The Small Catechism – part 247

Scripture Text: Matthew 4:1–4

When at table, and we consider all of God’s benefits, we must not think only of those things that go into our mouths. We should also give thanks for what comes out of God’s mouth.

The Small Catechism – part 246

Scripture Text: Colossians 1:15–17

Once again this morning, I looked for Corona virus news in the local paper. Specifically, I was looking for news about social isolation and stay-at-home orders.

The Small Catechism – part 245

Scripture Text: Colossians 1:9–14

When we return thanks to God, our gratitude should not be merely for the food and drink we have received from him. We should be thankful for all his benefits.

The Small Catechism – part 243

Scripture Text: Exodus 16:22

There are many lessons to be learned in this one verse. Let us learn one: that we may depend upon God for our daily bread, just as that wilderness congregation could.

The Small Catechism – part 242

Scripture Text: Exodus 16:10

It seems, these days, that I am looking forward to going to bed as soon as I wake up each morning. When I was a young man and earlier, a teenager, going to bed was the last thing on my mind

The Small Catechism – part 241

Scripture Text: John 15:9

Jesus wants us to do more than follow him. Following Jesus is the starting point, from which eventually, there must be something more, lest following becomes stiff habit and we hang dead upon the vine.

The Small Catechism – part 238

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 15:51–52

We entrust ourselves this day to the care of the one who will bring us into everlasting day. As eyelids flutter into wakefulness, our sleeping eyes will be instantly awakened.

The Small Catechism – part 237

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 15:49

Luther encourages us to give thanks for making it through the night. That idea has a little more gravity when there is a global pandemic. So, we should thank God for each new day.

The Small Catechism – part 236

Scripture Text: Exodus 12:42

The ordinance of the Passover provided a way for Jewish people to remember who and whose they are. In this observance, they remembered how the Lord delivered them from more than four centuries of slavery in Egypt.

The Small Catechism – part 235

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 15:28

I love that Richard Pryor line toward the end of the movie “Silver Streak” when a gunfight has broken out between the FBI and criminals. Bullets are flying everywhere and Pryor, hunkered down behind a 55-gallon drum, has had enough of the chaos.

The Small Catechism – part 234

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1–4

Belief is the key to readiness. Do you believe that you are a sinner? If you do, then you are almost ready for the table. Do you believe that Jesus died to save sinners?

The Small Catechism – part 233

Scripture Text: 1 Peter 3:18–19

All of our religious devices will never set us free from sin and death. Prayer will not do it, nor will Bible reading, Sunday School, or going to church.

The Small Catechism – part 231

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 11:27–29

I would sit in the pew, trying to decide if I had been good enough in the past week to receive the bread and the wine. Of course, I was not good at all, nor would I ever be good.

Concerning Repentance – part 62

Scripture Text: 2 Corinthians 3:12–16

We cannot read the law with veiled hearts and expect to find the grace of God. All we sense is God’s displeasure. So, we cannot expect the law to come to our rescue.

The Small Catechism – part 229

Scripture Text: 2 Corinthians 1:5

How solitary sits the city, how lonely and desolate. This is the lament of Jeremiah over Israel. Jesus grieves similarly over the people because they are without a shepherd.

The Small Catechism – part 228

Scripture Text: Exodus 9:20–21

Be sure you do not get caught out in the field with your cattle. God’s forgiveness is abundantly available—even to pharaohs, even to sinners. Just come in from the storm.

The Small Catechism – part 227

Scripture Text: 2 Corinthians 3:18

Holy Communion is a turning to the Lord, and in it, we behold his glory. Furthermore, the table is a sort of mirror in which we may begin to behold ourselves as God sees us.

The Small Catechism – part 226

Scripture Text: 2 Corinthians 2:15–16

What a pleasing fragrance arises to God when his church believes the gospel by eating and drinking in remembrance of Christ Jesus. The aroma of our witness extends horizontally as well.

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