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Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Friday 31 May 2013 at 3:33 pm

31 May

I know that in me, that is in my flesh, lives nothing good. I am willing, but I am not doing what is right. Romans 7:18.

All the holy ones will have to sing this song: Our Father ... forgive us our debt, as we forgive our debtors. The rest, who know the outcome of their holiness, understand nothing about this, therefore it is also not proclaimed to them, since they think that with Christ's kingdom things are done like this: that since there actually is no sin in it, everything must be pure, neat and clean, like as if the deaf had experienced everything, they want such a Christian who is completely without sin, is holy, and yes is even like Christ Himself. Not so by a long shot. This however is a Christian, one who is a sinner and acknowledges his sin, is annoyed by his sin, from the bottom of his heart finds it repugnant that he still feels sin. A person who actually has no sin nor feels any sin is not a Christian. If you however find such a person, he is an anti-Christ, he is no true Christian. The abuse of the Words from the above passage is a gravely severe sin.

I had finished translating almost all of the above this morning...when I had a computer crash and lost it all -- midst a severely pain-ridden body, our heavenly Father enabled me to translate it this afternoon.  Internet is up and running for me again.

From 'chief-of-sinners' - yet redeemed and forgiven - Elmer Hohle

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Thursday 30 May 2013 at 09:44 am

30 May

The total goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart. 1 Timothy 1:5.

God alone is the man who never ceases to do good, as opposed to the world's ingratitude and contempt; instead He, by means of the fire of His love, swallows up and devours all vice and malice. A Christian should also have such a heart, so that he doesn't allow himself to be pressured away from good will and friendship, but rather much more so proceed and say: My dear brother, what I have done or still am doing for you, I have done and still am doing out of true love and have not desired or demanded that you thank or repay me for it. If you thank me for it, then I in turn thank God, if not, it's still the same, for that is not why I did it. Instead what I do, I  do for the sake of Him who loved me so much that He died on a cross for an ungrateful and condemned person like me, etc., and every blink of an eye still does more good than I deserve or am able to thank Him for. 

"Ouch!"  scream out my osteoid-arthritic bones - but I'm so grateful that Christ's unbroken bones bore the brunt of our transgressions in order to atone for our sin;  Thank you also, Jesus! for enabling me to do another translation.

In His Name,

EMH

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Wednesday 29 May 2013 at 11:26 am

29 May

Dear brethren, if a person perchance be overcome by a failure, then you who are spiritual should set him right again with a gentle spirit. Galatians 6:1.

The kingdom of Christ is a kingdom of the faith, in which He daily carries out His work, fights against sin and fights against death, until the kingdom is finished. Even though at times someone succumbs to temptation, then Christ is there, reigns with His Spirit and overcomes the sin, straightens the sinner out again, and says: Get up, brother, there is no problem that can't be coped with; nothing happens without failures - just see to it that you don't keep lying in it. Thus there applies both falling and getting up while we live here. This comfort applies however only to those who sin out of weakness and not to those who knowingly sin out of evil wickedness.

A short one - but difficult to translate - couple of words not in my two dictionaries. 

In Christ,

Elmer H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Tuesday 28 May 2013 at 10:53 am

28 May

Those who suffer according to God's will, they should entrust their souls to Him as a faithful Creator by doing good. 1 Peter 4:19.

This is the Christian skill which we all need to learn, that we look to the Word and turn our eyes far away from all adjacent oppressive need and suffering.  However the flesh is incapable of such a skill; it sees no farther than the present suffering. And it is one of the devil's skills that he rips the Word far away from the eye, so that a person sees nothing other than the need that is at hand. But that should not be; anyone who directs himself according to feelings, loses Christ. As much as you can, strike out of your heart and mind only the cross and suffering; otherwise, if one keeps on thinking about it for a long time, the trouble becomes even more wicked and evil. Are you in temptation and trouble? Then says this: Well then, I have not chosen this cross for myself, it is the fault of the beloved Word of God that I suffer such and that I have Christ and His teachings. So let it continue to go forth in God's Name; I will let Him Who long before has designated such suffering and has promised me His divine, gracious help, carry and fight this out for me.

The Lord be with you,

Elmer Hohle, pastor em.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Monday 27 May 2013 at 10:29 am

27 May

Pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He send workers into His harvest. Matthew 9:38.

