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The State Of The Confessing Church In 2018 In The United States

What is the state of the confessing church in our day? A confessing church is one that holds Scripture to be authoritative divine revelation: the very Word of God. It is, further, a church that is ruled and normed by written confessions to which its pastors and members bind themselves. The LCMS, which confesses the Book of Concord, is such a church. Those who practice a c...

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Catechetical Refresher - The Christian Questions And Answers

This week's catechetical refresher comes to us from the pen of Pastor George Fyler, one of our Emeritus pastors. These are the question Lutherans normally review before going to Holy Communion. They can be found in your Synodical Catechism. They will refresh and renew you, and restore the joy of salvation to you. Thank you Pastor Fyler. Please refer to your copy of Luther...

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Catechetical Refresher - The Inspiration Of Scripture

Catechetical Refresher The Inspiration of ScriptureChrist Lutheran ChurchCleveland, OhioOctober 9, 2018 It is the Christian faith that the Bible is not a human production though written by men, but that it is God's very Word. God's self revelation. Therefore when we hear Scripture we are hearing the voice of God and the truth of God. Some verses that teach of Scripture's...

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Holy Fools

This sketch tells us about a little known but important episode of our holy Christian religion, the Holy Fools. St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow, across from the Kremlin, was named after St. Basil the Blessed. He was a 16th century Christian who, by his chosen life style, came to be known as a Holy Fool. Tradition tells us that he lived on the streets of Moscow naked and fr...

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Catechetical Refresher - Law And Gospel

Catechetical Refresher Law and GospelChrist Lutheran ChurchCleveland, OhioSeptember 25, 2018 At the foundation of the Lutheran faith lies the Law and the Gospel. These are the two faces God presents to us in Holy Scripture. That of Lawgiver and Judge, and that of Savior and Lord. The portions of Scripture that legislate what men may and may not do, and states penalties f...

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Lutheran Liturgy Is Unique

Lutheran Liturgy is unique. The faith of the Lutheran Reformation is as much about worship as doctrine. Pure doctrine necessitated pure liturgy in Luther's mind, and the one could not exist apart from the other. Anything less than these two in tandem is less than the radiant gospel that redeems sinners from their corruption and that comforts them in all their distress. T...

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Catechetical Refresher - Daily Prayers

Catechetical RefresherDaily PrayersChrist Lutheran ChurchCleveland, OhioSeptember 17, 2018 Everyone who studied catechism in the LCMS is familiar with the Synodical Catechism. It is Luther's original Small Catechism with an extended section of questions and answers, backed with verses from Scripture which serve a "proof texts". Many Lutherans memorized the questions and a...

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Moral Theology 2018

Christ Lutheran Church Cleveland, Ohio September 14, 2018 by: Rev. Dean Kavouras Moral Theology 2018 Lutherans are conversant in doctrinal theology, in the many tenets they believe, teach, confess and rejoice in. Articles of faith concerning the Trinity, Two Natures of Christ, Sin, Grace, Redemption, Sacraments, Worship, Prayer, Church, Ministry, and the Lord's coming ag...

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HOW TO READ SCRIPTURE LIKE A LUTHERAN AND NOT LIKE A FUNDAMENTALIST: PART 1

How To Read Scripture Like a Lutheran Rev. Dean Kavouras, PastorChrist Lutheran ChurchCleveland, Ohiorev. August 27, 2018 What is the Bible, and how is it to be used? For some Sacred Scripture is a rule book from which people extract principles by which they live their lives. For others it is a database of doctrines from which theological systems are built and defended. ...

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Catechetical Refresher - Table Of Duties

Catechetical RefresherTable Of DutiesChrist Lutheran ChurchCleveland, OhioAugust 28, 2018 It is my prayer that God has richly blessed you through your study of the six chief parts of Christian doctrine. It is a prayer that I know is answered in the affirmative because as often as we engage in the study of Sacred Scripture we are encountering God himself. As when we enjo...

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