• April 21, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Joshua 22:21-23:16 Luke 20:27-47 Proverbs 13:17-19

    “Scripture Testifies”

    “The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side.
    The rich man also died and was buried,…”
    [Luke 16:22]

    In the Church we gathered to our people through Baptism, through the Gospel and the Sacraments, and we know that we are among our people, so when we die in the promise of Christ made to Abraham, we are transferred by the angels into the bosom of Abraham, or to our people. And we have often stated that the promises of the fathers pertain to the resurrection and the future life, not only to physical life, but to the other, spiritual and eternal life, when the works of natural life, of nourishing, of generation, and similar works will cease. But where that people is, we do not know … it suffices for us that Scripture testifies that from the beginning of the world those who believed in the Seed of the woman did not perish, and were not consigned to oblivion, but were gathered to their people.

  • April 20, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Joshua 21:1-22:20 Luke 20:1-26 Proverbs 13:15-16

    “How to Go to God”

    “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
    [Ephesians 2:8-9]

    Therefore it is necessary to mark these words well; for with the words “no one can come to Me”, Christ intends to say that faith is a gift of God. And He is willing to give it. To come to Him means to believe in Christ. But he who does not believe is so very far from Him. You assume that faith is your own doing, your power, your work; and thereby you interfere with God’s work. It is the gift of God, so that He alone may be accorded the honor and no man may boast of his strength. The Father draws us to Him and gives us His Word, and the Holy Spirit, and faith by the Word. It is His gift as Paul tells in Ephesians 2:8-9. This is the essence of Christianity, against which the world has always contended madly and foolishly and against which it will always rage. Do not boast – revel in the fact that you are called by Christ into faith, it is a gift of God.

  • April 19, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Joshua 19:1-20:9 Luke 19:28-48 Proverbs 13:12-14

    “An Active Faith”

    “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”
    [Hebrews 11:8]

    The Christian faith is ready to rest completely on God’s Word with all it’s confidence and courage, and then go joyfully on its way. Therefore St. Peter says: then the loins of your mind are girded, and your faith in genuine, if you have such courage, no matter whether property, honor, body, or life are involved. With these words he has surely given an excellent description of a true faith. It must not be an indolent and sleepy faith, and only a dream. No, it must be a living and active thing, so that no one devotes oneself to it with all confidence and clings to the Word, no matter what happens, in order that we may press forward through fortune and misfortune. Thus when I must die, I must rely boldly on Christ, readily put forth my neck, and trust in the Word of God, which cannot lie to me. Faith will go straight ahead, let nothing lead it astray, and ignore everything it sees, hears, and feels. This is the kind of faith St. Peter demands – a faith that consists in such power, not in thoughts or words.

  • April 16, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Joshua 13:1-18:28 Luke 18:1-19:27 Proverbs 13:7-11

    “Continuous Prayer”

    “Pray without ceasing”
    [1st Thessalonians 5:17]

    Therefore, wherever there is Christian, there is none other than the Holy Spirit, who does nothing but pray without ceasing. Even though one does not move their lips and form words continuously, one’s heart nonetheless does beat incessantly; and, like the pulse and the heart in the body, it beats with sighs such as these: “Oh dear Father, please let Thy name be hallowed, Thy kingdom come among me.” And then, when blows from the world upon us, when temptations thicken like a morning fog, such sighing prayers will certainly find words. A Christian without prayer is just impossible. The pulse is never motionless; it moves and beats constantly, whether one is asleep or something else keeps us from being aware of it.

  • April 15, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Joshua 11:1-12:24 Luke 17:11-37 Proverbs 13:5-6

    “Under Christ’s Feet”

    “When God raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places … and he put all things under his feet.”
    [Ephesians 1:20, 22]

    Christ is a much greater and higher lord than Adam was before the fall. For nothing was subjected to Adam or put under his feet, but everything is put under Christ’s feet, so that the whole world and all His enemies will have to be His footstool {Psalm 110:1}. Therefore, this text cannot be neglected, since it strongly shows the doctrine that Christ is true God and man. If He were not man, He could not be the Son of Man. If He were not God, He could not be Lord over all the works of God nor have all things under His feet. For no one has a right to be Lord over heaven, earth, angels, man, life, and death – except the One who is true God.

