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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Her Children Rise Up and Call Her Blessed

As Jesus looks past the soldiers, through the blood streaming from the crown of thorns, through eyes that are in a moment to be closed in death, he honors his mom. He is perfect and holy, and now so are we. Why? Because Jesus’ perfect life is credited to us as this holiness is received by faith alone, we are saved by grace alone. Jesus death and resurrection declare us forgiven by his life, death and resurrection. That is why Christian moms too, are holy, saints and now and also in paradise. Jesus did it all.

But that is not all.

Jesus also gave us Christian moms. Such a woman is a woman who fears the Lord, a woman thus to be praised and one for whom we rise to call her a blessed God gift from Jesus.

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Woman: Divine Image Bearer, Life Bearer, Strong Helper, Bride of Christ Emulator

A wife’s submission is not a sign of weakness or inferiority, but an imaging to the world of the loving submission of Christ’s bride to her Groom. St. Paul calls this imaging a “profound mystery.” It is this profound mystery women have the privilege of portraying to the world. With an appreciation of these divine titles, we are prepared to offer women esteem unrivaled by the world. Any means or method which despises these defining characteristics of women is rejected. The Church values women as women and celebrates their God-given uniqueness. The Church celebrates a woman’s creation in the image of God, her potential as a life-bearer, her esteemed position as a strong helper, and her unique ability to demonstrate to the world the Church’s loving submission to Christ.

With this appreciation will also come appropriate help and counsel for women in need. Crisis pregnancy centers, adoptive services, compassionate counseling, health care that truly appreciates women as women, along with support and encouragement for women, all simply scratch the surface. A deep appreciation for the Creator’s design of womanhood is the “better” that women deserve.

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