Luther Quote of the Day

To us it is also said in Baptism, in Absolution, in Communion: “I am the Lord your God, do not be troubled! I will care for you! Cast your care on Me! You have a God who has promised that He will care for you.” “And yet I see the contrary,” do you say? “You do, indeed, see the contrary, but it is a trial which is useful for this purpose, that you may learn and experience how kind the Lord is. For if this trial were not added, you would remain in the flesh, stupid and senseless, and would never understand what I mean when I say: ‘I am the Lord your God.’ So it is necessary for you to be instructed and by the actual experience of various trials to learn that I am the Lord your God.” Thus it is written in Deut. 8:4: “He fed you with manna that you might know that it is not only by bread, etc.”

This is not done that you may perish, because Baptism is certain, and the promise and absolution are reliable. What for, then? This is done that you may learn what powerful life there is in the Word and that you may come to this conclusion for youself: “However harshly I am disciplined and afflicted and come to nothing, it is nevertheless done with this end in view, that I might remember my Baptism and God’s promise; for I have God, who is taking care of me, and about this I am in no doubt at all, even though all things seem to be against me. They are only temptations and testings of my faith, to see whether I believe that God is my Protector.”

Luther’s works, vol. 6: Lectures on Genesis: Chapters 31-37 p 364

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Luther Quote of the Day

But now let us proceed to the remaining matters and first of all consider the wonderful example of God’s government in Jacob, namely, how God brings His saints down to hell and leads them back again, comforts and saddens them, that we may become accustomed to trust His Word alone and cling to it. For the affairs of the godly must be brought to the point that they feel nothing, understand nothing else, and see nothing on which to rely, especially in death, but the Word. Accordingly, let us learn to die according to the flesh and to depend on the Word so that even if the world were to be shattered and totter,21 we may nevertheless confidently say: “I believe in God the Father, etc., and in Jesus Christ, His Son, etc.” But Jacob now lives in Hebron and has a son of 17 who is the hope and comfort of his old age. He thinks that his troubles are over, and now he finds himself in a worse plight than he had experienced in his whole life.

Luther’s works, vol. 6: Lectures on Genesis: Chapters 31-37 p 344

Top 10 Ways That Geeks Can Deal With the Pending Financial/Environmental/Social Collapse

I saw this list on GeekDad this morning. I’d have to say that numbers 1 and 7 are my favorite, but I’m a dork who like’s movies from the 80’s and Bruce Campbell. Are there any things that you would add or subtract from their list, I mean other than making sure that you have a magic gun clip that never runs out of bullets that John Woo* invented for his movies?

10. Check that account into which you’ve been funneling the fractional pennies from your company’s accounting system; it may be time to cash out.

9. Start hardening the defenses of your home now. You’ll want peace of mind when the food riots start. Reference zombie flicks and/or the Mad Max movies for helpful hints.

8. Listen to the person who says “We better take off and nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure” the first time!

7. You can increase your chances of winning prizes in any given contest by entering 1,000,000 times. Understanding mail-merge can help. See also Real Genius.

6. If anyone suggests vesting “temporary powers” in the Chancellor President, bludgeon them to unconsciousness immediately.

5. Keep reminding yourself that a band of determined redneck high-school football players can hold off any invading army.

4. Practice this phrase: “I, for one, welcome our new [alien/robot/intelligent ape/genetically engineered] overlords.”

3. Everything you ever needed to know to survive you learned from MacGyver.

2. Encourage your congressional representatives to vote “no” on the government’s proposed program to replace food stamps with free handouts of “processed ration wafers.”(i.e. no Soylent Green!)

1. Shop smart. Shop S-Mart!

 

*Note: John Woo is the greatest Lutheran movie director of all time. … Well, either him or Ingmar Bergman.

Fine, John Woo is the greatest living Lutheran movie director.  

