Limited-edition Eastertide card

This theologically-rich, beautiful Eastertide card with artwork by Edward Riojas depicts Jesus’ victory over the grave, for Jesus is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). The inside verse proclaims:

For the sheep the Lamb has bled,
Sinless in the sinner’s stead.
Christ the Lord is ris’n on high;
Now He lives, no more to die.
Alleluia!

This limited-edition greeting card is not available on our website. Instead, you’ll need to contact us with the details of your order. Prices are as follows (shipping included): 5 cards for $9.95; 15 cards for $18.95. Once you email us with your order, we’ll send you a customized Paypal invoice for payment. *Not available for international shipment. Card dimensions are 6.25″ x 4.5″.

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Thy Kingdom Come: An Excerpt from Septuagesima

“The main point of the parable is that entrance into the kingdom comes by grace. The workers are rewarded for work they did not perform. This is hardly a surprise to us; in fact, we practically expect it.

“G.K. Chesterton once said, ‘Do not be proud of the fact that your grandmother was shocked at something which you are accustomed to seeing or hearing without being shocked…It may be that your grandmother was an extremely lively and vital animal and that you are a paralytic.’

“Chesterton has in mind immoral things. He means, ‘Don’t think you are more sophisticated than your grandmother because you watch television shows full of vulgarities and aren’t bothered by them. It could be that she was highly intelligent and sensitive and you have been paralyzed by evil so much that you don’t even notice it.’

“The same sort of numbness applies to the Gospel as well. I fear that it is even worse. We’re not just numb, but we’ve crossed over the line drawn by Bonhoeffer into ‘cheap grace.’ I fear we’re now guilty of thinking grace is worse than cheap; it is a right, an entitlement, as though God owed us salvation. Repent.”

These are the first 4 paragraphs from the sermon for Septuagesima, based on Matthew 20:1-16.
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With Ash Wednesday nearing on March 6, now is the time to order your copy of Thy Kingdom Come. This book of sixty sermons begins with Septuagesima (February 17) and continues with Pre-Lent, all forty days of Lent, and the Sundays after Easter. Pastors and parishioners alike find it to be an excellent daily devotion during Lent. Click on the Reviews tab above for links to interviews and reviews, have a look at the Table of Contents here, or use the word cloud in the right sidebar (“Thy Kingdom Come” or “Petersen”) to find a variety of excerpts.

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Special offer! Eternal Treasures: Teaching Your Child at Home

Emmanuel Press is partnering with Cheryl Swope (one of the authors in He Restores My Soul) to offer a limited number of copies of Eternal Treasures: Teaching Your Child at Home. This comprehensive handbook, co-written by Swope and Rachel Whiting, is unique in that it aims to support home education specifically for Lutheran families. Swope writes that the book provides “recommended reading, curriculum suggestions, and doctrinal underpinnings to help families who seek strong academics alongside steadfast instruction in the Christian faith.” This book is the product of hours of correspondence and conversations with homeschooling parents as well as pastors, congregations, and schools who encourage and strive alongside these families in the education of their children.

In addition to their own keen insight about home education, Swope and Whiting intersperse an abundant variety of quotes and brief essays from others, demonstrating that reasons and methods for home education range widely. As Dr. Thomas Korcok notes on the back cover, “Eternal Treasures includes numerous testimonials from parents, pastors, and homeschooled children, providing ample proof that homeschooling is not solely the purview of the economically privileged or educational elite. With access to the many resources listed in the book, homeschooling is within the reach of most Christian parents who enjoy learning and have a love for the truth.”

Whether you are curious about teaching your children at home, just beginning, or are well into the process, Eternal Treasures will encourage you as you educate, instruct, enjoy, and work together with your children.

To purchase Eternal Treasures for $15.00 (free shipping!), please email emmanuelpress(at)gmail(dot)com for a customized Paypal invoice. Please supply your mailing address and number of books desired. Invoices must be paid within 24 hours. Indiana residents must pay 7% sales tax.

