If we could ever be sorry enough to be forgiven, then we wouldn’t need Jesus. If we could repent in our own strength, and thus be forgiven… then the cross was useless. If our confession was all that was required, there would be no need for the Gospel. Therefore, repentance isn’t something we can do on our own. It is something that God works in us.

Advent: Past, Present, and Future

In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Ebeneezer Scrooge needed to be visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future before he finally came to fully appreciate what Christmas was all about. In a similar vein, it is important for today’s Christians to acknowledge Advent in it’s past, present, and future contexts in order to fully appreciate what Advent is all about.

Luther’s Hymns

Lutherans have a wonderful musical heritage! Even today’s Christian praise and worship music owes its development to Martin Luther and his compositions. What follows includes a list of Luther’s original hymns, their main teaching points, and links for listening to these beautiful treasures, many of which are no longer found in any modern Lutheran hymnal.

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