Christ Upholds Us

Matthew 8:26, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” All throughout Scripture we hear the command, “Fear the Lord” only to elsewhere be juxtaposed with, “Fear not!” Jesus Himself says to fear him who has the power to destroy both body and soul in Hell, then subsequently not to fear since God values us…

Have Mercy, O Lord

Psalm 51:1-2, Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! Such should be our daily prayer. I adore this psalm, for in it we find the two parts of repentance: contrition—godly sorrow—for…

Who Is Like God?

Psalm 113:5-6, Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? There is nothing above God, so He cannot look up. He only looks beneath Him to us miserable creatures and within Him to His perfect Holy Trinity. Neither does He look beside…

Faith, Not Reason

Romans 4:19, [Abraham] did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. Abraham’s faith overcame reason. Though by reason Abraham knew it was impossible for Sarah to conceive not only because…

We Are All Equal

Romans 3:23, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. No one can say he is better than another person. I say this not to preach a message of equality—as is the liberal way—but to proclaim a deep theological truth about the reality of our human condition. We are all equal before…

The Gospel: Trick or Treat?

The day is finally here! Today marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! Unfortunately, Reformation Day also falls on the same day as Halloween, so it gets overshadowed every year. Whilst we Lutherans remember the heart of the Reformation on this day as being justification by faith, kids are running around in their costumes, knocking…

Luther’s Search for Certainty

Today is Reformation Sunday where we observe Reformation Day on October 31st. Leading up to Reformation Day, there has been many gatherings—conventions, symposiums, etc.—focusing on Reformation themes with all sorts of German beer, bratwursts, and other good German food varieties. This Reformation Sunday probably follows more German beer and food! For the past year there has been…