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An Updated, Revised, and Free to Download E-reader of Wilhelm Loehe’s, Questions and Answers to the Six Parts of the Small Catechism of Dr. Martin Luther

August 28th, 2013 4 comments

“The Catechism should become engraved in the memory of the child for its entire life”- Wilhelm Löhe As Rev. Dr. John Pless writes, “The great twentieth century scholar of Luther’s Catechisms, Albrecht Peters notes that the Luther’s Small Catechism is marked by four aspects: (1) It is a brief summary and digest of the Bible, laying out in simple terms the heart of the Scriptures’ content: salvation through faith in Christ; (2) The Catechism enunciates the spiritual core of Scripture not as the insights of a spiritually-gifted individual but on the basis of catholic texts; (3) The Catechism looks at   More…

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The Full Brunt of God’s Wrath

In his formulation of theologia crucis Luther understood that God arrived at his proper work only by way of his strange and alien work. Luther formulated this work in the Genesis lectures in describing the experience of Abraham, asserting that only in faith was Abraham able to hear the “deep, secret yea beneath and above the nay.” For, “in the trial of God-forsakeness,” this “faith is no mere trifle”; “it is nothing less than a struggle with God against God.” As Walther von Loewenich wrote: “It is God himself who attacks man through trials. Luther also labeled the devil as the originator of trial.   More…

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Sermon — The Ten Commandments Preach Repentance; That Is, By Them God Shows Us Our Sin And How Much We Need A Savior

Text: Exodus 20:1-17 And God spoke all these words, saying,  “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.  “You shall have no other gods before me.  “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers   More…

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The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Must Repent And Die (If She Is Going to Live)

The Church in every generation preaches one thing: the wisdom of the cross. She comes proclaiming a message of death and resurrection. Her life’s blood is repentance and renewed faith in Christ’s saving work for His people. Her watchword is reform. The language for this is death and resurrection. Therefore, in this generation the Lutheran church must die if she is going to live. Only churches which have grown tired of the bloody business of dying and rising ignore this reality. They will not pray for it. They will not preach it. Instead they offer gimmicks, salesmanship, methods, and manipulation   More…

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The Supper tells us what the Church is ~ A Brief Meditation on 1 Corinthians 11:26-29

This meditation is taken from and based on Herman Sasse’s “The Holy Supper and the Future of Our Church: A Reformation Festival Address in a Newly Constructed Church” (1939), in The Lonely Way, vol. 1, p.489ff. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the   More…

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A Sermon by Rev. Dr. Kenneth Korby ~ Habakkuk 1:1-3; 2:1-4: The Righteous Live By Faith

THE RIGHTEOUS LIVE BY FAITH JESU Juva! 25 OCTOBER 1992—TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST ZION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, ST PAUL MN Kenneth F. Korby, THD     Hymns (LW) 209;210; 334; 155*; 362 Psalm 62 (TLH) 6;261; 231*; 371 HABAKKUK 1:1-3; 2:1-4 2 Timothy 1:3-14 SAINT LUKE 17:1-10   HE WHO THROUGH FAITH IS RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE Although we shall (Dv) celebrate the Reformation of the Church on Saturday next, we have left the red on the altar—color of the Holy Spirit, of fire and love, of martyrdom and life in the blood of Jesus. Many of our sister churches will   More…

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Why do you cling so tenaciously to the Mass?

According to Trent, and not quite according to the Catechismus Romanus the sacrifice of the Mass is not a repetition of the sacrifice on the cross, but its remembrance, its being made present, and its application. Nevertheless, the sacrifice of the Mass is said to be in fact a propitiatory sacrifice. And since in this divine Sacrifice which is performed in the Mass, that same Christ is contained in a bloodless sacrifice who on the altar of the cross once offered himself with the shedding of his blood: the holy Synod teaches that this sacrifice is truly propitiatory. … God,   More…

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Order of Service for Catechization, from Liturgy for Christian Congregations of the Lutheran Faith, by Wilhelm Loehe

*The service begins with a hymn, suitable to the part of the Catechism to be studied. During the last stanza the minister approaches the altar and reads, whenever possible alternately with the congre gation, one of the following Psalms 1; 19; 34; 119, 1-19. Then: P. The Lord be with you. R. And with thy spirit. P. Let us pray : ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, inasmuch as it is Thy will that not one of the least of these Thy children be lost, but hast sent Thine only Son to seek and to save them, and through Him hast commanded   More…

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Worship and Pastoral Care In the Theology of Pr. Wilhelm Loehe

The object of pastoral care is the creation of new creatures in Christ. This happens ordinarily, and most effectively, through sermon, liturgy, and catechesis. Pastoral care flows into and out of, not the lives of individuals in individual crises, but into and out of the life of the whole congregation as it gathers in worship. First, the care of souls properly belongs to the church. Pastoral theology can be designated as a tri-polar field, as Ken Korby referred to it. The basic pole is the Word of God; the other two poles are the congregation and the pastor. The second   More…

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The Chief Article: Justification by faith alone

Reference Texts: CA IV and Apology IV _____________________________   The fourth article of the Augustana is the chief article. The hub of the wheel and the epicenter of all controversies in the Church. But, talking about justification is like talking about sex — fun, but not nearly as good as doing it. A Lutheran pastor’s job description then, as public preachers is simple, to not just talk about justification, but preach it so that this Word of God that is “for you” in Christ defeats the final enemy of humankind and all creation by raising the dead. [Now if you’ve   More…

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Sanctification: By Grace Alone

by Rev. Dr. David P. Scaer Luther placed justification, the doctrine of God’s free grace in Jesus Christ, at the heart of his theology. Man is saved not by anything he does or could hope to do, but by what God has done once and for all in Jesus Christ. Since the Reformation, God’s accepting the death of Christ in place of the sinner’s death has been the hallmark of Protestantism and more specifically of Lutheran churches. Salvationis sola gratia and sola fide. God justifies the sinner purely out of His grace through faith without works. Just as no one   More…

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The Ten Commandments preach Repentance; that is, by them God shows us our sin and how much we need a Savior.

by Rev. Dr. Ken Korby   You shall have no other gods. What does this mean? We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things. My God is that which I love, trust and fear most in my life. I expect my comfort, good and delight from my God. Do I look to God my heavenly Father, for all love, good and joy? Is everything measured for me by what pleases me? In all things am I self-centered and selfish? Do I see my worry and fretting as sin against trusting God? Do I complain about the troubles,   More…

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Preaching law and the Gospel. Do you dare?

Herein I am addressing the matter of confession. That is, what is being done when the preacher is making a public witness to the world of the one, holy Catholic Church’s proclamation of, and faith in Christ. Just as Paul said: “For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and confesses with the mouth and so is saved.  The Scripture says, ‘no one who believes in him will be put to shame.” [Isaiah 28:16; Romans 10:10] The goal of a confession is to be confessed. That is, to give the free word of God in Christ, gratis, as   More…

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Sermon for Good Friday, by Rev. Dr. Kenneth Korby ~ Behold! The Lamb of God

March 29th, 2013 2 comments

by Rev. Kenneth Korby Abraham was right. That faithful old man, the “father of believers,” was caught in the deepest anguish of his faith when God stuck him on the spear-point of his order to sacrifice his son. Laden with wood on his back, the boy asked,“Father, where is the lamb?” With fire in his box – and in his own heart – and with the knife in his hand, Abraham was faithful. Behold the Passover God provided the Lamb for the burnt offering. And so that you and I and the rest of the world might not miss the Lamb or get   More…

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Examining “Luther’s Theology of the Cross,” by Hermann Sasse

March 19th, 2013 4 comments

Whenever the Church points to her Lord’s bloody agony at Calvary as the revelation of God’s faithful, loving kindness, the old man in Adam is repulsed. Sinners want to see God, but not there. Not beaten. Not bloodied. Not screaming in agony. The old sinner wants to see God for who He really is in all His glory. This thorn-crowned Nazarite, they complain, can’t possibly be what Moses was thinking when he implored God to see his glory. (Exodus 33:18) Moses demanded of the LORD, “Show me your glory.” But God said, “You cannot see my face and live, because   More…

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