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What Can We Learn From Luther on The First Article of the Creed?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Gosse Aug 24, 2010.

A Pseudo-Lutheran Church? What do you think about the ALCC?
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"And Jesus said, '῎Αγωμεν (Agōmen)...' 'Let's go!' (Mark 1:38)"

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“In this reawakened hope I’m
again presenting to the church, with a prayer to God who desires to help, the need and
once more calling out in the name of Jesus: Help. Help quickly. Help with Christian
generosity.” - Wyneken CLICK HERE!

PRAY for President Matt Harrison. May God unite the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. May we move forward to help others in the world, and may we not depart from God's Holy Word; the Lutheran Confessions, normed by that Word; and reverant, God-pleasing worship focused on Him who gives Himself to us in Word and Sacrament. May we cast calculative man-made programs and gimmicks aside and focus on God and His Word. May we stop trying to copy others in an attempt to be someone we are not, and may we embrace Lutheran, Biblical Christianity, feeding God's sheep, and sharing God's Good News with a world that is dying to hear His Holy Gospel. It is a matter of life and death.

C.F.W. Walther
F.C.D. Wyneken
C.F.W. Walther
F.A.O. Pieper
F. Pfotenhauer
J.W. Behnken
O.R. Harms
J.A.O. Preus
R.A. Bohlman
A.L. Barry
R.T. Kuhn
M.C. Harrison

"All praise and thanks to God
The Father now be given!
The Son, and Him who reigns
With them in highest heaven:
The one eternal God,
Whom earth and heaven adore!
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore!"

"Now Thank We All Our God", by Martin Rinckart, 1586-1649
(verse 3)

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Του Πατρος και του ϒιου και του Ἁγιου Πνευματος. Αμήν.
In Nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

TE DEUM LAUDAMUS auf Englisch....... (pp.223-225 LSB)
♪♫ WE PRAISE THEE, O GOD; we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship Thee, the Father everlasting.
To Thee all angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the powers therein;
To Thee cherubim and seraphim continually do cry:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth!
Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of Thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles praise Thee;
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise Thee;

The noble army of martyrs praise Thee;
the holy Church throughout the world doth acknowledge Thee:
The Father of an infinate majesty; Thine adorable true and only Son,
also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.

Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.

When Thou tookest upon Thee to deliver man,
Thou didst humble Thyself to be born of a virgin.
When Thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
Thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

Thou sittest at the right hand of God
in the glory of the Father.
We believe that Thou shalt come
to be our Judge.

We therefore pray Thee, help Thy servants,
whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with Thy saints
in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine heritage.
Govern them and lift them up forever.
Day by day we magnify Thee.
And we worship Thy name ever, world without end.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let Thy mercy be upon us, as our trust is in Thee.
O Lord, in Thee have I trusted; let me never be confounded.
[Te Deum Laudamus]

ΦΩΣ του Χριστου = "Light of (the) Christ"

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SCRIPTURE MEMORY Groups I began on the Wittenberg Trail ILLINOIS LUTHERANS

" I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

(Alma Mater, Valparaiso Universität, Valparaiso, Indiana, USA)

Hail to the Brown and Gold!
Thy sons and daughters hold
In loving loyalty
Thy colors dear;
Colors whereby they show
What others, too, should know;
That they belong to you.
Dear old Valpo.

Hail to the Brown and Gold!
Recall the days of old,
The happy days which we
Ne’er shall forget.
As shadows longer grow,
Brighter the flame shall glow,
The flame of love for you –
Dear old Valpo.

Hail to the Brown and Gold!
We pledge thee to uphold –
Wherever we may be –
Thy honored name.
Through years that come and go,
To pay the debt we owe,
We’ll e’er be true to you,
Dear old Valpo.

(Tune: How Can I Leave Thee [traditional Deutsch (German)]
"Treue Liebe Nur du allein" - melodie bei Georg Heinrich Lux oder Fried. Silcher, 1827)

"For with Thee (God) is the fountain of life: in THY light shall we see light."
Psalm 36:9 KJV (emphasis mine)

3 "What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness?
4 Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written:
'So that you may be proved right when you speak
and prevail when you judge.'" Romans 3:3, 4 NIV (emphasis mine)
St. Paul quotes from Mizmor (Psalm) 51 :4.

