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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

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

A review of a Necessary Distinction Preface

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

This blog post is the first of many reviews of the Book, A Necessary Distinction, a discussion on Law and Gospel. I pray that it will be helpful in the continual dialogue on this doctrine that is vital to the proper understanding and application of Holy Scripture. Fun times.  At first...

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Tags: gospel, law, pless, nestingen, colver

Jesus is always Faithful

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In the Freedom of a Christian, Dr. Luther says, "By the wedding ring of faith Christ shares in the sins, death, and pains of hell which are His bride's. As a matter of fact, He makes them His own and acts as if they were His own as as if He Himself had sinned; He suffered, died, and descended...

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Tags: jesus, luther, promises, song of solomon, weddings

We Get You.

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

St. Paul wrote to the church in Corinth saying, "For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's Word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ" (2nd Corinthians 2:17).  I, and all my brother pastors, get you when it comes to your sin. We...

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Tags: forgiveness, gospel, jesus, law

Faith is never alone

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

God, through His servant St. Paul, spoke to the churches in Corinth saying, "So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love" 91st Corinthians 13:13).  The Lutheran Confession assert this verse saying, "Yet one is not to imagine a kind of faith that can...

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Tags: apology, confessions, faith, forgiveness, jesus, love

Grace to Struggle

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Luke 11:24-26 says, "24 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in...

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Tags: forgiveness, gerhard, jesus, temptations

Articles to Hold Fast

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Dr. Martin Luther, of blessed and holy memory, writes in Against the Heavenly Prophets saying, "I will here briefly recount these articles of the Christian Faith to which everyone is above all things to pay attention and hold fast. The first is the law of God, which is to be preached so...

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Tags: gospel, jesus, law, luther

By Virtue of My Office, for the Sake of Your Assurance

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

In the Divine Service, right after corporate confession and before the Absolution is declared, the pastor says, "I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you. And in the stead and by the command of my Lord, Jesus Christ, I...

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Tags: forgiveness, jesus, luther, ministry, small catechism

What's Freedom For?

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St. Paul preached to the churches in Galatia saying, "For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' But if you...

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Tags: freedom, jesus, neighbor, paul

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