Bible Passage:Psalm 119:1-3
Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the Law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, and that seek Him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in His ways.
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I esteem those to be the best preachers, which teach the common people and youth most plainly and simply, without subtlety or enlargements. Christ taught the people by plain and simple parables. And those are the best hearers, who willingly hear and believe God's Word simply and plainly, and although they be weak in faith, yet so long as they do not doubt the doctrine, they may be helped, for God can and will bear weakness, if we but acknowledge it and if we pray to God for grace, and repent. We ought diligently to regard the strength of the Word of God, and not view it with scorn, for God wishes to deal with us by this means, and will also work in us through this means. The ancient fathers say well that we ought not to look to the person baptizing or ministering the Sacrament, but we must look to God's Word. Our God chooses for Himself hearts to whom He reveals His Word, and He also chooses for them mouths to speak it; preserves and maintains it, not by sword, but through His divine power. A fiery shield is God's Word. It is of more substance and purer than gold tried in the fire; and as gold loses none of its substance in the fire, but resists and overcomes all the fury of the fiery heat and flame, so he that believes God's Word overcomes all, and remains sure everlastingly against all misfortunes.
A trusty weapon is Thy Word,
Thy Church's buckler, shield, and sword;
Lord, let us in this Word abide,
That we may seek no other guide.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"
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