Catechetical Questions in the Torah by Pastor Andrew Richard

I recently read an excellent article by Pastor Ryan Loeslie entitled, “Say It!” Says the Little Girl.  In it he noted the childlike nature of Luther’s catechism question: “Was ist das?” meaning, “What is it?” or “What is that?”  Luther’s … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Laetare (Lent 4)

The Gospel Notes for the Fourth Sunday in Lent (Laetare) of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black … Continue reading

Word Study for The Third Sunday in Lent: HAZAQ by Pastor Andrew Richard

One of the options for the Old Testament reading on Oculi is Exodus 8:16-24 (which is 8:12-20 in Hebrew).  Exodus 8:19 has a recurring phrase in the account of the Exodus: “But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened.”  Who hardened Pharaoh’s heart, … Continue reading

Anxiety, Depression, Vocation, and Art by Vanessa Rasanen

By Vanessa Rasanen Vanessa is one of the contributors over at Sisters of Katie Luther and we have invited her to tell her story on Steadfast Lutherans. Be sure to visit Solus Calamum Designs to see her amazing artwork.   … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Oculi (Lent 3)

The Gospel Notes for the Third Sunday in Lent (Oculi) of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black … Continue reading

Word Study for Reminiscere: Pleonekteo by Pastor Andrew Richard

A note on the Epistle for Reminiscere, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7, particularly verses 3-7. Paul introduces these few verses with the phrase “For this is the will of God, your holiness, that you abstain from sexual immorality” (v. 3). In the … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Reminiscere

The Gospel Notes for the Second Sunday in Lent (Reminiscere) of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black … Continue reading

The Challenges of Planting a Church – by Pastor Andrew Richard

Editor’s Note: Below is the State of the Congregation Address that Pastor Andrew Richard recently gave to his congregation. It is magnificent as it addresses the actual struggles of the congregation – applying the truth and comfort of God’s Word … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Invocabit and Ash Wednesday

The Gospel Notes for Invocabit (the First Sunday in Lent) of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Quinquagesima

The Gospel Notes for Quinquagesima of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, the Half-Page … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Sexagesima

The Gospel Notes for Sexagesima of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, the Half-Page … Continue reading

Guest Post — Sean Smith on LYF Youth Poll

Posted by Sean Smith on Facbook, an article pointing to blogs.lcms.org:   48.3 percent responded that pre-marital sex is always wrong, 16.1 percent that it is OK if both people love each other and 14.3 percent that it is ok … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Transfiguration of our Lord

The Gospel Notes for the Transfiguration of our Lord or the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. Additionally, we’ve made available readings for the Purification of Mary, celebrated on Feb 2nd. … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

The Gospel Notes for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany of the Historic One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, the … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Second and Third Sundays after the Epiphany

The Gospel Notes for the Second and Third Sundays after the Epiphany from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. The Second Sunday after the Epiphany   PDF’s: Color, B/W, Bi-folds: Color, B/W, or Half-Page Legal Color, B/W. … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Epiphany

The Gospel Notes for Epiphany from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. There are three separate sets that have been prepared as follows: The Epiphany of our Lord (Jan. 6th)   PDF’s: Color, B/W, Bi-folds: Color, B/W, … Continue reading

Gospel Notes — The Circumcision of our Lord

The Gospel Notes for Christmas from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. There are two separate sets that have been prepared as follows: Eve of the Circumcision   PDF’s: Color, B/W, Bi-folds: Color, B/W, or Half-Page Legal … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Christmas

The Gospel Notes for Christmas from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. There are three separate sets that have been prepared as follows: Christmas Eve   PDF’s: Color, B/W, Bi-folds: Color, B/W, or Half-Page Legal Color, B/W. … Continue reading

Martin Chemnitz on Good Works

The Augsburg Confession and the Apology set forth the reasons thus: It is necessary to do good works commanded by God, not that we may trust to earn grace by them, but because of the will and command of God, … Continue reading

The Second Table of the Law and Sanctification by Martin Luther

Beyond these seven chief ways of Christian sanctification there are also additional external marks by which the holy Christian church is recognized. Put another way: The Holy Spirit sanctifies us also according to the Second Table of the Law. The … Continue reading

Why Do We Distinguish Between Sins? by Martin Chemnitz

203 Do the Remains of Sin Exist and Remain in the Reborn in This Life? They by all means are and remain. For though [the reborn] are ruled by the Holy Spirit, yet they complain that nothing good dwells in … Continue reading

Some Thoughts on The Third Use of the Law and Preaching by Kurt Marquart

Our preaching needs to serve and communicate the three permanent witnesses on earth, the spirit (or the blessed Gospel words which are spirit and life, St. Jn. 6:63), the water of Holy Baptism, and the Blood of the New Testament, … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Rorate Coeli (Advent 4)

The Gospel Notes for the Fourth Sunday of Advent from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. It is available in two versions this year — to cover the alternate reading. You may download the notes for John … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Gaudete (Advent 3)

The Gospel Notes for the Third Sunday of Advent from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Populus Zion (Advent 2)

The Gospel Notes for the Second Sunday of Advent from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading