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Luther on Hard Sayings of Scripture

When it comes to God's Word and how God deals with us, we shouldn't worry whether or not it makes sense.  If you want to be a Christian and understand the teachings of the Christian faith, you shouldn't judge the Christian doctrines with your mind to find out whether or not they sound correct.  In stead, you should . . .

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January 16, 2009

Luther on Pouring Our Sins on Christ

One of the greatest struggles in the Christian life is that against the torment and accusation of sin.  Those without a well-developed understanding of the great horrors of sin are sometimes free from this burden, but others can be tormented by their sins to the point of despair.  I admit, I tend to gravitate toward despair...and . . .

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January 15, 2009

Why Do We Need Ongoing Forgiveness?

Over at Chaos and Old Night, Fraiser has a great post asking and answering the question, "Why do we need ongoing forgiveness?"  As another refugee from Evangelicalism, he eloquently points out the flaws in much of the contemporary Christian thinking about the necessity of confession and demonstrates the grace of God in action . . .

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January 13, 2009

Thoughts on the Feast of Epiphany

Today is the celebration of the Feast of Epiphany in the Western Church, that day when the Magi from the East (aka. 'wise men') are to have finally found the infant Jesus.  Writing on the events surrounding the journey and visit of the Magi, C.F.W. Walther writes:

God chose to lead the Wise Men to Bethlehem, not . . .

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January 06, 2009

Still More Luther on Prayer

For the Christian, prayer is part of what we are.  It should be more than second nature, it should be first nature...and yet, for many of us, we struggle throughout our lives trying to develop our "prayer life" to the point of our own satisfaction.  Many times, especially in times of backsliding, we often hesitate to pray, . . .

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January 05, 2009

Chrysler's "Thank You" Note

On their corporate blog, Chrysler sent America a big end-of-year Thank You note for the Christmas present, I mean massive welfare check we recently gave them.  "Thank you for investing in Chrysler - America's Car Company," they write...yadda, yadda, yadda.  Fortunately, the post is short, so there's little time to . . .

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January 02, 2009

Thoughts on the New Year (from Walther)

For all of those living along the Texas Gulf coast, looking back on 2008 cannot fail to bring to mind thoughts of stormy weather (Tropical Storm Edouard and Hurricanes Dolly, Gustav, and Ike).  Those who stayed endured several frightening and sometimes dangerous days.  Those who fled were left worrying about friends, family, and . . .

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December 31, 2008

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