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Church Art Glorifies God and Serves Christians

July 28th, 2014 4 comments

Faith Lutheran Church in Wylie recently commissioned the artist Ken Spirduso to paint an altar painting for our congregation. We decided on a painting of Jesus pulling Peter out of the water, from Matthew 14:22-33. Jesus pulling Peter out of the water shows us what faith means. It means clinging to Jesus Christ alone for our salvation. Faith is passive, and Christ is active in our salvation. He draws us out of the waters of death by forgiving us our sins in the Gospel. The photo doesn’t do the painting justice. When you look at it, you can see movement.   More…

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A Christmas Hymn

December 25th, 2013 3 comments

The tune is “Der Tag, der Ist So Freudenreich” (see below) This is a day of joy for me, The day of God’s appearing, And all the guilt I see in me Is quickly disappearing, For here in perfect flesh and blood Lies the incarnate God of God, Divine and human natures; To us a Child is born today, A Son is giv’n to take away The sins of us his creatures. Rejoice with me, with me rejoice, And join the angel chorus! Sing to our God with happy voice, Who opens heaven for us. To God be glory! Peace   More…

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A Hymn on Baptism

December 22nd, 2013 5 comments

For K.H. I come, O God, back to this bath, With sorrow for my many sins, To claim the death that stilled Your wrath, And take the life Your word begins. I come, O Jesus, to this stream Which flowed out from Your pierced side With blood that did the world redeem And pours new life on what has died. I come, O Spirit, to this birth, In which you make me God’s dear child, Where sinners find their Savior’s worth And cleansing for what they’ve defiled. I come, O Holy Trinity To claim the name You placed on me,   More…

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A Hymn on the Scriptures

December 7th, 2013 4 comments

A Hymn on the Scriptures by Rev. Mark Preus Come, Jesus Christ, our precious Lord, And give Your holy Spirit, Who comforts sinners with Your Word To clothe them with Your merit; For this the Scriptures were inspired, That we who in our sins were mired Might know You as our Savior, And praise Your name forever.   For patience, comfort, and for hope The Scriptures were recorded; Now those who in the darkness grope Are with Your light rewarded. By grace, for free, You did fulfill For us the Father’s holy will, To cleanse our guilty conscience And give   More…

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Sermon on Matthew 18:1-11, Michaelmas

September 29th, 2013 2 comments

Michaelmas, Matthew 18:1-11 Faith Lutheran Church, Wylie, TX 28 September 2013, Pr. Mark Preus If your hand or foot or eyes causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled than to enter into the hell of fire with all your hands and feet and eyes. To enter into life is to believe the Gospel about Jesus and to receive eternal life from him. To enter into hell is not to believe the Gospel and face the judgment of hell that sinners rightly deserve. To cut off your hand or   More…

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A Hymn on Holiness

May 15th, 2013 1 comment

For Cody Norton Tune: Let us ever walk with Jesus Sanctify us, holy Father In the truth – Your Word is truth; Holiness is in no other, It must come from Your own mouth. Only Christ, your Word from heaven Gives to us Your love and name, Frees us from all sin and shame; In our baptism we were given All that He has done and said – With His flesh and blood we’re fed. Sanctify us, Christ, our Savior, You are all our holiness; You, despite our bad behavior Clothe us with your righteousness. From your wounds the truth   More…

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Steadfast in Song: An Easter / Quasimodogeniti Hymn

April 6th, 2013 7 comments

Tune: FAR, VERDEN, FAR VEL (The Sun Has Gone Down, Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary 574) My Savior still lives, And I too will live in the peace that He gives; Within me no sin has the strength to remove The truth of His pardon, the pow’r of His love; My Lord is arisen, now death must retreat To utter defeat – Christ’s work is complete. Come near, sinners all, Christ stands in our midst to lift up all who fall, To bind what is broken, to heal what is ill, To pardon transgression through God’s gracious will; Sin, death and the   More…

