Posts with the tag “absolution”
Foundations: Lord, I Forgive; Help Me in My Unforgiveness
by Katie Hill on July 19th, 2021
Forgiving others when they have sinned against us personally is not always easy--not even for pastors!
Video Short: July 7, 2021
by HT Content on July 7th, 2021
Host: Chris Hull Confession and Absolution! What is it? About the Host: Pastor Christopher Hull is the Senior Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, Texas. If you have questions or topics that you'd like discussed on Higher Things Video Shorts, email them to email@example.com. Please support the work of Higher Things, give today! Join the conversation on Social Media:http://facebook.com...
Video Short: What Happens When We Are Forgiven?
by HT Content on July 2nd, 2021
Host: Chris Hull When we receive Holy Absolution what happens? About the Host: Pastor Christopher Hull is the Senior Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, Texas. If you have questions or topics that you'd like discussed on Higher Things Video Shorts, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please support the work of Higher Things, give today! Join the conversation on Social Media:http://faceb...
Video Short: What Does It Mean To Be Forgiven?
by HT Content on June 28th, 2021
Host: Chris Hull You've heard the words of Absolution many times, but what does that all mean? About the Host: Pastor Christopher Hull is the Senior Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, Texas. If you have questions or topics that you'd like discussed on Higher Things Video Shorts, email them to email@example.com. Please support the work of Higher Things, give today! Join the conversat...
Video Short: Forgiveness Friday: Suicide
by HT Content on May 7th, 2021
Host: Chris Hull Today we start a new series on Friday focused on specific sins that are deemed "worse" than others. About the Host: Pastor Christopher Hull is the Senior Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, Texas. If you have questions or topics that you'd like discussed on Higher Things Video Shorts, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please support the work of Higher Things, give tod...
Speaking of Faith: The Liturgy Is Tried and True Evangelism
by Katie Hill on February 3rd, 2021
To an outsider looking in, the historic liturgy of the Church might seem like something out of the Dark Ages, particularly in a culture that tries to make everything “relevant” or “relatable”. Liturgy, simply put, is a pattern of worship. Lutherans understand liturgy as God serving His people by the proclamation of the Gospel and administration of the Means of Grace, and in response we get to offer thanks and praise to Him. Good liturgy is evangelistic by design.
Foundations: You Need Your Pastor More Than Ever
by Katie Hill on January 29th, 2021
As you move up out of middle school and into high school and from high school into college, the Lord has given you, beside your parents, teachers, and other adults to help you, a very important person: your pastor. This week, the church celebrates the festivals of three pastors (St. Timothy on January 24 and St. Titus on January 26, with St. Paul’s Conversion in between).
Dean's List: Jesus Hits the Spot!
by Katie Hill on January 22nd, 2021
We need something more than personal preferences. We need more direction in life than just what we feel hits the spot. The account of the 10 lepers in Luke 17 is like a map or a signpost--something objective--that shows us that it’s not a matter of “what hits the spot?” but rather “who marks the spot?” And all the movement in our text--and there’s a lot of it--actually makes it easy to figure it out. There’s only one Target, one Spot, one Person it all revolves around: Jesus.
Reflections: December 25, 2020
by HT Content on December 25th, 2020
God is pleased with you, now, because of Jesus.
Reflections: December 13, 2020
by HT Content on December 13th, 2020
Jesus promises an eternal Christmas on the day He returns for you.
Reflections: December 11, 2020
by HT Content on December 11th, 2020
Whenever we see faith in Jesus and love for others, especially for that community gathered around the gifts that deliver and promise Jesus to all, we are seeing not the work of man, but of God Himself.
Dean's List: The End Is Near!
by Katie Hill on November 20th, 2020
Within our current age and culture--as it might be with every age--the end and meaning of human existence is defined within ourselves. But, waves, earthquakes, and hurricanes come and disrupt the world's perceived order of things--boats are rocked, towers fall down, and houses are blown away. All these things show that creation itself is groaning, waiting, and crying out, "The end is near!"
