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Mikko Paavola | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Aug 24 2013 11:48 AM

Please, add The Popular Commentary of the Bible by Paul E. Kretzmann to Community Pricing.

It's already in electronic format and can be found here:

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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 2 2013 5:44 PM

Mikko Paavola:

Please, add The Popular Commentary of the Bible by Paul E. Kretzmann to Community Pricing.

It's already in electronic format and can be found here:

Peace, Mikko!               *smile*                       Thanks so much for sharing this!          How I would love to have this book available to me in my Logos Library.                      I must have looked up items in Kretzmann many hundreds of times over the years, finally giving my hard copy to one of our Canadian Seminaries ....

                            I would be so grateful if Logos grabbed hold of this one ...            *smile*


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Jonathan Schroeder | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 13 2014 1:47 PM

Amen!  Kretzmann!  Kretzmann!  Kretzmann!

Me want Kretzmann!

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 25 2014 2:34 AM

Milford Charles Murray:

Mikko Paavola:

Please, add The Popular Commentary of the Bible by Paul E. Kretzmann to Community Pricing.

It's already in electronic format and can be found here:

Peace, Mikko!               *smile*                       Thanks so much for sharing this!          How I would love to have this book available to me in my Logos Library.                      I must have looked up items in Kretzmann many hundreds of times over the years, finally giving my hard copy to one of our Canadian Seminaries ....

                            I would be so grateful if Logos grabbed hold of this one ...            *smile*

It's in CP now! 

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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 25 2014 6:12 AM

Peace, Mick!                  *smile*                                          I Thank You Indeed for this information!  

                     Will say again ....   what an incredible resource!       *smile*

                                                 ........    and ....           it could turn out to be very inexpensive  ...........               we'll see if there's any interest ....

Edit:             For those of you who do not know Kretzman, please check out the sample pages ....     I think you will be quite impressed!   *smile*

Philippians 4:  4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand..........

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Paul-C | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 25 2014 7:10 AM

Thanks for the heads up - bid placed!

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 25 2014 9:43 AM

I somehow missed this one but I have placed my bid now...


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Mikko Paavola | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 26 2014 1:13 PM



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This is such a great resource.  I use the website on a regular basis.

It really would be nice to get this into production.  It's been floundering out there for quite some time.

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Stanley Palmer | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, May 15 2016 2:52 PM

I placed my bid as well.  I hope Logos gets this published soon!

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Martin Diers | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 21 2016 9:26 PM

Further development on has also floundered for quite a while — of which I am to blame. I had started work on cleaning up the text, and including inline footnotes, but unfortunately, I haven't gotten back to it, and it has been a long time. The site could really use a design update as well, but I have never claimed to be much of a web designer. The whole thing is mostly static. I really should build out a CMS for it.

FYI — my father was chiefly responsible for getting the text together, with the help of many volunteers (I did 1 Cor.). I managed the rest, search engine, etc.

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It seems there has been some slight movement on this project.  Looks like it is finally above 60%.

Is there anything we can do to get this over the hump?

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Jonathan Schroeder | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 18 2016 8:51 AM

I have been waiting 2 and a half years to get this on Pre-pub.   I think I can do one thing.  Email my Lutheran Church Missouri Synod district office and ask them to include an advertizement about this in one of their emails that go to the all the congregations in the entire Ohio LCMS district. 

What I think we all can do is this--- When we comment on some other product, I think you write something in the same vein as this:

This product is great and there is another one that is great out there in the community pricing area that would be great to have too---Kretzmann! 

I commented on Luther's Works in May, gave the people a teaser about Kretzmann and two people wrote me that they ordered it on community pricing because of my teaser.

Both people did not even realize it was out there on community pricing or they would have ordered earlier.

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Mikko Paavola | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 13 2018 11:18 AM

We need more bids for this one. Please tell your friends (in Facebook or where ever) to bid

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Beloved Amodeo | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 13 2018 12:23 PM

Mikko Paavola:

We need more bids for this one. Please tell your friends (in Facebook or where ever) to bid

$16 for a whole bible verse by verse commentary in the tradition of Martin Luther is not too much to ask. This pre-pub needs a broader exposure! Bid.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 14 2018 11:06 AM

We really do need this one in Logos ASAP.... Here is a brief sample from each of the 4 volumes...


Matthew Chapter 5

The Beatitudes. Matthew 5:1-12

The section of Matthew's Gospel included in chapters 5-7 is one of the most beautiful and impressive in the entire New Testament. In the simplest language, but with singular force and pertinency Jesus here gave a summary of His moral teaching, the doctrine "of the fruits and good works of a Christian," as Luther writes. For the Sermon on the Mount is not the proclamation of the Gospel, but preaching of the Law. To awaken and promote the realization and the sense, not only of comparative weakness and insufficiency in spiritual matters, but of a total and utter inability to think and speak and act in conformity with the holy will of God; to bring about the humiliating, but incidentally the most blessed conviction as to one's being wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked in spiritual things, Revelation 3:17; and to teach the regenerated that without Him we can do nothing, and thus lead them on the way of true sanctification: that was the object of Christ in delivering this wonderful sermon.

