The Devil and Christmas (Luther)

I love how Martin Luther explained the Devil's hatred of Christ's advent: “We cannot vex the devil more,” said Luther, “than when we teach, preach, sing, and speak of Jesus and His humanity, etc. Therefore I like it very well,” said Luther, “when with loud voices, and fine, long, and deliberately, we sing in the …

Suffering…as a Christian (Luther)

Many of us have read the words of 1 Peter 4:15-16 more than a few times: "If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you …

Don’t Forget about Satan! (Kuyper)

Abraham Kuyper, "To Be Near Unto God" For various reasons, sometimes Christians forget that Satan and his demonic horde really exist.  We know the stories in the Gospels where Jesus sent the demons running, but we sometimes forget the fact that Satan really prowls around like a roaring lion seeking to devour us (1 Pet 5:8).  We …

Operation Gravedigger (Guinness)

As many of our readers know, I (Shane) always enjoy reading Os Guinness.  One of his books that stands out for me is The Last Christian on Earth (the original 1983 title was The Gravedigger File).  This book is something like C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters - only better in my opinion because it deals …

God’s Word in the Straw’s Mouth

Martin Luther constantly talked about the power of God’s Word.  This theme came up in his famous hymn that we've all heard: “That Word above all earthly powers…one little Word shall fell him.”  Here’s part of a sermon Luther gave on Luke 11:14-28; in it he talked about God’s powerful Word.  Look for Luther’s excellent …

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