Martin Luther “Last Words of David” (1543) a polemical work bearing the same ugly language as in “On the Jews and their Lies” (1543)

Many people do forget how Luther did not like women, Jews and Muslims.
A Lutheran pastor but not a Lutheran scholar dares to look at the works of Luther in an attempt

to go through Luther’s works interpreting scriptures which may not be as concise as many of his theological works but give me as a reader some exposure to the evolution of Luther’s thought and theology in conversation with the Word that he cherished. {An Ongoing Reference to Luther’s Works}

He also thinks

it is useful as we approach each volume to honestly look at what Luther’s interpretation over 500 years ago in his earliest works might have to still contribute in our time (and some books will be better handled by Luther’s theology than others). {An Ongoing Reference to Luther’s Works}


Last Words of David (1543) – This is a polemical work and it bears the same ugly language of On the Jews and their Lies which appeared in the same year. This is the dark side of Luther’s Christocentric way of approaching scripture.
If you want to learn about Luther’s later views on the Jewish people and Muslims this is one of the places where his anti-Jewish views are clearly exhibited.
Luther spends a lot of time revisiting the Christological debates of the early church and attempting to argue in a way that would be unlikely to convince anyone who wasn’t already a Christian. Perhaps he was trying to erase any perception that he could have been an ally to the Jewish people from some of his earlier writings, but this is really an ugly piece.
~An Ongoing Reference to Luther’s Works


Martin Luther (1523) by Lucas Cranach

Martin Luther (1523) by Lucas Cranach

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Life that is lived according to the covenant rather than sacrifice and offering (Psalm 40)

Psalm 40 which moves from praise for a past time of salvation into a prayer in a moment of crisis.

What the psalmist believes their LORD desires is a life that is lived according to the covenant rather than sacrifice and offering.
Like the prophets (see for example 1 Samuel 15: 22; Isaiah 1: 12-17; Hosea 6:6 and Amos 5: 21-24), here the psalmist recounts that the LORD desires more than merely right worship. The God of the psalms is not swayed by lavish sacrifices or offerings or worship. No sacrifice meets what God truly wants for God’s people. Instead it is a life lived in trust, praise and obedience that is desired by God. While worship, sacrifice and offering are all a part of this life they are not sufficient.
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Psalm 40 Experienced Faithfulness and the Hope of Deliverance by
Sign of the Rose

Extract of Herbert Boeckl’s fresco “Saint Peter’s rescue from the Lake Galilee” inside the cathedral of Maria Sall, Carinthia, Austria

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6 Startling Questions I Would Love To Ask You

Victor Uyanwanne with Victors’ Corner wants to serve as a reminder that You are a Victor. On his blog, you will find items on Inspiration, Christian living, lively Poems, Family, blogging matters and any other thing that tickles his fancy and then packaged to enrich your life.

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For sure every one of us has many questions. Some of them gets answered in our lifetime, others look like we have to fish for them in a dry pond.

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Have you ever asked yourself some serious questions? Has anyone ever dared to ask you any question that unnerved you? Are you making the best sense of your life now?

Are you satisfied with the status quo you found yourself in? Can the answers you get by asking yourself some unusual questions help improve your lot in life? Has any question ever challenged you to seeking better ways of leading a happier, healthier and even wealthier life?

You will agree with me that asking appropriate questions is good. That is exactly what I felt like doing in this post: ask you a few surprising questions.

You are free to ask your own questions as well. But first please spare a few minutes more and read to the end of this discourse. Then you can release your own repertoire of questions: to me, to yourself and…

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Christianity primarily a matter of imitation


Christianity is not primarily a matter of morality, ideology, or even theology – it is primarily a matter of imitation. It is the imitation of The Christ that must concern us, first and foremost.


Jesus is the Model of true Christian faith in practice. He came to show us exactly what God had originally designed mankind to be. He came to be the model of what the Christian faith must be – and to pass that passion and purpose on to every disciple committed to Him. Our task, as Jesus’ disciples, is to imitate all that The Christ has modeled for us.

~ Four – Understand Our Purpose – pg. 121

Jesus lays out a foundation, for all He is about to say, by focusing upon a significant pre-requisite. He speaks of the necessity of loving Him, and of obeying what He commands. When Jesus speaks of obedience, He is speaking of a lifestyle of devotion to that which garners His devotion. Jesus’ disciples obey Him by keeping what He keeps, and holding on to that which He holds… with a steadfast dedication. We have to come to imitate Christ if we want to bear the name Christian.

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Related reading

  1. 6 Priorities You Need
  2. Four – Understanding Our Purpose, p. 126 Jesus came to be what the original Adam was supposed to be: the very “image” of God.
  3. Four – Understanding Our Purpose, p. 128
  4. Six – Understanding the Holy Spirit, p. 176
  5. Six – Understanding the Holy Spirit, p. 178
  6. Imitating Jesus — From the new book Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus)
  7. Following Jesus requires you to grow up
  8. Proclamation

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Not being clones connecting, engaging, praying or worshipping in the same way


We Christians and we humans are not all clones
and so we do not all connect, engage, pray or worship in the same way.
That would be very boring and unbiblical.

No, there is a marvellous uniqueness and variance to our God-given human spirituality which is sadly often overlooked by many charismatic evangelical Christian church leaders and pastors.

~ ‘Come, just as you are to worship’ 

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Having to learn and benefit from other Christian denominations


We must all learn and benefit from other Christian denominations,
traditions, and styles of worship
and should not just admire or idolise one particular one in isolation.
If we don’t learn from other traditions, we come insular and narrow.

Charismatic churches dominate on university campuses,
leaving little room for non-charismatics and promoting a narrow, limited, distorted, disproportionate, and false image of Christianity and of what it actually means to be a Christian, especially what it means to be one at university.

~ ‘Come, just as you are to worship’

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Give God your best

sheetal sharma

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No one stays forever, but bless those –
whose Name stays for good.
Who toiled and loved, Inspiring awe and wonder,
and brought forth the gifts of the Creator.

They remind us Life is Holy, A precious gift to be shared.
So feast the joy of this festivity.Be a child at heart as you play.

Do learn all lessons wholeheartedly ,
Life is the most patient and tender teacher of all’ ,
Listen and be patient as you graduate .
Climb the stairs upward more .

For there is a light waiting.Smiling as you move .
Guiding and softly singing as you accomplish your goals.

Harness love and increase your score for No one stays forever-
But only does your Soul !

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Shepherd guide me

sheetal sharma

At cultural crossroads lost,
golden dust is over my spirit.

World is full of attractions,
my lord knows my heart.

so like a shepherd guide me…

For when no one stays my own
you will stay with me …

life is ever changing…
but living in this faith
fulfills me so

I hold your hand

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Grey areas, debating and disfellowshipping


Some hills are worth dying on (like the truth of the Gospel)
while we can lovingly differ on the grey areas
(like the role or importance of apostles in the present-day church).
These grey areas are worth debating,
but they’re not worth disfellowshipping over.

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Be Content With What You Have — Orlando Espinosa

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Be content with what you have……. Sometimes we over think things and don’t realize we already possess many valuable things in our lives like family, friends, health and job. There are too many people in the world with bigger issues and suffering more than we are. Take a moment and be grateful and content with […]

via Be Content With What You Have — Orlando Espinosa

“He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.” ~ Lao Tzu

“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” ― Plato

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