The time and place for this great lesson were chosen by Jesus with particular care. He had spent the night in prayer on a mountain and had then separated twelve of His disciples to be apostles, Luke 6:12-16. He was now on His way to the valley: 

v. 1And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain.The people were crowding to Him in increasing numbers. They came to hear Him, they insisted upon touching Him, to be healed of various diseases, Luke 6:17-19. To get away from the crowds below, whose eagerness threatened to overwhelm Him, Jesus ascended the mountain once more. Its name and location would be interesting for sentimental reasons only. On the higher slopes of the hill the people had no chance to throng Him: 

v. 1And when He was set, His disciples came unto Him.Not only the apostles, though they were surely in the front ranks, but His disciples in general, now become a considerable band, gathered about Him. To them His discourse was chiefly addressed, though the others were by no means excluded. Here was an ideal location to give instruction without distraction, far from the din of the jostling crowd, above the bustle and the sultry heat of the region below.

A solemn and dramatic description of the beginning of a weighty discourse:

v. 2And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying.It was a confidential, awe-inspiring communication of the great Teacher which the evangelist records, Job 3:1Daniel 10:16Psalm 78:2. A well-prepared, carefully outlined discourse is given, in which reference to existing deplorable conditions was made with utter fearlessness. "That also, as stated above, belongs to a preacher that he does not keep his mouth closed, and not only publicly performs his office that every one must keep silence and permit him to come forth as one that has divine right and command, but also opens his mouth cheerfully and confidently, that is, to preach the truth and what is committed to him; not keep silence or speak indistinctly, but without dread and terror confess and speak plainly, without regarding or sparing any one's person, let it strike whom or what it will." Jesus taught them, not only His disciples, but all whom His voice would reach. It was teaching that He gave them, not preaching; Jesus is here the Master and Teacher, not the Evangelist and Prophet.

His first words strike the key-note of the entire discourse:

v. 3Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.The reference of Jesus here is not primarily to temporal poverty, to earthly misery, as in other passages of the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 1:26-28James 2:5. He is speaking of the poor and miserable "in spirit," those that shrink and cower with fear and dread, that are tremblingly alive to the wants and needs of their soul, that feel in their own heart, so far as spiritual riches are concerned, nothing but a great void, a despair of their own abilities, Matthew 11:5-28Isaiah 61:162:2Psalm 70:5. Such as these, who are conscious, painfully aware, of their moral deficiencies, the Lord calls blessed, happy. If they were still under the mistaken impression that they were spiritually rich and wanted nothing, they might deceive themselves into a false security which would prevent their gaining the true riches, the only abiding happiness. But as conditions are, no false pride will keep them from accepting the unsearchable riches of the kingdom of heaven, which are theirs by grace. For the kingdom of heaven is the sum total of all the gifts of God in Christ Jesus as they are enjoyed here on earth in the Christian Church and finally above, in the kingdom of glory. This being true, and the riches of the kingdom being even now in their possession, the disciples should strive all the more diligently to cultivate the poverty which the Lord here praises, and to exercise themselves in it daily.

Closely connected with this thought is the next:

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Jacob's Dream at Bethel.

v. 10And Jacob went out from Beersheba,in the extreme southern part of Canaan, where Isaac then had his camp, and went toward Haran, traveling first toward the north. 

v. 11And he lighted upon a certain place,he apparently struck this place by chance, although it was a matter of God's guidance, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.The place where this occurred is designated even here in such a manner as to draw attention to its later importance. 

v. 12And He dreamed, and, behold, a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and, behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

v. 13And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham, thy father, and the God of Isaac; the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it and to thy seed;

v. 14and thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south; and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.This was a wonderful revelation of God, together with a confirmation of the Messianic promise given through the mouth of Isaac. The entire picture shows the uninterrupted communication, the intimate communion between God and the believers on earth. The angels of God accompany the believers and protect them in all their ways, and represent them in their difficulties and tribulations, bringing God's help and protection down from heaven in return. The ladder stood on the earth, where Jacob lay, apparently all alone and forsaken, with not a foot of ground to call his own, but at its top stood the almighty God, whose promises never fail. It was in one of his first speeches that Jesus referred to this vision of Jacob, John 1:51. In the person of Jesus Christ heaven and earth, God and man, are united in a singular and most marvelous manner, and through Christ, the incarnate Son of God, we enter into communion with God. 

v. 15And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again in to this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.In addition to the Messianic promise, which ever afterward was the greatest comfort of Jacob, just as it is the hope of all believers, the Lord gave him an assurance concerning his own personal welfare on his journeys. Jacob was able to rely upon the definite, infallible fulfillment of the Lord's promises, which are just as certain today as they were then and therefore require the same unquestioning acceptance.

