The Small Catechism – part 118

Scripture Text: John 18:37–38

“This is most certainly true!” declares Luther. “What is truth?” responds Pilate. The Truth was standing right in front of him, and he dismissed him as though truth were too difficult to nail down.

The Small Catechism – part 117

Scripture Text: Psalm 90:1–2

God has given us all we need for life. More than that, he has made himself our home. Paul puts it this way: “In him we live and move and have our being.”

The Small Catechism – part 116

Scripture Text: Genesis 1:1

We confess that God is the creator of it all. In the beginning, he made the skies and the land, the heavens and the earth, and by this we mean to say, the universe—everything.

The Small Catechism – part 115

Scripture Text: Psalm 115:3

When we confess that God is almighty, we are saying something more than that he is strong. This confession also declares that what is impossible with people is possible with God.

The Small Catechism – part 113

Scripture Text: Isaiah 44:6

When we say that we believe in God, we mean the Lord God named by God’s Redeemer in Matthew 28:19. Jesus gave the “name” of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Small Catechism – part 112

Scripture Text: Mark 9:24

The English word “creed” comes from the Latin credo, which means, “I believe.” A creed is a statement of what one gives credence to, finds credible.

The Small Catechism – part 111

Scripture Text: Romans 7:24–25

We are saved from sin and death through faith in Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, sin is not a thing of the past; it is a present reality. Though we pray, “thy will be done,” and we know, even have memorized, the commandments, we cannot keep them.

The Small Catechism – part 110

Scripture Text: 1 Timothy 4:8

Pointing toward my stomach, the doctor said that I needed to lose my little friend. I asked, “What, about 20 pounds.” She dryly replied, “More like 30 to 40.”

The Small Catechism – part 109

Scripture Text: Philippians 3:12–14

This may not be that hard to imagine. Think of the family dinner table with parents and children gathered for the evening meal. Now picture the children glued to their phones.

The Small Catechism – part 108

Scripture Text: Exodus 20:5b-6

Verse five from the Word today can be a troubling verse, especially if you read the NIV. In that version, it reads: “punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.”

The Small Catechism – part 107

Scripture Text: Proverbs 20:9

It does not matter how hard you try to be good; you are a sinner. You were born in sin, and as long as you are in this body, you will be a sinner; and you will sin.

The Small Catechism – part 106

Scripture Text: Luke 10:25–28

When the law crushes us with its demands, as it did the lawyer in today’s Scripture, what are we to do but plead for mercy? Just when we imagine that we might have become experts in religion...

Throwback Thursday

Scripture Text: Romans 16:25-27

The old real estate expression, “Location, location, location,” might be modified when it comes to reading. “Context, context, context,” is crucial when interpreting a text.

The Small Catechism – part 102

Scripture Text: Leviticus 19:2

We should fear and love God so that we do not make plans to steal anything or anyone that belongs to our neighbors. Indeed, we should so fear and love God that we do not even consider such a thing.

The Small Catechism – part 101

Scripture Text: Romans 13:9–10

The Ninth Commandment deals with craving your neighbor’s goods, those inanimate possessions of your neighbor. The Tenth Commandment speaks about lusting after living things that are your neighbor’s, whether family or not—indeed, human or not.

The Small Catechism – part 100

Scripture Text: Galatians 5:13

The example of Christ instructs us to serve one another. Because of his love, alive within us through the Holy Spirit, we look for opportunities to care for our neighbors, instead of seeking a chance to steal their property.

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