Sanctification

Fake Happiness

“The view of Jesus as a man of sorrows shows us that seriousness, sorrow, even sadness, is suitable to our condition as fallen and sinful beings. In the experience of life we find that in all genuine happiness there is an element of sorrow. Sorrow for the suffering of others, sorrow for the sins of others, most of all for our own. Is that a preventive of peace? “Is there not in the happiest a vein of sadness, and are they not happier for it?

Truth Makes Enemies

You’re not the only Christian who’s found himself or herself the recipient of hatred or scorn. “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you,” says the Apostle John (1 John 3:13). The servant is not above the Master. Yet it can still shock us when someone whom we thought was a lifelong friend separates from us out of their hatred for Christ. Martin Luther - often discussed but too seldom read (the sermons are key) - has something to say on this topic.

The Blessing of Cheerfulness

We are set in this world to be happy. We should not falter in our great task of happiness, nor move ever among our fellows with shadows on our face when we ought to have sunlight. James Russell Miller was a beloved Presbyterian minister and a prolific writer. In his small book, The Blessing of Cheerfulness, he writes: We are set in this world to be happy. We should not falter in our great task of happiness, nor move ever among our fellows with shadows on our face when we ought to have sunlight.

The Essence of the Word of Christ

The whole spirit of the Word… “The whole spirit of the Word of Christ, one chief work of the Holy Ghost, and the gravest responsibility and deepest joy of those who confess Christ, is to bear witness to the truth as it is in Christ Jesus.” From The Confessional Principle by Theodore Schmauk, Chapter 4.

In That Day

Whatever other signs may appear before Christ’s coming, I know that, according to Christ’s words, surfeiting and drunkenness, building and planting, buying and selling, marrying and giving in marriage and other cares of this life will be in evidence. From Devotional Readings From Luther’s Works For Every Day Of The Year compiled by Rev. John Sander. LutheranLibrary.org edition in preparation. There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; mens hearts failing them for fear.

A Failure as a Christian

Some are found who know the gospel, but are offended at their own manner of life. They have a desire to walk in godliness, but they feel that they make no progress. They begin to despair… Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. Rom. 14:1. “Some are found who know the gospel, but are offended at their own manner of life.

On What Has Now Been Sown

Dear Lord, “Oh, grant that each of us now met before Thee here, may meet together thus when Thou and Thine appear. And, follow Thee to heaven, our home. E’en so, Amen, Lord Jesus, come! The Rev. H. Leigh Bennett, M.A. describes the writer of this hymn thus: “John Newton, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character.

Let us ever walk with Jesus

“Sigismund von Birken was the son of an Evangelical pastor in Bohemia. His family was forced to flee to Nürnberg when he was three. Birken was an established poet and was appointed a tutor at the age of 16 to the Princes of Brunswick-Lünesburg. His poetic skills led to publication of 52 hymns. However, only three of them have been translated into English. The most prominent of these hymns is Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus.

What is "a good Christian"?

Question No. 3. What does it take to constitute a good Christian? Answer: That is a very good question. I hardly know how to answer that in a few words, but I would say, to make my answer short, Study the ten commandments until you find out your sins; then flee to Christ and ask His forgiveness. Put your trust in the true and living God, having faith in Him; pray daily; expect an answer to your prayers because you pray in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

May the Mind of Christ My Savior - Hymn

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Philippians 2:5” This is a hymn written before 1913 by Kate B. Wilkinson. It’s based on Philippians 2:5: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. May the words be true for you today. God bless you. Video More hymns here. Lyrics 1 May the mind of Christ, my Savior, Live in me from day to day, By His love and pow'r controlling All I do and say.