Category: CL2014

Volume LIX

In Heaven with her Savior… Waltraut Elisabeth Natterer

It hath pleased Almighty God in His all-wise providence (Romans 11:33-36) and according to His gracious promises in Christ Jesus (John 11:25-26; 14:2-3) to call out of this vale of tears to Himself in heaven the soul of Waltraut Natterer,

“Forget not all His benefits!”

— Psalm 103:2 As we look about us on our national day of thanksgiving and survey even briefly the innumerable blessings that we as Americans enjoy on a day-to-day basis, we cannot help being struck with awe and with gratitude

The Significance of Our Savior’s Name

“Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.”— Matthew 1:21 As we celebrate anew at Christmas time the birth of our precious Savior, it behooves us to “ponder in our mind God’s wondrous

Drunkenness: A Particular Temptation during the Holidays

“Be not drunk … but be filled with the Spirit”  — Ephesians 5:18 As we approach the holiday season (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve) every year, we are reminded of a particular temptation: Drunkenness!  The civil authorities ramp up

“Come, Thou Precious Ransom, Come!”

This hymn, #55 in The Lutheran Hymnal, is a prayer to the only Savior for the world of sinners, Christ Jesus.  The writer of this hymn is unknown.  In 1664, the Rev. Johann Gottfried Olearius of Halle, Germany, first published

„Lutheranism” — What’s in a Name?

For those who know and appreciate the faithful Scriptural teachings of Dr. Martin Luther, it can be quite disturbing to see the name of Luther associated with church bodies that blatantly teach contrary to what is clearly set forth in

“Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Thy Word”

This hymn, #261 in The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), is a prayer to the Triune God:  Stanza 1 – to the heavenly Father; Stanza 2 – to the Son of God; Stanza 3 – to the Holy Ghost.  The writer of

Excerpt from the Formula of Concord on Martin Luther

“By the special grace and mercy of the Almighty, the doctrine concerning the chief articles of our Christian religion (which under the Papacy had been horribly obscured by human teachings and ordinances) were explained and purified again from God’s Word

Luther’s Lament – Excerpt from Concordia Triglotta p.455

Even before Luther’s death, false “Lutherans” were perverting the true teachings of the Lutheran church. How might Martin Luther react to the perversions in Lutheranism today? We suspect with the same type of  indignation that we see below. Excerpt taken

Luther on Learning and the Catechism

Alas! as it is, the common people regard the Gospel altogether too lightly, and we accomplish nothing extraordinary even though we use all diligence. What, then, will be achieved if we shall be negligent and lazy as we were under