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Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Saturday 31 August 2013 at 06:00 am

31 August

To you it is given to be Christ, not only that you believe in Him, but that you also suffer for His sake. Phillipians 1:29.

To take up the cross for the sake of the Word and faith, is in essence willingly taking upon oneself and carrying the hatred of the devil, the world, the flesh, sin and death. Here it is not necessary to look for a cross. Just simply begin with the first part of life and deny yourself, i.e., punish work righteousness and confess the righteousness of faith; thus the other part will soon also be there, namely the cross, which you then immediately take upon yourself, just like Christ took it upon Himself. But since the hypocrites condemn the first part and proclaim their own righteousness, they not only don't take the cross upon themselves, instead they become crucifiers and murderers of the pious, who bear the cross.

God used my weak mind to stumble through another tiny, sloppy translation.

In Christ,

Elmer

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Friday 30 August 2013 at 06:00 am

30 August

Be still before the Lord and rely on Him; don't get mad over someone whose mischief turns out successfully, don't become enraged, lest you also do evil things. Psalm 37: 7-8.

This is the true Christian wisdom, to allow God to prevail and govern and commit to Him everything that goes wrong or causes woe to the pious, He will finally accurately and fairly fix everything. The Christian may well punish the sin through God's Word; however one should not use the fist to do this and not undertake to do anything, unless he has an order from God. If you now at the same time are holy, wise and pious, also at the same time take note of the fact that in many things injustice takes place, and you are not capable of straightening out everything that is crooked, then just carry out your ordered work and carry out your calling with your best diligence. The rest, which doesn't want to become straightened out to the last stitch, turn that over to Him Who is wiser and stronger than you, to the beloved Father in heaven; He can rule over church, nation, people, princedom, house, home, wife, children better than you can.

By the grace of God I struggle through another 'sloppy' translation.

In Christ,

Elmer H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Thursday 29 August 2013 at 06:00 am

29 August

I called on the Lord. Psalm 118:5.

It means: I called on the Lord. You have to learn to call, you have to hear this and not sit there by yourself or lie on a bench, with your shaking head hanging down and with your thoughts biting and trying to eat up yourself, worrying and looking for a way to get free of all this, and don't see anything other than how evil things are going for you, of how woeful things are for you, of what a miserable person you are. Instead get up you lazy rascal! Fall on your knees, lift your eyes and hands up to heaven, taking before you a Psalm or an Our Father, and with weeping lay your needs before God, lament and cry out, etc. God wants you to lay your need before Him, not letting it lie on you and nag and drag you around, and martyr you, for by doing that you craft out of one misfortune two, yes even ten or a hundred misfortunes. 

By God's grace another translation (albeit far from perfect) gets done! I translated this while listening to KFUO live stream on the internet ... while translating 28. August I joined in praying the 'Our Father' with a pastor in St. Louis; he in English, I in Wendish; Wotci Nash... 

In Christ,

Elmer H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Wednesday 28 August 2013 at 06:00 am

28 August

A woman, when she gives birth, has sadness, - and you now also have sadness; but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice. John 16;21 - 22.

Each individual tribulation is a 'giving of birth' through which the new man is born and the old (old Adam) dies. For faith and the viewing of the Word increases with similar exercises. If a captivity or sword, pestilence or death confronts one, one should say: See, now I am in labor pains; here I have to be able to withstand and wait upon God and endure the labor pains, until I give birth. Here is a great work of faith if a person is to withstand; but at the same time there is no other way to get through it. This life is to be nothing other than a hatred of the old man (old Adam) and a seeking and longing for the life in the new man. The Gospel is the kind of Word that does not beget children that lie in the wilderness, rather when they are begotten, they are young lads and maidens, diligent towards marriage, that is, to teach, and to begat other spiritual children.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Tuesday 27 August 2013 at 06:00 am

27 August

The Word of the cross is foolishness to those who perish; however to us, who are saved, it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18.

This is the greatest wisdom, to cling to the weak figure of the crucified Christ and not be offended by it, that we know or think no other way about God than that He was crucified.  For thoughts about His majesty are very dangerous. For an evil spirit can disguise himself in a form of majesty; however he can not disguise himself in the form of the cross; for by it he was conquered and hurled to the ground; consequently he hates himself over this malevolence.  If the devil tries to plant in your heart that Christ is a different man than what St. Paul portrays Him here, then simply say to yourself: the devil did not get it right, instead with all his words he has lied.  Consequently you also don't accept the devil's words.  A person, who wants to be saved, should be minded like this: as if there were no other person on earth except for him alone, and that that every comfort and promise of God in the Holy Scriptures apply only to him, and were written solely for him alone.    

