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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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1. Jesus Never Will Leave Me

To the tune of Meinen Jesum Lass Ich Nicht (“Jesus, I Will Never Leave”) 787877   1. Jesus never will leave me. Nothing e’er can separate us, Though my thoughts and mind both flee. Conqueror though ...

2. Breasts and Hands

Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands. (Isaiah 49:15–16) ...

3. ANOTHER Interruption?!

A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.…There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.…A man’s steps are of the Lord; How then can a man understand ...

4. 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 ...

5. Katharine von Bora: The Morning Star of Wittenberg

Jenna and Shanna Strackbein, Katharine von Bora: The Morning Star of Wittenberg, illustrated by Emily and Jenna Strackbein, with maps and illumination by Elisabeth Strackbein, and a forward by John and ...

6. The Story of Baby Shalom

Editorial Note: Following is a true record of a woman pouring her heart out in the presence of God as she experienced the death of a child in her womb in March 2017. We publish it here with the hope of ...

10. One Thousand Gifts: A Lutheran Discussion Guide

Ann VosKamp’s best-selling book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, draws attention to an often overlooked aspect of Christian sanctification: thanksgiving. As the Apostle ...

11. 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. ...

12. Persecution Lesson Plan

Preparation for Persecution Lesson Plan Activity Time Needed: Three hours minimum. Learning Level: Appropriate for Middle School Children through Adults Objectives/Learner Outcomes Students will ...

13. Expanding the Christian Home Library

... build upon that foundation. Specifically, the next three categories of books are suggested: Doctrinal Sum>>marie<