/ HAUS-fah-ter /

noun (German)
1. Housefather.
2. Head of household, including the housefather as assisted by the housemother.
>> Example: "As the Hausvater should teach it [Christian doctrine] to the entire family ..."
(Martin Luther, Small Catechism, 1529)

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Life Seminar 2014: Marriage, Family, and Evangelism Print E-mail

Presented by Ryan C. MacPherson, Ph.D. at Zion Lutheran Church Turtle Lake, WI, 1 March 2014

Four Sessions, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.:

  • The Family Altar: The Necessity and Benefit of Home Devotions
  • Marriage: The Divinely Established Life-Long Union Celebrating Sexual Complementarity, Children, and Chastity
  • Postmodern Society: Understanding the Abortion Controversy in America
  • The Gospel of Life: Sharing the Good News of Forgiveness in Christ

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2013 Fall Bible Institute: Life Together in the Christian Family

Saturday, October 26, 2013

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Please join your brothers and sisters in Christ as we study the Word of God and the Christian Family, and rejoice in the Lord’s gracious reformation of the Church through His servant Martin Luther.

The Hausvater Project will have a table of books, plus Dr. Ryan MacPherson will give the opening presentation.

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2013 Lutherans for Life Exhibitor

November 8-9, 2013

L.I.F.E. - Living In Faith Everyday - 2013 National Convention of Lutherans for Life

The Hausvater Project will have a table of books, plus Dr. Ryan MacPherson will be available to talk about marriage, parenting, home devotions, and the culture of life.

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Why Get Married?

“God instituted marriage before all other estates, and therefore created man and woman … that they should live together, be fruitful, beget children, and nourish and train them to the honor of God.” (Martin Luther, Large Catechism, 1529)


Why Submit?

“Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his own body, of which he is the Savior.” (Ephesians 5:22)


Why Love?

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word.” (Ephesians 5:25)


Why Serve the LORD?

“You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed. ... As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 23:14b, 24:15b)

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