  • April 14, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: 9:3-10:43 Luke 16:19-17:10 Proverbs 13:4

    “Our Broken Will”

    “ Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
    [Romans 12:2]

    It is necessary for us to be careful not to follow the way of the world or our own reason and good opinions, but rather always to break our mind and will, and do and suffer otherwise than our reason and will assert, so that we are not transformed and renewed in our minds; that is, we daily more and more, cling to what the world and reason hate.

  • April 13, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Joshua 7:16-9:2 Luke 16:1-18 Proverbs 13:2-3

    “The Lord Will Answer”

    “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
    [John 15:7]

    Scripture tells us that no one has the ability to make his own way to God through his own devotion or works … you must come to Him through the Seed of Abraham and be blessed through Him, according to the wording of the Testament of God. Since the divine nature is so high and intangible for us, He has for our good taken on Himself the nature most familiar to us: our own. That is how He wants to care for us; that is where He wants to be found, and nowhere else. Whoever calls on Him, here, is immediately heard. Here is the throne of grace, where no one who comes is excluded. The others, who let Him dwell there in vain, and would otherwise serve and call on the God, who created heaven and earth, already have their answer when the Psalmist says, “they cried for help, but there was none to save; they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.” [Psalm 18:41

  • April 12, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Joshua 5:1-7:15 Luke 15:1-32 Proverbs 13:1

    “Forgive and Forget”

    “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
    [Ephesians 4:32]

    The Christian faith, ready to rest completely on God’s Christ, requires a person cheerfully to forgive and forget any injury that he has suffered. That is what God has done with us, and continues to do when He forgives sin: He expunges it from the record and no longer recalls it. Still, it is neither necessary, nor possible, for a man to forget it in the sense that he never thinks of it again, but in the sense that your heart is just and friendly toward your neighbor as it is used to be before he injured you. If the stump remains in your heart in your heart, and you are not as friendly and kind toward him as you used to be, that is certainly not cordial forgiving. If so, you are still a scoundrel who comes to the altar of God with a heart full of anger and hate. Do not walk around with a mask of love, a false smile on your face, and a heart of anger. The Lord despises that thought, walk instead, in forgiveness, walk in Christ’s forgiving, forgetting way.

  • April 09, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Deut. 33:1-Joshua 4:24 Luke 13:1-14:35 Proverbs 12:25-28

    “The Excellent Thing”

    “May you have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
    [Ephesians 3:18-19]

    When a Christian hears this – that God’s Son has come to us from heaven, preach to us, and given Himself to us, should he not be amazed and overwhelmed with joy? For who can sufficiently express or comprehend what a great and excellent thing it is that God’s Son has become our flesh and blood and is our own? Indeed, the angels in heaven cannot be filled with enough amazement, that God so dearly loved us poor, lost human beings, and shown us such inexpressible kindness, that He Himself becomes a man, speaks with us, lives among us, dies for us on a cross, etc.

  • April 08, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Deut. 32:28-52 Luke 12:35-59 Proverbs 12:21-24

    “Our Sure Confidence”

    “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse for us.”
    [Galatians 3:13]

    With gratitude and with a sure confidence, therefore, let us accept this doctrine, so sweet and so filled with comfort, which teaches that Christ became a curse for us, that is, a sinner worthy of the wrath of God; that He clothed Himself in our sin that was laid on His shoulders, and said: “I have committed the sins that all men have committed.” Therefore He truly became accursed according to the Law, not for Himself but, as Paul says, “for us”. But because He did take on our sin, not by compulsion but of His own free will, it was right for Him to bear the punishment. By this fortunate exchange with us, He took upon Himself our sinful person and granted us His innocent and victorious person.

