May a merciful God preserve me from a Christian Church in which everyone is a saint! I want to be and remain in the church and little flock of the fainthearted, the feeble and the ailing, who feel and recognize the wretchedness of their sins, who sigh and cry to God incessantly for comfort and help,
If you want to interpret well and confidently, set Christ before you, for He is the man to whom it all applies, every bit of it.
Every book is a great action and every great action is a book!
God's entire divine nature is wholly and entirely in all creatures, more deeply, more inwardly, more present than the creature is to itself.
Divinity consists in use and practice, not in speculation.
Brief let me be. The fewer words the better prayer.
Whoever has skill in music is of good temperament and fitted for all things. We must teach music in schools.
God is not hostile to sinners, but only to unbelievers.
God freely forgives us on account of Christnot on account of our works, contrition, confession, or satisfactions.
I compare it with a lie, which like to a snowball, the longer it is rolled the greater it becomes.
For all works and things, which are either commanded or forbidden by God and thus have been instituted by the supreme Majesty, are 'musts.' Nevertheless, no one should be dragged to them or away from them by the hair, for I can drive no man to heaven or beat him into it with a club.
Let him who wants a true church cling to the Word by which everything is upheld.
If then, Moses so distinctly announces that there is in us not only a faculty, but also a facility for keeping all commandments, why are we sweating so much? ... What need is there now of Christ or of Spirit? We have found a passage that asserts freedom of choice, but also distinctly teaches that th
Grace remits sin, and peace quiets the conscience. Sin and conscience torment us, but Christ has overcome these fiends now and forever.
God created Adam lord of all living creatures, but Eve spoiled it all.
Night and day I pondered until I saw the connection between the justice of God and the statement that 'the just shall live by his faith.' Then I grasped that the justice of God is that righteousness by which through grace and sheer mercy God justifies us through faith. Thereupon I felt myself to be
God indeed tempteth no man; but yet we ask, in this petition, that he would keep and preserve us, lest the devil, the world, and our own flesh delude and draw us away from the true faith, and throw us into superstition, distrust, despair, and other grievous sins and wickedness; and that, if we shoul
Mary was not only holy. She was also the mother of the Lord.
People go through three conversions: The conversion of their head, their heart, and their pocketbook. Unfortunately, not all at the same time.
Love is an image of God, and not a lifeless image, but the living essence of the divine nature which beams full of all goodness.
That little bird has chosen his shelter. Above it are the stars and the deep heaven of worlds. Yet he is rocking himself to sleep without caring for tomorrow's lodging, calmly clinging to his little twig, and leaving God to think for him.
When asked what he would do if he knew the world would end tomorrow, Martin Luther said, "I would plant a tree."
It is false that the will, left to itself, can do good as well as evil, for it is not free, but in bondage...On the side of man there is nothing that goes before grace, unless it be impotency and even rebellion.
Anyone who can be proved to be a seditious person is an outlaw before God and the emperor; and whoever is the first to put him to death does right and well. Therefore let everyone who can, smite, slay and stab, secretly or openly, remembering that nothing can be more poisonous, hurtful, or devilish
The Devil fears the word of God, He can't bite it; it breaks his teeth.
The man who has the will to undergo all labor may win to any good.
Whoever sees Christ as a mirror of the Father's heart, actually walks through the world with new eyes.
We are not to look upon our sins as insignificant trifles. On the other hand, we are not to regard them as so terrible that we must despair. Learn to believe that Christ was given, not for picayune and imaginary transgressions, but for mountainous sins; not for one or two, but for all; not for sins
Let your holy Angel have charge concerning us, that the wicked one have no power over us.
People must have righteous principals in the first, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions.