Simultaneously

One of Martin Luther’s greatest theological insights was that believers in Christ are not perfect saints all the time, rather we are simultaneously saints and sinners. We are 100 percent perfect and sinless through faith in Jesus as our Savior but the sinful nature that has been ours since conception in our mothers’ wombs still…

Never Trapped

A sermon for All Saints Day, 2021 It has become common today in difficult situations to use the word “trapped.” When people face physical disabilities and limitations they say things like,“I feel trapped in my body.” When people are in a job they don’t like they might say, “I feel trapped in my job or…

The Quotable Dr. Luther

“When I look at myself I cannot see how I can be saved. When I look at Jesus I cannot see how I can be lost.” Those words come from Martin Luther, the father of the Reformation. When we honestly look at ourselves how can we possibly see that we could be saved? Sins pile…

Contentment

At the imperial diet in the city of Worms, Germany in 1521, Martin Luther spoke very boldly in defending his beliefs and teachings. He refused to back down from demands to take back what he had written. But when it comes to contentment perhaps Luther was even more bold. See if you agree. Luther’s motto…

Here I Stand Sunday Summary

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23, ESV) Sunday, April 18, 2021, was the 500th anniversary of Luther’s stand before the imperial Diet in the town of Worms, Germany where he told Emperor Charles V: “Unless I am convinced by the testimony of…

Here I Stand Sunday – Part Six

500 years ago, on April 18, 2021, Martin Luther spoke the following words at the Diet of Worms: “Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred…

Here I Stand Sunday – Part Five

As soon as Martin Luther stood his ground and refused to back down from his teachings, the Imperial Diet, held in the city of Worms, Germany, erupted in chaos. Above the din of the princes and noblemen crowded into the room the group of Spaniards that had accompanied the emperor was heard to say, “To…

Here I Stand Sunday – Part Four

For the past 500 years, members of The Lutheran Church have been able to, “Hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23) It all began when Martin Luther made his heroic stand before Emperor Charles V at the imperial diet in the city of Worms, Germany,…

Here I Stand Sunday – Part Three

At his second appearance before the Imperial Diet in the city of Worms, Germany, Martin Luther was confident and serene. The notes that he wrote in preparation for this day are still available to us. Luther was again asked if he recanted his writings. He proceeded to make the his famous “Here I Stand” statement…

Here I Stand Sunday – Part Two

A man by the name of Kasper Storm, arrived in Martin Luther’s hometown of Wittenberg, Germany on March 26, 1521. He was sent by Emperor Charles V to give Luther safe conduct to the upcoming Imperial Diet (meeting) in the city of Worms, Germany. Everywhere they stopped on their way to Worms it was clear…