Our Father

Matthew 6:9, “Our Father, who is in Heaven…” (own Greek translation). What does this mean? Luther explains in his Small Catechism, “With these words God wants to entice us, so that we come to believe He is truly our Father and we are truly His children, in order that we may ask Him boldly and with complete […]

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Your Will Be Done

Matthew 6:10b, “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” What does this mean? Luther explains in his Small Catechism, “God’s good and gracious will comes about without our prayer, but we ask in this prayer that it may also come about in and among us” (10). How does His will come about […]

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The Lord’s Prayer: Deliver Us

Finally, recognizing our own unworthiness, our sinfulness, and our redemption as sons in our Lord, Father, and Savior, Jesus Christ, we ask Him for deliverance from temptation and from the evil one. This portion of the prayer should be kept in close connection with the last portion. Indeed, this portion, just as much as the […]

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The Fear of the Lord as Filial Fear: Part III. Filial Fear in Relationship to Christ the Lord

This entire series is my 30-paged bachelor thesis I submitted to the theology department at Concordia University-Ann Arbor—a higher Lutheran education university—as part of the requirement to graduate from the Pre-Seminary programme. It has been reformatted to fit this blog. So far, we have seen Adamic fear as fearing God’s wrath as a result of […]

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“Deliver Us From Evil”

Before I started my Lutheran confirmation classes, I read the entire Book of Concord and one of the things that really struck me was what Luther said about the last petition of the Lord’s Prayer. In this petition, many English translations read, “but deliver us from evil.” For those who can read Greek, this is […]

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