The fact that the word of God does not go forth as strongly as it should and we would like it to, I can give it not other blame than that we are too lazy to pray for sharp arrows and hot coals. He has ordered us to pray that His kingdom come and His name be hallowed, i.e., that His Word and Christianity be increased and become strong. However since we let it lie like it is, and do not pray with earnest zealousness, it consequently goes on so lazily and the arrows are blunt and dull, the coals cold, and of course the devil is not afraid of us. Therefore let us wake up and be fresh; the time has arrived; the devil above all else does us more malicious deceit; let us then once more show him something that will annoy him and avenge us, i.e., let us pray to God without ceasing, until He sends us sufficient well equipped protection with sharp arrows and adequate coals.

I hope Luther is turning over in his grave at my sloppy translation --- thank You Lord for enabling me to do another one, and forgive me for not witnessing to the waiter when my son Nathan took me out to lunch last week at Dahlias Café in Liberty Hill. 

In Christ,

E M H

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Sunday 26 May 2013 at 6:57 pm

26 May

You shall honor your father and your mother. Exodus 20:12.

One must introduce the young people to the fact that they are to regard their parents as God's representatives, and even if at the same time they are weak, poor and frail, they are a father and mother given from God. They are not to be robbed of that honor because of failures or faults. So then first of all learn what the honor towards the parents means, namely, that one above all else regard them as worthy and marvelous like the greatest treasure on earth. Then also with words conduct oneself disciplined towards them, not start up evil, not make a big thing or make a racket out of something, but rather let them be right and remain silent, even though they take it too far. Thirdly also with deeds, i.e.: show such honor with love and goodness, that one serve them, help them and care for them when they are old, sick, disabled or poor, and do all this not just gladly, but also with humility and reverence as if done before God Himself. For whoever knows this, of how he is to hold them in his heart, will not allow them to suffer need and hunger, but instead place himself over and beside them and share with them what he has and is able to.

The peace of our Triune God be with you.

Elmer H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Saturday 25 May 2013 at 5:50 pm

25 May

We boast of our afflictions. Romans 5:3.

If the devil were clever enough to remain silent and allowed the gospel to be proclaimed, he then would have less harm. For when the gospel is not disputed, it completely rusts up and has no reason and opportunity to lay out its power and might upon the day.  That's why the gospel can experience nothing better than when the world opposes it with power and cleverness. The more my conscience, sin and the devil dispute me, the stronger becomes my righteousness.  For the sins, which oppress me, make me hurt, thus I then harder and stronger continue to pray and cry out to God, thus my faith becomes stronger and stronger. Since we then have such a treasure, which becomes stronger through challenges and repulsiveness, we then should not be afraid, but rather be of good cheer and boast about our afflictions.   

Lord, may our afflictions be used by you to strengthen our faith.

In the Name of Jesus,

Elmer H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Saturday 25 May 2013 at 5:43 pm

24 May 

The righteous shall live by faith.  Romans 1:17.

The Prophet [Luther is here obviously referring to Habakkuk, whom Paul quotes above from Hab. 2:4: "But the righteous person will live by His faith."] is in total harmony with Moses, who says: Man does not live on bread alone, rather on every Word that comes out of the mouth of God (Deuteronomy 8:3). For it means: "Believe" not the empty knowledge of the historian, instead believe the certain, confident assurance of God's mercy, which God for the sake of Christ has promised to us in His Word, which is a power of God that saves all who believe it. Thus the very same Word, accepted and seized by faith, creates a new man, outwardly and inwardly, in body and soul, and thus it proceeds according to the Word of St. Paul: If a person believes from the heart, he becomes righteous (Rom. 10:10), so that all things are possible to him who believes (Mark 9:23). For the Word, to which one clings, is Almighty.

So, in this one we have the heart and core of our Christian faith: Sola Scriptura, sola gratia, sola fide. I' meant to e-mail this yesterday - but my feeble mind failed to do so. Have a blessed Trinitatis Sunday as we praise our Triune (Three Persons in One Essence) God, Who has created us, redeemed us, and sanctified us.

In His Name,

Elmer H., Pr. em.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Friday 24 May 2013 at 10:26 am

23 May

You search in the Scriptures, for you think you have eternal life in them, and it is they that testify about Me, John 5:39.