Jacob's Vow.

v. 16And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not.The presence of God was in this place, remote as it was from the spot where the true worship of God was fostered, namely, in his father's house, and he had had no knowledge of it. Jehovah in His merciful grace was near to him, surrounded him even at this distance from his home with His kindness. 

v. 17And he was afraid,filled with reverent awe, and said, How dreadful is this place!Cp. Exodus 3:5. The associations of this place would ever afterward fill his mind with that holy fear and reverence which sinful creatures are bound to feel in the presence of God. This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.Where God reveals Himself, whether in a vision or in His Word, there is the place of His habitation, there His grace opens heaven itself to the sinner seeking only His mercy. 

v. 18And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.He thus observed the usual ceremonies of consecration in setting apart this spot as one hallowed by the appearance of the Lord and setting up the stone which had sewed as his head-rest as an earnest of the sanctuary to be erected there in the future. 

v. 19And he called the name of that place Bethel(the house of God); but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.The name Luz was used by the Canaanites to designate both the city and the surrounding country, but the children of Israel, after the conquest, named the district Bethel, after the name that it bore since this happening. 

v. 20And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, if God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,

v. 21so that I come again to my father's house in peace, then shall the Lord be my God;

v. 22and this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house; and of all that Thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto Thee.It was not a condition which Jacob here expressed, but a thankful acknowledgment of the divine assurance. By this vow Jacob accepted the promise of the Lord and declared what, in his estimation, was included in it. He had a definite event before his eyes, for the stone which at present served only as a reminder of the miraculous vision, would be replaced by a monument of the presence and dwelling of God with His people, and of the gifts of God which would come to him as a result of that promise he herewith dedicated the tenth part to the Lord in return. That is the proper form of trust in God, to accept His promises in simple faith, and to worship and serve Him in turn.

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Psalm 46.
The Church's Comfort and Security.

To the chief musician, for use in the Temple-services, for the sons of Korah, composed by a member of this talented family, a song upon Alamoth, for soprano voices, either for a chorus of virgins or for instruments in the treble clef, with a high pitch. It is a song of faith and trust, by which the Church of God is enabled to stand firm and secure in the midst of all enmity, in spite of the attacks of the armies of Satan.

v. 1God is our Refuge,under whose protection the Church and every individual believer is safe, and Strength,the Source and Fountain of all true strength, whose almighty power can overthrow all enemies, a very present Help in trouble,a Helper in the oppressions and anxieties, in the fightings and fears, with which the children of God must ever contend. 

v. 2Therefore,because God is our great and invincible Champion, will not we fear,though ever inclined to do so on account of the smallness of our faith, though the earth be removed,be changed entirely, receive an entirely different form, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea,sinking down into the depths from which they rose at the almighty power of God's word, Genesis 1:9-10

v. 3though the waters thereof roar,as in fierce anger, and be troubled,rushing, foaming, and frothing like fermenting wine, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof,as from the impact of a mighty tidal wave which threatens to undermine them. Selah.Such is the picture of the catastrophes which threaten the existence of the Church, but in whose midst the believers wait quietly for the Lord, knowing that the gates of hell shall not prevail against His Church. The reason for this simple trust is now given. 

v. 4There is a river,a mighty stream, rich in water for purposes both of drinking and irrigating, the streams whereof,the various channels of which, shall make glad the city of God, the Holy Place of the Tabernacles of the Most High,where the great Ruler of the universe, the King of His Church, resides, that is, His strong city, with the walls and bulwarks of His salvation, Isaiah 26:1-2. It is the stream of the fullness of God's mercy, dividing into so many channels, in order to gladden the many congregations of the Church, wherever they may be found, including the fellowship with the Triune God in the beauty of His revelation. 

v. 5God is in the midst of her,as her Protector and Savior; she shall not be moved,not be made to totter and fall; God shall help her, and that right early,literally, "before the face of morning," before break of day, no matter how dark the night of tribulation may have seemed. The help of Jehovah is sure in spite of all enemies. 

v. 6The heathen raged,now foaming in terror over the deliverance which the Lord sends to His people, the kingdoms were moved,all their bulwarks tottering and falling with a mighty, booming noise; He uttered His voice,shouting in anger, the earth melted,dissolving before the devouring heat of His wrath, Amos 9:5Nahum 1:5

v. 7The Lord of hosts,the supreme Commander of all the heavenly armies, is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge,a high and safe Stronghold, which no enemies can storm and capture. Selah.Jehovah is with His Church, He is Immanuel, God-with-us, not only as trusted Ally, but as our Leader and Hero, before whose almighty power all enemies are as chaff before the wind. Therefore the challenging cry of the believers rings out: 

v. 8Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations He hath made in the earth,in overthrowing the buildings and the enterprises of puny men, in punishing the world by bloody and destructive wars. 