After enabling me to finish all this today, dear Lord, it seems likely that my dementia ridden mind may possibly outlast my pain ridden body. Thank You Jesus for dying on Calvary's  cruel cross in order to pay off my unimaginable debt of sin! 

In Christ,

Elmer M.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Tuesday 27 August 2013 at 06:00 am

27 August

The Word of the cross is foolishness to those who perish; however to us, who are saved, it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18.

This is the greatest wisdom, to cling to the weak figure of the crucified Christ and not be offended by it, that we know or think no other way about God than that He was crucified. For thoughts about His majesty are very dangerous. For an evil spirit can disguise himself in a form of majesty; however he cannot disguise himself in the form of the cross; for by it he was conquered and hurled to the ground; consequently he hates himself over this malevolence. If the devil tries to plant in your heart that Christ is a different man than what St. Paul portrays Him here, then simply say to yourself: the devil did not get it right, instead with all his words he has lied. Consequently you also don't accept the devil's words. A person, who wants to be saved, should be minded like this: as if there were no other person on earth except for him alone, and that that every comfort and promise of God in the Holy Scriptures apply only to him, and were written solely for him alone.    

After enabling me to finish all this today, dear Lord, it seems likely that my dementia ridden mind may possibly outlast my pain ridden body. Thank You Jesus for dying on Calvary's  cruel cross in order to pay off my unimaginable debt of sin! 

In Christ,

Elmer M.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Monday 26 August 2013 at 06:00 am

26 August

My sheep are scattered as if they have no shepherd, and they wander into error and again onto the mountains. Ezekiel 34:5-6.

The gospel or the remembrance of Christ is so seldom mentioned in most sermons that one is horrified by it. Therefore it is no surprise that the people being led astray flock to other churches. You do not preach the Gospel, as you indeed should; according to the letter you are of no benefit from the inside and according to the Spirit from the outside. That's why the people sweep around outwardly with body and soul and sin much less than you do, why they would much rather hear the Gospel, if you would just preach it to them, indeed if you just would have learned it yourself. That's why you are the cause of why your church is forsaken. You want to drive the sheep into the stall and yet you don't give them any fodder/hay. That's why Christ's sheep scatter themselves upon the mountains; for they don't have any shepherds, says the Lord.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Monday 26 August 2013 at 06:00 am

26 August

My sheep are scattered as if they have no shepherd, and they wander into error and again onto the mountains. Ezekiel 34:5-6.

The gospel or the remembrance of Christ is so seldom mentioned in most sermons that one is horrified by it. Therefore it is no surprise that the people being led astray flock to other churches. You do not preach the Gospel, as you indeed should; according to the letter you are of no benefit from the inside and according to the Spirit from the outside. That's why the people sweep around outwardly with body and soul and sin much less than you do, why they  would much rather hear the Gospel, if you would just preach it to them, indeed if you just would have learned it yourself. That's why you are the cause of why your church is forsaken. You want to drive the sheep into the stall and yet you don't give them any fodder/hay. That's why Christ's sheep scatter themselves upon the mountains; for they don't have any shepherds, says the Lord.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Sunday 25 August 2013 at 06:00 am

 25 August

Welcome the weak in faith and don't confuse the certain. Romans 14:1.

When you see a brother who still has weaknesses in him, then think like this: I must bear the burden of this brother, I must not cast him aside, as long as he confesses Christ. A Christian in his conscience has to be a doctor; outwardly however, in external life affairs, he should be a burden bearing animal that carries the burdens of the brother. - Of necessity in the holy Church there have to be weak ones and such over who's actions we are offended, just like in the human body there is not just only legs, but rather also weak and soft flesh. That's why the kingdom of Christ consists of such who carry, and of others who are being carried. And our life is something that is put together out of strengths and weakness. 

Pathetically put together into paraphrased English by a pain-ridden puny body - But when I am weak, Thou art strong.  Thank you Jesus!

In His Name,

Elmer H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Saturday 24 August 2013 at 06:00 am

24 August

I of course am not aware of anything that's against me, but that's not how I am justified; the Lord however is the one who judges me.  1 Corinthians 4:4.

It is your business as to how righteous, how holy, how innocent, how pious you ever want to be, yet it is still necessary that you deal with it in fear and humility, and at all times fear God's judgment, and do not rely on yourself, but rather only upon God's mercy. Judas Maccabeus was slain in his very just war, and otherwise many more were killed in action in a very just and laudable war, as it is recorded about the children of Israel in the book of Judges chapter 20: solely because they did not enter into battle with fear, but rather in the trust of their own righteousness of the cause, and did not rely on God's mercy.  Paul says in 1 Cor. 4: I of course am not aware of anything that's against me, but that's not how I am justified. Therefore do not judge before the time, until the Lord comes, which will also bring to light what has been hidden in the dark, and the counsel of the Lord shall be revealed; then each one will receive praise from God. 

