Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The First Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

O LORD, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Friday, March 02, 2012

Martin Luther on Faith and Reading the Word

So we continually teach that the knowledge of Christ and of faith is not a human work but simply the gift of God, who creates faith and maintains it in us. Just as he first gives faith to us through the Word, so afterwards he exercises and increases it, strengthens it, and makes it perfect in us by the Word. Therefore, the greatest service that we can give to God, the very sabbath of sabbaths, is to exercise ourselves in true godliness, diligently listening to the Word and reading it.

Conversely, there is nothing more dangerous than to be weary of the Word. Anyone who is so cold that he thinks he knows enough and begins gradually to loathe the Word has lost Christ and the Gospel, and what he thinks he knows, he attains only by speculation.   (Commentary on Galatians 1:11, 12).

Luther, M. (1998). Galatians. The Crossway classic commentaries (58). Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books.

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