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December 24, 2010

“Every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit”

– John 15:2

From Luther’s sermon on this text:

With these words Christ wants to teach us to have a view of the affliction and suffering of Christians that is far different from what appears on the surface and before the world. …it is a sign of grace and fatherly love, not a sign of wrath and punishment, and must serve our welfare.  This requires the art of believing…

This is indeed a fine and comforting picture.   Happy is the Christian who can interpret it thus and apply it in hours of distress and trial…

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