If we could ever be sorry enough to be forgiven, then we wouldn’t need Jesus. If we could repent in our own strength, and thus be forgiven… then the cross was useless. If our confession was all that was required, there would be no need for the Gospel. Therefore, repentance isn’t something we can do on our own. It is something that God works in us.
In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Ebeneezer Scrooge needed to be visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future before he finally came to fully appreciate what Christmas was all about. In a similar vein, it is important for today’s Christians to acknowledge Advent in it’s past, present, and future contexts in order to fully appreciate what Advent is all about.
Many people today like to claim that they can worship God anywhere so they don’t need to participate in a worship service. Give yourself up to God, and all is well, right? Well, no, actually, because something else entirely happens in worship.
Our nation is most definitely facing a dangerous problem. The core issue is not white nationalism. It’s not racism, gun control problems or political problems. What we really have is a heart problem. We have a sin problem.
Many non-Lutherans wonder why their Lutheran friends and family members wear ashes on their forehead at the beginning of Lent. There are three reasons why: to remind them of their sinfulness, to remind them of their mortality, and to remind them of their redemption.
Lutherans have a wonderful musical heritage! Even today’s Christian praise and worship music owes its development to Martin Luther and his compositions. What follows includes a list of Luther’s original hymns, their main teaching points, and links for listening to these beautiful treasures, many of which are no longer found in any modern Lutheran hymnal.