1. This feast is the Gospel, “the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.”
  2. In this article Amy Mantravadi give a short but helpful summary of the differences in Lutheran and Reformed thought regarding assurance.
  3. Confession and absolution offer more than assurance, they gift real and genuine Divine promises.
  4. We know that death does not have the last word in Christ.
  5. God wants his word of promise to be the only thing we bank on, the only thing we have confidence in.
  6. Walther’s living legacy is his enduring teaching on how to distinguish the law and the gospel in the Church’s proclamation.
  7. What is undoubtedly true, however, is that St. Peter wasn’t left outside. He wasn’t left weeping. He was restored, as am I, as are you.
  8. Even as he was dying, the heart of God poured itself out for the sake of sinners.
  9. The lesson of Malachi reveals God’s love for his people. When the people ask for proof of God’s love, he reminds them of their election.
  10. Both now and forever, the bruised and crucified Lord nailed to a cross is our assurance of deliverance.
  11. Do you confess Christ as God in the flesh, born, died, and raised to new life for you? Any answer of yes will do

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