v. 9He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth,in the interest of His Holy City, in carrying out His plans for the deliverance of His saints; He breaketh the bow and cutteth the spear in sunder; He burneth the chariot in the fire, all instruments of the enemies employed in attacking the work of the Church, all the weapons of Satan intended for the overthrow of God's Zion. The kingdom of the Prince of Peace is established in the midst of all adversaries, and the Church Militant will become the Church Triumphant. The Church, therefore, issues a final solemn proclamation. 

v. 10Be still,desist from making war upon Jehovah's Zion, and know that I am God,the God of the Church, the only true God; I will be exalted among the heathen,the great Victor on the field of encounter, I will be exalted in the earth,even the enemies being obliged to acknowledge His glory and majesty, forced to give Him the honor due Him as the Ruler of the universe. 

v. 11The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge. Selah.That is the confident Amen of the Christian Church and of every believer, in the trust of a world-conquering faith; for "the kingdom ours remaineth." With Christ on our side, we remain victors.

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v. 26Let us not be desirous of vainglory, provoking one another, envying one another.In contrast to the sins and vices which the apostle has enumerated above, he here offers a brief, but comprehensive list of Christian virtues, calling them fruits of the Spirit, since they, through the power of the Spirit, grow forth out of true faith in Christ. Cp. John 15:1-6. As the first fruit of the Spirit Paul names love, the highest of all Christian gifts and works, the supreme virtue, which includes all the rest. 1 Corinthians 13. Out of this love flows joy over the neighbor's welfare, the very opposite of envy and jealousy. He that loves his neighbor and rejoices in his good fortune will furthermore live in peace with him, always showing a peaceable disposition, avoiding all quarrels. And in order that a Christian may exhibit this desire for peace with all men, he himself shows patience, even under provocation; he is long-suffering and gentle. Yea, more: he shows kindliness and generosity, he meets his neighbor more than half way; he is always benevolently inclined, never harsh. He exhibits faithfulness, not only in positions of trust, but whenever his word is pledged. Instead of being eager for revenge, his behavior is characterized by gentleness; and instead of giving way to voluptuousness and impurity, the Christian always practices chastity, being chaste and decent in thoughts, words, and deeds, guarding also against all intemperance in food and drink and all other forms of physical indulgence, lest he defile the garment of holiness which is supposed to adorn him. Of all these virtues Paul says: Against such the Law is not, for such works agree fully with the Law of God, they are in accordance with His holy will. He that is found walking in such fruits of the Spirit will not come under the condemnation of the Law, will be free from the coercion and curse of the Law. Cp. 1 Timothy 1:9.

In summing up the characteristic attitude of the Christians, the apostle writes: They that belong to Christ have crucified their flesh with its passions and lusts. They that are Christ's, that belong to Jesus Christ, are those that have entered into fellowship with Him, that have become His own. When the Holy Spirit wrought faith in their hearts, they crucified their flesh, they renounced the old Adam, their sinful nature. They are now living and walking in the Spirit; that is the sphere in which they live and move. Their crucified flesh may sometimes attempt to break away from the cross, but in the end it must die, and with it all the evil affections, passions, and desires. No matter how bitterly it hurts the flesh that it can no longer gratify its lusts, it must submit. It means a great deal of self-denial on the part of the believer; there is no lack of suffering and battling. As with Christ, so it is with the Christians: through tribulations they go to glory.

In close connection with this thought the apostle writes: If we live in the Spirit, in the Spirit let us also go forward. Let us not become desirous of vainglory, to provoke one another, to envy one another. The life which is in the believers by the power of the Spirit should also be impressed and stamped upon their entire conduct, should cause them to make progress in their spiritual life. They should turn neither to the right nor to the left, but follow the norm of the Spirit, in the strength given by the Spirit. And one way in which the Christians should show their progress in spiritual life is this, that they should not be seekers after vainglory, that they do not strive for personal honor and glory, as every man is inclined to do by nature. Every one wants to be more than his neighbor, in ability, in social position. False ambition has brought untold misery upon the Church of Christ. For it is due to that attitude that men provoke one another, assume a challenging position, question the ability and the motives of one another, are jealous of one another's success in any line of effort, seek to minimize real accomplishments by adverse criticism. If the desire for vainglory rules in a person's heart, the result will be the rapid loss of brotherly love, followed by dissension, quarrels, jealousy, and hatred.

SummaryPaul admonishes the Galatians to hold fast their Christian liberty, to avoid the leaven of false doctrine and the works of the flesh, and to walk in the Spirit, bringing forth the fruits thereof.

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