Table of Contents:
The Foundations of Home Education
1. Where Do I Begin? (the whats, whys, and hows, including special needs)
2. Nuts and Bolts: The Logistics of Home Education (schedules, routines, and family culture, including the Church Year)
3. Vocation: Serving Our Children Through Home Education (the role of the parent as teacher and a look at home education for various ages)

Delving Deeper: Learning Together
4. Our Christian Faith (teaching the faith and integrating prayer and hymns into family life)
5. Our Heritage (examining Christian education, building character, memory work, learning Latin/Greek)
6. Our Unity (working together in home, church and school; finding support)
7. Peace in Parenting (learning and living together in Christ’s forgiveness)

Appendices: Home education laws, Homeschooling supplies, Resources for teaching the Christian Faith, Curriculum recommendations, Favorite children’s literature, Further reading, Lutheran resources

*This book was published by The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in 2015.

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The Advent Wreath: An Excerpt

“The lighting of an Advent wreath during the Advent season is a Christian ceremony which has come down to us from about the time of Martin Luther. As before the birth of Christ the light of prophecy concerning His advent and His redemptive work became brighter and brighter, so the nearer we come in the church year to the feast of His nativity, the greater the amount of light from the Advent wreath. This ceremony is helpful for recalling, discussing, and teaching the significance of Advent.”

-An excerpt from Ceremony and Celebration, in which Rev. Paul H.D. Lang describes the theological significance and historic, confessional Lutheran position on liturgy, ritual, and ceremony.

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November 30: St. Andrew’s Day

The First Sunday in Advent is that Sunday closest to St. Andrew’s day (November 30). But who was St. Andrew? Even though he was one of the twelve apostles, he doesn’t seem very well known to us.

Pr. David Petersen writes in his sermon for this day in God With Us: “He was a fisherman, which is why they like him in Malta, and the brother of St. Peter, which is why they like him in Scotland. He was also something of a missionary, bringing Peter to Christ and bringing the Greeks to Christ.”  Regarding the disciples, Petersen continues:

“Hearing John, they followed Jesus. By grace, they stayed with the Lamb. They stayed even unto their own martyrdoms, even if Andrew never gets much honor of his own. But such is the way of the Advent disciples of John. Such is the way of the kingdom: its honor belongs to Christ, even as does its righteousness, but both—the kingdom of Christ and His righteousness—are declared to belong to the saints.

“What Andrew gets, you get as well.

“Behold, the Lamb of God, the coming one, who has come into the world.”
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A blessed St. Andrew’s Day to you.

*God With Us is comprised of fifty-nine sermons, beginning with Thanksgiving and St. Andrew’s Day, then continuing on through Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany (including daily readings for all of Advent). 

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Reviews for He Restores My Soul

You’ve likely seen our own advertising for He Restores My Soul, but what are our readers saying? Here are some excerpts from the reviews coming in on Amazon and Goodreads. Visit these sites yourself for many more reviews.

“Essay after essay places us in the midst of lives interrupted by the cross or by mortal recognition. Each author has lived or is living something common to life but often airbrushed out of our glowing Facebook profiles. But what really makes these essays special is not just the emotional appeal, but the ends to which that emotion is directed and the character developed and revealed. They are witness stories not to magical relief from the thorns and crosses of life, but to how the Good Shepherd guides us through the valley.” -Mark P. Brown

He Restores My Soul is not for everyone. It is only for those who, like the contributors to the book, have ever gone through or will experience any life difficulty in which hope, comfort, encouragement, and strength were needed…As other reviewers have indicated, this is not a sappy, feel-good look at the Christian life. The accounts are courageous, raw, and real and, because of that, the book will have a deep impact on the reader’s heart and mind.” -Kathie Winterstein

“Though I wasn’t able to personally relate to the unique struggles of each author, I found each chapter comforting for the struggles I face as each chapter was rich with the promises God offers to His people in Word and Sacrament. In addition to this, it also helped me to develop empathy for the suffering of others. It got me outside the echo chamber of my own mind and gave me a glimpse into the experiences of others.” -Hannah Fleming

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Rev. Brian Kachelmeier endorses The Great Works of God: Exodus

“To see the great works of the LORD is to see Jesus (Exodus 14:13). Throughout the book of Exodus, Valerius Herberger helps the reader to see Jesus, the salvation of the LORD. This devotional commentary is a must-have for anyone who is interested in finding Christ in the Old Testament.”

-Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Los Alamos, NM

The Great Works of God: The Mysteries of Christ in the Book of Exodus is 20% off TODAY during our Thanksgiving weekend sale.

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Save on EVERYTHING during our 3-day Thanksgiving sale!

For the first time in Emmanuel Press history, everything is on sale – every book, every card, every print. Navigate using the above tabs entitled “Books” and “Greeting Cards.” Prices are valid through Saturday, November 24, which also happens to be Small Business Saturday!

A few highlights:

  • Our newest title, He Restores My Soul edited by Katie Schuermann, has been welcomed with a fantastic response! Consider gifting it this Christmas or gathering together with friends for a book discussion. As one reviewer notes, “These stories provide the reader with a glimpse into some of the many ways suffering can and does manifest itself in our lives while providing a lens through which the Christian sees suffering and responds to it; namely through the cross of Christ.”
  • Our Christmas cards rarely go on sale, and especially not during high season, but here’s your chance to save an additional 10% off of our already lowered prices! We’re feeling generous.
  • God With Us by David H. Petersen is a collection of brief sermons that are perfect for personal devotion. You’ll read how Christ’s incarnation is the basis of all Christian preaching and the essence of every celebration of the Lord’s Supper and Baptism, every proclamation of Absolution to repentant sinners.
  • Earlier this year we released The Great Works of God: The Mysteries of Christ in the Book of Exodus. In more than 120 Christocentric, devotional meditations, Valerius Herberger shows his fervent belief that Jesus Christ is the center of every part of Scripture. Matthew Carver’s translation of this work is outstanding.
  • In the classic Ceremony and Celebration, Lang describes the theological significance and historic, confessional Lutheran position on liturgical worship. Do you know why we do what we do? Find out here.

We encourage you to browse through all of our books and cards, reading the descriptions and following the links for reviews and other helpful information.

A blessed Thanksgiving to you!

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God With Us: Daily readings for Advent

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God With Us by Pr. David H. Petersen contains fifty-nine sermons spanning Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, including daily sermons for all of Advent. Many customers tell us that they’ve given God With Us to family and friends since these brief sermons serve well for daily devotions.

Excerpts: “How might we keep the Law and love one another without fail, without holding back? Setting our will to do it or making promises and resolutions has never worked before, and it won’t work now. How might we keep the Law which we’ve never yet kept before? By putting on the Lord Jesus Christ. That is it. It is the only way. It is in being loved, being forgiven, being fed the Holy Supper that not only is sin forgiven but faith is also strengthened. In that—those things that God has given for His Church, for her faith and life—the Holy Spirit takes up residence and works do follow. The only way for sinners like us to keep the Law is to have the Law kept for us.”

“The boys [of Bethlehem] gave up their lives while the fullness of God hidden in Mary’s babe slipped off in the night. What kind of a God is this who lets the babies die? What kind of a reward is this for David’s city? Where is the peace pronounced by angels to the shepherds in Bethlehem’s fields? Where is God’s good will toward men? The answer is not very satisfying to our intellect: the ways of God are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. But it is satisfying to faith. And if you think that you have plumbed those depths, that you understand Him, that His ways and thoughts make sense, then you have committed idolatry. You are worshiping a figment of your imagination which you call God but who looks and thinks like you. Repent. He is not fully comprehensible and we cannot judge Him. We have no right to make demands or to insist on what seems just to us. We submit in faith and wait for His goodness to be revealed.”

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The Word Remains: All Saints’ Day

“Therefore, take comfort: it is not all over for those who have fallen asleep in the Lord! They are merely sleeping. He who by His own death-sleep in the grave sanctified our graves as mere bedrooms stands even now at the deathbed, calling, ‘Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden!’ And when He lays them in the dust of death, He says, ‘I will give you rest!’ and ‘Here you will find rest.’ And if death is sleep, then each of the dead has the hope of resurrection.”

-an excerpt from The Word Remains: Selected Writings on the Church Year and the Christian Life by Wilhelm Löhe

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