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Friday 23 August 2013 at 06:00 am

23 August

We preach not ourselves; but rather Jesus Christ, that He is Lord. 2 Corinthians 4:5.

The godly people on earth have nothing more precious than the name of Jesus; Him alone they praise, proclaim, preach and confess before people since He alone is almighty, wise, holy, good, kind, pious and righteous; they however do not exalt and praise their own name. They are satisfied if one stinks before anyone, just so long as God's name is praised and glorified and receives thanks upon earth and in heaven  But as easy as it is to say this, it is very difficult to do.  For it is very difficult for a person when he has to lay bare and expose his name, both in the present and the future world, and be destroyed both before God and people. And yet if this does not happen, then the Name of the Lord cannot be wonderfully glorious here on earth, also one cannot thank Him in heaven.

Ouch, by the grace of God this one is now translated...it has me singing the Galatians 6:14 based hymn by Isaac Watts: "When I Survey the Woundrous Cross" ...; also Philippians 3:7ff. To my local pastor I say: I'll be unable to make it to church tomorrow - will pick up your sermon on the internet and listen to services on KFUO radio.

A blessed Lord's day to all of you.

In Christ,

Elmer

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Thursday 22 August 2013 at 06:00 am

22 August

He who made the heavens, earth, sea and everything that is in them; He will be forever faithful; the Lord's Word is truthful, and what He says, He most certainly will do. Psalm 146:6 and Psalm 33:4.

Whosoever does not believe, with such a person God cannot perform any miraculous signs, instead they have to perish and cannot escape death. However those who trust in God, they shall be saved, even though heaven and earth were to pass away. For faith creates in such a person, who otherwise is a poor, weak creature, such a great courage that he proudly can and will say: Even if all devils fell on me, indeed all kings, emperors, heaven and earth were opposed to me, I nevertheless believe and know that I shall be upheld and sustained. Whoever believes is a lord; and even though one were to die, he yet shall live again; if one were to be poor, he yet must again become rich; if one is sick, he yet must again become healthy. If one by faith lubricates the carts like this, then the wagon moves on.

The Lord once more utilized my frail fingers and feeble mind to struggle through another translation.

In Christ,

EMH

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Wednesday 21 August 2013 at 06:00 am

21 August

Look at the kindness and severity of God, the severity on those who fell, but the kindness to you, so long as you cling to His kindness. Romans 11:22.

A work righteous person, in that he measures himself by and relies upon his own piety, shall not be saved. And also neither should David nor the thief on the cross despair on account of sin, as if one consequently must be lost; instead a person should stay on the correct middle path and guard oneself against sin. For even though God promises grace and forgiveness, yet He did not promise that you can be just as certain, if you have fallen, that you will come back again, just like King Saul and Judas did not come back. It is not within our power to grab hold of grace. That's why one should fear God [hold God in awe and respect], Who is an enemy of both overconfidence and also of despair.

This was a tough one - once again I smite my breast and fix my eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith,

In His Name,

E. H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Tuesday 20 August 2013 at 06:00 am

 20 August

Should we then continue to sin, so that grace may become ever more mightier?  Most definitely not!  Romans 6:1-2.

Here is a clumsy and godless argument, when a person wants to conclude: Since through our sin God's grace and mercy are praised, let us therefore freely sin. God will have none of that; also He does not prescribe any rules for you, according to which you may freely sin. He doesn't say that He wants to do good to someone on account of their sin. It is one thing to do good because of sin, it is another matter to help someone because of sin, in order that they may become freed of it. He is sin's enemy means not to commit sin, instead it forbids such. However if a sin is committed and becomes extremely sinful, here God does not want for death to reign. Ezekiel 18:23: Do you think that I have pleasure in the death of the godless/wicked? says the Lord of lords. I would much rather have that he turn from his ways and live.

     

Dementia ridden mind struggles through another sloppy translation.  With the penitent Tax-Collector I smite my chest and say: God, be merciful to me, a sinner!

In the name of Jesus,

Elmer

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Monday 19 August 2013 at 06:00 am

19 August

Jesus said: Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who offend you and persecute you. Matthew 5:44.

Here there has to be made a distinction between ordinary Christians and those who hold an office. For even though those who are good pray for those who offend and persecute, so also justice and punishment has to come from the office holders. And it would not be right for them on account of mercy to not let justice and punishment stand. For that would be of help to strengthen and give room to the evil doer. That would be like as if I were to say to our enemies, who persecute and with their feet step on the Gospel and on the poor folks who cling to it: Beloved lords! You are worthy of God's love, you are pious people and holy fathers, etc., or as if I were to remain silent and wanted to worship them, or kiss their feet. No, dear brother, it means this: I am a preacher who has teeth in his mouth, who will bite and salt, and will tell them the truth, and if they won't listen to me, put a ban on them, lock up heaven to them, allocate hellish fire for them, and from God's ways give them to the devil.

