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Pastor Em. Daniel Feischer

Religion As a Prop

Religion is often used as a prop by politicians during election times.

Recently we read in the public press, “President Obama and his family headed out to church this morning for the third time in a month, the latest sign that the president may be using religion to boost his image as the campaign heats up.”

Lest we be accused of discrimination, let us acknowledge that the current president is not the only one who finds the public show of religion convenient to his ends.Read More »Religion As a Prop

What is Truly Lutheran?

In concluding our second article on the topic “What is Truly Lutheran?”, we summarized the contents of the Augsburg Confession [cf. April 2012 Lutheran Spokesman, p. 15ff].

The Augsburg Confession—the classic confession of the Lutheran Church—was read publicly in June of 1530. One of the Catholic bishops who heard it said, “All of this is exact truth. We cannot deny that” (Living with Luther, J. M. Weidenschilling, p. 38).Read More »What is Truly Lutheran?

What is Truly Lutheran?

To begin with, we do well to define the term Christian. A Christian is one who believes in the forgiveness of sins through the blood atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. This faith and confidence is not part of the natural human heart but a consequence of the gospel through which the Holy Spirit creates the faith that confesses,

“I believe in God the Father… and in Jesus Christ… and in the Holy Ghost.”Read More »What is Truly Lutheran?

What is Truly Lutheran

Upon the death of the Reformer, Dr. Martin Luther, differences arose within the Lutheran Church—a name assigned to those who held the doctrines he had taught from Scripture.

Consequently in 1577, the Formula of Concord, the defining confession of the Lutheran faith and teaching, was written as an effort to settle disputes that had arisen. Thousands of Lutheran Read More »What is Truly Lutheran

How to stand fast in an evil day

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

2 Timothy 3:10-17

10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,Read More »How to stand fast in an evil day

The Only Savior

Before the fall into sin there was no need for salvation. Adam and Eve already enjoyed perfect bliss and happiness in paradise. But since the fall and the consequent loss of paradise, restoration of perfect bliss and happiness (eternal salvation) is regained only through the One who was promised by the Father and who came from the Father to rescue mankind from its lost condition.Read More »The Only Savior

Vessels…Useful for the Master

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  (2 Timothy 2:15)

Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal:
“The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Read More »Vessels…Useful for the Master

The Blessing Of Fellowship

Just exactly what is “Scriptural fellowship”?

Fellowship may be companionship or an exercise of friendliness toward one another. It expresses what the dictionary defines as a “community of interest.” The exercise of such fellowship serves society. But fellowship as society defines it is quite shallow—certainly a far cry from the scriptural concept.

“Fellowship” in the scriptural sense does not revolve around coffee but around the Word of God. A God-pleasing exercise of fellowship is based upon a common understanding of God’s Word and a Spirit-wrought acceptance and agreement in all that Scripture teaches.Read More »The Blessing Of Fellowship

Is there a hell?” OR “Has God Indeed Said…?

The devil in the cloak of the serpent posed the question that ensnared Adam and Eve. God said, “…but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat…” (Genesis 2:17). Satan asked, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’” (Genesis 3:1)

God had declared the consequence of disobedience. If Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, they would “surely die” (Genesis 2:17). Flatly contradicting God, Satan said, “You will not surely die” (Genesis 3:4).Read More »Is there a hell?” OR “Has God Indeed Said…?