Sure, you've got a Small Catechism and you learned it in confirmation—well enough for Questioning anyway. But sometimes it's good to liven up those memories, and maybe hear the basics of your Lutheran faith explained in a slightly different way. We aren't interested in any sort of "new" or novel theology (that's how heresy gets started!) but we can take a fresh look at the FOUNDATIONS of our faith, making sure they're still strong and forming the basis of what we believe and live out as Christians.
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Foundations: He Who Has Been Forgiven Much Loves Much
July 26th, 2021
She had sinful down pat! Professionally sinful. Perfected sinful. Sinful in the way of prostitution. After all, everyone knows why a woman in the ancient world wears a bottle of perfume around her neck. It scents her bosom and sweetens her breath. And there she is, sneaking into the dinner party because Jesus the Savior of sinners is there. He is the Savior of all sinners, a whole world full of t...
Foundations: Lord, I Forgive; Help Me in My Unforgiveness
July 19th, 2021
Forgiving others when they have sinned against us personally is not always easy--not even for pastors! ...
Foundations: This Diamond, Christ Jesus
July 12th, 2021
Many Christian books, preachers and well-meaning counselors attempt to answer the problem by overcoming your sense of guilt with the magnitude of God's love. They emphasize that you are very precious to God and that He loves you unconditionally. Certainly, God does love you unconditionally and there is no doubt that you are precious to Him. But just knowing that God loves you isn't the solution to...
Foundations: Absolution Is the Answer
July 5th, 2021
You can know, without a shadow of a doubt, that you really are forgiven. How? Because Jesus sent His pastors to forgive your sins, that's how! Whatever sin your pastor forgives, it really is forgiven. By your pastor's Word of forgiveness "your sins are forgiven before God in heaven" (Small Catechism)....
Foundations: Forgiven and Forgiving
June 28th, 2021
To forgive is not to forget. If we forget, then there’s no reason to forgive. But if we remember the wrong and still act as though it did not happen, that’s forgiveness. ...