Thanks be to God! He enabled me to finish another one!

In Christ,

Elmer

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Sunday 18 August 2013 at 06:00 am

18 August

You guide me with Your counsel and finally take me to glory. Psalm 73:24.

As often as we become stressed out and are tempted, we should in manly fashion resist our flesh, as it becomes angry and impatient amidst temptations, and should say: Why God has now so forsaken me, I myself do not know; but I'm not going to have doubts about it, the beloved, gracious Father is out of a good, wise counsel going to do whatever will serve for my benefit and good, even though my sinful flesh can't understand it, but instead complains and strives against the Spirit; that of course is how this cross must be overcome by faith and with patience. Thus I will suffer it with patience. The flesh is indeed weak for this, sighs, cries out, and laments, but God says: You know nothing about this, you are a fool; My counsel and will is what will bring out this cross of yours a great good.

Ouch! Ouch! The devil was unable to use my physical pain to stop my translating another one! To God alone be all the glory! 

In Christ,

Elmer H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Friday 16 August 2013 at 06:00 am

16 August

One God and Father (of us) all, Who is over all of you and through all of you and in all of you. Ephesians 4:6.

[Below is a one sentence long page from Luther's 'Christian GUIDE for every Day'(except for a brief 10%-of-the-total concluding sentence)!]

It is a church, when anywhere in the entire world it thus is able to have no other gospel or Holy Scripture, no other Baptism or Lord's Supper, no other faith and Spirit, no other Christ and God, no other 'Our Father' and prayer, no other hope and eternal life, than what we have in our churches, and their bishops are like our bishops or pastors and preachers, none of them lords or servants towards each other, being of one mind and heart, and everything that pertains to the church is the same, other than with the exception that one preacher, actually it can also be a another Christian, has other gifts and more gifts than the rest; one can interpret the Scripture better, this one can rule better, this one preaches better, this one can judge (test) the spirits better, this can comfort better, this one has more languages and so forth.  However such gifts make for no inequality nor supremacy in the church, yes indeed they create no Christians, instead one must first of all be a Christian.  

Thank you lord for seeing me through this one.

In Christ,

Elmer

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Thursday 15 August 2013 at 06:00 am

15 August

Our iniquities overwhelm us; You want to forgive our sins. Psalm 65:4[3].

Say not: I now am not skilled enough to pray; I will still wait for a while and in the meantime do something else, until I become skilled. Otherwise you'll get off course more and more, from one hour to the next, indeed from one day to the next, so that you still finally will have to lay yourself against it and proceed to pray, at a time when you feel most unskilled. For as they say: Whoever is not skilled today is even more unskilled tomorrow, and because of withdrawal nobody becomes skilled. Where you do not learn to pray, because you are unskilled and feel your difficulties, you then will never learn. For when the sweet devotion arrives: Ah, now I am skilled, now I want to pray correctly, - there indeed the devil will be and turn your prayer into sin and shame. That's why the true right way is to pray, become skilled, so that you begin with this, that you feel unskilled and present it to God; thus you will most certainly become skilled and immediately feel more light hearted and joyful, and always simply through these let yourself be pressed through and forward, so that you don't let sin cause you to err or overcome you. Yet also, that you do not give thought to remaining in sin.  

Sometimes it's really hard to make Luther talk in the English language.

In Christ,

EMH

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Wednesday 14 August 2013 at 06:00 am

14 August

We have found this man obnoxious, and he stirs up turmoil among all the Jews upon the face of the earth. Acts 24:5.

Everyone complains and cries out that the Gospel causes much unrest, discord, turbulence and brings messy beings into the world and everything keeps on annoying since the time it came up, whereas previously, when everything went forward nice and smoothly and there was no persecution, and people lived among one another as good friends and neighbors. Such worthless mouths are to be replied to: That cannot and will not happen. For how could it happen, when the devil has control of the regiment and to that end is a lethal enemy of the Gospel? - Therefore there is no hope for peace and a quiet community as long as Christ with His Gospel lies in the devil's kingdom. And woe to the welfare and fancy chambers that were formerly there, and for which they now wish and have a desire for, because that is a sure sign that the devil reigns with full power, and there is no Christ there. Just as I am concerned that it might again happen that the Gospel all too soon might depart from us Germans, in that same situations such outcries are now again echoing forth.

This was a tough one to translate... hope it makes sense to you. 

