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Baptismal Life

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Article 6 of the Augsburg Confession asserts, "our churches also teach that this faith is bound to bring forth good fruits and that it is necessary to do the good works commanded by God. We must do so because it is God's will and not because we rely on such works to merit justification before...

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Tags: augsburg confession, sanctification, new obedience, baptismal life

Doubting John The Baptist?

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

The reading from the Treasury of Daily Prayer this morning was from Luke 7:18-35, the account of John the Baptist's disciples asking Jesus if He is the Messiah. There is debate concerning the nature of the question, meaning, were the disciples asking for themselves, or were they asking because...

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Tags: john the baptist, lamb of god, smalcald articles

Death ain't no thing

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

The Gospel according to St. Luke records Jesus raising the widow's son saying, "11 Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12 As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son...

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Tags: death, jesus, luke, luther, gerhardt

Little Christs

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

In his work, Freedom of a Christian, Luther writes, "Although I am an unworthy and condemned man, my God has given me in Christ all the riches of righteousness and salvation without any merit on my part, out of pure, free mercy, so that from now on I need nothing except faith which believes that...

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Tags: christ, faith, luther, neighbor

Entering the Holy Place

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

For our Liturgical study today we are meditating on the Introit, or the entrance Psalm. This is a proper of the liturgy, or a part of the liturgy that changes either each Sunday or every Church season. The invocation and Sanctus are things that don't change, whereas the Introit, gradual, and...

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Tags: psalms, sanctuary, introit

Jesus got you covered

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

In the Gospel according to St. Luke we have a glorious account that teaches us about the forgiveness of sins. It is the account of the Paralytic when, after Jesus sees him being lowered into the house says, "Man, your sins are forgiven you." The Pharisees and the teachers of the law hate this...

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Tags: forgiveness, jesus, pastor, formula of concord

Sanctification Wednesday

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

"How does this sanctifying take place?" Luther asks in the Large Catechism. Luther answers, "Just as the Son obtains dominion by purchasing us through His birth, death, and resurrection, etc., so that Holy Spirit effects our sanctification through the following: the communion of saints or...

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Tags: holy, jesus, luther, paul, sanctification

O, Glorious Office!

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

C.F.W. Walther wrote on the Office of the Holy Ministry saying, "O, glorious, high office, too high for the angels! May we always hold it in high regard, not looking at the person who bears it and despising his weakness, but looking instead at the Institutor of this office and His exuberant...

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Tags: luther, office of the ministry, walther

Eternal Trust

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Psalm 146:3-4 confess, "Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish." These words offer immense comfort to us as we begin our vocational tasks this week. It is very tempting to...

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Tags: government, jesus, princes, psalms

Assumptions that kill

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

There are many assumptions that kill. We assume that people are out to get us, and therefore put the worst possible twist on everything they do. We assume that people don't like us, therefore, we put up walls that shouldn't exist. We assume that people know what is right and do the wrong thing...

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Tags: assumption, jesus, pastor

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