The Small Catechism – part 22

Scripture Text: Exodus 20:3

The command to have no other gods is packed with things to consider. Having another god means to own the god, as one could an idol. But we cannot own Yahweh, in that sense, unless we try to make him into an image that we would worship instead of Yahweh himself.

The Small Catechism – part 21

Scripture Text: Exodus 20:2

You may initially counter that God did not bring you out of Egypt. It was the Hebrew people whom God led out of slavery to pharaohs. They were enslaved for over four centuries in Egypt, waiting for God to send Moses to lead them out.

The Small Catechism – part 20

Scripture Text: Exodus 20:2

Exodus 20:2 does not simply say, “I am the Lord God.” It reads, “I am the Lord your God.” Without God revealing himself to the people of Israel, he may have been any deity, any one of the gods of the land.

The Small Catechism – part 20

Scripture Text: Exodus 20:2

Exodus 20:2 does not simply say, “I am the Lord God.” It reads, “I am the Lord your God.” Without God revealing himself to the people of Israel, he may have been any deity, any one of the gods of the land.

The Small Catechism – part 19

Scripture Text: Exodus 20:2

The commandments bring God to the forefront of our hearts and minds; the actual commandments seem almost secondary. They are commanded because of the nature of God.

The Small Catechism – part 18

Scripture Text: Exodus 20:1–6

The commandments begin with a brief foreword that is the condition for the words to follow. Why should we do and not do these certain things? What is the condition for our obedience? God said so. Frankly, we need no more reason than this one precedent: God is the one who makes the command. This is not dissimilar to what we heard from our parents, or what we may have said to our own children. When

The Small Catechism – part 17

Scripture Text: 2 Corinthians 3:4–6

Gratitude from the world? Too often, it seems like there is not much gratitude even from the church. That is a reason why a minister’s sufficiency must come from God.

The Small Catechism – part 16

Scripture Text: Matthew 26:26–28

The primary task of ministers is two-fold. First, they must teach the law so that people understand they are sinners in danger of God’s judgment.

The Small Catechism – part 15

Scripture Text: John 6:53–56

We have no life in ourselves. Nevertheless, our old, inborn natures want to keep trying to live. Though drowned and buried with Christ in baptism, we must be reassured of our death.

The Small Catechism – part 13

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 11:22–26

Some people think of Holy Communion as a sort of magic act: a specific incantation recited by an approved class of people. Others think of it as a legal act, something one must do in order to be right with God.

The Small Catechism – part 13

Scripture Text: Ephesians 4:11–16

It is clear Luther consider the catechism part of the wider education of children. Further, he believed the catechism could instill in them a heart to serve both church and community.

The Small Catechism – part 12

Scripture Text: Proverbs 1:5–6

One more verse in today’s Scripture, it reads, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Pro 1:7).

The Small Catechism – part 11

Scripture Text: Deuteronomy 8:3

You will find different areas of emphasis in your ministry—whether it be a commandment, article, petition, or Sacrament that needs stressed in the lives of your flock, or in your own life.

The Small Catechism – part 9

Scripture Text: Psalm 119:130

God’s word opens the door of the mind. Yet it does far more since it is not merely that which opens, but is itself the gateway to a person’s spirit.

The Small Catechism – part 8

Scripture Text: Deuteronomy 11:18–19

Too often, we hear something along this line: We have decided to let our children make up their own minds. All the while, the rest of the world has free access to the minds of these same children.

The Small Catechism – part 6

Scripture Text: Deuteronomy 11:18–19

What does it mean to “impress” the word of God on your heart and soul but to memorize Scripture? Other translations use “place,” “deposit,” “lay up,” and “fix.”

The Small Catechism – part 5

Scripture Text: Proverbs 22:6

What a privilege we have been afforded, that God would entrust to his church the training of young disciples. Like Jesus, we might say to any child or youth, “Follow me.”

The Small Catechism – part 4

Scripture Text: Matthew 28:19–20

Walking to elementary school, I would stop by Chris’ house so we could walk together. Many mornings I had to wait for him to finish writing the 50 states and their capitals on yellow, lined paper.

The Small Catechism – part 3

Scripture Text: Luke 9:23

Our culinary palates may develop, given experience, but the basics remain the same. The food groups used to make exotic dishes are the same as simple dishes.


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