• May 05, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Judges 21:1 – Ruth 1:22 John 4:4-42 Proverbs 14:25

    “Waging War”

    “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.”
    [2nd Corinthians 2:14]

    Here above all we must know that God is among us and fights for us, and in this knowledge we wage the wars of the Lord with safety and good cheer. Our powers, however, which are wisdom, knowledge, understanding, as well as our weapons, namely the Sword of the Spirit and Scripture, are nothing but the outward work under which God Himself is powerful among us and fights and conquers. Thus Paul says in 2nd Corinthians 10:4 – “for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” With that truth we cannot boast in any human power, but solely in the power of Christ. Christ alone makes us triumphant.

  • May 04, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Judges 19:1-20:48 John 3:22-4:3 Proverbs 14:22-23

    “The Chief Sin”

    “Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.”
    [Romans 7:20]

    This is the original sin, or the sin of the nature or the sin of the person – the chief sin. If this did not exist, there would be no actual sin. This sin is not done, like all other sins, but it exists, lives, and does all sins. It sins not for an hour or longer, but where sinners exist, there is this original sin. This sin can be driven away by no law, by no punishment, even if there were a thousand hells; but only by the grace of God. God alone who has created us , is the only One who can take it away. Therefore, He give us the Law, by which we recognize sin, and thirst for grace; then afterward He gives the Gospel and we live in forgiveness of our sin.

  • May 03, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Judges 17:1-18:31 John 3:1-21 Proverbs 14:20-21

    “The Humility of Peter”

    “That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe.”
    [Romans 11:20]

    Peter’s temptation to deny Christ happened Peter in his own person, so that he might be humbled. For Peter was eventually to be filled with gifts of the Holy Spirit. Then it would have been impossible for him not to have become arrogant and presumptuous, and finally to have departed with the devil into the pit of hell. This is when God permits him to fall, so that he might remain humble, and have to take off his hat of pride. Thus, no matter how great a sinner you may be, look at Peter. You will find in you, sin to equal his. Thus, Peter’s example should be taken to heart, for it is helpful to sinners; that we may not despair, and feel worthless to Christ. He loves you, that makes a good day.

  • April 30, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Judges 11:1-16:31 John 1:1-2:25 Proverbs 14:13-19

    “God Reveals His Glory”

    “And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God,
    and this is the gate of heaven.”
    [Genesis 28:17]

    Therefore we should acknowledge, and make much of the boundless glory of God ,by which He has revealed Himself to us in His Church. This is a house where He speaks to us, deals with us, and care for us, when we are asleep and when we are awake. But, there are still few that believe this. This truth of Christ is a great Word, and is something in which the angels in heaven take delight. When they hear it, they are filled with joy and gladness because of this knowledge of the Church.

  • April 29, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Judges 9:22-10:18 Luke 24:13-53 Proverbs 14:11-12

    “The Greatest Love”

    “And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.”
    [Luke 21:38]

    The love of God is so great that we are able to have confidence on the Day of Judgement, on which the whole world will tremble. Isaiah 28:16: “therefore thus says the Lord God, ‘behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: whoever believes will not be in haste.’” Through the knowledge of this love we also have faith, so that we can pass muster at the judgement. The devil knows the weakness of our flesh, namely, that we do fittingly value the blood of Christ. Therefore if consciousness of a great sin weighs you down, comfort yourself with this blood of love. Surely the whole world does not grasp the tiniest syllable of the statement that God is love. Nothing that man can do can hold up against the blood of Christ. In Christ, I have confidence at the judgement. That is how I will live.

  • April 28, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Judges 8:18-9:21 Luke 23:44-24:12 Proverbs 14:9-10

    “Help in the Midst of Trouble”

    “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.”
    [Psalm 138:7]

    When they think they are already done for, when everywhere there is despair and no hope of escaping, then the Lord is present and helps them. In this way the Lord is present in the middle years, that is, He is the Helper in the middle of trouble, and at the right times, as we have it in Psalm 138:7. Job teaches us also in a wonderful way all these things about the Exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt through the sea, how they passed through the sea safely, although Pharaoh was pressing on and pursuing them with his entire army. God gave His children water out of a rock, food from heaven, etc. See how he cares for His people, no matter what happens?

  • April 27, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Judges 7:1-8:17 Luke 23:13-43 Proverbs 14:7-8

    “Grace to Hear It”

    “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
    [John 10:28]

    Your claim that is Christ is a judge who punishes sinners severely, and that therefore I must pay and atone for my sins, lest Christ slay me with His sword. Thus you are teaching me works righteousness. But I know that I am baptized, that I hear God’s Word, and that I believe this article of faith, that is, to believe in Jesus Christ. God has granted me grace to hear and to believe, and, thus equipped, I came to Him by the will of the Heavenly Father. This is quite sufficient for me. Why should I ever fear? Christ is determined to protect and defend me, so that no one will take me from Him, even though all the devils and all the gates of hell were against me.

  • April 26, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Judges 6:1-40 Luke 22:54-23:12 Proverbs 14:5-6

    “With Malice Toward None”

    “Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”
    [Colossians 3:13]

    All kinds of flaws and unpleasant things must crop up among us. We must not give vent to our anger even if we bite our tongue with our teeth, our fist strikes our eye, our foot trips, our head runs up against a wall; but we must remain thus: “well, he is your fellow member, your brother or neighbor. What do you propose to do about it? He erred; there was no malice involved, and he means no ill. Perhaps it was done in weakness and ignorance. You did receive a blow from him. It hurts, but are you willing to cast your fellow member away for this reason? It is a little spark. Blow on it, it will go out.” Otherwise, the devil will come with his venomous breath or through evil tongues and fan it into an inextinguishable fire, and it will develop into discord and hatred that cannot be allayed but will harm the whole body. For the devil is a spirit who does not desist and cease if he is not restrained.

  • April 23, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Judges 1:1-5:31 Luke 21:29-22:53 Proverbs 13:24-25

    “Faith Takes Hold”

    “For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
    [Romans 10:10]

    Faith takes hold of Christ and has Him present, enclosing Him as the ring encloses the gem. And whoever is found having this faith, has the Christ grasped in the heart. This is means and merit by which we obtain the forgiveness of sins and righteousness. “Because you believe in me.” God says, “and your faith takes hold of Christ, whom I have freely given to You as your Justifier and Savior, therefore to be righteous.” Thus, God accepts you or accounts you righteous only on account of Christ, in whom You believe . When we have taught the faith in this manner, it is good. When you take hold of Christ by faith, through whom you are righteous, we can then go and love our neighbor, no matter what a scoundrel they may be. Paul tells us that God loved us first, scoundrels, that we all happen to be.

  • April 22, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Joshua 24:1-33 Luke 21:1-28 Proverbs 13:20-23

    “None But Christ”

    “And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”
    [Matthew 10:22]

    The Christian people are externally recognized by the holy possession of the sacred cross. They must endure every misfortune and persecution, all kinds of trials and evil from the devil, the world, and the flesh by inward sadness, outward poverty, and weakness, in order to become their Head, Christ. And the only thing they must suffer is that they steadfastly adhere to Christ and God’s Word, enduring for the sake of Christ. They must be pious, obedient, and prepared to serve everybody with life and goods, doing no one any harm. No people on earth have to endure such bitter hate as a Christians. Some even think that they hang, drown, murder, torture, banish, and plague them to death , for God’s sake. Wherever you hear of these things, you may know that the Holy Christian Church is present.

  • 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.