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October 5th, 2015

Posted at 7:00pm

When you walk into a building, how do you know it's the Church? Could you distinguish the Christian Church from a church that calls itself "Christian"? In this episode, Sandra and Pastor Riley discuss not only what to listen for, to find the Christian Church, but they'll talk about some of the stuff that gets in the way of the Church confessing and receiving Christ in Word and Sacrament.

September 28th, 2015

Posted at 5:00pm

We talk about sin a lot as Lutherans. But that's so we can get to talking about forgiveness. Not forgiveness in theory, but actual forgiving of sins. Forgiveness isn't really forgiveness if there are strings attached, hoops to jump through, or any conditions placed on it. It's actually scarier (to the Old Adam, at least) that way.

September 22nd, 2015

Posted at 6:00pm

Repentance is not something we work up in ourselves to show that we deserve forgiveness. And it's not a free ticket to go ahead and sin some more. It's about the Holy Spirit turning us around - turning us from sinful navel-gazing to life in Christ.

September 14th, 2015

Posted at 7:00pm

It's easy to talk about sins as the big, law-breaking things we know we shouldn't do. But it goes so much deeper than that. The more we look to Christ, the more we realize how sinful we truly are and how much we desperately need the forgiveness He won for us by His death on the cross.

September 7th, 2015

Posted at 7:00am

Saints aren't made by Christians trying to live heroic examples of faith (a violent martyr's death helps) but by God speaking His word of absolution to a person, forgiving sins and making a believer holy and saint-ified in Christ Jesus.

August 31st, 2015

Posted at 3:00pm

Sometimes the Gospel seems too good to be true. It's even (dare we say it?) offensive - especially when it comes to forgiving people we don't like and sins we'd rather see someone punished for doing. Not only is the Gospel that good, it's even better than we could imagine!
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