That's it: since we ourselves maintain that the Holy Scripture is God's saving Word, which can eternally save us, we then also should read and study it in order that we find Christ testified to in it. Whoever then does not study in the Scriptures, as Christ here calls upon us to do, he can know nothing about eternal life; for he lives without God's Word, apart from which reason is unable to correctly think or speak anything about everlasting life. However anyone who studies the Scriptures in order to not find Christ in them, he also will be unable to receive eternal life, even though he at the same time learns, speaks, or also hopes much about the Scriptures. Jesus says one must search them, not be a judge or master over them, but rather be a pupil of them. We are not to bring our darkness into them, instead we are to get out of them the testimony about Christ. And as long as Christ is not correctly found in them, that's how long they also have not been correctly searched. 

Again I find myself singing with Luther: "Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy Word...."

In Christ - who is revealed to us in the Scriptures,

Elmer H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Thursday 23 May 2013 at 6:22 pm

22 May

Your Word is my feet's lamp and a light upon my path. Psalm 119:105.

If this is true, as it most certainly is, then it must also be true that apart from God's Word all human teaching and wisdom, let it shine and glitter as beautifully and gloriously as it may, is sheer darkness. Reason is also a light and a beautiful one at that, however the foot and the path that tries to get out of sin and death and go to righteousness and life with reason, is unable to know or find it, but instead remains in darkness. Just like our candles are unable to lighten up heaven and earth, but only the narrow corners in our homes, however the sun is able to lighten up heaven, earth and everything, so likewise God's Word is also the true Sun Who gives us the eternal day in which to live and be happy. Blessed and happy is he who has a desire for it and gladly sees such a light, for it eagerly shines. But moles and bats, i.e. the world, are not eager to have it.

So ... there I managed to peck out another translation. If in any of you no longer wish to be on my sending list, let me know.

In Christ,

Elmer Hohle, Pr. em.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Wednesday 22 May 2013 at 1:56 pm

21 May

The kingdom of God is like yeast, which a woman took, and mixed it with three bushels of flour until it was completely fermented. Matthew 13:33.

After the gospel had once been mixed into the human race(which is the dough) as a new yeast, it will not cease fermenting itself until the end of the world, instead it will permeate itself through the entire heaps and piles of those who shall be saved, and will come to all who are meritorious, even against the will of all the gates of hell. And just like it is impossible for the yeast, once it has permeated the dough, to once again be separated from the dough, since it has changed the essence of the dough, so also it is impossible that the Christians can be ripped away from Christ. For Christ has been embodied into them like a yeast, so that it is one body, one heap, one cake, one bread, etc. That's why it is futile for the devil to try to chase and run the church out of the world, i.e., when he tries to separate Christ from the believers, the yeast from the dough. For just like it is impossible for a human being to separate the permeated yeast from the dough, so likewise it is also impossible for the devil to separate Christ from His church. The dough has been permeated, the devil shall not separate the yeast from the dough. Let him try to cook it or fry it or roast it, the yeast of Christ is still in it. And shall remain in it until Judgment Day, until it has all been permeated with yeast and none of the dough shall be un-yeasted.

Had a painful night last night, but God has enabled me to use three of my 'yeast permeated' fingers to translate this one too.

Lord keep us steadfast in Thy Word,

Elmer H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Tuesday 21 May 2013 at 4:59 pm

20 May

Whoever looks at a woman and lusts after her, he has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  Matthew 5:28.

If no other works were commanded other than chastity, we all would have our hands full with just that one. Unchasteness is such a dangerous, threatening beanpole; for it rages in every member; in the heart with thoughts, in the eyes with sight, in the ears with sounds, in the mouth with words; in hands, feet and the entire body with deeds. Every saint has lamented and wept over this. If the deed of chastity is to survive, then it calls for many other good works, for fasting and moderation against excessive eating and drinking, for alertness and early rising against laziness and oversleeping, for labor and weariness against idleness. For gluttony, drunkenness, too much sleeping, laziness and idleness are the weapons of unchasteness. However the strongest weaponry against all these is the Word of God and prayer, so that whenever the wicked lust arises in a person, he should flee to pray, call upon God's grace and help, ponder the gospel and therein view Christ's suffering. Thus Psalm 137 says: Happy is he who grabs the young ones from Babylon and smashes them against a rock[v.9]; i.e., when the heart with its wicked thoughts, while they are still young and in infancy, runs to Christ the Rock with them, on Whom it grinds and crushes them.

