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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

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

Little Christs

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

Stir it up

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

The book of Hebrews says, "let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful...

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Tags: faith, good works, hebrews, love, luther, stir up

Infant Scholars

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Psalm 8:2 sings, "Out of the mouth of babies and infants,have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger" (Psalm 8:2).  St. David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote this Psalm as a psalm of praise to His Lord and our Lord, Whose Name is majestic in...

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Tags: child, dependency, faith, luther

God's Word, not belief

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

One of the best little ways to read Luther everyday is by reading his Table Talk, volume 54 in Luther's Works. This book is a collection of Luther's sayings around the table that other men recorded. They are short little paragraphs and are very beneficial to anyone who wants to know a little...

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Tags: bucer, faith, luther, sacraments, ten commandments, word

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