We are not saved by the success of our refining process. We are saved precisely because our impurities, no matter what the percentage, ruin the whole thing.
The Third Beatitude: The Meek Are Not Pushovers
The only one rightful heir of the kingdom of God, inherits from us, our cross, and descends into the kingdom of the damned.
The Second Beatitude: From Tears to Joy
The giver of life, the source of joy, stands weeping together with the human family as they grieve under the curse of sin.
The First Beatitude: Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit
“Poverty of spirit” is not an ethical value we strive for. It is an act of God’s mercy spoken to the deepest recesses of our soul when it’s overwhelmed by God’s grace.
The Scandalous Blessing of Makarios: An Introduction to the Beatitudes
The only one truly blessed of God, who in himself is God’s incarnate makarios, surrounds himself with a multitude of the accursed, the non-makarios.
The Seventh Petition: Deliver Us From Evil
This is not a plea for us to be given the strength to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps. It is our helpless cry when boots – straps and all - slip off the edge of temptation’s cliff.
The Fifth Petition: Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors
If we want to see evidence of our Father’s answer to the fifth petition, we need only to look at the cross and the empty tomb.
What Is the Difference Between Faith and Hope?
This is an excerpt from Martin Luther’s Commentary on Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians (1535), written by Martin Luther and translated by Haroldo Camacho (1517 Publishing, 2018).
The Law and the Conscience: An Excerpt from Martin Luther's Commentary on Saint Paul's Epistle to the Galatians
Indeed, the law said, “You shall love the Lord your God,” but the law cannot give me such love, nor can it take my hand to grasp on to Christ.