Meme of the Day, 6 December, The Commemoration of St. Nicholas of Myra, Pastor


The Large Catechism Teaches about Sexual Abuse

People forget that all things pertinent to life are in the Bible already. As Dr. Martin Luther explains the meaning of the 6th Commandment shows, God addressed this long ago!

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At one time, not so long ago, there was a battle over “sex and violence” in movies and the way movies should be rated for movie goers.  This battle almost seems antiquated these days but it is still here as we read the revelations of Hollywood and Washington and the current sexual abuse of women.

I work as a hospice chaplain for a non-profit hospice which is secular. The hospice employees are required to go on line to watch videos on all sorts of topics relevant to the post-modern workplace, and topics specific to hospice in terms of medical practice, e.g “bloodborne pathogens”.  As in probably most workplaces the number one training is in “Preventing, Recognizing, and Reporting Abuse”, especially sexual abuse.  I think this is necessary and good.

I realized today two missing aspects of this training to stop sexual abuse. 

First, the sexual abuser and those abused are…

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The Four Luther Tracts

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Today I had the privilege of viewing and holding in my hands the 4 Luther tracts in the possession of Washington and Lee’s Leyburn Library, Special Collections.  I have never had a selfie with a piece of Reformation history! I got my geek on today and I have goosebumps. You can read about these tracts, discovered in W and L’s Special Collections only four years ago(!) here. 

This tract is entitled “An Order of Worship for the Community” (1523) and it’s artwork has been authenticated as executed by Lucas Cranach the Elder.  The blog’s header is a close-up of this tract:

IMG_0114Here are all four of the tracts:

Luther tract

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The Commemoration of Martin Chemnitz, Pastor and Confessor, November 9, 1522 – April 8, 1586

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Aside from Martin Luther, Martin Chemnitz(1522-86) is regarded as the most important theologian in the history of the Lutheran Church. Chemnitz combined a penetrating intellect and an almost encyclopedic knowledge of Scripture and the Church Fathers with a genuine love for the Church. When various doctrinal disagreements broke out after Luther’s death in 1546, Chemnitz determined to give himself fully to the restoration of unity in the Lutheran Church. He became the leading spirit and principal author of the 1577 Formula of Concord, which settled the doctrinal disputes on the basis of Scripture and largely succeeded in restoring unity among Lutherans. Chemnitz also authored the four-volume Examination of the Council of Trent (1565-73), in which he rigorously subjected the teachings of this Roman Catholic Council to the judgment of Scripture and the ancient Church Fathers. The Examination became the definitive Lutheran answer to the Council of…

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Encouragement for Today: Getting More than We Can Ask

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Today’s Daily Lectionary New Testament reading is St.Matthew 8: 1-17 which includes the narrative of the healing of the centurion’s servant.  The Lord exclaims that he had never seen such faith in all of Israel.  St. John Chrysostom has this faithful commentary on this reading:

“…though (the centurion) has such great faith, he still accounted himself to be unworthy.  Christ, however, signifying that the centurion was worthy to have Him enter into his house, did much greater things, marveling at him and acclaiming him and given him more than he had asked.  For he came indeed seeking for his servant bodily healing, but went away, having received a kingdom…and not by this alone did He honor him, but also by indicating upon whose casting out he is brought in.  For now from this time forth, Christ proceeds to make known that salvation is by faith, not by works of…

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What Keeps Mormons Enslaved to Mormonism?

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Ephesians 6:11-12; “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

A few days ago a friend suggested we write about the slavery of Mormonism. Specifically, she wanted to know what things in Mormonism kept Mormon people enslaved to their religious convictions.

My default answer on anything like this are the two verses listed above. Of course, there’s always more to the story as they say, but ultimately it’s Satan.

In answer to her request the articles I’ve written since that time are my answer. The order listed below is totally random, meaning one doesn’t take precedence over another.

Here’s a synopsis of what Melissa and I have posted going…

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A Primer We Need


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Today’s appointed New Testament reading in the Daily Lectionary is the “Love Chapter”, 1 Corinthians 13:

13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogantor rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.


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The Terrible Lost State of the Mormon People

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As my good friend, Ed Decker, and I were talking yesterday via e-mail, he told me about the dreams he keeps having lately, and asked me if he could use something on our site in an article about his experience.

In light of all that, we’re posting the thoughts he jotted down to share with readers of what God has placed on his heart lately. This is definitely something you don’t want to miss. Not only is it an eye-opener, but it’s heart wrenching as well.

Also, be sure to check out his site at, where you’ll find this article and other news! And yes, he has another book at the publisher we’re excitedly anticipating! As a friendly reminder, Saints Alive is always grateful for everyone’s prayer, and financial support!

The Terrible Lost State of the Mormon People

They are without hope in Christ.

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