Luther Quote of the Day

But when the Spirit Himself is the interpreter of those things which He suggests, then there can be no doubt about outcome and certitude. You will find nothing like this in the dreams of the heathen except that keen disturbance of the heart. But because they have Satan as their author, who can and is accustomed to give reminders of future events, they are generally ambiguous and deceptive, and no interpreter is provided, as is the case in dreams from God which the prophets report with certainty and faithfully, with the Holy Spirit as their teacher. From the dreams sent to them, Daniel, Jacob, and Joseph gather the doctrine and meaning of Holy Scripture concerning very important matters, not only concerning the empires which they taught were established and preserved by God but also concerning the kingdom of Christ and the chief articles of Christian doctrine. Therefore it depends on a good interpreter! A good interpreter is required, as we say in the German proverb.

Luther’s works, vol. 6: Lectures on Genesis: Chapters 31-37 p 332

Luther Quote of the Day

Therefore those who have the promise and faith are cold and hungry, despised and undistinguished, just as a certain man said that he took no great pains to cultivate or to understand the doctrine of religion but that it was perfectly plain to him that the most wretched of men are those who serve God and Caesar. But the ungodly boast about their scepter and rule, and they have reason to do so, for God fills their belly with good things, He gives them the kingdoms and riches of the world according to Ps. 17:14: “May their children have more than enough; may they leave something over to their babes.” He also gives bodily blessings to the saints, but slowly and in the midst of many tribulations so that their faith may be exercised and that they may learn to know the gifts of God and to use them in a godly manner.

Let us therefore remain in that assembly which has the Word, even though it is despised and abject. The ungodly, proud, and greedy grow and are increased excellently in this world. They keep on growing so that everyone thinks they will continue to have success. The godly even begin to murmur and to feel displeasure, saying in the words of Ps. 73:13: “All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.” But the Psalm replies, “Truly Thou didst set them in slippery places” (v. 18). In the end confusion follows. These matters therefore belong to our doctrine that we may not be offended by the scandals that are customary and always present in the world. Then, too, those of the Edomites and Ishmaelites who realized that this honor and these blessings were given by God out of respect for the blood of the patriarchs and who were grateful at the same time, for them an approach to grace and eternal salvation was opened. But the greater part were ungodly and proud and therefore perished.

Luther’s works, vol. 6: Lectures on Genesis: Chapters 31-37 p 305-306

Luther Quote of the Day

To such, then, an approach to confession should be opened up so that they may seek and find consolation among the ministers of the church. Or, if the matter is so unbecoming that they are ashamed to make it known before a minister, let them pour it out upon the bosom of another Christian and godly man, whoever it may be, whose reliability is proven, and in his presence let them make their complaint concerning those matters which are pressing and pricking their conscience and let them seek advice, saying: “My dear brother, help my disturbed and afflicted conscience that I may not die in my sins or cut my life off with a rope or a sword. Advise me, dear brother! I am going to hang myself, drown myself, or do myself some harm and die in my sins, etc.” In this case, when he hears the Word of God concerning the remission of sins, either from a minister or from someone else, he will be encouraged and receive the consolation by which his heart, wounded by the darts of the devil, will be healed. We do not ask here what or what kind of sins should be recited, but the special importance and usefulness of confession consists in the fact that salutary remedies are brought forward from the Word of God to those who are groaning and struggling with despair so that they do not succumb to the burden of sins and the terrors of the devil, which he is accustomed to increase to infinity. But it is especially important in special and unusual cases, such as sometimes occur when the devil is driving human nature on and deforming it with loathsome sins.

Luther’s works, vol. 6: Lectures on Genesis: Chapters 31-37 p 298

Luther Quote of the Day

It is assuredly an amazing thing that nearly all the firstborn in all of sacred history were unfortunate. In Egypt all the firstborn were slain by God. This seems to be the reason why the Law is conditional and those who have the Law generally become worse. They are proud on account of the Law, as though it has been given to nourish pride in the right of the firstborn, whereas it has been given to humble that pride. Therefore the arrogance and insolence of the firstborn was checked by God when they abused their honor and dignity. For all that was done and said looks to the unique firstborn Son of God, Jesus Christ, and His alone is all glory, might, and power. Now let us turn to the generation of Esau.

Luther’s works, vol. 6: Lectures on Genesis: Chapters 31-37 p 285-286