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2017 Advent Devotion now available – For unto us a Son is given.
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It’s here and in time to be used for Advent (especially since we have an extra week this year).  Thanks especially to Mrs. Holly Scheer for the copy editing and also to Mrs. Kris Brown for layout and art direction.  Enjoy! Color Booklet Black and White Booklet eReader   Midweek … Continue reading

“Faithful Stewards of Our Master’s Talents” (Sermon on Matthew 25:14-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
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“Faithful Stewards of Our Master’s Talents” (Matthew 25:14-30) Our text is the Holy Gospel for today, from Matthew 25. It’s the story known as the Parable of the Talents. A master gives his servants talents, varying amounts of money, to manage on his behalf. When he comes back, we see … Continue reading

What We Really Need Is . . . — Pastoral Letter by Pastor Rolf Preus
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November, 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: The Church is not the pastors. It is the people. The only reason we need pastors is because we need the word of God that the pastors preach and teach. What we really need is God’s word. What good is a pastor … Continue reading

Prayers Requested for the publishers of GOOD NEWS magazine.
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Dear readers of Steadfast, It is with great sadness that I want to report to you that over the past day a fire has raged in the St. Louis area and it still smolders tonight.  The fired claimed a warehouse which contained some precious goods – around 2 million copies … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Last Sunday of the Church Year — Trinity XXVII
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This entry is part 41 of 40 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Last Sunday of the Church Year (Trinity XXVII) and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with the Daily Prayer meditation found in … Continue reading

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Gospel Notes for The Last Sunday of the Church Year

This entry is part 32 of 33 in the series Gospel Notes

The Gospel Notes for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Trinity 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

The Post-Reformation Reformation: 1546-1580

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series 2017 Reformation Newsletter Articles

This is part one of a series of twelve newsletter articles written by Rev. Neil L. Carlson for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Rev. Carlson is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Sidney and Chappell, … Continue reading

A few organizational changes going on at Steadfast…

There are a few things that have been happening behind the scenes here at Steadfast.  We have now for the past year or so renewed our 501c3 non-profit status (Steadfast Lutherans, Inc.) and have been operating with a Board of … Continue reading

Freeing the Catechism in English !!

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England. These loving people are giving away “the layman’s little Bible”—Luther’s Small Catechism— in English as a gift to English-speaking Christianity. The ELCE has published its Reformation Anniversary … Continue reading

Grain, Wine, Oil, and Reproaches

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

Grain, wine, and oil were the food staples of Israel, along with the animals. When the people stopped listening to the Word of the Lord, these – the grain, wine, oil, and livestock – became scarce. This was in fulfillment … Continue reading

On Miracles and Science

When reading Scripture one is immediately struck by the plethora of miracles one finds.  From the relatively minor miracle of changing a staff into a snake to the creation of the whole universe and the resurrection of the dead, Scripture … Continue reading

“Let Us Go to the House of the LORD!” (Sermon on Psalm 122:1, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Let Us Go to the House of the LORD!” (Psalm 122:1) You may notice that we still have the white paraments up from last week, when we observed All Saints’ Day. That’s because today we’re doing a kind of “All … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Second to the Last Sunday of the Church Year — Trinity XXVI

This entry is part 40 of 40 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Second to the Last Sunday of the Church Year (Trinity XXVI) and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Twenty-Third Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 31 of 33 in the series Gospel Notes

The Gospel Notes for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Trinity 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

What’s So Special About the Reformation? Christ Alone.

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

This is the fifth article in a series published in local newspapers of Clayton County, IA. Christ alone is our salvation. This means that he is the essence and sole sum of all that we confess from the Bible. Our … Continue reading

What’s So Special About the Reformation? Grace Alone.

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

This is the fourth article in a series published for local newspapers in Clayton County, IA. The Lutherans and Roman Catholics do not disagree with the following statement: “We are saved by grace alone.” But we have different definitions of … Continue reading

Ecclesiastical Supervisors as the Devil’s Accomplices

It is just another normal day as yet another pastor is thrown out by the congregation God has called him to serve. Is he being ousted for Biblical reasons? Is he being thrown out because he is teaching heresy? Is … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Third Commandment

  How lovely is your dwelling place,     O Lord of hosts! 2 My soul longs, yes, faints     for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy     to the living God. 3 Even the sparrow finds a home,     and … Continue reading

Optative Semi-Universalism

Many Christians unfortunately believe a certain strange doctrine at the deathbeds of their loved ones. Perhaps this doctrine already has a name, though if it does I’m not aware of it. I shall call it Optative Semi-Universalism (OSU for short). … Continue reading

“Who Are These, Clothed in White Robes?” (Sermon on Revelation 7:9-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Who Are These, Clothed in White Robes?” (Revelation 7:9-17) Today, on this first Sunday in November, we observe All Saints’ Day. On All Saints’ Day, we rejoice that we are part of that great communion of saints that is the … Continue reading

Help Lutherans in Africa get French Hymnals for $5 a piece!

There is a great opportunity for those willing to work fast.  CPH has published a great hymnal in French that is quite useful for mission work in Africa.  As such, Lutherans in Africa would be happy to receive as many … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Third to Last Sunday of the Church Year (Trinity XXV)

This entry is part 39 of 40 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Third to the Last Sunday of the Church Year (Trinity XXV) and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 30 of 33 in the series Gospel Notes

The Gospel Notes for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity 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

What’s So Special About the Reformation? Faith Alone.

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

This is the third article in a series published in local newspapers in Clayton County, IA. “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:28.  “But he who does not work … Continue reading

The Life of Repentance — Reformation Day Sermon, Pr Rolf Preus

Reformation Day October 31, 2017 The Life of Repentance Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17 Five hundred years ago today Martin Luther nailed 95 … Continue reading