   

I translated this  up to "Ps. 137" this morning, left the computer in pain for lunch, napped, lost it on the computer, had to re-translate it this afternoon - the blessing is that I chopped up the sentences and  probably translated it better.  This verse exposes all of us for the sinners that we are.  I flee to God's Word and prayer.  Welcome to my club. No deeds, you say??? How about words and thoughts

In Christ,

E. H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Monday 20 May 2013 at 6:40 pm

19 May

Come to Me all you who are overworked and over-burdened, I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28.

The Almighty God does not desire the death of sinners, rather that they turn to Him and live(Ezek. 18:23). It is His earnest desire and intention, also order, decided from eternity, to save all people and make them recipients of the eternal joys of His grace which reaches and stretches out from beginning to end, from mid-day to midnight, and overshadows all who convert, truly contritely repent, and themselves want to become partakers of His grace and desire His help. To this there belongs a true, genuine faith which drives out all despair and doubt, a faith which is our righteousness, as is written in Romans 2:22: This righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ comes from God to all who believe. Notice those two words 'to all', so that you also don't belong among those and be one of those who lie in cahoots with sinners and fight with them to receive their field-badge. And if your heart persuades you to do that, then stop doing so and stop erring. You of course have a good, straight, correct way, which God Himself shows you with His own finger, of how He is minded towards you, as He calls out with a loud voice: (Matthew 3:17) This is My Son Whom I love and delight in. Listen to Him! Listen to what He has to tell you and advise you! And in case you then were to become hardheaded and stuck-up and became totally deaf and like a doubting, stuck-up person who refused to lift his eyes up to heaven, and also turned a deaf ear, so that you don't see nor hear God the Father calling out from on High, then you still should hear and see the Son, Who stands on the Way over which every person has to pass through, and in like manner - indeed far more steadfastly - listen to Him call, Who with great sounds like a mighty trumpet, blasts forth, like it is gloriously written in Matthew 11:28. Come to Me! Come to Me! Come to Me!

OUCH! OUCH! SCREAMS MY ARTHRITIC BODY - BUT I THANK OUR SAVIOR FOR SEEING ME THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT ONE!

Come to Jesus!

In His Name, Elmer H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Sunday 19 May 2013 at 10:04 pm

Festival of the Holy Trinity

I will preach about such matter, that the Lord said to Me: You are My Son; today I have begotten You. Psalm 2:7 

The Lord said to me: You are My Son; today I have begotten You. In this passage the confession is upheld that God is one God in three distinct Persons. The first is the Father, Who says to His Messiah: You are My Son, today I have begotten You. The second is Messiah, the Son. He says about His Father: The Lord said to Me. The third is the Holy Spirit, Who through David articulates this verse and the entire Psalm, like it is written (2 Sam. 23:2): The Spirit of the Lord has spoken through me, and His speaking took place through my tongue. And yet only the Messiah became man and was born as David's Son. The verse cannot otherwise refer also to an angel nor otherwise to any human being, as it is written in Hebr. 1:5: To which angel has He ever said: You are My Son; today I have begotten You? These three Persons do not separate themselves from each other, like two or three brothers or sisters, instead they remain in one, eternal, undivided and inseparable Essence. Such, I say, is not fathomed, scaled or attained through human reason, instead it has been revealed down from heaven above; that's why also only Christians are able to talk about it, both as to what pertains to the substantive Godhead in Itself, thereto also how He from without manifest Himself in His creatures, and what He has in mind for mankind in order that they should be saved. For they hear this from the Holy Spirit Who has revealed and proclaimed this through the Word. Believe it, thus you will be saved.   

So, next Sunday I look forward to singing "Holy, Holy, Holy........"  and to confessing my faith with the Athanasius Creed.  I've worked tidbit on translating the above in prior days.  By the grace of God I finished it. In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. 

In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

EH                      

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Saturday 18 May 2013 at 11:01 am

18 May


 How?  Do we then rescind the Law through faith?  Far from it! We uphold the Law. Romans 3:11.

