Five Minutes a Day with Luther - 05-21-2017

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Five Minutes with Luther

May 21, 2017, 8:05:05 AM5/21/17

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May 21

Gal 6:4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will
have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in
regard to another.

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Pride is an odious and cursed vice; it is the occasion of all
manner of evils, and troubles many consciences. And especially
in spiritual matters it is such an evil that it is incurable.
The Apostle here speaks especially of the work of the ministry,
and inveighs against those proud heads, who with their
fantastical opinions trouble well-instructed consciences. And
this is the property of those who are infected with this poison
of pride: they have no regard whether their works, that is to
say, their ministry, be pure, simple, and faithful, or not; but
this only they seek, that they may have the praise of the
people. These proud and egotistical teachers join these three
vices together: They are greedy of glory; they are marvelously
witty and wily in finding fault with other men's doings and
sayings, thereby to purchase the love, good will, and praise of
the people; and when they have once gotten a name (though it be
by other men's travail) , they become so full of their own
conceit, that they dare venture upon all things. He that truly
and faithfully executes his office cares not what the world says
of him, whether the world praise or disparage him: but he has
praise in himself, which is the testimony of his conscience, and
the praise or glory which is of God. This glory is incorruptible
and steadfast; for it does not depend on other men's judgments,
but of our own consciences, which bear us witness that we have
taught the Word purely, ministered the Sacraments rightly, and
have done all things well, and therefore it cannot be taken from

So may they live to Thee alone;
Then hear the welcome word, "Well done!"
And take their crown above;
Enter into their Master's joy,
And all eternity employ
In praise, and bliss, and love.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
To be Lutheran is to be Christian -- and Vice Versa!

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