In Christ,

Elmer

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Tuesday 13 August 2013 at 3:05 pm

13 August

Many believed in Him on account of what the woman said, and many more believed on account of what He said. John 4:39 and 41.

Oh, if only God would grant that mine and all teacher's interpretations would go down and each Christian himself would take up before him the plain Scripture and pure Word of God. Of course you can see from this my prattle how immeasurably unequal God's Word is in comparison to all of the words of men, of how with all of his words[vocabulary] no human being is able to adequately and sufficiently comprehend and explain a single one of God's words. It is an unending Word, and wants to be grasped, considered and contemplated, as Psalm 83 says: I will listen to what God Himself tells me. [a sort of combo of vv. 1 and 18] Otherwise no one is able also to grasp it, except for someone who has this kind of a quiet and contemplative spirit. He who could come to this point without glossaries and interpretations, would not need mine or any other persons glossaries, indeed they would actually be a hindrance. Therefore come in, come in, dear Christians, and let my and all interpretive teachers be for us a scaffold for a correct construction, so that we ourselves grasp, taste and abide in the plain, pure Word of God; for in it dwells God alone in Zion. Amen.

Thank you God for enabling my feeble shrinking body and mind to complete another one of Luther's 'Christlicher WEGWEISER' today. Elmer Martin Hohle especially thanks Luther for writing this one for August 13!

In Christ,

EMH

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Monday 12 August 2013 at 06:00 am

12 August

We have such treasures in earthly vessels. 2 Corinthians 4:7.

This is precisely why the evil spirit does not let any toil or trouble vex him, and he confidently beats away then, to see whether he can smash the pots; because they stand under his nose in such a way that he can't tolerate it. Our Lord God looks out for us and places us between door and angel, so that we from experience may learn that the little, weak Word is stronger than the devil and the gates of hell. They shall storm the Castle; but they shall find something that will exorcise their sweat, and still not win anything; for it is a Rock, that is named Christ, Who is not to be conquered. So let us suffer whatever comes to us, thus we will experience that God will stand beside us, and thus protect and shield us against this enemy and all of his cohorts/followers.

Thank you Lord for enabling me to struggle through another one.

In the Name of Jesus,

Elmer H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Sunday 11 August 2013 at 06:00 am

11 August

Thus there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1.

It indeed is the case that the saints have to scuffle with/fight against the devil and gnaw on death. However in such a battle it is the closest and nearest thing to victory for one to learn to sing the song of the saints; namely, deny oneself and hang oneself at the right hand of God. Thus a great wickedness takes place for the devil, in that he finds nothing to thresh but empty straw, namely so: I will be nothing, the Lord shall be all my strength. If I do that, then I am completely and cleanly emptied out of all that I am and everything I have, and can say: What challenges you, devil? Are you seeking to blame my good works and holiness before God, O dear, as if I ever had any? The Lord is my Might and Strength. Do you seek to accuse me of my sins? O dear, I also don't have any of those. Here is the might and strength of the Lord; you may accuse it all you like, until you are satisfied; I know neither sin nor holiness in me. Nothing, I know about nothing, other than about God's power in me. What will the devil make of it where he finds such a free soul that will not respond to him neither about sin nor holiness?  But if you fall from this hymn, so that the devil catches you in your sins or good works and you want to pay attention and listen to him, then he will batter you, like he gladly wants to have you, so that you forget about God and His right hand and loose everything. 

By the grace of God, I've sloppily translated out of the six languages I know; but now my Latin is completely rusted up; Hebrew, Greek, Sorbian/Wendish too; even my German and English are badly in need of a 'lube job'!  Luther has our souls conversing with the devil again in the above Christian Guide....I'll keep clinging to Romans 8 [which in the 50's and 60's I could translate well from the original Greek - shame on me for not using and thus loosing] and it's precious assurances from our God and Savior to every contrite repentant sinner. 

To my local pastor I say: I'll be unable to make it to church tomorrow - will pick up your sermon on the internet and listen to services on KFUO radio.

In Christ,

Elmer H.

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Saturday 10 August 2013 at 06:00 am

10 August

He gave them power over unclean spirits. Matthew 10:1.

It is true that the devil allows himself to be seen and heard now like this, then again differently. But call upon God and pray; thereupon let him scratch and rumble for as long as he wants to; you will securely stay well away from him. Just confidently look him in the eye and tell him: You are the devil and will remain the devil. I however am a Christian and have a Lord who is stronger than you are; therefore leave me alone. It has often been my own experience that the devil has created a loud rumbling in my house in order to try to scare me. But I took up my calling and said: I know that God has established me in this house so that I should be the lord in it; now if you have a stronger calling than I, and are lord of this house, then stay here. However I know very well that you are not the lord here; you belong in a place at the bottom of hell. Thus I once again fell asleep and let him be wicked, knowing very well that he would be unable to do anything to me.

