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God's Name is Holy

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Luther speaks of the 1st Petition of the Lord's Prayer saying, "Hallowed be Thy Name. What does this mean? God's Name is certainly holy in itself, but we pray in this petition that it may be kept holy among us also. How is God's Name kept holy? God's Name is kept holy when the Word of God is...

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Tags: catechism, god's name, jesus, luther

Why the Law? Hint HInt, it starts with a "J" and ends with "esus"

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

In his work against Desiderius Erasmus' theology of free choice, "The Bondage of the will," Luther wrote concerning the law and its purpose asserting, "When sins are unrecognized, there is no room for a remedy and no hope of a cure, because man will not submit to the touch of a healer when they...

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Tags: bondage of the will, jesus, law, luther

I wanna know what Faith is.

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

In his preface to the book of Romans, Luther defines faith saying,"Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that the believer would stake his life on it a thousand times" (LW 35.370).  What is faith? It is a certain trust in God's grace toward us. Faith is...

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Tags: faith, forgiveness, jesus, luther

Dear Children of our True Father

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Luther writes in the Small Catechism saying, "Our Father who are in heaven. What does this mean? With these words God tenderly invited us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their...

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Tags: father, jesus, luther, prayer

The Patron Saint of the dying

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Today is the Feast Day of St. Michael and All Angels. St. Michael the Archangel is mentioned in the book of Daniel, Jude, and the Revelation to St. John. Many Churches celebrate this feast day and Zion is going to observe it on Sunday, October 1st. Why should we meditate on the work of St...

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Tags: angels, dying, jesus, michael, patron saint

Shout Holy Ghost

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Luther asserts the work of the Holy Spirit in the 3rd article of the Apostle's Creed and declares that there is no better title than the word, "Sanctification." Luther writes of the work of the Holy Spirit saying, "Neither you nor I could even know anything of Christ, or believe in Him and take...

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Tags: forgiveness, holy spirit, jesus, sanctification, . church

Jesus Tempted for you

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

In Genesis 3 we read the account of Adam and the woman succumbing to the temptations of the Serpent and falling into sin. Adam and the woman placed their faith and trust not in God's Word, but in the Lie of the devil instead. Adam and the woman trusted the serpent and went against God's Word...

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Tags: adam, devil, forgiven, jesus, sins, temptation

Get Going in your Baptism

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

It's another Monday again. That means school is getting started again, the work week begins anew, and your weekly schedule of extracurricular activities has your blood pressure going up and up and up. It's Monday, and like Garfield, no one is really excited about it.  We the baptized...

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Tags: baptism, heaven, jesus, mondays

Jesus loves you.

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Luther says in the Smalcald Articles, "Although sin in the flesh had not yet been completely remove of become dead (Romans 7:18), yet He will not punish or remember it" (Smalcald Articles III.XIII.2). When we get married we take the vows that we will love our spouse for richer or poorer...

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Tags: hymnody, jesus, luther, smalcald

It's a good gig

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Psalm 118 prays, "Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in...

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Tags: gerhardt, jesus, john, pastor, timothy, titus

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