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Catechetical Refresher - The Apostle's Creed

Catechetical RefresherThe Apostle's CreedChrist Lutheran ChurchCleveland, OhioJuly 24, 2018 The second of Dr. Martin Luther's six chief parts of Christian doctrine as found in the Small Catechism is the Apostle's Creed. You will get the most benefit from this essay if you have your catechism open as you read. Online readers click here for the Small Catechsim. In the Cree...

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Catechetical Refresher - The Ten Commandments

Catechetical RefresherThe Ten CommandmentsChrist Lutheran ChurchCleveland, OhioJuly 16, 2018 The first of Luther's six chief parts of Christian doctrine is the Ten Commandments: with their Christian explanation. A Christian must always read them this way or he will come away with the wrong idea. At face value the Commandments are the perfect way for people to order their...

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Thoughts On Holy Communion

The world hums along as best it can as men and nations scurry about trying to squeeze the most juice out of life that they can; trying desperately to find happiness and peace; and hoping to create heaven on earth. But the greatest joy this world has to offer takes place at the Lord's altar every Sunday, when sinful men, now absolved, Commune with the Holy. The celebration...

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Altarpieces - The Progress Continues

By the rich blessings of God the Holy Spirit the ornamentation of the Lord's House continues at Christ Lutheran Church. There are two schools of thought on Christian worship, the ceremonious and the un-ceremonious. Lutherans hold to the former. When we moved into our new church the once Lutheran chancel had been dismantled. The Fundamentalist church that was renting the s...

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The Collect For Pentecost 7

O God, your almighty power is made known chiefly in showing mercy. Grant us the fullness of your grace that we may be called to repentance and made partakers of your heavenly treasure; through your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen How is God's power made known to men? According to the Collect f...

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Four Competing Theologies

By my reckoning there are four competing theologies in America today. There is Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Lutheranism. Some would dispute that Lutheranism merits its own category, even many Lutherans. But I disagree and I hope that upon reading this essay you will too. The Lutheran faith, in its classic and historic form, embraces all the best...

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Chained To The Altar

One of the best models for the pastor's ministry is blessed Anna who, "did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day." (Luke 2:37) Or like St. Paul who was "an ambassador in chains," (Eph. 6:20) the pastor should consider himself chained to the altar. It is his office. Where he works. And whenever he does leave it is for the purpose of ta...

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A Theological Liturgical And Sacramental Interpretation Of Second Corinthians Chapter Six

This is the Epistle for this coming Sunday Pentecost 5 (series B)....

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Banning The Great Commission

With respect, I would suggest that Lutherans cease using the phrase "Great Commission". Cease its employment because in our day it has come to obscure the work the Lord has actually commissioned his church to do. The "The Great Commission" no longer consists of baptism and instruction leading sinners to the altar of God (Psalm 43:4). But of basketball, social work, or any...

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The Trouble With Equality - By Rev. Lloyd Gross

This essay by Rev. Lloyd Gross, The Trouble With Equality, is essential knowledge for every Christian. I hope you will read it, and pass it on. Everyone, believer and unbeliever alike, needs to hear it if this world is ever to return to some modicum of sanity. Rev. Dean Kavouras...

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