The Large Catechism – part 29

Scripture Text: Matthew 15:37

God wants us to ask him for all good things. In other words, he wants us to ask him for those things that he knows are best for us. So, being the knowing child of the Father, God’s Son teaches us how to pray.

The Large Catechism – part 28

Scripture Text: Galatians 4:19

"We don’t believe in creeds." I have heard people proudly recite that statement many times too. "We only believe in the Bible," they usually continue.

The Large Catechism – part 27

Scripture Text: Galatians 3:21–22

I don’t have to keep the law. I’m a Christian and we don’t have to do that anymore. I have heard plenty of people, even pastors, say similar words. Vehemently.

The Large Catechism – part 26

Scripture Text: Matthew 14:19–21

The Small Catechism is aptly named; it is a little book of instruction on the Christian faith. It may not seem like much, and perhaps one is thinking, Why not read the entire Bible? Indeed; why not?

The Large Catechism – part 25

Scripture Text: Galatians 2:15–16

There are those who are members of a church, yet not members of the Church of Christ, Christ’s body. Perhaps they were raised in the church or had a moment when they thought joining would be a good idea.

The Large Catechism – part 24

Scripture Text: Ecclesiastes 2:18–19

One may find much to do, if staying busy is the plan. Or, if making money is the idea, again, there is no end to work. At the end of a life, what will be said of such people?

The Large Catechism – part 23

Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6–7

Having spent the weekend with my grandchildren, I wonder if I might still be a child. I have the same question when I read the Bible and study the Catechism. There is so much to understand better.

The Large Catechism – part 21

Scripture Text: 1 Timothy 4:7–8

When I was in elementary school, I was always the fastest kid in my class. Although sometimes, Melony or Raymond gave me a run for my money. Mrs. Allen, our fourth grade teacher, tested us throughout the year, to determine the swiftest.

The Large Catechism – part 20

Scripture Text: Proverbs 17:3

A neighbor told me yesterday that she thinks, “this is a wake-up call for America.” Then she added, “I hope we're listening." She was referring to...

The Large Catechism – part 18

Scripture Text: 1 Timothy 1:3–4

The Revised Standard Version may not be the most accurate English translation of 1 Timothy 1:4, but the idea of “divine training” has its appeal. Training does not seem too tempting, at first glance.

The Large Catechism – part 17

Scripture Text: 2 John 8–9

It is too easy to become a heretic. It is easier to stop believing. Perhaps the easiest thing is to be lazy. Church membership rolls are filled with all three, but probably more of the third class.

The Large Catechism – part 15

Scripture Text: 1 John 5:3

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me (Psa 16:7–8). How can we keep God’s commandments if we do not know them, or worse, forget them?

The Large Catechism – part 14

Scripture Text: 1 John 4:15–16

The Catechism is a short discourse, packed with God’s Word. In it, the law accuses us, yet as we read on, we are reminded of the gospel, of God’s great love for us in Jesus Christ.

The Large Catechism – part 13

Scripture Text: 1 John 3:23–24

When we work in the Catechism, we are essentially learning one thing in different ways. And what is it that the Catechism, in all its parts, teaches us but the greatest commandment which is the sum of all of God’s commandments?

The Large Catechism – part 12

Scripture Text: 1 John 3:4–6

In many cases, Greek is difficult to translate into English in a way that makes sense. Today’s New Testament lection is such a case. Many English translations makes it sound like Christians do not sin.

The Large Catechism – part 11

Scripture Text: 1 John 2:24–25

What goes for the pastors and theologians, goes, of course, for the whole church. None of us should presume that we have learned the Catechism, the basics of the Christian faith.

The Large Catechism – part 10

Scripture Text: Ezekiel 34:7

Who calls pastors and teachers? God, of course. He should be able to expect of those he has employed that they do their work as he intends. Yet, in our churches, too many have ignored the basic teachings of Scripture.

The Large Catechism – part 9

Scripture Text: 1 John 2:3

When I was a boy, I would walk down to Jeff’s house and he would join me on the walk to school. We would stop a few houses down the street to get Chris. Many mornings we had to wait on him to finish writing out the 50 states and their capital cities, before we could walk on together.

The Large Catechism – part 8

Scripture Text: 1 John 1:8

There are plenty of know-it-alls out there. They have all the answers for you, and are happy to let you know what they call “truth.” Sadly, some of these gasbags are in our congregations.

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