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A Survey Of The Religious Landscape In America 2017

The landscape of the Christian religion in America in 2017 -- the good, the bad and the ugly....

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Blessed Art Thou Among Women

What about the Blessed Virgin Mary? Why ask? For two reasons. Firstly, because there is a breed of activist Roman Catholic (RC) that delights in imposing its Marian faith on others; and scorning all who don't agree with a triumphalism that is unbecoming. Secondly,because Lutherans need to re-think the importance of the Blessed Virgin. Indeed, all generations must call h...

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Trinity Sunday - The Athanasian Creed

On Trinity Sunday many Lutheran churches confess their faith in the language of the Athanasian Creed as it is found on page 53 of TLH. The Athanasian Creed was named after St. Athanasius one of the church's most important teachers; and defenders of the Trinitarian faith. The Athanasian Creed is an official confession of the Lutheran Church. This Creed was established over...

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The Offertory Hymn

Fellow Worshipers of the Father in Spirit and Truth, (John 4:24) May the Spirit of Truth, poured out on Pentecost, be your Counselor, Helper and Comforter in the face of all sin and sorrow. By his coming he has renewed the face of the earth, beginning in his chosen and promised Land, the church. Herein is found the remission of sins, life and eternal salvation. Beginning...

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Amen!

Please ponder this outstanding quote from Alexander Schmiemann's book entitled, "The Eucharist". (p. 48) "Blessed be the kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit " Amen, answer the people. This word is usually translated as 'so be it,' but its meaning is really stronger than this. It signifies not only agreement, but also active acceptance. "Yes, thi...

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The Restoration Of The Christ Lutheran Church Baptismal Font

The Restoration Of the Christ Lutheran Church Baptismal FontJanuary 22, 2017 God be praised that his Spirit continues to live and work among us, filling us with faith, hope and love! As the Spirit of God inspired workmen in the constructing of the Old Testament tabernacle, so he continues today. The font from our former church has been restored, and will now be returned t...

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Christianity Getting Positive Attention In The Main Stream Press

The main stream press writes a positive article on the Christian faith, that has nothing to do with sociology of politics. God be praised....

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Doubting Doubting Thomas

The traditional interpretation of the Thomas incident should be questioned. I don't think it is a negative at all, but a positive. The mistake is partly in the translation, but mostly in how we have been taught to read Scripture: like Protestants, instead of like catholics. An Interpretation of John 20:24-28 24 Now Thomas, on of the Twelve, known as 'the Twin' was not wi...

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The Walls Are Always Falling Down

March 2, 2017 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you! Amen Beloved in Christ, It is important to know and to accept the fact that the church is always under attack; that that the walls are always falling down. This is so because the devil cannot tolerate the church at peace, or Christians growing in "the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 3:...

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What Is The Moment Of Consecration?

In the West Eucharist is called Mystery. And so it is in more ways than one. But while it's laudable that God's people have spent 2,000 years trying to better understand it, they should not over think it. What I am learning in my studies is that theologians of every generation have a keen interest in the moment of consecration. Alternately: what it is that accomplishes con...

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