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Reformation—An Act of God’s Grace!

COVER STORY – REFORMATION

When we think of the Lutheran Reformation, we no doubt think of great men like Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, Johannes Bugenhagen, and others. They were all front and center in bringing back the glorious truths of “Scripture Alone,” especially our salvation by “Grace Alone,” through “Faith Alone.” However, the Reformation was not just about the grace of God, the Reformation itself was a wonderful act of His grace. 

Mankind always has a propensity for turning away from God but has no power to turn back to Him. Psalm 81:11-12 says of the nation of Israel, “But My people would not heed My voice, and Israel would have none of Me. So I gave them over to their own stubborn hearts, to walk in their own counsels.” (ESV) Read More…

“BREAD OF LIFE” READINGS OCTOBER 2021

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TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941; WS = Worship Supplement 2000; LSB = Lutheran Service Book, 2006

Date Hymns Reading Comments

Oct 1 TLH 418 Genesis 42:1-38 Joseph dealt both gently and wisely with his brothers, attempting to ascertain the state
of their trustworthiness and their repentance after selling him into slavery.

Oct 2 TLH 357 Genesis 43:1-34 Joseph’s love for his brothers was great even though they had done great evil to him in
the past. He would not hold this against them. May we be just as forgiving.

Oct 4 TLH 591 Psalm 34 The theme of this psalm is “deliverance.” The Lord delivers His believing children who
call to Him. “He helps us free from ev’ry need that hath us now o’ertaken.” Read More…

A Light Burden

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DEVOTION—PRIESTHOOD OF BELIEVERS

I hope that your time in school was a wonderful, enriching experience. But few things are more exciting for any student than the first days of summer vacation. Perhaps as an adult you have continued to keep the tradition of having certain times off every year. While I hope that you have a fulfilling, enjoyable job, it’s important to have a work/life balance. We sometimes need some rest and relaxation, or R&R. But having a day off school or work doesn’t excuse us from responsibilities to our family, needs around the house, preparing meals, paying bills, feeding pets, exercising, and so on. That third R of responsibility may seem unwelcome, but it’s a blessing from God.  Read More…

TLH Hymn 262 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

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A HYMN OF GLORY LET US SING

Defiance—a bad thing, or good? The parents of a defiant teenager might give a very different answer from that given by those who defy illegitimate tyrants. In truth, the moral character of defiance depends on what is being defied. Defiance can be sinful rebellion against legitimate authority, or it can be godly steadfast courage in a struggle against powerful enemies. Read More…