The Small Catechism – part 173

Scripture Text: 2 John 8–9

One may believe in Christ, a sort of historical or even biblical knowledge of him, but still, not believe on him. Believing in him may require nothing more than one would by believing in anyone or anything else.

The Small Catechism – part 172

Scripture Text: 1 John 5:12

When we pray for our daily bread, we are only asking for what God has already promised. We confess this in the First Article of the Apostles’ Creed.

The Small Catechism – part 171

Scripture Text: Acts 6:1–4

From the early days of the church, there was concern for both spiritual and physical needs. When believers are hungry, the church must feed them. When they are thirsty, the church must provide them drink.

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Scripture Text: Luke 2:1-20

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

The Small Catechism – part 168

Scripture Text: Revelation 4:11

We were created as temporal beings; we exist within time. Therefore, we must learn patience. Patience is a virtue because it is so necessary and because it is God’s will.

The Small Catechism – part 167

Scripture Text: Revelation 4:1

We have seen the open door of the gospel (Rev 3:8) but here is a door opened to heaven, so that John may see into the realm of the divine and be assured that God’s will is being done on earth.

The Small Catechism – part 166

Scripture Text: Revelation 3:15–18

It is God’s will that we find our satisfaction in him. When we are content with our deeds and religious devotion, we may feel satisfied but our attitude is bile in the throat of the Almighty. Tepid religiosity is a faith killer.

The Small Catechism – part 165

Scripture Text: Revelation 3:8

Who can shut the open door of the Gospel’s invitation to faith in Christ? It is God’s will that we are strengthened to keep the faith, to remain steadfast in his Word.

The Small Catechism – part 164

Scripture Text: Revelation 2:25–29

What does love desire? A large, fine house? A car with a big red bow atop it on Christmas morning? Diamonds? Dinner and a movie every week? Each is more absurd than the next. Anyone who has ever been in love knows the supreme gift is one’s heart. Giving oneself to their true love is the highest measure of love. So, what would it be that the church’s true love, Christ Jesus, would require of us bu

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Scripture Text: Philippians 2:2-8

A video was aired on a popular television program, showing a pastor baptizing a young boy. The pastor’s style was to scoop a small amount of water into his hand and as with a shell to pour water three times onto the child’s head.

The Small Catechism – part 163

Scripture Text: Revelation 2:10–11

We are to fear God rather than the things of this life. Suffering, even great suffering, may be our lot, yet it is only for the space of time. A Day is coming when time is undone, and with it all the tribulation of this life.

The Small Catechism – part 162

Scripture Text: Revelation 2:4–5

The fear, love, and trust of God both bids us do his will and gives us the power to do so. And what is God’s greatest command than that we love him above all others, and our neighbors as ourselves?

The Small Catechism – part 161

Scripture Text: Revelation 1:9–11

Being a citizen of the Father’s kingdom does not exempt us from trials and distress while we still have a foot in this world. John was imprisoned on Patmos; each of us may have our own exiles.

The Small Catechism – part 160

Scripture Text: Revelation 1:5b–6

We have no beasts to sacrifice, yet we are priests to our God. We have no temple where the people come to our services, for we are all priests to our God. We have no special, ornate garments, as in baptism we have been clothed in Christ.

The Small Catechism – part 159

Scripture Text: Jude 3–4

Our faith, which leads to salvation, is held or observed in common. What is our common faith if not summarized in this word: that Jesus delivered us from bondage?

The Small Catechism – part 158

Scripture Text: 2 Peter 3:11–13

How may we hallow God’s name but to believe his Word and act accordingly? This old world will not be around forever, and we even less time. All of creation awaits its destruction.

The Small Catechism – part 157

Scripture Text: Psalm 20:7

The future is unknown, so I better put more money in my retirement fund. I would have less anxiety if I could just get a better paying job. Can the government do more for me?

The Small Catechism – part 156

Scripture Text: Matthew 21:21–22

Everything belongs to the Father, and in him all creation holds together (Col 1:17). Is he then, unable to grant your prayers? Indeed, there is a so-called power that holds back the hand of God.

The Small Catechism – part 155

Scripture Text: 2 Peter 1:1–2

Consider your worth. Your own merit, that which is yours through your own deeds and religious devotion, is of course, relatively worthless. This does not give you any standing with God.

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