Pastor Fritz Foltz

Pastor Foltz is Pastor Emeritus of Saint James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg, PA and author of the the Frontline Study content.

Lesson 3: The Third Commandment

Lesson 3: The Third Commandment

Observe the Sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. For six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female […]

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Lesson 2: The Second Commandment

Lesson 2: The Second Commandment

You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. The ancient Israelites took this so seriously that they did not even utter God’s name in fear that they might use it incorrectly. They would insert “Lord” instead of the […]

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Lesson 1: The First Commandment

Lesson 1: The First Commandment

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. The command goes on to prohibit making graven images, a command that might appear to be simpler than it really is. It certainly does ban worshiping […]

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Introduction to the Ten Commandments

Introduction to the Ten Commandments

All Christians, all Jews, and even all Muslims agree the Ten Commandments are a basic statement of how to live according to God’s will. The disagreements come with how to codify these into specific laws. For instance, in our time you could argue all religious people are pro-life even though they do not agree on […]

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Lesson 10: Loving Your Enemies

Lesson 10: Loving Your Enemies

I regard what follows as one of the best sermons preached in our history. It was delivered on Christmas 1957 at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. King wrote it while in jail for committing nonviolent civil disobedience during the Montgomery bus boycott. I post it as a supplement to our study on […]

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Lesson 9: For What Are You Willing to Die?

Lesson 9: For What Are You Willing to Die?

The question is a good way to end our consideration of Christianity as a peace movement. The fourth of the weapons that Revelation offers might well be the critical one. Christians not only are to unveil the truth, speak God’s Word, and pray constantly, but also to be ready to give their lives for the […]

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Lesson 8: Proclaim God’s Word and Praying

Lesson 8: Proclaim God’s Word and Praying

The Book of Revelation based the Christian peace movement on the truth of God’s Word. Believers could uncover truth by using God’s Word as a standard, but also by remaining in contact with God through prayer. In previous lessons, I maintained the Church is having trouble finding her voice in our present society. Her traditional […]

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Lesson 7: Unveil Truth

Lesson 7: Unveil Truth

Strange as it might seem, I regard the Apostle John’s program in Revelation as the most coherent statement of the Christian peace movement. Although it uses mysterious apocalyptic language; it clearly lays out only four weapons available to believers: 1) Unveil the truth, 2) Proclaim the Word of God, 3) Pray, and 4) Lay down […]

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Lesson 6: Does Nonviolence Work?

Lesson 6: Does Nonviolence Work?

We ended the last lesson suggesting we need a new story if we are to stop the cycle of war begetting war and violence begetting violence. You hear that same call implied when Roman Catholic statements observe, “Whatever good we hope to achieve in modern warfare is always outweighed by the destruction to human life […]

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Lesson 5: What is the Present National Story?

Lesson 5: What is the Present National Story?

Abraham Lincoln probably articulates the story by which our nation now understands war in his Second Inaugural Address. It is very much like the one Derek posted earlier in this study. Lincoln called war a mighty scourge that God applies as penalty for sin, in this case slavery. He cautioned, “Let us judge not that […]

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