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Sermon for the Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity - Phil 3:17-21
                                                                                                            Trinity 23                                                                                                             Phil
3:17-21                  ...
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Commemoration of Justinian, Christian Ruler and Confessor of Christ
Today
we remember and give thanks to God for Justinian, Christian Ruler and Confessor
of Christ.   Justinian was emperor of the
East from A.D. 527 to 565 when the Roman Empire was in decline. With his
beautiful and capable wife, Theodora, he restored splend...
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Sermon for the Twenty-second Sunday after Trinity - Mt 18:21-35
                                                                                                Trinity 22                                                                                                 Mt
18:21-35                                           ...
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Commemoration of Martin Chemntiz, Pastor and Confessor
Today
we remember and give thanks for Martin Chemnitz, Pastor and Confessor.   Martin Chemnitz (1522– 1586) is regarded
after Martin Luther as the most important theologian in the history of the
Lutheran Church. Chemnitz combined a penetrating intellect and...
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Mark's thoughts: It's just that simple
From the time I graduated from high school, I have devoted great
time and effort during my life in order to learn various languages so that I
can read the Scriptures, the Lutheran Confessions, and works of
scholarship.   I have worked to learn
about the Scr...
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Commemoration of Johann von Stauptiz, Luther's Father Confessor
Today
we remember and give thanks to God for Johann von Staupitz, Luther’s Father
Confessor.   Johann von Staupitz (ca.
1469–1524), vicar-general of the Augustinian Order in Germany and friend of
Martin Luther, was born in Saxony. He studied at the universi...
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Sermon for the Feast of All Saints - Rev 7:9-17
                                                                                                All Saints                                                                                                 Rev
7:9-17                                            ...
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Feast of All Saints
Today is the Feast of All Saints, the day in the Church
year when we remember and give thanks for all the saints who have died in
Christ and are now with the Lord.   The
early Church commemorated all the martyrs on a specific day that varied
throughout the ...
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Marks thoughts: October 31 - A day of joy and sadness
Today we celebrate the five
hundredth anniversary of the Reformation.   Certainly this is a day of great joy for Lutherans.   We give thanks to God that he used his
servant, Martin Luther, to make the Gospel clear once again.   In the Reformation themes of ...
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Festival of the Reformation
Today is the Festival of the
Reformation.   In October 1517, Martin
Luther nailed his Ninety-five theses – or statements – to the church door at
Wittenberg, Germany.   By this simple
action, Luther initiated the Reformation.   Through the work of the Holy S...
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