Good Works

Faith Is Not What Some People Think

BY MARTIN LUTHER

Faith is not what some people think it is. Their human dream is a delusion. Because they observe that faith is not followed by good works or a better life, they fall into error, even though they speak and hear much about faith. “Faith is not enough,” they say, “You must do good works, you must be pious to be saved.

Faith Is Not What Some People Think

Good Works and Useless Burdens

BY MARTIN LUTHER

No Christian can boast that his own efforts have made him a member of Christ, with other Christians, in the common faith. Nor can he by any work constitute himself a Christian. He performs good works by virtue of having become a Christian, in the new birth, through faith, regardless of any merit of his own.

Good Works and Useless Burdens

Of Works And Grace

BY MARTIN LUTHER

“Son, be of good cheer; thy sins are forgiven." These words show and contain in brief what the kingdom of Christ is, namely, this sweet voice, these motherly and fatherly words penetrating our inmost soul: "Thy sins are forgiven." In no other sense are we to view the kingdom of Christ

Of Works And Grace

Jedi, George Beverly Shea and Good Works

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

I finally got around to watching The Last Jedi.  I was caught up in the stirring story of the faltering band of rebels, on the verge of extinction, fighting valiantly for the good against overwhelming odds.  My heart soared with the dramatic music when the warriors went into battle…

Jedi, George Beverly Shea and Good Works

New Trees In An Old World

BY DONAVON RILEY 

All the verbs of our salvation are passive. God calls and gathers people to him through his Gospel. We don’t find him like an explorer finds the headwaters of a river. We are saved by Jesus’ death and resurrection. We don’t save ourselves.

New Trees In An Old World

On Demanding Good Works

BY MARTIN LUTHER

You say: Since forgiveness depends on faith alone, why must one nonetheless do good works? Answer: If faith is of the true sort, it cannot be without good works, just as no good work can be where unbelief dwells.

On Demanding Good Works

Stop Doing Good Works To God

BY MARTIN LUTHER

You have often heard that we need not do good works to God, but to our neighbor. We cannot make God stronger nor richer by our works, but we can make our neighbor stronger and richer with them; he is in need of them, and hence they should be directed to him and not to God. 

Stop Doing Good Works To God

Horizontally Challenged

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

I am not one of those people who can put together a jigsaw puzzle without using the picture on the box. I am completely frustrated if I can’t see how it is supposed to fit together.

Horizontally Challenged

When Parenting by Grace Doesn't Lead to Change

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

A twelve-year-old girl stomped out of the room and slammed her bedroom door. Her two parents sat at the table completely befuddled. They had been trying to lead her to grace, to forgiveness,

When Parenting by Grace Doesn't Lead to Change