  • April 07, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Deut. 31:1-32:27 Luke 12:8-34 Proverbs 12:21-23

    “Confidence that Sustains”

    “ I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
    [John 16:33]

    We are sustained by this confidence; and we have no doubt that Christ is powerful enough not only to sustain us but to conquer all the power of the oppressors and the wiles of the heretics. He gave ample evidence of this in the case of the Jews and the Romans, whose fierceness and persecution He once bore. He had to bear the wiles of the heretics also; but in time all of them were overthrown and destroyed, and He remained the King and the Victor. Regardless of how much some rage today or of how others distort and corrupt the Gospel of Christ, Christ will remain forever, and the Word of God will stand forever (1st Peter 1:25); and all His enemies will be defeated.

  • April 06, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Deut. 29:1-30:20 Luke 11:37-12:7 Proverbs 12:19-20

    “A Beautiful Faith”

    “Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.”
    [Matthew 9:22]

    Behold, that is a beautiful faith, which realizes its unworthiness, and yet does not permit itself to be hindered on this account to place its confidence in Christ, nor to doubt His grace and help, but breaks through the Law and everything that frightens it away from Him; yes, though the whole world would attempt to hinder and thwart, yet it does not think of leaving this man until it has laid hold on Him. Therefore, it presses though all barriers and attains what it seeks in Christ, and immediately experiences the power and work of Christ, even before He begins to speak. For it cannot apply to Christ in vain, even as Christ Himself testifies, when He says: “thy faith has made thee whole.” Besides, faith like this is so pleasing to Christ that He does not wish it to remain concealed in her and that the power and work made effective by it should remain a secret, but what is in her heart must be published to everybody so that her faith may be praised before the whole world and be strengthened in her.

  • April 05, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Deut. 28:1-68 Luke 11:14-36 Proverbs 12:18

    “God’s Ordered Power”

    “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
    [1st Corinthians 2:2]

    You should direct your attention to the ordered power of God, and the workings of God: for we do not want to deal with the uncovered God, whose ways are inscrutable and whose judgments are unsearchable (Romans 11:33). We must reflect on God’s ordered power, that is, on the incarnate Son, in whom are hidden all the treasures of the Godhead (Colossians 2:3). Let us go to the child lying in the lap of His mother Mary, and to the sacrificial victim suspended on the cross; there we shall really behold God, and there we shall look into His very heart. We shall see that He is compassionate and does not desire the death of the sinner, but the sinner should “turn from his way and live” (Ezekiel 33:11). From such speculation or contemplation spring true peace and true joy of heart. Therefore Paul says (1st Corinthians 2:2) “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” This is something we should talk about with our friends.

  • April 02, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Deut. 21:1-27:26 Luke 9:51-11:13 Proverbs 12:11-17

    “The Battle of the Flesh”

    “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.”
    [Galatians 5:17]

    When someone becomes aware of this battle of the flesh, he should not lose heart on this account; but by the Spirit he should fight back and say: “I am a sinner, and I am aware of my sin; for I have not yet put off my flesh, to which I will cling as long as I live. But I will do my best to obey the Spirit rather than the flesh. I will fortify myself with His Word, and thus fortified I will refuse to gratify my flesh.” What great comfort it is to know the struggles of beloved St. Paul, for he also knows of hurt, and of struggle. Righteousness reigns supreme, and in Christ, we also reign.

  • April 01, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Deut. 18:1-20:20 Luke 9:28-50 Proverbs 12:10

    “The Anxious Heart”

    “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.
    My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O Lord – how long?”
    [Psalm 6:2-3]

    We see many godly hearts that are always sad and dejected, being anxious and troubled at their own thoughts, and despairing in their temptations from the devil. “Where”, says the world and our flesh, “is the Holy Spirit about whom you Christians boast?” A Christian should be wise here, so that he does not pass sentence and judge according to his own thoughts and feelings, but know that against just this temptation and weakness, that he must cling to the Word and the comforting sermon which the Holy Spirit preaches to the poor distressed heart and conscience. From this we can learn that God does not want to have us sad and frightened, but cheerful and confident of the sure, truthful promise of His grace, which the Holy Spirit Himself preaches to His people. Be cheerful dear Christian, Christ is on your side.