'Lord' Tagged Posts

'Lord' Tagged Posts

“A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD!”

Psalms were meant to be sung.  The book of Psalms is the hymnbook of the Bible.  We no longer know what melodies the Hebrew people sang to the Hebrew words.  But we have based many of our own hymns on the psalms. “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress,” says Psalm 46.  This is a mighty psalm.  It is the psalm on which Dr. Martin Luther based what…

THE HONOR OF GIVING

Christian giving is done “in order to honor the Lord,” says Paul in 2 Cor. 8:19.    It is not some cold business of raising money or funding a budget. Our Christian giving is an act of worship, no less than saying a prayer, singing a hymn, lending our hearts and ears in faith to the creed, the Scripture lessons and the sermon.  It is our sacred honor to God. Solomon says…

IMITATION OF CHRIST?

About 15 years ago, three German theologians filed a lawsuit against the Catholic and Protestant churches.  They brought the lawsuit “on behalf of Jesus.”   Calling themselves “brothers in spirit” of Jesus, they sued under a law that allows people to defend their dead relatives from slander.  They argued that the churches’ role in religious fighting, wars and political…

AN INTERESTING AND CHALLENGING PASSAGE

A scribe once asked Jesus:  “Which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”   Jesus replied:  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…” (Matthew 22:37)   Sometimes we run across passages in God’s book which require us to wrestle a bit.  A case in point is the opening portion of today’s text from Acts 19.  So here goes:   …

OUR FAIR CORNER

You may recall that at the end of The Small Catechism, Martin Luther tacked on what he called “The Table of Duties.”  For husbands and wives, parents and children, pastors and parishioners, labor and management he set down the Bible passages that apply to each.  At the end of the table of duties he put down the little poem: “Let each his lesson learn with care and all the…