.
Jacob met God at Bethel and there God spoke with us—the Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord is His memorial name.
How to wait when no one knows how anymore?
Psalm 2 is the psalm of the week for Trinity XVII. Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot a vain thing? Why do they want to dethrone the Lord's anointed? How does the Lord view all of this? How should we respond?
Awake, you who sleep!
The 146th psalm is a psalm of praise. But what are we to praise the Lord for? His everlasting kingdom and reign are here contrasted with the kingdoms of man that rise and fall. By praying this psalm, our faith, hope, and love are centered in the Lord's kingdoms and not man's.
The psalm of the week for Trinity XIV is Psalm 119:9-16. The crucial question asked and answered: How can a young man keep his way pure?
Rulers do not rule by their own will, power, or authority, but all authority stems from the Lord.
While Paul doesn’t tell Timothy to, “love his people,” in those exact words, he shows what the minister’s love of the elect people of God consists in.
What are we supposed to be planting?
The identity of Jesus and his work on the cross are the key to understanding all that Jesus speaks about in this dialog with Nicodemus. Spirit, water, regeneration, rebirth, new creation, Holy Baptism, and the death of Jesus are intimately tied together.
The Lord will do as He pleases, but it is for your good.
In that day, declares the LORD, you will call me "My Husband," and no longer will you call me "My Baal."
The Lord is holy in a way that is utterly unique and not subject to anything else.
I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people.
But having been set free from sin, you have been enslaved to righteousness.
Revelation is the last book of the NT, written under persecution and the church's coldness and duress.
The Spirit of power gives the ministers of Christ and His church the power to fulfill their ministry. Following the example of Paul we see this power at work in discipline, preaching, and perseverance.
Scripture is darkness to those who are perishing and light to those who are being saved.
Revelation is John's work and thus closely linked to his gospel and epistles.
For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!
Only heretics and misguided Fathers doubted the apostle John's authorship.
Micaiah spoke the Word faithfully even when standing alone, not counting the cost.
All Scripture is profitable, even those parts which are difficult to see how.
Why has the Spirit given us the Book of Revelation?
The pastoral ministry requires a spirit of power, love, and soundness of mind. God gives such a Spirit and urges us to put this gift to use.
The enemies of spiritual Israel will be punished, and that is good news.
Not knowing and understanding your own past is blindness to your present and your future. We explore how the American Lutheran fathers read Scripture to learn more about Scripture and our own heritage of understanding God's Word.