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  • All Glory to God

    October 15, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Luther's Devotions

    Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine others? They're
    are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this

    Luke 17: 17, 18.

    The stranger sincerely gives God all the glory. O, what a
    terrible example is this! Among ten only one, and he among them was
    the least and most worthless. How entirely does God overlook

  • Service form the Heart

    October 8, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Luther's Devotions

    By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac: and
    he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten
    son, of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall your seed come.

    Heb. 11:17, 18.

    To reason it was a foolish command God gave to Abraham
    to slay his son. If reason should be the judge, all mankind would
    come to no other...

  • The Spirit testiflies

    October 1, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Luther's Devotions

    The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are
    the children of God.

    Rom. 8:16.

    Paul describes here the power of the kingdom of Christ, the
    real work and the true exalted worship which the Holy Spirit
    effects in believers, the comfort by which the heart is freed from
    the fear and terror of sin and given peace, and the heartfelt

  • Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down upon your

    Eph. 4: 26.

    This passage sounds as though permission were given to be
    angry. But Paul is taking into consideration the way of the
    world. Men are tempted and moved to anger. There are no
    clean records. Under sudden provocation the heart swells with
    anger, while the devil...

  • Love seeks not its own

    September 10, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Luther's Devotions

    They brought to him one that was deaf, and had an impediment
    in his speech; and they pleaded with him to put his hand upon
    the man.

    Mark 7:32.

    In this text both faith and love are presented to us. Faith,
    in that these people had before heard how kind and compassionate
    Jesus was and how he had helped those who had
    come to him. Although the text...

  • Christ Has Done So

    September 3, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Luther's Devotions

    You shall have no other gods before me.

    Ex. 20: 3.

    The Jews abstained outwardly from idolatry, but their hearts
    were far from God, full of mistrust and unbelief. Outwardly
    they appeared beautiful, as though they meant it in all sincerity,
    but within they were full of idolatry. They understood this
    law in Exodus to mean no more than that they...

  • God will indeed feed us

    August 27, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Luther's Devotions

    I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now
    been with me three days, and have nothing to eat.

    Mark 8 : 2.

    Behold, what a sympathetic Christ we have, who even provides
    food for us. Here new hope is awakened and man is comforted
    through the words of Christ, when he says: Here they
    are and they listened to me until the third day. I...

  • Unimaginable Peace

    August 20, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Luther's Devotions

    The peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall
    keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    Phil. 4: 7.

    This is the true peace that satisfies and quiets the heart; not
    in times when no adversity is at hand, but in the midst of it,
    when outwardly there is nothing but strife. This is the difference
    between worldly and spiritual peace....

  • Created for Good Works

    July 9, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Luther's Devotions

    Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under
    grace? God forbid.

    Rom. 6: 15.

    When we preach the forgiveness of sins by pure grace without
    any work of man, the sinfulness of the world claims that we
    either forbid good works, or else try to draw the conclusion
    that man may continue to live in sin and follow his own pleasure;
    the truth...

  • Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.

    Rom. 5: 20.

    When we preach that grace and the forgiveness of sins is placed upon us without any merit on our part, people are disposed to regard themselves as free from obligation and will do no works except when we feel like we want to those to which their own desires prompt them. This was Paul's...