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 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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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