"Satan get thee behind me!"  By the grace of God another one is translated.

In Christ,

Elmer

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Thursday 08 August 2013 at 06:00 am

8 August

The testimony of the Lord is trustworthy and makes the silly (i.e. the illiterate) wise.  Psalm 19:8.

The Bible and Scripture is not the kind of book that flows forth from reason and human wisdom. The art of scholarship and authorship comes out by reason and they may again be understood and grasped by reason. However Moses' and the Prophets' teaching does not come out of the reason of human wisdom. That's why anyone who is ignorant tries to grasp, measure, understand and comprehend Moses and the Prophets by reason, and tries to measure and calculate the Scripture, as to how what comes from it even rhymes with reason. For Moses and the Prophets are the kind of teachers who make the wise and smart into fools and punch out reason's eyes, when they are to be understood and believed differently; when that happens, one shoves and is angered over it or fights it. That's why it will be no other way; anyone who wants to understand and grasp the Scriptures, he must become a fool. Anyone who here wants to be clever and measure it with reason, as to how it rhymes and fits in, with such a person everything is lost, he will of course remain a worthless scholar.   

This translation was sheer torture for my dementia ridden mind... dictionary not much help - Sprachgefuhl was helpful.... forgive me Lord for my many transgressions...thank You Jesus for redeeming me  from sin, death and devil.

In His Name,

Elmer

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Wednesday 07 August 2013 at 06:00 am

17 August

You should not steal.  Exodus 20:15.

This commandment shows us what God thinks of us, namely, that all of us, without exception, before God and the world are thieves. For if God does not stop the thief or the hang man doesn't scare him, then he most grossly goes about with his thievery. However you should not think that only that is called stealing when you take away from your neighbor what is his, instead when you see your neighbor in need, suffering from hunger and thirst, having no lodging, shoes and clothes, and you don’t help him, then you are stealing from him just as much as when someone steals another person's money out of his bag or box; for you are indebted to him to help him in his need. For your goods are not your own; you have been placed over them like a steward (caretaker), so that you hand them out to those who need them. That's why those, who have goods and don't give them to those who need them, do not take on their neighbor's needs, but instead pass them by, belong to the list and register in which is written the names of thieves.

For once I find a page that is easy to translate.  May the Holy Spirit enable us to live 'Good Samaritan' lives,

In the Name of Jesus,

Elmer

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Wednesday 07 August 2013 at 06:00 am

4 February

He has given birth to us according to His will by the Word of truth, so that we would be the first of His creatures.  James 8:18.

The entire human being must crawl into the Gospel and there become completely new, pulling off the old skin, like the snake does; when the snake's hide gets old, it searches for a narrow hole in a rock; there it crawls through and peels the skin off of itself and leaves it outside the hole. So likewise, a human person must also proceed into the Gospel and God's Word, and trustingly follow His promises; God will not deceive. Thus he pulls off the old skin, leaves outside his light, his darkness, his will, his love, his lust, his speaking, and his actions, and thus becomes a completely different, new man, who from now on views everything completely differently, directs things differently, judges and decides them differently, and thus goes forth and conducts himself/behaves differently than before.

Let's daily remind ourselves of our Baptism and drown the Old (snaky)Adam within us as by God's means of grace the 'new man’ in Christ comes forth,

In His Name,

E M H

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Wednesday 07 August 2013 at 06:00 am

7 August

You shall not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:17.

Anyone who eats My flesh and drinks My blood, he has everlasting life.  John 6:54.

From a green tree comes forth sin and death, from a dried up tree justification and life. That's why it's also said: Do not eat from the green tree, or you will remain dead. You of course want to eat and snack from a tree; I want to provide you with a full one which you will never be able to eat up. However, just as difficult as it is to stay away there from that green tree, it's just as difficult here to partake or eat of the dried up one. For in the first one there was the shape of life, lust and good; in this one however there is the shape of death, suffering and tribulation, because the first one is green, the second is dry; consequently it still remains deeply rooted in the heart, so that a person seeks life where there is certain death, and them flees away to death from where there is certain life.

So then, let's be sure to nourish our souls from our Savior, Jesus Christ.

In his Name,

Elmer

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Tuesday 06 August 2013 at 06:00 am

6 August

She has done a good deed to Me. Matthew 26:10.

