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Fun and Faith

September 9th, 2014 72 comments

Before tossing the catalog into the circular file I skimmed over the outside cover and noticed the words “fun and faith” joined together in an alliterative effort to illustrate what their catalog was all about.  Well, guess what?  It was all about fun and faith and how they go together.  Cutesy puppets, bunnies, crosses, prayer boxes, angels, etc. – all for sale and all designed to make faith fun for the youngsters! I thought back to my own childhood.  I guess there was some of that in Sunday school when I was a boy, though that was a very long   More…

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Steadfast Dads — Authority

May 18th, 2012 4 comments

The last topic we addressed was discipline.  Children need to learn an attitude.  They need to learn humility more than they need to learn rules.  Rules change as we grow older.  The humble attitude remains.  Love does not exalt itself.  It is not puffed up.  It does not preen and posture.  It humbles itself before others. Jesus exercised authority by washing his disciples’ feet.  (John 13)  Peter said no.  Jesus said yes.  Peter said never.  Jesus said if Peter didn’t let him wash his feet he would have nothing to do with him.  Strong language!  Jesus insists on serving us.    More…

Steadfast Dads — Discipline

April 27th, 2012 11 comments

When I was a young man I knew everything there is to know about how to discipline children.  I watched others and noted what they did that was wrong.  I resolved what I would do if and when I had children of my own.  Then God decided to show me how much I knew about disciplining children.  He gave me a dozen of them, and with each additional child I learned how little I knew. If we look at discipline as a “how to” manual of a system of rules, we may end up getting mugged by reality and finding   More…

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Steadfast Dads — Family Worship

April 10th, 2012 15 comments

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33 Bringing your children to church is your first duty.  Bringing church to your children is your second duty.  The Holy Christian Church is identified by her marks: the pure preaching of the gospel and the right administration of the sacraments of Christ.  The church is where the gospel is proclaimed according to a pure understanding of it and where the sacraments are administered according to Christ’s institution.  We don’t identify the church by the faith of her individual   More…

Steadfast Dads — The First Duty of a Dad

March 6th, 2012 30 comments

I would like to thank Pastor Scheer for this opportunity to contribute to Steadfast Lutherans.  The topic of Christian fatherhood is always a vital one, and this is so especially today in the midst of confusion – also among Christians – about what fathers, mothers, and families are. The first duty of Dad is to know who is boss.  No, it’s not you.  And it’s not your children.  It’s God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.  “I believe that God has made me.”  In making you he has defined for you what you are all about.  The fatherhood   More…