The Large Catechism – part 107

Scripture Text: Acts 28:11–15

Look at all the trouble that Paul and Luke went to just to preach the gospel. This is the great mission of the church, and they undertook it with passion. We should receive the proclaimed gospel with a matched passion...

The Large Catechism – part 106

Scripture Text: Acts 27:30-31

Troubles come and troubles go, but we must abide in the ship. We hear the Word on the Lord’s Day, but we should remember it and keep it throughout the week.

The Large Catechism – part 105

Scripture Text: Hosea 8:7

Hosea’s agricultural imagery depicts the results of idolatry. It is the same as sowing your seed in the wind. The outcome is more wind, or if the seed blows to other properties, they will eat the grain.

A Reminder

Scripture Text: Galatians 2:16-18

We need to be reminded every day that we are not our own saviors, that we are saved by God's grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ. Remember your baptism!

The Large Catechism – part 102

Scripture Text: Hosea 3:1–5

What do you have to do in order to become holy? Nothing but follow him who makes one holy. We are called to follow him so we may be present for his great blessings.

The Large Catechism – part 100

Scripture Text: Acts 20:32

God’s word, the gospel, is the very power of salvation. This is how God bequests the eternal inheritance of the saints. He constructs a Christian through the word of his grace—in other words, through the righteousness of Christ.

The Large Catechism – part 99

Scripture Text: Luke 4:31–32

Everywhere Jesus traveled, he healed people, and fed them, but also taught them in the synagogues, as well as on the mountains and plains. Never once did he complain that all those people ever wanted out of him was his word.

The Large Catechism – part 98

Scripture Text: Luke 4:16

Great blessing awaits those who have developed the practice of going to worship on the Lord’s Day. But if they attend church only to go through the motions, not truly involved in the what is happening...

The Large Catechism – part 97

Scripture Text: Luke 4:4

We spend our days working for the food to feed ourselves and our families, struggling for higher position, and trying to keep illness and death at bay. These were the very temptations that faced Jesus in the wilderness.

The Large Catechism – part 96

Scripture Text: Acts 18:12–13

Be persuaded by the testimony of Scripture to worship God as he commands, not as the civil law or cultural conscience dictate. In other words, if local, state, or federal law change to the degree of demanding that you must not worship on the Lord’s Day, you have but one option, Christian.

The Large Catechism – part 95

Scripture Text: Esther 4:14

Why are you in the kingdom but to be a suitable subject, doing your king’s bidding? But what is his will? you may wonder. He has made this matter obvious, though the details may seem unclear.

The Large Catechism – part 92

Scripture Text: Acts 16:22–24

On their way to worship, Paul and Silas were hounded by a slave fortune teller, whom they healed of demonic possession, essentially cutting of a flow of money to her owners. For this, they had Paul and Silas beaten and imprisoned.

The Large Catechism – part 91

Scripture Text: Acts 16:13–14

Take a break. Find respite from the hubbub every day, if you can. It is a great way to honor the First Commandment, to put the Lord first in your day. But certainly take a break on the Lord’s Day.

from this day in 2015

Scripture Text: John 14:1-6

It is not the severity of our religious observances or the long list of our good works over a lifetime that makes us fit and worthy for the kingdom of God.

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