Reflections: November 3, 2020
by HT Content on November 3rd, 2020
God's Word speaks forgiveness and faith, and rescues from death and the devil.
Foundations: Solus Christus--It Is Finished
by Katie Hill on October 30th, 2020
Do not trust in yourself for your salvation! Look to Christ who stands in your place. All of our confidence and comfort is found in Christ alone. When your heart is beaten down by the devil, the world, and your sinful nature, run to Jesus alone.
Foundations: Sola Fide--Jesus and Nothing Else
by Katie Hill on October 28th, 2020
Faith is trust. Faith is trusting in something. But when Lutherans talk about being saved "by faith alone" we don't mean we're saved by the trusting, by the mental act of believing, or the conscious act of accepting some idea. For Lutherans, faith always means "the thing that faith trusts in." And that means Jesus.
Reflections: October 20, 2020
by HT Content on October 20th, 2020
In Jesus, you can't be anything other than a dead Old Man and an alive New Man.
Debunked: Put Guilt in Its Place
by Katie Hill on September 25th, 2020
Nobody likes to feel guilty. We do all sorts of things to dodge it. We distract ourselves with entertainment, food, friends. Or we try to make up for whatever it is we think we're guilty of. As sinful creatures, we have a way of twisting guilt into something of an overwhelming burden. How often we forget that Christ has already borne our guilt!
Dean's List: Faces of the Old Adam
by Katie Hill on September 10th, 2020
He's familiar. You know him all too well. And that's a bad thing--deadly, hell-worthy, even! Sounds bad, and it is! Evil, wicked, nothing good there--that's your flesh, your Old Adam.
Foundations: Magisterial or Ministerial?
by Katie Hill on September 2nd, 2020
Since His Church is a kingdom, God Himself rules as its King, often through the gracious gifts that Jesus, our Prince of Peace, brings down to bless us. Holy Baptism, Holy Communion, Holy Absolution, and the Holy Gospel all bring the blessings of forgiveness of our sins, salvation of our souls, and life everlasting in the kingdom to come--paradise.
Digging Deeper: Metaphors, Grammar, and Scripture, Oh My!
by Katie Hill on August 31st, 2020
Words, grammar, and language are not only important in our daily lives at school or work, but in our Christian lives as well. Words matter. Theological words have important definitions, meanings, and significance in the Christian faith. This is one reason why Martin Luther filled his Small Catechism with a simple, yet memorable question: "What does this mean?"
Debunked: It's Okay to Lament
by Katie Hill on August 28th, 2020
It may surprise you to know that there is actually a pattern in the Scriptures that shows us how lamentation can be a constructive process, strengthening our reliance on our Father and bringing us the comfort found only in Christ. Ultimately we cry out because we know He will answer. He's a God who keeps His promises, after all.
Foundations: You Don't Have to Go to Church
by Katie Hill on August 3rd, 2020
"Yeah, but isn't Jesus everywhere? Can't I be with Jesus wherever I am?" No, not really. Jesus has not promised to be everywhere with His Gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation. He has only promised to be present with His Gifts in His Holy Word, Holy Baptism, Holy Absolution, and Holy Communion--and these are found only within His Church.
Foundations: Can, Cannot, and Vocation
by Katie Hill on June 30th, 2020
Because the biggest truth is this: You are forgiven in Christ Jesus, regardless of any chaos you see around you or within you. All that sin and disorder doesn't surprise Jesus. He loves you, forgives you, defends you, and He gives you life--now and for eternity.
Foundations: Your Father's Love
by Katie Hill on June 17th, 2020
I look back now on my childhood, and I can see a reflection of God the Father's love through my own father in all the good things he did and provided for me.
Dean's List: Jesus Ain't Done Yet
by Katie Hill on June 4th, 2020
Jesus ain’t done yet. He’s not. Sometimes we think He is, though. We think: Jesus died, Jesus rose, and Jesus ascended. Done deal. Work completed. He does say, “It is finished” on the Cross, after all.
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