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The Hammer Blows of Matthew Chapter 10

Written by Paul Fleischer | March, 2014
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Not long ago we read of a recently published book which claims that reports of Christian martyrdom under the Roman Empire were all fabricated. According to a review of The Myth of Persecution in WORLD magazine (June 1, 2013), the book’s author, a Notre Dame professor, theorizes that “the ancient narrative of Christians tortured and […] Read More

Civility and the January 8th and January 23rd Mass Murders

Written by Paul Fleischer | April, 2011
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A Christian Perspective With regard to the January 8 Tucson tragedy we find it interesting that the nation—from the President on down—pretty much stopped in its tracks for a couple weeks to mark and decry the act of a deranged individual who killed six people and injured another fifteen or so, including an Arizona congresswoman. […] Read More

475th Anniversary of the SMALCALD ARTICLES

Written by Paul Fleischer | March, 2012
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“…The Word of God shall establish articles of faith and no one else, not even an angel.” (Luther, SA, Part II, Art. II) A Closer Look at the Smalcald Articles (SA) (First of Three) 1. Establishing our “Confessional” Identity The plan is to use valuable space in our little magazine, beginning next month, with a […] Read More

A tale that is FINALLY* told!

Written by Paul Fleischer | December, 2011
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*Defined in Webster as 1) at the end, in conclusion; 2) decisively; conclusively, irrevocably “Finally… finally… finally… finally… finally… finally… finally… the split came!” Count ’em—seven times the word “finally” appears in two short articles (August & September 2011 issues) in Forward in Christ, the Wisconsin Synod’s counterpart to our Lutheran Spokesman. Read More

THANK YOU!

Written by Paul Fleischer | December, 2014
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Dear brethren: With Jacob at the brook Jabbok I say: “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac…I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which You have shown Your servant; for I crossed over this Jordan with my staff, and now I […] Read More

A Closer Look at the Smalcald Articles (SA) (Second of Three)

Written by Paul Fleischer | April, 2012
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75th Anniversary of the SMALCALD ARTICLES “…The Word of God shall establish articles of faith and no one else, not even an angel.” (Luther, SA, Part II, Art. II) Historical Setting This year is the 475th anniversary of the Smalcald Articles (SA) which were penned by Dr. Martin Luther in 1537. The boxed dateline shows […] Read More

The PERFECT Present

Written by Paul Fleischer | December, 2014
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Fellow Worshippers of God’s Perfect Christmas Gift—  The cover of a recent Sunday newsmagazine said, “There’s still time to find the perfect present for Christmas.” And then it was said, “Check inside for last minute gifts.” The word “perfect” has lately become a favorite adjective of many people. At home I heard one of my […] Read More

Editor’s Note – Christian Apologetics

Written by Paul Fleischer | April, 2011
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* From the editor — Editor Note on Christian Apologetics by Jamie Arndt Mr. James Arndt, a graduate of Immanuel Lutheran College, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, taught for some years in our Christian Day Schools. He and his wife Rachel with their children Caleb and Audrey reside in Madison, Wisconsin, where they are members of our CLC […] Read More

Jesus, Our Brother— Made Perfect Through Sufferings

Written by Paul Fleischer | December, 2014
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“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed […] Read More

May Each of Us Ever Confess: “Jesus is Lord”!

Written by Paul Fleischer | August, 2014
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FROM A CONFIRMATION SERMON  The Word of God that deserves special attention on this Confirmation Day is: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). In the early days of the Christian Church “Jesus is […] Read More

Book Review— Enhance Your Christmas

Written by Paul Fleischer | December, 2011
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Our CLC Bookhouse now carries the 80-page spiral-bound devotional titled AT BETHLEHEM’S CRIB— Seven Christmas Sermons by Norman A. Madson, Sr. (1886-1962). $8.50 Read More

Of Ravens, Crows, and Pastoral Concern

Written by Paul Fleischer | August, 2013
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In the process of laying out the August issue of the Lutheran Spokesman, including the article which mentions the selfish behavior of ravens, we came upon a quote in which the Reformer Dr. Martin Luther uses the ravens’ cousins, the crows, to make a spiritual point. Recall the times of Luther (b.1483-d.1546). In preparation for […] Read More

MARRIAGE PERSPECTIVES (Bible/Christian style)

Written by Paul Fleischer | April, 2014
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The national (liberal/progressive) narrative increasingly bad-mouths “old-fashioned traditional” man/woman marriage as being stodgy and dull—while promoting the new relationship excitement between people of the same sex “uniting” in marriage. Just this week we learn that Chevrolet is using the Olympic games to promote a pro-gay platform, thus “helping drive the crusade to normalize two men […] Read More

God’s Providential Care of His Own

Written by Paul Fleischer | February, 2011
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True to form, the past holiday season again had various religious articles in the secular press, like one a week ago in the Sunday newspaper magazine about “How Americans Imagine God.” Interesting reading, beginning with the survey result that supposedly “about nine in 10 Americans believe in God or some higher power.” A number of the […] Read More

475th Anniversary of the SMALCALD ARTICLES

Written by Paul Fleischer | May, 2012
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“…The Word of God shall establish articles of faith and no one else, not even an angel.” (Luther, SA, Part II, Art. II) A Closer Look at the Smalcald Articles (SA) (Last of Three) God’s Word Alone the Rule of Faith Read More

The Japan Disaster — “What is Man…?”

Written by Paul Fleischer | May, 2011
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My wife and I were privileged to visit the Hawaiian islands for the first time recently—in fact, just a week or so before the Japan catastrophies. The islands give abundant evidence of volcanic eruptions and lands formed at least to a degree by lava flows (yes, on one calm day a tour-guide warned of the […] Read More

Yes, We Believe in Angels!

Written by Paul Fleischer | December, 2010
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A Christmas Sermonette… As the opening narration for the children’s service will tell us, our Christmas Eve service is constructed around Dr. Martin Luther’s hymn “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come,” echoing the Christmas angel delivering the good news of the Savior’s birth. I would summarize my remarks this evening with the statement, “Yes, […] Read More

A Christian Perspective — Days of Infamy

Written by Paul Fleischer | September, 2011
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The nation will surely be pausing to observe 9/11 in various ways ten years after it happened. (How time flies!) In the annals of world and/or a nation’s history, certain events and/or days—such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941—have been said to “live in infamy” (as then President Roosevelt put it). Read More

…No One But Jesus Only

Written by Paul Fleischer | December, 2010
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Concluding Our Observance Of The Clc’s 50th Anniversary In the calendar year now drawing to a close, our church body with its respective congregations has individually and collectively marked a half-century of wonderful blessings. As the synod’s official “spokesman,” our little magazine too has been noting the event. Together we have looked back to the […] Read More

“Pet Blessings”

Written by Paul Fleischer | January, 2013
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While traveling the city recently, we noticed a local Lutheran Church (ELCA) bulletin board advertising an up-coming Sunday as “Pet Blessing Sunday” in/at their church. Read More