We teach that the reconciliation to God, the creation of godliness, the expunging of sin, is such a high, great, wondrous work, that only Christ, God's Son, is able to do it, and is actually a pure, plain, special work of the only true God and of His grace, whereas our works are worthless and incapable of accomplishing anything. However, that as a result of this, good works should not exist, who has ever heard or taught that? I would not give up a single one of my sermons, my lections, my writings, my Our Father, indeed whatever little deed I have ever done or still do, for the all the goods of this whole world, indeed I regard it more precious than the life of one's body, which of course ought to be more preferable to everyone than the entire world. For if it is a good work, then it is something God has done in me and through me. If God has done it and it's God's work, what is this whole world compared to God and His work? Even though I don't become pious through such works (but instead it has to be created in me through Christ's blood and grace apart from works}, nevertheless these works have happened to the praise and glory of God, to the benefit and welfare of the neighbor, which nobody can buy with or compare to with the goods of this world.

Thank you Jesus!  Luther: I hope the above has been fairly well translated.

In His Name,

Elmer

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Monday 05 August 2013 at 06:00 am

5  August

God abides in His congregation and does the judging among the "gods".  Psalm 82:1.                                            

Anmerkung [footnote]: With the word "gods" is meant persons who in the Name of God with law and justice want to manage things.  

Such a preacher, through whom God punishes the "gods", should remain in the church; he should stand, that is, he should remain firm, and confidently and justly act against the 'gods', openly before God and man.  Now however there are many Bishops and preachers in the office of ministry, but they do not stay and do not faithfully serve God, instead they lie or otherwise thereby promote their joke. These are the lazy, useless ministers, who do not point out to the Princes and lords their vices. Quite a few of them because they actually do not  pay attention; such preachers lie and snore in their office, doing nothing that pertains to their office, other than that they make room for pigs, where otherwise good preachers should be standing.  Certain ones act hypocritically and flatter and strengthen the evil 'gods' in their mischief. - Others fear for their skin, worried that they will as a result lose their body and possessions.  All such do not stand and are not faithful to Christ.

So ... Elmer's dementia ridden mind and arthritic body made it through another translation.  Thank You Lord Jesus!

In His holy Name,

Elmer H.

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Sunday 04 August 2013 at 06:00 am

4 August

Anyone who believes, will not have to flee. Isaiah 28:16.

Faith is quite a different matter than free will. Better yet, try it and lead out with your free will when plague, war and inflation befall you. During times of plagues you are afraid to start anything. In more expensive times you think, where am I going to get something to eat? These are the great activities that our free will aligns. However on the other hand, faith is the [Frau Domina]lady of the house and empress; even though the faith if it is weak and small, it still stands firm and does not allow itself to be scared to death. Faith indeed may have large and powerful obstacles before it, as one can see from Scriptures and the disciples. Waves, wind, sea and all sort of misery push all of them together towards death. And who should not in such deathly danger not be pale with fright? However faith, be it ever so weak, holds firm like a wall and lays itself like the small David against Goliath, i.e., against sin, death and all dangers, especially however it fights with knightly fashion when it is a strong, perfect faith; a weak faith of course also fights, but not so cheeky.

Oh! God saw me through another ... call it a day.

In Christ,

Elmer H.

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Saturday 03 August 2013 at 06:00 am

3 September

Lord, help us, we're perishing (drowning). Matthew 8:25.

In this extreme emergency there still glimmers forth a little spark of faith, that does not itself feel since it says: we're perishing. For if this spark of faith itself felt, then it would not say: We're perishing. However thus it alone feels the perishing and doesn't know that it itself still lives and still is glimmering. For if it did not live or glimmer/glow, it would also not have a single feeling. But look, Christ does not reject this spark, instead He makes it so big that becomes a conflagration, through which wind and sea become still. That's also how He deals with us when we are in anxiety and terror. If we simply just with a longing, groaning sigh and at the very least with a single movement of the heart say: Lord Jesus Christ, help or it happened for my salvation! Immediately you will find relief. For through such longing, groaning sighs Christ is moved to threaten the wind and the sea. And thus there is a great quiet calmness, i.e., there ensues joy and peace and thereupon praise and thanksgiving.

A tough one to translate - in heaven Luther probably will smilingly chide me and say: Elmer, you really stirred up my nice German sentences in your feeble brain to come up with such a sloppy translation.... but I do realize we'll be too busy with praising and thanking our Savior!

In His Name,

Elmer

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Saturday 03 August 2013 at 06:00 am

3 August

Anyone who kills you, will think he is doing God a service.  John 16:2.

May our dear God, if he wants to allow me to fall into sin, let me only fall into such sins that I know, understand, and recognize to be sins, but not into the kind of sins that are not recognized as being sins, but instead are regarded as being great virtues and holiness. Nothing vexes our Lord God more than for a person to have sinned and claim not to have been in the wrong like Saul was. For the sins that are not recognized as being sins, are against the First Table (i.e. commandments 1-3); but those that are recognized, are against the Second Table(i.e. Commandments 4-10), as Saul did against the First, David however did against the Second Table of the Ten Commandments. And such sinners who have acted against the Second Table, easily cope and improve by means of the proclamation of repentance; the others however, who have acted against the First Table, do not or seldom do come back to righteousness, because they think they haven't done anything wrong, but instead think they have done right.

a tough one - but the Lord saw me through it…

In His Name, E M H

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Friday 02 August 2013 at 06:00 am

 1 July

On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not overpower it. Matthew 16:18.