8 "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ." Colossians 2:8 NIV

1"Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
2'Who is this that darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
3'Now gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
4'Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding...'" Job 38:1-4 NASB

Hail to the Lord of All!
False teachings, too, shall fall--
Our wisdom pales to Yours,
Conquer our hearts.
In Your Word, help us stay.
The Life, the Truth, the Way:
Through You alone we pray:
"Reclaim our hearts."

...................SOLUS CHRISTUS........................

"O God, our Father,
by Your mercy and might,
the world turns safely into darkness
and returns again to light.
We place into Your hands
our unfinished tasks,
our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes,
knowing that only what You bless will prosper.
To Your great love and protection
we commit each other and all those we love,
knowing that You alone are our sure Defender,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen."

(Prayer prayed by Tutor Jesse Stern in Compline service
at MLC Chapel of the Christ [New Ulm, MN] 4/12/10)

...through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

What's on your mind? Want to talk casually? Need to come up for air? Find me at my parallel plane of existence:

+ + + + + + + SOLI DEO GLORIA ● TO GOD ALONE BE THE GLORY + + + + + + +

"O God of peace,
I turn aside from an unquiet world, seeking rest for my spirit and light for my thoughts.
I bring my work to be sanctified,
my wounds to be healed,
my sins to be forgiven,
my hopes to be renewed.
In You there is perfect harmony.
Draw me to Yourself, and silence the discords of my wasteful life.
Your greatness is beyond my highest praise.
Take me out of the loneliness of self,
and fill me with the fullness of Your peace. Amen."

(from a worship bulletin from New Life Ev. Lutheran Church, Rockford, IL)

κυριε ελεησον ● χριστε ελεησον ● κυριε ελεησον

Lord, have mercy

Christ, have mercy

Lord, have mercy

Psalme LI. Miserere mei, Deus, secundum

Υἱὲ Δαυὶδ ΄Ιησοῦ, ἐλέησόν με

"Nothing in my hands I bring; Simply to thy cross I cling..."
(from: Rock of Ages, Cleft for Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778)

IC is an abbreviation for "Ἰησοῦς" (Jesus), and XC for "Χριστός" (Christ).
"NIKA" is the Greek word for "conquers" or the verb for "victory".
cf. νικάω (nikaō) = I conquer, I overcome. νίκη (nikē) = victory.

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Rik Eischen
Tell us about yourself ( e.g. hobbies, education, projects you are working on, etc.). What brings you to the Wittenberg Trail?
Hello. My name is Rik, and my wife Tami and I currently live in the Rockford area of Illinois. It has been through Lutherans that we have come to know our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are thankful for all those who hold to the Biblical faith, and we accept the Lutheran Confessions (as contained in the Book of Concord [B of C] of a.D.1580) to be an accurate exposition of Biblical teaching. We encourage others to read the documents contained in the Bof C and to seriously, dilligently compare their teachings with Holy Scripture.

We hold to a "quia" (Latin for "because") subscription to the Book of Concord rather than merely a "quatenus" (Latin for "insofar as") subscription because these confessions ARE faithful to the Holy Scriptures contained in the Old and New Testaments of The Holy Bible. For us, the Lutheran Confessions, normed by Scripture, are a contemporary confession of our faith, not merely a dusty relic from a cherished heritage speaking to a faith once held in the past.

We know the Bible to be most trustworthy, inerrant and infallible: Here (and in the waters of Baptism, and in the Body and Blood of Christ given in the bread and wine of Holy Communion) God has revealed Himself to mankind. The Bible is the (written) Word of God. "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (II Timothy 3:16 NIV).

Some who call themselves "Lutheran" today have been less than honest, or have re-defined the word to mean "culturally Lutheran", "historically Lutheran", or have been zealous to spread their "new improved" version of what they think Lutheranism should be. By changing the definition, or grossly blurring its distinctions, much harm has been done to the identity: "Lutheran."

