Friday, February 19, 2010

Remembering the Saints with Issues, Etc.

Below is an ad for Issues, Etc., which promotes one of the best features of this most excellent, Christ-centered, Cross-focused radio program: The segments they do on Feasts and Festivals celebrated by the Church. While I'm not able to listen to every segment on IE, rarely do I miss listening to these segments, even if that doesn't happen for days or weeks after they're aired (but, that's okay, because they love their On Demand listeners, and I'm glad they do!).
"Our churches teach that the remembrance of the saints is to be commended in order that we may imitate their faith and good works according to our calling" (AC XXI).

"The Lutheran reformers understood that there was great benefit in remembering the saints whom God has given to His Church. The Apology of the Augsburg Confession (Article 21) gives three reasons for such honor. First, we thank God for giving faithful servants to His Church. Second, through such remembrance our faith is strengthened as we see the mercy that God extended to His saints of old. Third, these saints are examples by which we may imitate both their faith and their holy living according to our calling in life" (LSB, p. xii).

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Heb. 12:1).

HT: Pr. Weedon

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