You descendants, diligently pray and promote God's Word, hold up God's poor storm lantern, be alert and armed like those who have to be on guard every hour, as the devil tries to break out a pane or window, rip open a door or tear of a roof, or extinguish the light. For the devil does not die before Judgment Day; you and I have to die, and when we are dead, he still lurks around, like he has always been doing, and he can't stop his raging. God help us. --- For we are not the ones who are able to sustain the church, our forefathers also were not the ones, our descendants will also not be the ones; instead He has been the One, still is the One and shall be the one who says: I am with you all the days until the end of the world, Jesus Christ yesterday and today, the One who was, the One who is and the One who shall be. --- Yes, that's what the Man is called, and no other man is called that and also no other man shall be called that.

Another one that was “Lost and Found!”

Elmer Hohle

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Friday 02 August 2013 at 06:00 am

20 July

The challenge alone teaches to take note of the Word. Isaiah 28:19.

I did not learn my theology all at once, instead I had to ever more deeper and deeper search for it, my challenges brought me thereto, for one can never ever understand the Holy Scriptures apart from the practice and challenge. Thus Paul had a devil who hit him with fists, and with his challenges drove him to diligently study the Holy Scriptures. Thus I had the Pope, the Universities, and all the scholars, and through them the devil glued to my neck; they drove me into the Bible, so that I diligently read it and thereby obtaining their real state of mind. If we otherwise do not have such a devil, then we are only speculative theologians, who with their thoughts barely go about and with their reason only speculate that it should be so and so.

Thank you Lord for enabling me to do 2 yesterday and 2 today! 

In Christ,

Elmer H.

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Friday 02 August 2013 at 06:00 am

2 August

Christ is the reconciling payment for our sins, not only for ours, but for the sin of the whole world. 1 John 2:2.

I know very well the reason why I so fiercely admonish that a person rightly and properly learn to know Christ.  For Christ is not the kind of person who requires something from us, instead much more so He's a Reconciler, Who reconciles the whole world to God.  So then, if you are a sinner, as we in truth all actually are, then with life and limb do not present yourself to Christ that way, as He sits upon the rainbow and is the Judge; otherwise you will be terrified and will have to despair; instead seize Him in His true image, so that you see and recognize Him as a Son of God and a son of the virgin Mary.  In that very Person He terrifies nobody, much less so does He martyr and plague, He does not call for accountability for our lives which we have conducted so wickedly; instead He is a Person Who has taken away the sins of the whole world, has by having Himself being crucified atoned/made payment for them and expunged them.

Sorry Luther, I had to use more Enlish words to say what you did with fewer German words.

In Christ our Savior,

EMH

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Thursday 01 August 2013 at 06:00 am

19 July

All Scripture, given from God, is beneficial for teaching, for correction, for training in right living. 2 Timothy 3:16

This is the Book that makes all the wise and clever into fools and all simple and silly become understanding. Therefore let your thoughts and feelings leave and highly regard this Book as the noblest sanctuary, also as the richest of all treasure troves, which can never be exhausted or scooped dry. - In some years I now have poured out the Bible two times, and if it were a huge, mighty tree and all its words were limbs, branches and twigs, I would of course have knocked on all the branches and twigs and gladly would want to know what was on them and what they produce, and in all situations I still would knock down a pair of apples or pears.     

Number three of the lost ones, 19 July!

Elmer H.

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Thursday 01 August 2013 at 06:00 am

1 August

And it will happen, any soul that won't listen to that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people. Acts 3:23.

The enemies of the truth badly refuse to tolerate this Article of Justification; thus we cannot spare them. For when this Article is gone, then the church is also gone and is unable to oppose any error, since apart from this Article the Holy Spirit will not and cannot be with us; for He has to transform/glorify us Christians. Over this Article the church has so often run aground through the Great Flood, weather, bodies of water, war, and all sorts of plagues. Over this Article Abel was murdered, as well as all martyred saints, and all Christians have to die over it. Nevertheless this Article has remained and must remain, and the world forever has to go to reason over this. So if it then continues to hold out and stumbles over this Article, and if it becomes that mad and foolish, it will have let this Article stand and over it will fall into hell. Amen.    

Thank the Lord... He saw me through another 'sloppy' translation.

In Christ,

Elmer H.