Merit is a work for the sake of which Christ gives rewards. But no such work is to be found, for Christ gives by promise. Just as if a prince should say to me, "Come to me in my castle, and I will give you a hundred florins." I do a work, certainly, in going to the castle, but the gift is not given
Amen meaneth assuredly, namely, that I am sure that petitions of this kind are accepted by my Heavenly Father, and heard by him, because he hath commanded us, that we should pray after this manner, and hath promised that he will hear us. Amen, Amen: that is, truly, certainly, so be it.
Sheep, cattle, men-servants were all possessions to be sold as it pleased their masters. It were a good thing were it still so. For else no man may compel nor tame the servile folk.
Albert Durer, the famous painter, used to say he had no pleasure in pictures that were painted with many colors, but in those which were painted with a choice simplicity. So it is with me as to sermons.
Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God.
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.
Exhort your household to learn [the Ten Commandments] word for word, that they should obey Godâ€¦For if you teach and urge your families things will go forward.
It is the duty of every Christian to be Christ to his neighbor.
God is ready to give more quickly, and to give more than you ask; yea, he offers his treasures if we only take them. It is truly a great shame and a severe chastisement for us Christians that God should still upbraid us for our slothfulness in prayer, and that we fail to let such a rich and excellen
There are some of us who think to ourselves, 'If I had only been there! How quick I would have been to help the Baby. I would have washed His linen. How happy I would have been to go with the shepherds to see the Lord lying in the manger!' Why don't we do it now? We have Christ in our neighbor.
Our faith is an astounding thing-astounding that I should believe him to be the Son of God who is suspended on the cross, whom I have never seen, with whom I have never become acquainted.
Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave. Martin Luthe
We ought first to know that there are no good works except those which God has commanded, even as there is no sin except that which God has forbidden.
Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.
The mystery of the humanity of Christ, that he sunk himself into our flesh, is beyond all human understanding.
There is no justification without sanctification, no forgiveness without renewal of life, no real faith from which the fruits of new obedience do not grow.
The church converteth the whole world by blood and prayer.
Ambition begat simony; simony begat the pope and his brethren, about the time of the Babylonish captivity
As for the demented, I hold it certain that all beings deprived of reason are thus afflicted only by the Devil.
It is necessary to understand that Black Power is a cry of disappointment. The Black Power slogan did not spring full grown from the head of some philosophical Zeus. It was born from the wounds of despair and disappointment. It is a cry of daily hurt and persistent pain.
Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved.
Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.
I cannot believe that my illness is natural. I suspect Satan, and therefore I am the more inclined to take it lightly.
It seems to me that the most delightful walk of life is to be found in a household of moderate means, to live there with an obliging spouse and to be satisfied with little.
We need not invite the Devil to our table; he is too ready to come without being asked. The air all about us is filled with demons...
He [Christ] died for me. He made His righteousness mine and made my sin His own; and if He made my sin His own, then I do not have it, and I am free.
Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.
The works of the righteous would be mortal sins if they would not be feared as mortal sins by the righteous themselves out of pious fear of God.
The will of man without grace is not free, but is enslaved, and that too with its own consent.
When schools flourish, all flourishes.