The Large Catechism – part 102

Scripture Text: Hosea 3:1–5

What do you have to do in order to become holy? Nothing but follow him who makes one holy. We are called to follow him so we may be present for his great blessings.

The Large Catechism – part 100

Scripture Text: Acts 20:32

God’s word, the gospel, is the very power of salvation. This is how God bequests the eternal inheritance of the saints. He constructs a Christian through the word of his grace—in other words, through the righteousness of Christ.

The Large Catechism – part 99

Scripture Text: Luke 4:31–32

Everywhere Jesus traveled, he healed people, and fed them, but also taught them in the synagogues, as well as on the mountains and plains. Never once did he complain that all those people ever wanted out of him was his word.

The Large Catechism – part 98

Scripture Text: Luke 4:16

Great blessing awaits those who have developed the practice of going to worship on the Lord’s Day. But if they attend church only to go through the motions, not truly involved in the what is happening...

The Large Catechism – part 97

Scripture Text: Luke 4:4

We spend our days working for the food to feed ourselves and our families, struggling for higher position, and trying to keep illness and death at bay. These were the very temptations that faced Jesus in the wilderness.

The Large Catechism – part 96

Scripture Text: Acts 18:12–13

Be persuaded by the testimony of Scripture to worship God as he commands, not as the civil law or cultural conscience dictate. In other words, if local, state, or federal law change to the degree of demanding that you must not worship on the Lord’s Day, you have but one option, Christian.

The Large Catechism – part 95

Scripture Text: Esther 4:14

Why are you in the kingdom but to be a suitable subject, doing your king’s bidding? But what is his will? you may wonder. He has made this matter obvious, though the details may seem unclear.

The Large Catechism – part 92

Scripture Text: Acts 16:22–24

On their way to worship, Paul and Silas were hounded by a slave fortune teller, whom they healed of demonic possession, essentially cutting of a flow of money to her owners. For this, they had Paul and Silas beaten and imprisoned.

The Large Catechism – part 91

Scripture Text: Acts 16:13–14

Take a break. Find respite from the hubbub every day, if you can. It is a great way to honor the First Commandment, to put the Lord first in your day. But certainly take a break on the Lord’s Day.

from this day in 2015

Scripture Text: John 14:1-6

It is not the severity of our religious observances or the long list of our good works over a lifetime that makes us fit and worthy for the kingdom of God.

The Large Catechism – part 88

Scripture Text: Acts 14:21–22

Find a way! Speak their language while proclaiming the word of truth. Teach in different ways. Get through to them, especially as pertains to these first commandments.

The Large Catechism – part 87

Scripture Text: Job 29:14

This is what The Small Catechism does; it teaches us to put on the only righteousness that is effective. It instructs us to fear, love, and trust in God, who alone is our righteousness.

The Large Catechism – part 86

Scripture Text: John 10:27–29

We do well to entrust ourselves to God. He is faithful to strengthen us and protect us from evil. He is faithful to so in this life and save us for the life to come.

The Large Catechism – part 85

Scripture Text: Job 19:25-26

Poor Job was tormented by his friends, shunned by his family, and was of the opinion that God was after him. Did he simply complain about his plight? Was he reduced to whining about his tribulations?

The Large Catechism – part 84

Scripture Text: John 9:3

There is no easier way for the works of God to be demonstrated in our lives than by our calling upon the Father. See the different ways we pray it is so. May your name be holy among us.

The Large Catechism – part 82

Scripture Text: Job 13:7

Some people, those relying on their own old nature, cannot bear to hear God’s word, let alone understand it. They will not listen, because they are not of God; they do not have a new nature.

The Large Catechism – part 81

Scripture Text: John 8:31–32

The disciples of Jesus were first called Christians in Antioch. Some say that this means “little Christs.” If so—if Christians are those who would imitate him—their lying would immediately bring dishonor to the name of the God whom they follow.

The Large Catechism – part 80

Scripture Text: Acts 10:43

The worst way to take God’s name in vain, is to say or believe that favor from God is received in one’s own name, his own reputation—in other words, by the merits of what he does.

The Large Catechism – part 79

Scripture Text: John 7:17

Jesus uses the Name in a doubly devout manner. Not only does he teach what his Father sent him to teach, he gives God the credit too. Jesus’ teaching depended on the reputation of the one who sent him.

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