A prayer to end the day

Father of all mankind, into Your hands I lay myself and all whom I care for and love. Forgive us all where we have done wrong today and assure us of Your forgiveness and comforting presence. We rest in the faith by which we were sealed in Baptism, in the sure knowledge of Your loving(…)

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On the Importance of Biblical Hebrew

On the Importance of Biblical Hebrew

The Importance of Biblical Hebrew by Rev. Dr. Andrew H. Bartelt, Professor of Exegetical Theology (Old Testament), Concordia Seminary, St. Louis A commitment to “sola scriptura” must also recognize that the actual words that “men of God spoke [and wrote] as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” were not originally preserved in the English language.  Nor were(…)

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Martin Luther: Preacher of the Cross

Martin Luther: Preacher of the Cross

Martin Luther was not only a theologian, but a pastor engaged in the care of souls. In Martin Luther: Preacher of the Cross, author John T. Pless makes use of selected letters to present compelling evidence for the reformer’s application of his evangelical theology to consciences burdened with sin, haunted by death, and afflicted by(…)

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A prayer to begin your day

Almighty God and most merciful Lord and Father of mankind, King of the universe, Redeemer of Israel and Defender of the Holy Church, look with favor on Your sons and daughters and mercifully grant us forgiveness and new life in Christ. Let not our selfishness and fear and ignorance hinder our work in Your vineyard.(…)

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The Diaconate in the Ancient Church

The Diaconate in the Ancient Church

In The Diaconate of the Ancient and Medieval Church, eminent Wittenberg law professor Caspar Ziegler (1621–90) provides contemporary church workers and students of history with a detailed description of how Christians have shown mercy to a lost and dying world from apostolic times to the Reformation. Ziegler’s detailed study engages at least 500 primary sources to illustrate expertly the(…)

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A Devotion to Commemorate the prophet Jonah

A Devotion to Commemorate the prophet Jonah

A Year with the Church Fathers follows the seasonal movements of the Christian Church Year in a broad, general fashion. Drawn from the themes of Scripture itself, these devotions consider the salvation plan of God fulfilled in Jesus and carried to the world through the Church. Each in-depth, thought-provoking meditation connects Scripture and the Christian(…)

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A prayer as you prepare for worship

Blessed Father, on this sacred day I remember the glorious resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord. By His death and rising to life I am counted a forgiven sinner and worthy to stand in Your presence. Now fill my heart with an extra measure of Your Spirit as I prepare to worship in(…)

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The Pastor at Prayer – Available for a New Generation

The Pastor at Prayer – Available for a New Generation

George Kraus’ classic The Pastor at Prayer has been revised and is again available from Concordia Publishing House. Kraus’ devotional is a Lutheran, pastoral, devotional prayer guide, centered in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. Used each day, The Pastor at Prayer will help form and sustain meaningful time in Word and prayer, the foundational(…)

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On the Importance of Biblical Aramaic

On the Importance of Biblical Aramaic

The Importance of Biblical Aramaic by Rev. Dr. Andrew Steinmann, Distinguished Professor of Theology and Hebrew, Concordia University Chicago When the kingdom of Judah fell to the Babylonians in 587 BC, a new era began for the ancient people of God. During the Babylonian captivity, the language of the western reaches of the empire was(…)

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An Excerpt from Faith and Act

An Excerpt from Faith and Act

Faith and Act: The Survival of Medieval Ceremonies in the Lutheran Reformation presents Ernst Walter Zeeden’s classic study of how medieval church practices continued and developed within Lutheran church orders. Zeeden offers readers a unique perspective of how faith influences the act of worship. Historians of liturgy and theology will discover insights and important continuity(…)

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