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The Institute of Lutheran theology not only provides programs to train pastors and teachers, but it also provides educational and devotional resources for individuals and congregations. These resources are provided free of charge and made available through our web page. Please subscribe to and use any of these resources.

The Institute of Lutheran theology not only provides programs to train pastors and teachers, but it also provides educational and devotional resources for individuals and congregations. These resources are provided free of charge and made available through our web page. Please subscribe to and use any of these resources.

Septuagesima Sunday, January 28, 2024

Septuagesima Sunday, January 28, 2024

The vineyard owner… the master of this house… he is a stand-in for God the Father.  Taking this parable as a salvation parable which drives home to us the equality of salvation, we are caught in the inequality of salvation as it’s delivered to those who have labored long and to those who have labored briefly.  Both receive the same salvation.  The Father does indeed choose to do what he wants with what belongs to him and he chooses to give you salvation afresh with each new day.  His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:23).  Each Sunday, God chooses to deliver his election to you, choosing you for the salvation had in Jesus Christ.  Each time you receive the forgiveness of your sins, you are returned to the promises of your baptism.  It is your only progress:  to begin again.  According to earthly standards, some Christians will be long in the faith and others will be newly minted.  That both receive the same salvation is a great inequality under those standards.  The Father, though, chooses… the Father elects… the Father delivers salvation and, with each event of choosing, electing, and delivering, every Christian is newly minted.

Prayers from those who long to be newly minted once again . . .

Heavenly Father, do what you choose with what belongs to you but deliver to me the salvation you have prepared for me in Christ before the foundation of the world.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen

Heavenly Father, do what you choose with what belongs to you but return me to the promises of my baptism that I might enjoy my total and complete justification and sanctification.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen

Heavenly Father, do what you choose with what belongs to you but provide me with a preacher who will speak the gospel of Jesus Christ to me, forgive my sins, and deliver your election of me to me.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen

Heavenly Father, do what you choose with what belongs to you but see to it that I forgive my neighbors for their failure to deliver daily bread to me and that they forgive me when I fail to deliver daily bread to them.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen

Heavenly Father, do what you choose with what belongs to you but provide me with good government and trustworthy communities that my life would be fruitful and useful.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen

Heavenly Father, do what you choose with what belongs to you but provide for the Institute of Lutheran Theology that it would be fruitful in its mission.  In the name of Christ.  Amen

Heavenly Father, do what you choose with what belongs to you but during these days of my baptism, hold me in the faith of Christ as I await his coming glory.  In the name of Christ.  Amen

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