BoC Drawing 2016 Followup

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In recognition of the four hundred ninety-nine year anniversary of the beginnings of the Reformation, Light from Light hosted a giveaway of a copy of the Christian Book of Concord, Second Edition from Concordia Publishing House.

Over seventy people entered.  The winner chosen at random was Abigail L.

Congratulations.

The Book of Concord should be in every Lutheran home.  If a person isn’t familiar with this book, he’ll think, ‘That old book is just for pastors.  I don’t have to preach.  After working all day, I can’t sit down and study in the evening.  If I read my morning and evening devotions, that’s enough.’  No, that is not enough!  The Lord doesn’t want us to remain children, blown to and fro by every wind of doctrine; instead of that, He wants us to grow in knowledge so that we can teach others.

Dr. C.F.W. Walther.

Click here for additional reasons why every Lutheran home should have a copy of the Christian Book of Concord.

May God bless you in the upcoming holiday / holy-day season.

Book of Concord Drawing, Reformation 2016

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Four hundred ninety-nine years ago, Martin Luther posted ninety-five theses.  Those theses sparked a discussion in the one holy catholic and apostolic Church that is still ongoing.  The first theses said:

When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said ‘Repent,’ He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.

In recognition of this 499th anniversary, I would like to give away a copy of the Christian Book of Concord bonded-leather-cover Second Edition from Concordia Publishing House.  This is similar to the regular hard-cover Second Edition, except it has a bonded-leather-cover with gold trim on the page edges and comes in a gift box.  The condition is new, never used.

If you would like to enter the drawing for a free copy, just fill out the form below.  However, you must be at least 18 years old, may enter the drawing only once, and you must be a resident of the United States.

After the winner is chosen at random, all names and emails will be permanently deleted.  The deadline for entries is 12 noon on All Saints’ Day (Tuesday, November 1), 2016 A.D.

BoC Drawing, Reformation 2015 Followup

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In recognition of the four hundred ninety-eight year anniversary of the beginnings of the Reformation, Light from Light hosted a giveaway of a copy of the Christian Book of Concord, Second Edition from Concordia Publishing House.

Over 140 people entered.  The winner chosen at random was Shelley Z.

Congratulations.

The Book of Concord should be in every Lutheran home.  If a person isn’t familiar with this book, he’ll think, ‘That old book is just for pastors.  I don’t have to preach.  After working all day, I can’t sit down and study in the evening.  If I read my morning and evening devotions, that’s enough.’  No, that is not enough!  The Lord doesn’t want us to remain children, blown to and fro by every wind of doctrine; instead of that, He wants us to grow in knowledge so that we can teach others.

Dr. C.F.W. Walther.

Click here for additional reasons why every Lutheran home should have a copy of the Christian Book of Concord.

May God bless you in the upcoming holiday / holy day season.

Book of Concord Drawing, Reformation 2015

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Four hundred ninety-eight years ago, Martin Luther posted ninety-five theses.  Those theses sparked a discussion in the one holy catholic and apostolic Church that is still ongoing.  The first theses said:

When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said ‘Repent,’ He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.

In recognition of this 498th anniversary, I would like to give away a copy of the Christian Book of Concord bonded-leather-cover Second Edition from Concordia Publishing House.  This is similar to the regular hard-cover Second Edition, except it has a bonded-leather-cover with gold trim on the page edges and comes in a gift box.  The condition is new, never used.

If you would like to enter the drawing for a free copy, just fill out the form below.  However, you must be at least 18 years old, may enter the drawing only once, and you must be a resident of the United States.

After the winner is chosen at random, all names and emails will be permanently deleted.  The deadline for entries is 12 noon on All Saints’ Day (Sunday, November 1), 2015 A.D.

The Sum of Christian Preaching

Some pastors do not know how to preach the Gospel.  They have confused motivational speaking and music with the power of God’s word.  So here is a brief summary of what the preaching of the Gospel is.

The sum of the preaching of the Gospel is this:

•  to convict of sin;

•  to offer for Christ’s sake the forgiveness of sins and righteousness, the Holy Spirit, and eternal life;

•  and that as reborn people we should do good works.

So Christ includes the sum of the Gospel when He says, “Repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations” (Luke 24:47).

Book of Concord: “Apology of the Augsburg Confession,”
Article XIIA (V). Repentance, 29.

This is why Paul resolved to know nothing in Church “except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”  The Gospel was not preached “in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that … faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”  (1 Corinthians 2:2-5, ESV).

Book of Concord Drawing for 2015 BJS Conference

I have some extra copies of the Christian Book of Concord with a bonded-leather-cover from Concordia Publishing House, and thought I’d try to give away one of them here on Light from Light in conjunction with my attendance at the upcoming 2015 Brothers of John the Steadfast Conference.

