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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    Download a free study guide for this Gospel-centered hymn, including questions, an answer key, and traceable handwriting practice sheets to aid memorization! Read More
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Luther's Evening Prayer (Chant)

“I thank you, my Heavenly Father, ...” is a familiar prayer that Martin Luther composed for Christians to say each evening before sleeping.

For a free PDF download of a musical arrangement for chanting the prayer, plus some explanations from the composer, continue reading.

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From Heav’n above to Earth I Come

From heav’n above to earth I come
to bear good news to ev’ry home:
Glad tidings of great joy I bring,
Whereof I now will say and sing ...

Luther loved music—deeming God’s gift of song second only to His gift of theology. Here the Reformer sets the Christmas account to music and in this centuries-old children’s hymn clearly proclaims the reality of Jesus’ incarnation. This text encourages us to consider the two natures in Christ, looking both to Jesus’ humanity and divinity. In His humble birth, we see Jesus willingly give up the glories of His Divine nature in order to redeem us from the curse of sin. Jesus becomes a true human being so that He might be our substitute. He lives a perfect life to satisfy the demands of the law for us and then He offers up His own life on the cross to atone for all of our trespasses.

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Christ-centered Gift-giving Suggestions for Your Children and Godchildren

Over the years, we’ve given and received a variety of faith-building gifts. Here are some ideas for your family or for your Godchildren.

Christmas Gifts

  • Ornaments
    (Start a tradition of giving one each year. Also a great gift for teachers.)
  • Nativity Set
    (This idea has endless possibilities. Choose a resilient material for younger children, or a porcelain set for those who are more responsible. Give it all at once, or one piece each year.)
  • The Messiah: The Greatest Sermon Ever Sung, by Tony Pittenger and Jonathan Mayer
    (Add the CD to this book for a wonderful visual and aural keepsake, to be treasured again and again.)
  • The Christmas Connection, by Karyn Lukasek
  • Christian T-Shirts
    (A visible reminder, and a public declaration, of the faith into which we were baptized.)

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