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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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The following excepts from Holy Scripture pertain especially to the Mission and Vision of The Hausvater Project.

Proverbs 31:10-31

[10] A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

[11] Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

[12] She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

[13] She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

[14] She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.

[15] She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.

[16] She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

[17] She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

[18] She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.

[19] In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

[20] She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

[21] When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

[22] She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

[23] Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

[24] She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.

[25] She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

[26] She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

[27] She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

[28] Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

[29] "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."

[30] Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

[31] Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

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Daniel 3:13-18

[13] Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, [14] and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? [15] Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?" [16] Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. [17] If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. [18] But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."

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Daniel 6:13-23

[13] Then they said to the king, "Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day." [14] When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him. [15] Then the men went as a group to the king and said to him, "Remember, O king, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed." [16] So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions" den. The king said to Daniel, "May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!" [17] A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel's situation might not be changed. [18] Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep. [19] At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions' den. [20] When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, "Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?" [21] Daniel answered, "O king, live forever! [22] My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king." [23] The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

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Malachi 2:14b-16

[14b] The LORD is acting as the witness between you and the wife of your youth, because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. [15] Has not the LORD made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth. [16] "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.

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