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God makes you clean

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

In the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 11, the criticism of the circumcision party against St. Peter is recorded. St. Peter responded to the accusation, "You went to the uncircumcised men and ate with them," by recalling the account of His vision and his meeting with Cornelius. Peter then replied...

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Tags: absolution, clean, common, formula of concord, jesus

A belly god

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

We are going to start a new series today based on the Catechism. Both the Small and the Large Catechisms of Dr. Martin Luther, of blessed and holy memory, are not to be read once and then tossed to the side, but rather should be [art of our daily diet when it comes to the Word of God and...

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Tags: 1st commandment, absolution, catechism, jesus, luther

Joyful Absolution

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

One of the greatest things that brings me joy, and I pray it brings you joy as well, are the words of Holy Absolution. Luther speaks about this in the Small Catechism concerning the Office of the Keys saying, "What do you believe according to these words? I believe that when the called ministers...

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Tags: absolution, catechism, jesus, joy, luther

The Joy of Absolution

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

In the Large Catechism, Luther confesses, "Therefore, when I urge you to go to confession, I am simply urging you to be a Christian" (Large Catechism Tappert 460.32). Here Luther is speaking about private of personal confession and absolution. He urges every Christian to take hold and use this...

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Tags: absolution, divine service, jesus., john, luther

What's up with the Invocation

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

On Fridays I'm going to start writing little summaries of the Liturgy. These are not meant to be in depth teachings on the liturgy, but rather little summaries that help us meditate a little more on what we are doing on Sunday mornings and throughout the week in our worship life together. Today...

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Tags: absolution, baptism, divine service, invocation

Assurance in Forgiveness

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

In the Large Catechism, Luther says, "But if you forgive, you have this comfort and assurance, that you are forgiven in heaven. This is not because of your forgiving. For God forgives freely and without condition, out of pure grace, because He has so promised, as the Gospel teaches. But God says...

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Tags: absolution, faith, forgiveness, jesus, joy