Simon Peter Syndrome: A Maundy Thursday Sermon

March 29th, 2013 22 comments

Maundy Thursday; John 13:1—11 Faith Lutheran Church – Wylie, TX 28 March 2013 – Pr. Mark Preus Today we celebrate the night our Lord Jesus Christ was betrayed into the hands of sinful men, the night He instituted the sacrament of his body and blood for us Christians to eat and to drink. The biggest problem all the other protestants have with the Lord’s Supper is that they don’t believe Jesus’ words that he spoke when he instituted the sacrament of the altar. They don’t believe that the bread Jesus gives us is also given us as his body, and   More…

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Be Fruitful and Multiply: Second Thoughts on Birth Control

February 7th, 2013 48 comments

In writing something about birth control, I enter into a battlefield in disarray. There are personal issues hidden beneath many’s opinions on the matter, and there is often guilt, real or imagined, in the consciences of many Christians as they think about this important and personal issue. And yet the issue is public, just as marriage is. It involves the basic doctrines of our common creed. It is time we take steps to gain consensus. If I may suggest a different approach, instead of arguing about so-called “exceptions,” or hard circumstances, where most of our conversation on the matter has   More…

In death and love: a poem on baptism

January 12th, 2013 5 comments

In death and love I caught her, when her life was held by her hate; I found her in the water, and I drowned beneath her weight.     The guilt that she had was heavy –     was enough to flood all the earth –     yes, it was enough to levy     the wages of sinners from birth. In death and love I caught her, by her unbelief so bound, that when her Maker sought her, she didn’t want to be found.     She couldn’t seek and find me;     she could only choose to leave;     To her, my wrath defined me –     her wrath   More…

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Sacramental Worship: Learning from the Wise Men

January 5th, 2013 5 comments

The Epiphany of our Lord – Matthew 2:1-12 Faith Lutheran Church – Wylie, TX 6 January 2013 – Pr. Mark Preus When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. We learn a few things from the coming of the wise men. First, we learn what brings them to worship Christ. Second we learn how they worship Christ. First,   More…

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A rose by any other name would not smell as sweet… Circumcision, Jesus, Joshua, and Baptism

December 31st, 2012 3 comments

And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. In Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Juliet laments the fact that Romeo belongs to her family’s rival family, the Montegues. ‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy; Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot, Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part Belonging to a man. O, be some other name! What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By   More…

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A Hymn on Holy Absolution

December 15th, 2012 7 comments

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I wrote this hymn with two men in mind. First, my father, Pr. Rolf Preus, who was my pastor who absolved me in the divine service throughout my youth and taught me what the absolution is; second, my first father confessor, Pr. David Kind. Thank God for His faithful ministers. The tune is Ich Sterbe Täglich (I Come, O Savior to Thy Table) until someone writes something better. Come, you who feel sin’s heavy burden, For Christ’s ambassador is here. Receive from him your Savior’s pardon, That covers shame and ends all fear. Lord, may Your absolution   More…

A Hymn on the Sacrament of the Altar

November 19th, 2012 11 comments

Here is a hymn I wrote for my congregation.   A Hymn on the Sacrament of the Altar composed for Faith Lutheran Church, Plano/Wylie, TX Tune: LSB 513 or TLH 605 The Word of Christ is spoken, And angels bend to see How hearts, once bound and broken, Are set at liberty. For Christ, the Lord of Glory, Proclaims His death again; No doubt can dim the story That pardons all our sin. With bread and wine are given Christ’s body and His blood; The earthly hides the heaven As flesh encloses God; The right hand of the Father Is   More…

“A Letter to Advocates of Sodomy”

November 9th, 2012 241 comments

Dear fellow citizen who promotes same-sex marriage, I don’t expect to convince you of anything, since you do not see purpose or order in nature, and whenever it will be pointed out to you, you will deny this order because of anomalies or because you find it incredible that nature could refuse her blessings to extra-marital or perverted sex. When I point out that marriage is for children, you will point out that some marriages don’t have children.  When I point out that nature obviously did not intend the acts of homosexuality, you will point to the anomalous behavior of   More…