Posts from February 2018

Posts from February 2018

TABLE TALK

Amid the truly massive writings of Martin Luther there is one volume which is perhaps the most fun to read.  It’s the so-called Tischreden – the “Table Talk.”   As the name implies, the volume is a collection of things Luther said at his supper table.  Luther hosted children and university students, princes and preachers, peasants and professors at his table.  The…

WHERE THE ROSES BLOOM

Amid the grand inspiration and insight which God gave to the apostle Paul, God gave him something else.  He calls it “a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment” him (2 Corinthians 12:7), much as God allowed Satan to inflict the ancient sufferer Job.   What was this “thorn?”  Was it epilepsy, migraine headaches, severe eye trouble which he seems to hint at in…

THE PROOF OF LOVE

A fellow named Don Richardson spent some frustrating years as a missionary among the Sawi tribe in New Guinea.   The gospel of God’s love and forgiveness held little appeal to the Sawi, for they held up deceit as the highest virtue.  They saw no reason to change their cruel and cannibalistic ways.   In fact, when Richardson told them the story of Jesus, the Sawi looked…

OVERFLOWING SUFFERINGS & OVERFLOWING COMFORT

Paul told the Christians at Corinth:  “Just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so through Christ our comfort also overflows…We were burdened so greatly, so far beyond our ability to bear it, that we even gave up hope of living,” said Paul (2 Cor. 1:5 & 8 EHV).     Why did God let…
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