See, that is the doctrine and power of the Gospel and the treasure, from which we are blessed, which brings us to the point that we begin to fulfill the Law. For where the unfathomable love and merit of Christ is recognized and believed, there also gushes forth love, both to God and to the neighbor. For through such discernment and trust the Holy Spirit moves the heart, so that one becomes well-disposed toward God and with praise and thanksgiving gladly does what he should do, guards himself against sin and disobedience, and willingly dedicates himself to serve and help everyone, and if he still feels weakness, he strives against this flesh and the devil by calling upon God etc., and thus continually by faith evermore clings to Christ wherever he himself doesn't do enough to fulfill the law, comforts himself with the fact that Christ has fulfilled it and gives him His fullness and strength, and thus at all times remains our Righteousness, our Redemption, our Sanctification, etc.

Despite my 'thorn in the flesh', the Lord's all-sufficient grace enabled me to do one more translation from Luther. I should have chopped up Luther's long last sentence - have a blessed Pentecost tomorrow.

In Christ,

Elmer H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Friday 17 May 2013 at 3:37 pm

17 May 

If we then are children, we also are heirs, namely God's heirs and joint heirs with Christ, since we share in His suffering, in order that we also may share in His glory.  Romans 8:17.

If you want to be a joint heir with the Lord Jesus Christ and are unwilling to suffer with Him and be His Brother and unwilling to become like Him, then He on Judgment Day will most certainly not acknowledge you as His brother and joint heir, instead He will ask you where you have your crown, cross, nails and whip, also whether you have been an outrage to the entire world, like He and all His members have been since the beginning of the world. If you are unable to prove such to Him, then He also will not be able to regard you as His brother. So then: it has to be suffered, and all have to become like unto the Son of God, otherwise we will not be exalted into glory with Him. Yes, Anyone who wants to be Christ's brother and joint heir must also be prepared to be a martyr and joint sufferer.

 Ouch! Ouch! It is ever more difficult for me to type with 3 fingers -- Lord, I realize it's all part of being Your child and a joint heir with Christ.

 In the Name of Jesus,

 Elmer H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Thursday 16 May 2013 at 5:39 pm

16 May

 The eyes of the Lord look upon the righteous and His ears hear their prayers. 1 Peter 3:12.

 Write this verse into your heart with a firm faith, and see if He won't provide you with peace and goodness. Can you believe this, that God sits above and never sleeps nor looks elsewhere and has not forgotten about you, but instead with wide awake open eyes looks upon the righteous, who suffer violence and injustice? Why would you then lament and become depressed over the harm or suffering that you are experiencing, when He turns His gracious eyes towards you and of course also thinks as the true Judge and God in order to help you? For all the worlds goods I would want to buy this eye, indeed would believe such if I could have it; for it is most certainly not His vision that fails, but rather our faith. In addition His ears are also always open in order to hear the prayers of the righteous. Just as He looks at you with gracious, smiling eyes, so also likewise He hears your laments, longing sighs and prayers with attentive open ears, and gladly with pleasure hears them, so that as soon as you merely open your mouth He answers with a yes. 

I chopped Luther's lengthy question in the second sentence into TWO questions.  I found the original German very comforting - hope some of it trickles down through my handicapped 'sloppy' translating.  

 Fixing our eyes on Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit working through the means of grace, 

Elmer H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Wednesday 15 May 2013 at 09:32 am

15 May

You servants, be obedient to your earthly lords with fear and trembling in innocent mindedness like Christ, not only working while being watched as if you merely wanted to please men, but rather as servants of Christ.  Ephesians 6:5-6.

A servant, when he is working and not standing far off thinks like this: ["]My lord/master gives me my wages, therefore I serve him, otherwise I don't view him in any other way, and etc.["], he doesn't have a pure heart and mind, for he is only working for a bit of bread; when that stops, he also quits. If however he is pious and a Christian, then he is minded like this; ["]I will not serve because my master gives or does not give, is pious or wicked, etc., rather because the Word of God stands there and says to me: [']You servants, be obedient to your masters like unto Christ Himself.['"] Here by itself it quells up from the heart, if he has seized such Word and armed himself with it, so that he says:["]Well then, I will serve my master and take my wages; however my highest goal shall be that I do it in order to thereby serve my dear God and Lord Christ, at Who's behest I have done this, and know that He is well pleased.["] Here you see a labor from a pure heart.

Thank God for seeing me through another one, as my osteo-arthritic body is screaming 'ouch-ouch', but the above text tells it to shut its mouth.

