The Small Catechism – part 68

Scripture Text: Romans 12:19

Leave it to God. It may sting your sense of honor if you do not avenge your dignity. But the honor belongs to the Lord anyway, and your own honor depends upon God.

The Small Catechism – part 67

Scripture Text: Genesis 37:18

It is difficult to like some people. They may differ politically, religiously, culturally; they may be better off than you are and even flaunt it; they may be downright nasty.

The Small Catechism – part 66

Scripture Text: 1 John 3:13–16

Be careful that you do not imagine yourself exempt from bothering with the Fifth Commandment. You may say that you have never murdered anyone. Think again.

The Small Catechism – part 65

Scripture Text: Genesis 9:6

Human life is precious to the Lord. It does not matter whether that life is another’s life or one’s own, whether that life is nascent or full-formed. It is life; and it is life in God’s image.

The Small Catechism – part 64

Scripture Text: Genesis 4:5–8

It is an instinct that goes all the way back to Cain: we imagine that we may solve our personal problems with violence, and if necessary, the final violence of death.

The Small Catechism – part 63

Scripture Text: Romans 13:1–7

God has placed additional people in authority over us. We are to honor our parents above all others, second only to God, but the Scripture and the Catechism teach us to honor other authorities too.

The Small Catechism – part 62

Scripture Text: Luke 2:51–52

Of all people, Jesus might have insisted on being right when confronted with his parents’ demands upon him. Yet, he was obedient and submissive to them.

The Athanasian Creed - Contents

This is an index or table of contents of the none lessons based on The Athanasian Creed — an Overview and "Whole and Inviolable,” "Trinity in Unity," "Compulsion" "Addressing Heresies," "Equal and Subordinate," "One Christ," "Likewise," and "Standing on Your Own Feet."

The Small Catechism – part 60

Scripture Text: Hebrews 13:17

God has set others over you, besides your parents. They too, are in their positions for your benefit. Before we move on to civil authorities, let us consider a few others.

The Small Catechism – part 59

Scripture Text: Luke 18:20

Honoring parents is not the privilege of young children alone. Children who still live at home with their parents are of course, expected to love them, be obedient, and esteem them as blessed gifts of God.

The Small Catechism – part 58

Scripture Text: Philippians 2:14–15

God expects us to behave for our parents the way we would act in his presence. Therefore, we are to obey our parents as we would obey God: without complaining or asking why.


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