The Hausvater Project

Hausvater: /HAUS-fah-ter/
noun (German)
1. Housefather.
2. Spiritually responsible 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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Spiritual Fasting

“Is not [the fast that God has chosen] to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh?” Isaiah 58:7

In the Pentateuch, fasting was required for the Day of Atonement. It was also often practiced in times of repentance, illness, or war. A reader might expect that God, in the middle of the Book of Isaiah, might be chastising the Israelites for not keeping the prescribed fasts. Instead, God excuses the lack of the action of fasting, focusing instead on what is more important: the condition of the heart.

Certainly, there are times when we as mothers have the wrong heart. We despise God’s gift of children. We showcase a negative attitude rather than giving thanks for His daily blessings. Our Heavenly Father urges you to repent for the sin of your cold heart. He forgives you, sending you the Holy Spirit to take up permanent residence in your soul through faith in Christ!

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Defined by Marriage

Marriage in America isn’t what it used to be. Previous generations regarded marriage as an institution with definite rules by which couples, upon entering, agreed to abide. Today’s generation, riding on the wave of individual autonomy and the exaggerated “right to choose,” has turned marriage into a private relationship defined by the individuals entering it. Instead of acknowledging the inviolable rules of marriage and submitting their wills to marriage as an institution, today’s generation asserts its sovereignty over marriage, imposing its preferred definitions on it.

Despite what some stridently suggest, marriage is not a waxen nose capable of being molded into an individual’s preferred shape. Marriage’s mold is fixed, being established in the eternal will of the almighty God. He declares it a lifelong institution between one man and one woman designed for companionship, procreation, and holiness.bride 5929c

As such, marriage excludes alternative definitions even as it forbids certain behaviors. A man cannot marry a man. A woman cannot marry a woman. An adult cannot marry an infant. A man cannot marry three women and two men. The definition of marriage will not allow it any more than the Trinity will allow an alternative definition than “One God in three Persons.” The same holds true in numerous areas in life. A field goal requires a football to be kicked through the uprights, not thrown. A vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat any meat, not someone who eats meat occasionally. A dollar is worth 100 pennies, not 97.

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Constructing a Family Altar Board



The photo above is our “Family Altar Board” hung directly above our piano.

What is it?

Simply, it is a 2' by 3' white board which we have drawn on with both permanent and dry-erase markers. All of the boxes and labels are permanent, as is the cyclical church calendar. Then, each week, we update the pertinent information with a dry-erase marker. In the center, there is an erasable message or a simple picture drawn representing something in the church year or from our devotion.

There are 4 basic areas:

  1. Divine Service Summary (top left)
  2. Church Calendar (top right)
  3. Christian Virtue (bottom left)
  4. Home Devotions (bottom right)

How do we use it?

It's a very simple idea which has grown into a powerful family tradition.

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