While we are most thankful for God preserving His Word in history, ultimately, it's not all about Luther, and it's not about Wittenberg, and it's not about the Reformation Age. It's about the All-Powerful God (YHWH) who created all that exists, including us, who loved us so much that He came down to earth as one of us, to live a perfect life, to be the Lamb of God, the once-for-all sacrifice for all of our sins: to suffer the death we all deserved by our sins, who triumphed over sin, death and the grave, and rose victorious! It's about Jesus! And so I am extremely grateful that God used a certain monk from Eisleben, Germany to bring the medieval church back to the original faith of the Apostles, as revealed in God's Word, the Holy Bible. I am thankful for those who hold firm to and contend for the Biblical faith, even when the majority oppose truth. I have sinned, but that is not the end of the story. My sin, like yours, has been PAID for IN FULL at Calvary! Christ became (took on) my sin, I became His righteousness. I am clothed with the righteousness of Christ Jesus. I have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb! This is who I am, here I stand.

Because of what God has done for me, I desire to serve Him with my whole being, and to join with His family of believers to reach a world lost in darkness with the light of Christ, the Way, the Truth, the Life. I desire to reflect His light in my thoughts, my words and my actions (deeds).
I am a...
Life-long Lutheran
Lutheran Synod or Denominational Affiliation
We thank God for, and pray for the churches of the former "Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America."
Church Home (or church currently attending) (Name & City & State)
Rockford, IL

Rik Eischen's Blog

Similarities and Differences where "Reformation meets Rome"

On a blog called "Called To Communion: Reformation meets Rome,

Bryan Cross compares and contrasts Protestant--mostly Lutheran--Justification with the Roman Catholic position, to try to explain the reason for the anathemas proclaimed against the Lutheran position at the Council of Trent. The article is called, "A Reply from a Romery Person" and it points to how the Roman Catholic position sees…


Posted on August 11, 2010 at 11:54am — 1 Comment

CFW Walther discussed on Theologica

There is a new discussion in the Forum section of Theologica:

The topic is Law and Gospel. Please check it out. If you know of someone who would be interested in this discussion,…


Posted on June 29, 2010 at 7:51pm

Is There a Place for Lutherans at THEOLOGICA (

I have recently taken a look at THEOLOGICA, which is a community much broader than Wittenberg Trail, and seems heavy on Calvinism.

I have sought to start a Lutheran group there, but cannot unless they think there is enough interest in such a group. The following hyperlink goes to my plea for such a group:

Do you…


Posted on June 17, 2010 at 10:30am — 28 Comments




"IT was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief,..." ¹ It was the epoch of apostasy. It was the July of Light, it was the August of Darkness, "it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, short, the period was so…


Posted on June 9, 2010 at 9:30am — 10 Comments

Comment Wall (139 comments)

At 9:32am on May 3, 2008, E. Rapp said…
Hello Rik. I've started a wittenberg trail group called Lutheran Guitarists if you are interested in joining. It be nice to hear ideas from others about anything to do with the guitar.
At 1:08pm on September 15, 2009, Scott Sullivan said…
At 2:27pm on September 15, 2009, James Robertson said…
Welcome, brother!
At 12:01pm on September 16, 2009, john t. pless said…
Wonderful! I'll look forward to seeing you at that time.
At 6:43pm on September 16, 2009, John Zampino said…
Thanks... Hope its a blessing. - JZ

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"Here's the low-down on me... 1) How would you like people to address you at Illinois Lutherans (IL)? "Cory" is just fine. 2) Do you live in the Northern third of the state, the Central third, or the Southern third?  On…"
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Cory Howell commented on Rik Eischen's group Illinois Lutherans
"Hello! I am no longer an Illinois Lutheran, but I was raised in an ELCA church in Chillicothe, IL.  And my late grandfather was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rockford, IL (except for a brief dalliance with the Pentecostals in…"
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