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Volume 14 Issue 24

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Christmas by Pastor Joseph Abrahamson   SUMMARY: It is common in our day to hear claims that Christian teachings and holidays aren’t Christian at all but are merely rewrapped pagan teaching and holidays. Such claims are often accompanied by phrases such as “the earliest church fathers . . .”

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Volume 14 Issue 23 – Christmas Letter

Dear Brothers And Sisters In Christ, We associate gift giving with Christmas as we gather with family, friends, and loved ones and exchange carefully chosen gifts with one another. We do this because giving gifts is our way of showing our love for one another. It’s easy to give a gift to the ones we

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Volume 14 Issue 22

Canticles of the Christ-Child Simeon’s Nunc Dimittis: Luke 2:29-32 By Pastor Matthew Ude Luke 2:29-32  29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word;  30 for my eyes have seen your salvation  31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,  32 a light for revelation to

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Volume 14 Issue 21

Canticles of the Christ-Child Zacharias’ Benedictus: Luke 1:67-79  By Pastor David Ude  Luke 1:67-79, And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, 68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people 69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in

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Volume 14 Issue 20

 |   Advent Series – Canticles of the Christ-Child Mary’s Magnificat: Luke 1:46-55 Pastor Mark Bernthal Luke 1:46-55  46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,  47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,  48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations

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Volume 14 Issue 19

A Day for Giving Thanks By Pastor Matthew Ude [ A note for our international brothers: November 23 was Thanksgiving, an national holiday in the US ] Psalm 136 is a psalm giving thanks to the Lord in which the Hebrews recounted the things that God has done for them. This Thanksgiving is good chance

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Volume 14 Issue 18

The Augsburg Confession : Article 27 Concerning Monastic Vows This article is a follow-up to the church customs and traditions mentioned in Article XV. In that article the Lutherans stated that monastic vows were one of several customs which were abused in the Roman Church, and those abuses are taken up here in Article XXVII.

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Volume 14 Issue 17

The Augsburg Confession: Article 26 Of the Distinction of Foods Church Customs This article goes into more detail on the Church customs and traditions spoken of generally in Article XV. There the Lutheran confessors stated that church customs established by men were only useful if they were “observed without sin” and if they “contribute to peace and good

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Volume 14 Issue 16

The Augsburg Confession: Article 25 Confession by Pastor Nathanael Mayhew Confession In Article 11, which also dealt with the topic of Confession, we have already discussed the Biblical role of absolution as connected to confession and the errors (both perceived and real) on the part of the Roman Catholic church. As we continue with the

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Volume 14 Issue 15

The Augsburg Confession: Article 24 Of the Sacrifice of the Mass by Pastor Nathanael Mayhew More on the Lord’s Supper The doctrine of the Lord’s Supper is spoken of in the Augsburg Confession more often than any other doctrine. In Article X the Lutherans clarify their teaching on the bodily presence of Christ in the

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