Communion of the Saints

Worship cannot be reduced to the pragmatic – nor can prayer. Leander Keck reminds us that, “making worship useful destroys it.” Why? Keck explains, it “introduces an ulterior motive for praise. And ulterior motives mean manipulation, taking charge of the relationship, thereby turning the relation between the Creator and the creature upside down.”[1] To be…

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Four Prayer Streams

We have been discussing the importance of a disciplined personal prayer life. Yet, there are four prayer streams in the life of the people of God that are critical. The congregation gathered in and for prayer. Not preaching. Not teaching or training, but in prayer. Smaller prayer groups. Not the entire congregation gathered, but slices…

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Be Still

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth (Psa. 46:10). Solitude is the creation of holy space and time for God, but it is not stillness; that is an inner condition. In Psalm 46:10, the word for still in Hebrew is…

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Blessing and Favor

Which comes first, the blessing of the Lord or the favor of the Lord? Enabled by grace, we believed and experienced the blessing of God’s salvation act in our behalf. Luther translated the Greek word soteria into the German language as Heil, salvation.[1] Claus Westermann argues that Heil refers to the condition created by the…

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