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God Helps those who help themselves?

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

God helps those who help themselves. Benjamin Franklin said this in Poor Richards Almanac and there are a plethora of other places where we find this quote. People usually say it because it empowers man and holds him accountable. God doesn't help those who mess up, but rather He helps those who...

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Tags: help, jesus, psalms, trust

Jesus is closer than you think

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Today is the feast of the Ascension of our Lord Christ. Today, we celebrate the Man's Victory, for God became man and is now seated at the Right Hand of the Father, ruling over all as the victor over the grave. Jesus ascended into the heavens and by appearance, it looks like Jesus is gone for...

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Tags: ascension, jesus, means of grace

A Holy Forgiveness

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Luther wrote in the Large Catechism saying, "Meanwhile, since holiness has begun and is growing daily, we await the time when our flesh will be put to death, will be buried with all its uncleanness, and will come fourth gloriously and will arise to complete and perfect holiness in a new, eternal...

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Tags: forgiveness, holiness, luther, sanctification

God and Mammon

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Jesus says in Luke, "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon" (Luke 16:13 NKJV). This is the constant struggle for we the baptized. What does it mean to serve...

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Tags: catechism, jesus, luther, mammon

The Prodigal's Compassion

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

One of the most popular stories that Jesus tells, as recorded in the Gospel according to St. Luke, is the story of the Prodigal and his two sons. So often we call this the parable of the prodigal son, but then we forget the older brother. So, rather than focus on the one son in this text, it is...

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Tags: fcsd, jesus, older brother, prodigal, younger brother

Greetings and Salutations

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

 The blessing of St. Boaz to his workers, as recorded in Ruth, says, "And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem. And he said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you!” And they answered, “The Lord bless you.” (Ruth 2:4).  Today we meditate on the Salutation in the...

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Tags: blessing, liturgy, response, salutation

Soul Preparation

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Are you ready to die? There's a question that some Christians ask people when they do door-to-door evangelism which goes, "If you were to die tonight, would you go to heaven or hell?" This question is supposed to open a discussion on how one can prevent going to hell and go to heaven instead...

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Tags: heaven, hell, jesus, soul, prepared.

Dead Sanctification

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Psalm 116 prays, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints" (Psalm 116:15). These words are usually read in light of things like martyrdom or death at the end of life, when the saints of the Lord are ushered from this valley or sorrow and into the joys of heaven. However...

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Tags: formula of concord, jesus, psalms, sanctification, st. paul

Jesus Trumps Mammon

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Preppers are those that store up many things like longterm food, guns, ammo, generators, water filters, and other items because they see the collapse of society and want to be prepared when things go down hill fast. There are other people that are not preppers, but who do store up items in this...

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Tags: anxiety, father, mammon, prepper, large catechism

Covered In Jesus

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

There is a scene in the movie, The Predator, staring Arnold Schwarzenegger, in which Arnold is running away from the alien  predator. The alien does see like we do, but sees body heat and therefore it is almost impossible to hide from him. But in one scene Arnold covers himself completely...

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Tags: arnold schwarzenegger, forgiveness, law, luther, psalm

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