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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

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

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

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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