This edition of the Book of Concord is similar to the regular hard-cover Second Edition, except it has a bonded-leather-cover with gold trim on the page edges and it comes in a gift box.  The condition is new, never used.

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If you would like to enter the drawing for a free copy, just fill out the form below.  However, you must be at least 18 years old, may enter the drawing only once, and you must be able to find me at the Brothers of John the Steadfast conference in Naperville, IL on February 20 and 21, 2015 A.D. to receive the book in person.

There is a $10 discount for the conference if you register by January 20, 2015.

This giveaway is my own independent effort, and is not done in conjunction with the Brothers of John the Steadfast.  After the winner is chosen at random, all names and e-mails will be permanently deleted.  The deadline for entries is 12 noon on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 A.D.

Book of Concord Drawing, Reformation 2014

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Four hundred ninety-seven years ago, Martin Luther posted ninety-five theses.  Those theses sparked a discussion in the one holy Christian and apostolic Church that is still ongoing.  The first theses said: “When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said ‘Repent,’ He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”

In recognition of this 497th anniversary, I would like to give away a copy of the Christian Book of Concord bonded-leather-cover Second Edition from Concordia Publishing House.  This is similar to the regular hard-cover Second Edition, except it has a bonded-leather-cover with gold trim on the page edges and it comes in a gift box.  The condition is new, never used.

If you would like to enter the drawing for a free copy, just fill out the form below.  However, you must be at least 18 years old, may enter the drawing only once, and you must be a resident of the United States.

After the winner is chosen at random, all names and e-mails will be permanently deleted.  The deadline for entries is 12 noon on All Saints’ Day (Saturday, November 1), 2014 A.D.

Book of Concord Drawing

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Light from Light is six years old.  In recognition of this anniversary, I would like to give away a copy of the Christian Book of Concord bonded-leather-cover second edition from Concordia Publishing House.  This is similar to the regular hard-cover second edition, except it has a bonded-leather-cover with gold trim on the page edges and it comes in a gift box.  The condition is new, never used.

If you would like to enter the drawing for a free copy, just fill out the form below.  However, you must be at least 18 years old, may enter the drawing only once, and you must be a resident of the United States.

After the winner is chosen at random, all names and e-mails will be permanently deleted.  The deadline for entries is 12 noon on Monday, May 5, 2014 A.D.

In Defense of Objective Justification

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Objective Justification is the righteousness of all people.  And the righteousness of all people is Jesus Christ.  As the prophet has said, He is “The Lord Our Righteousness.”  (Jeremiah 23:6).  Jesus Christ is Our Righteousness.  And Jesus Christ objectively exists independent of our faith, therefore, Our Righteousness objectively exists independent of our faith.  However, Jesus Christ and his benefits are received only through faith.

Some have become trapped in endless quarrels over the meaning of words, but God has charged us to not quarrel over words because it ruins the hearers.  (2 Timothy 2:14).  Those who claim that our justification and righteousness do not exist apart from our faith cause those struggling with doubt to doubt even more.

What is important to remember is that our lack of faith does not nullify God’s faithfulness.  (Romans 3:3-4).  What is the work of God?  “To believe in the one he has sent.”  (John 6:29, NIV1978).  For even faith itself comes from God.  “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.”  (1 Corinthians 1:30, NIV1978).

Christ is the beginning and the end.  Christ alone.  He is Our Objective Justification:  He is Our Righteousness.  Do you want to know where your forgiveness and righteousness is?  It is in Christ and Christ alone.  He is for you, and he is for all people.

Saluting a Veteran

mjs wisconsin veterans honor rollRecently, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel began a weekly series “saluting Wisconsin’s veterans.”

For week two, they saluted Sergeant Jonathan Donnan.  Please click on the image in this post to read a pdf copy of the Journal Sentinel’s salute to Sergeant Donnan.  (If you are unable to view pdf documents, please click here on the Journal Sentinel’s site, scroll to the bottom, and then click “Week 2”).

I don’t think a civilian can salute a veteran, at least not officially, but I would like to add my thanks to Jonathan for his service to our country and our church.

Jonathan and his wife Mara are members of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Appleton, WI (WELS).  And like me, they are also former members of St. Peter & The CORE (also in Appleton, WI (WELS)).  Jonathan is originally from the Ukraine, and came to Confessional Lutheranism through the Thoughts of Faith mission outreach program.

Sergeant Donnan has not only well served our country, he has also served our church with bravery, honor, dignity, and courage.

Thank you Sergeant Donnan.