In Christ,

Elmer

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Tuesday 14 May 2013 at 11:29 am

14 May

Since now Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, you now also arm yourselves with the same mindset. 1. Peter 4:1.

With His suffering Christ has not only rescued us from devil, death and sin, but also has left us an example, which we should follow in our suffering. And even though our suffering and cross should also not be brought up as something whereby we are saved or in the least way would want to merit something from it, we should nevertheless imitate Christ's suffering, so that we become imitators of Him. So then if I want be a Christian, I must also carry the servant's banner; the beloved Christ gives us no other raiment to wear in His servant courtyard; it has to be suffered. However, if you don't want to suffer, you have to realize that you will not be a servant in Christ's courtyard. So you may do what you want about the two: suffer or deny Christ.

So there you have another 'sloppy' translation - sometimes even my two dictionaries don't help me with Luther - I hope I got this one right.  As we suffer with Christ, let's get ready to sing: "Come, Holy Spirit come..." next Sunday.

In Christ,

Elmer H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Monday 13 May 2013 at 2:18 pm

23 May

Anyone who touches you, he is touching His eyeball. Zechariah 2:8.

This is a precious promise of comfort and consolation for a Christian in withstanding his/her persecutors, that they know that it is so important to Him, and that He so firmly adopts our sufferings, that He calls it grabbing ahold of His eyeball [lit. = apple of His eye, a.k.a. = pupil] and will tolerate no more than one is able to bear, that one can touch His eyeball much. Thus when the devil grabs hold of a Christian, it's like he is grabbing so that he has to bite his tongue and has burning fingers. For wherever the least member of Christendom suffers, the entire body feels and experiences it, so that they altogether flock to Him, lament and cry out; for that's how our Head, Christ, hears and feels it, and though He pauses a bit, yet when He begins to appear sour and turn up His nose, He also is not kidding.

My feeble mind is quivering - this translation has driven me up the wall...Lord forgive me where I didn't get it correct,

In the name of the Head of the invisible Church,

EMH

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Sunday 12 May 2013 at 3:26 pm

Holy Pentecost Festival

And suddenly there came a roaring blast of wind from heaven ... and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to preach in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak out.  Acts 2:2 and 4. 

Upon this holy and joyful Festival of Pentecost we thank our dear Lord God for the great unending deed that He manifested upon earth, whereby He let His holy, beloved Word be revealed to us poor miserable humans. For upon this Day [Pentecost] the kingdom of Christ began. Christ of course in His Person already had His kingdom from eternity; however today on the Day of Pentecost it was revealed by the Holy Spirit through the Apostles to the entire world.  And such revealing occurred through the great boldness, defiance and joy of the wretched fishermen, the Apostles, who prior to this had out of fear denied and forsaken Christ. Nowadays, as the Holy Spirit comes with His roaring blast of wind blows on them, He makes their hearts so bold and their tongue so hallowed that everyone openly steps forth and preaches. Thus Christianity had its beginning with the words of poor fishermen and with the wretched and despised work of God, which is called: Jesus of Nazareth, hung on a cross. We should never ever forget this Pentecost sermon, rather constantly remember it and at all times thank God for it, that through the Holy Spirit it came to us from the Apostles, and that through His power it remains until the end of the world.  For if the Holy Spirit had not sustained it, we would know nothing about it, the devil would have ripped it away long ago and crushed it to the ground. Since however the Holy Spirit has continuously powerfully sustained it, the beloved Festival of Pentecost and its comforting, joyful Pentecost sermon has remained and comes to us. Even though many gangs and sects have positioned themselves against this and opposed it in order to uproot it and dampen it; they nevertheless were unable to suppress it or dampen it.  From whence then comes such power and might?  From none other than from Word and Spirit. Just look at what power Peter has! and not just Peter alone, but the rest of the Apostles too. May our beloved God and Father by His Holy Spirit sustain us with this Pentecost sermon, and grant us a thankful heart, in order that we thereby abide in Him, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

I don't know how much longer this old body will be able to function along with my demented mind.

In Christ,

Elmer H. pr. em.

