I Believe in the Holy Spirit

In the Third Article, we confess that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to take the redemption that Christ won for us and bring it to us through the Word and Sacraments. The Holy Spirit is the One who enlightens, sanctifies, and keeps us in the true faith.

Lutheran Service Book Daily Lectionary

In the Lutheran Church, we follow a pattern of readings each Sunday. These readings are not chosen at random, but have been selected and organized by the generations of faithful Christians who have gone ahead of us. Some of the readings are difficult, but this challenge is what helps us to grow and be strengthenedContinue reading “Lutheran Service Book Daily Lectionary”

The Lord Works Not as Man Works

That’s what Jesus really said to Bartimaeus in Jericho, by the way. Jesus really said, “Recover your sight; your faith has saved you.” God doesn’t work the way man does. He doesn’t forgive, save, or choose based on anything that is in us. He didn’t choose David based on appearances, but because of the faith He created in David’s heart. Not even having faith is something we can do. It is the work of God the Holy Spirit in us.

Baptism Saves You

God saved us when He sent His Son Jesus to die and rise for our sins. He applies that salvation to us – each and all – through the washing of Holy Baptism. In Holy Baptism, our sins were washed away. Our old evil nature, called the Old Adam, was drowned and died, and we received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Servants in Sound Doctrine

Let us all, though, hear St. Paul’s encouragement to Titus, that we also hold fast to the Word we’ve been taught and cling wholeheartedly to the God who does not lie. May the Lord work through each of us according to our vocation, that we – like Titus – would teach the Word truthfully and live faithfully.