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St. Nicholas Day

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

On December 6th, alot of the Christian world celebrates the feast of St. Nicholas. At our house, one of the ways we celebrate it is by filling the boys shoes with oranges, chocolates, and other candies. However, the real celebration isn't about candy or filling your shoe with other goodies, but...

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Tags: arius, forgiveness, jesus, nicholas

Why you should be here.

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Yesterday, I posted a quote from the Pastoral Prayer Companion on Facebook. It was about how pastoral care always flows from and leads back to the Divine Service. The Companion speaks of the Divine Service saying, "The liturgy itself is the primary place of ongoing pastoral care as week after...

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Tags: divine service, forgiveness, jesus, liturgy, pastors

Memorization Confession

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Dear Saints,      It is amazing how small Luther's Small Catechism is. There are six chief parts, along with the Table of Duties, prayers, and some questions in order to prepare yourself for the Lord's Supper. However greatly I desire to memorize this little book in order to...

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Tags: catechism jesus, 7th petition

The Word that Comforts

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

This morning in the Treasury of Daily Prayer, we were blessed with a writing from Walther that says, "Today, the cross is still a terror-but only to hell. It shines upon its ruins as a sign of victory over sin, death, and Satan. With a crushed head, the serpent of temptation lies at the foot of...

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Tags: church, cross, forgiveness, walther

Jesus the Lowly

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Today is the festival of the Lutheran Reformation. The central article upon which the church stands or falls, the article that got Luther into a whole mess of trouble, is the doctrine that we are justified by faith in Jesus Christ alone. We are saved and forgiven, not by what we do,  but...

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Tags: jesus, luther, reformation day, lowliest

The Generosity of God Abides

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

The New Testament reading from the Treasury of Daily Prayer today is Matthew 20:1-16, the parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard. The story goes saying, "For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After...

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Tags: generosity, grace, jesus, vineyard

Faith

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

On Sunday, October 29th, we are beginning a walk through St. Paul's letter to the Saints in Rome. Luther makes the point that before you begin reading any book of the Bible, you have to know what the words of the Bible mean. For example, it is necessary to have a proper definition of the word...

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Tags: faith, jesus, luther, romans

Joy of Faithful Women

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Today is the commemoration of Faithful Women like Dorcas, Lydia, and Phoebe. Phoebe was a Deaconess who carried St. Paul's epistle to Rome, and Lydia was maker of purple dye that, upon hearing the Gospel through the mouth of St. Paul, became a ardent follower of the Way. Dorcas was a generous...

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Tags: deaconess, dorcas, jesus, lydia, phoebe, faithful women

Listen to Him

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

The Gospel reading in the Treasury of Daily Prayer today is the account of the Transfiguration. Jesus took Peter, James, and John up on a mountain, and before their eyes, was transfigured. He became as white as light and revealed to these three pillars His Divine Nature. With Jesus appeared...

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Tags: forgiveness, jesus, transfiguration

Jesus Builds

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

In his writing, No Rusty Swords, Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes, "It is a great comfort which Christ gives to His church; you confess, preach, bear witness to Me and I alone will build where it pleases Me. Do not meddle in what is My province. Do what is given to you to do well and you have done...

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Tags: bonhoeffer, build, jesus, peter

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