 

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Sunday 12 May 2013 at 06:00 am

12 March

He was wounded for our transgressions and crushed for our sins. Isaiah 53:5

Here you see the severe wrath and unchangeable seriousness over sin and sinners, in that God also did not want to release His own most beloved from sinners unless He made severe complete atonement for them. What will a sinner encounter, if the most beloved Child is crushed like this? There has to be an unspeakable seriousness here, that such an immeasurably great Person goes against this and suffers and dies over this, and when you real deeply consider that God's Son Himself suffers, then you will truly be frightened, and indeed the longer the deeper. Sin has to be completely killed, otherwise it will kill you. 

So there you have another one, 

In Christ,

Elmer Hohle

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Saturday 11 May 2013 at 1:35 pm

10 May

Mortal men are of course like nothing, great people also fail, they weigh less than nothing.

Here you ask: How is a mortal human nothing when he still is God's creation and creature? Answer: David is here not speaking about the creature, about them themselves, rather about the use of the creature. That is to say: The human being is indeed a good thing, however he doesn't apply himself properly. How so? A mortal human wants to build upon, and trust in, himself. In such practice they are worthless. Why so? They are unsure, both their lives and their hearts. Sand and water is also a good thing; but not that I would want to build me a house on them, here they achieve nothing and less than nothing. That I however drink water and wash myself, that is a precious and beneficial thing, for it has been created for and is to be used for that purpose. But how are human beings less than nothing? What could be less than nothing? Answer: What is nothing deceives nobody. But whoever trusts in that which is nothing, he has a twofold harm; one, that he finds nothing, the other that he loses whatever he invests in it. For anyone who has absolutely nothing, he simply has nothing and invests nothing in it. But whoever trusts in mortal men, in whom he finds nothing, also loses what he has invested in it, and all his hope and expenses also come to naught, along with the nothing upon which he had placed his hopes.

Thank God I can still type with a few of my fingers ... Luther has me singing now: "My hope is built on nothing less, Than Jesus' blood and righteousness ...."

In Him,

E M H

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Thursday 09 May 2013 at 5:19 pm

9 May

Pin your hopes on Him at all times, dear people, pour your hearts out before Him. God is our Confidence. Psalm 62:9.

Have you failed at something, well then, here you have good advice for that, pour out your heart before Him, simply freely lament, hide nothing from Him, it is what it is, just toss it out on a heap before Him, like when you totally and completely open up your heart to a good friend. He gladly listens, will also gladly help and advise you. Don't shy away from Him, and don't think it's too big or too much for Him. Trustingly out with it, and even if it's nothing but sacks full of needs, out with it! He is greater and is also able to do far more than our complaints. Nor is it too difficult for Him to piece things together, there is no person who is able to beg Him for too much or place too many petitions before Him. The more you ask for, the more lovingly He hears you. Simply come clean and pour out everything, don't trickle/drip it; for neither will He drip/trickle down, instead He will pour it out on you with a Great Flood.    

Sorry I didn't chop Luther's long sentences into short ones.

In Christ,
Elmer H.

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Wednesday 08 May 2013 at 11:26 pm

8 May

It is not good that one take the children's bread and throw it the dogs.  She said: Yes, Lord, but even the puppies eat from the crumbs that fall from the master's table. Matthew 15:26-27.   

It brings a disgrace upon all of us that we cannot tolerate God's judgment nor say yes to it when He holds us accountable and judges us. And if the condemned were able to do it, they would be saved in the blink of an eye. We of course say with our mouths that we are sinners, but when God says it to the heart, we can't stand it and would rather be regarded as pious and be freed from the judgment. However it has to be, if God is to be true to His Word, that you are a sinner; then you may use the right of every sinner, which God has given him, namely the forgiveness of sins. Thus you not only eat bread crumbs under the table like the puppies, instead you are also a child and have God as your own as you wish.    

Thank you Lord for enabling me to sloppily do another one,

In Christ,

E M H

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Tuesday 07 May 2013 at 10:24 am

7 May

The Lord is my Refuge, my Help, my Shelter, so that I shall not fall. Psalm 62:7.

He wants to say that my help or salvation comes from the Lord. Why? Because: I have not placed any human being, no matter how great, mighty, or rich he might be, to be my refuge, comfort and salvation, nor have I placed my heart and hope upon him, instead I have chosen God - from Whom shall and will come all goodness and salvation - to do this.  If I believe this, then I can be reassured and certain, even if also evil Turks, barbarian emperors and evil, wrathful kings and princes reigned, and each, one after another, dropped in for nine year lengths, along with all the devils.

