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Our conversion is the miracle of creative love.

This is the miracle of conversion by the gracious working of God the Holy Spirit.  He creates faith in us through the Gospel, that is, He brings us to our hold on Jesus.  Our coming to faith is not an act of our free will.  Yet it is not by compulsion; we may resist.  Our conversion is the miracle of creative love.  God’s love in Christ awakens us to responding love.  Love cannot be compelled or directed.  Love begets love, and there is no greater love than the love of  God in Christ.  — Dr. Norman Nagel, Selected Sermons, pp. 243, 244.

–From Pastor Weedon’s fine blog (required reading for any serious blog reader : ) )

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Posted by on August 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

From “Incarnatus Est”: Weak faith: God wants to comfort us as a mother comforts her child

I have lifted the following post completely from this wonderful blog. Enjoy.  I hope to find time to post some more in the future:

Weak faith: God wants to comfort us as a mother comforts her child

The afflicted person says: Faith is necessary to receive the blessings of the Word and the Sacraments. To receive any gift, there must be not only a giving hand but also a receiving hand. But my faith is very weak. My heart is tossed back and forth by various temptations. It is often shaken, and I am deprived of the firmness of confidence.  The comforter says: Weak faith is still faith. Faith grasps Christ and in Christ the grace of God, the forgiveness of sins, and everlasting life, not because it is strong but because it is faith. A strong faith grasps Christ more firmly, but a weak faith still grasps Christ for salvation. Your Savior, Jesus Christ, will not break a bruised reed nor quench a smoking flax (Is. 42:3). He graciously accepts the one weak in faith (Rom. 14:3). . .God wants to comfort us as a mother comforts her child (Is. 66:13). But a mother deals much more tenderly with a little child that cannot speak, and takes greater care with him than with a grown child. God does not cast away the one who is weak in faith but takes great pains to heal and strengthen him, as we do for one who is physically weak. (Johann Gerhard, Manual of Comfort, 18:34)

From Gerhard—Theologian and Pastor
by Gaylin R. Schmeling

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2010 in Uncategorized