The Large Catechism – part 66

Scripture Text: John 3:5

The keeping of the commandments, so far as it depends upon us, begins with controlling the tongue. The Apostle James said that the tongue is a restless evil, so we must try to give it a rest.

Flashback Friday from August 28, 2017

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 11:19

What is one to do when all attempts have been made to reason with people who have willfully gone astray? There are people—yes, even in the churches—who willfully ignore Scripture, insisting instead on their own bent reasoning.

The Large Catechism – part 65

Scripture Text: Judges 8:22–23

Conversely, when the First Commandment is not observed, the other commandments will be broken. See how quickly, even after Gideon says God will rule the people, they put their trust in an object.

The Large Catechism – part 63

Scripture Text: Acts 3:6

Look to the lowly apostles. None of them was high or mighty in the ways of the world. They were mostly fishermen, but because they put their trust in the Lord, God made them fishers of men.

The Large Catechism – part 61

Scripture Text: Acts 2:1–4

Gathering together, likely for prayer and the latest word from the apostles, those earliest disciples were probably considered fools by those in the streets of Jerusalem.

The Large Catechism – part 60

Scripture Text: Judges 4:14

Just as Joshua exhorted the Israelites to choose whom they would serve, Deborah pressed Barak to trust the one God, fearing him more than Jaban, the Canaanite king, and his commander Sisera, with all his troops.

The Large Catechism – part 59

Scripture Text: Matthew 27:46

It may seem, at first, that God’s offer is not so friendly, for we see readily enough in the commandment, the threat of his wrath if we disobey. And how can we not disobey?

The Large Catechism – part 58

Scripture Text: Romans 16:25–27

Because the Israelites lived with the evil in the land, instead of driving it out as God commanded, God allowed to happen what would, of course, transpire. The same thing has happened in our own country.

The Large Catechism – part 57

Scripture Text: Joshua 24:23

Because God is a loving Father who cares for those who believe in him, we owe it to him to esteem him above all else. Yet, even those who do not believe are obliged to honor him, simply because he is God.

The Large Catechism – part 56

Scripture Text: Joshua 10:3–5

The news had traveled throughout the land, how God had fought Israel’s battles. Country after country, and city after city were terrified of Israel’s approach. Still, the king of Jerusalem dared defy God’s will by asking four other kings to help him with their armies at their sides.

The Large Catechism – part 55

Scripture Text: Romans 15:13

First, let us deal with the common misconception that because my father or mother sinned, I and my children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren will pay for their transgression.

The Large Catechism – part 54

Scripture Text: Joshua 8:32–35

If you have ever watched someone incise a single letter into slate, you can imagine how long it took Joshua to engrave the whole law on the altar at Mt. Ebal.

The Large Catechism – part 53

Scripture Text: Joshua 8:1–2

We want it, and we want it now. Furthermore, we want what we want, not that which is given. This is a depiction of children, but when adults act that way, it is an indictment.

The Large Catechism – part 52

Scripture Text: Joshua 7:13

Lest we lose sight of our theme, we are considering how all good gifts come from God. We do not take them; we receive them. Some of the Israelites snatched blessings from Jericho’s dead.

The Large Catechism – part 50

Scripture Text: Romans 12:3

One cannot think of himself any more highly than to think he is fit to do what only God can do. God helps us in our human weakness, comforts us in our consciences, and saves us, not only from our sins, but also to eternal life.

The Large Catechism – part 49

Scripture Text: Romans 11:36

All good is from God, as well as through him, and returning to him. He gets the credit: all the credit. I do not get the glory, nor do you. Government does not get the praise, nor its politicians.

The Large Catechism – part 48

Scripture Text: Romans 11:19–20

There is no greater idol, no hollower false god, than self. When we puff ourselves up with religious pride, we should remember that only emptiness may be inflated

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