The purpose of giving something up for Lent is to ask God to draw you closer to Him as we, the body of Christ, draw closer to the foot of the cross. Lent is not a law, but an opportunity.
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.
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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.
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.