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Luther: He Had Nothing But Ordinary Swaddling Clothes and Scarcely A Farthing in Mary’s Purse

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

The patriarch Simeon steps up, even though by virtue of age he can scarcely see his way, and with penetrating clarity of discernment recognizes and praises this child as the Savior and Light of the World. All emperors, kings, and sovereigns are mere darkness, but this child is the Light of the World. All the […]

Advent 4 – John 1:19-28

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit             John the Baptist’s conversation with the priests and Levites sent by the Jews almost sounds like those American Express commercials of yesteryear. “Do you know me? You think you know me, but you really don’t know me. I […]

Advent 3 – Matthew 11:2-11

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit             What did you go out into the wilderness to see? John the Baptist is more than a prophet. He is God’s messenger who prepares the way of the Lord. Nevertheless, the one who is least in the kingdom […]

Advent 2 – Luke 21:25-36

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit             Mom and Dad were right to warn you not to hang around with “that crowd.” “That crowd” lived on the edge. They were arrogant and evildoers. Their hearts were weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness, and cares of this […]

Luther for Advent 2 (Luke 21:25-36)

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Christ predicted beforehand that the world would become so savage, coarse, greedy, and so on. Well then! That’s the way it is, and it is even going to get worse. that’s the way it was with Sodom in Lot’s day and worldwide at Noah’s time. All these things are told us for our comfort, warning, […]