This one was tough to translate, hope I didn't miss the mark too badly. 

In Christ,

Elmer H.

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Monday 06 May 2013 at 8:16 pm

6 May

It is good to trust in the Lord and not rely on princes. Psalm 118:9.

I will gladly also be obedient to the king and prince, serve him, seek and require the best for him, will help and counsel, support him with love and kindness.  However, I'll forget about relying on him to make me rich, glorious or to save me. For tomorrow the weather could easily change, so that he would persecute me. If I then on account of my Lord's and a man's will have done something in opposition against God and man, where would I like to be when God and man become enraged against me? Rather let the favor/grace of man forsake me and let God's favor/grace remain for me, thus human favor/grace will easily find me. If it doesn't find me, then let it go to the devil, God's favor/grace is sufficient for me. If I however lose God's favor/grace, then in the end man's favor/grace will also forsake me, then I along with my princes go to the devil, both with God's and man's disfavor. Here I've really hit the nail on the head.

Thank you Lord for your "Huld" (grace/favor) to enable me to struggle through another one.

In Christ,

Elmer H.

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Sunday 05 May 2013 at 3:30 pm
The Festival of Christ's Ascension 
 
 
You have ascended up on high and have taken captive captivity; You received gifts from men, also from the rebellious, so that the Lord God Himself will live there. - Psalm 68:18.   
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Saturday 04 May 2013 at 5:25 pm

4 May

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and I put my hope in His Word.  Psalm 130:4

There are some who want to point out to God the objective, themselves lay out for Him the time and measure, as to how He should to help them. And if it doesn't happen to them that way, they become despairing, may wish to seek help elsewhere. These don't wait, they do not wait on the Lord, God is supposed to wait on them and immediately be ready to help them and help them in no other way than what they have laid out for Him; but those who wait on the Lord petition Him for grace, however they leave it up to His good and gracious will as to when, how, and where and as to what means He helps them. They do not doubt about the help, also they do not designate any name, they let God Baptize and name them, and He shall also continue to forgive beyond all measure. But anyone who designates the help, it will not happen for him; for he does not put up with God's counsel, will and does not forgive.

Physically ouch, ouch .. I hope I got it right.

In Christ,

Elmer Hohle

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Thursday 02 May 2013 at 2:48 pm

2 May

I will instruct you and show you the way you should go, I will guide you with My eyes.  Psalm 32:8.9

You ask, I should save you ; don't allow yourself to be offended; don’t you try to teach Me, also do not teach yourself, allow Me to teach you, I will be a sufficient Master for you, I will lead you upon the pathway upon which you will walk pleasingly for Me. You think it is corrupt if things don't go the way you want them to; your thinking is harmful and it hinders Me, things must go not according your understanding, but beyond your understanding. Sink yourself into lack of understanding, thus I will give you My understanding. Lack of understanding is true understanding; not knowing where you are going, that's true knowledge of where you are going. It is the way of the cross, which you cannot find, instead I have to lead you there like a blind person; therefore not you, not any human being, nor any creature, rather I, I Myself will direct you with My Spirit and Word upon the way you should walk; it's not the work that you choose, not the suffering that you think of, rather that which flows forth in opposition to thinking, choosing, desire, follow that, I'm calling you there, there be a scholar; there's the right time, your Master is there; there do not be like a horse or a stupid animal.         

Ouch! I hope I didn't translate this one too badly.  Forgive me, Lord, where I did.

In Christ ,
EMH

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Wednesday 01 May 2013 at 11:34 am

1 May

God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him. Genesis 1:27.

By means of the repetition of this event, Moses perhaps wants to indicate that God had great joy in this, His most beautiful work and gloated over it. He also did not rejoice this much over the other creatures as over the humans, whom He had created in His own image. - Beyond a doubt however, it is also true that, just as God at that time had a desire and inclination within His council and work to create man, so He also has the desire and love today to again bring this His work back to its lost perfection through His Son and our Redeemer, Christ. And it is beneficial to consider such as this, namely, that God thinks the very best of us and has the desire to bring all who believe in Christ back to spiritual life through the resurrection from the dead.

There you have it - hope I didn't mess up the translation to badly...

In Christ,

EMH