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Monthly Archives: August 2019

Ten Commandments — the 1st and 2nd Commandments

August 25, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 47: A Prayer on the Ascension of Our Lord—Psalm 47 is traditionally prayed in celebration of the Ascension of Our Lord.  After Jesus has defeated sin, death, and the power of the devil through His suffering and death upon the cross, God the Father highly exalted Him and seated Him at His right hand, placing all His enemies under His feet.  Christ continues to reign over all things at the Father’s right hand for the sake of His Church and He will come again in glory to receive His bride to Himself.  So we sing with the psalmist: “God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding.  God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.”CP190825

Table of Duties — What the Hearers Owe Their Pastors (first half)

August 18, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 46: A Prayer of Reliance upon Our Mighty Fortress—Martin Luther based his hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” upon Psalm 46. Luther understood rightly that the psalms are always about Christ, who He is, and what He does for us. So when we speak about God being our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble, we are confessing this because Jesus has died for our sins and conquered Satan and death for us.  We will not fear precisely because if Christ is on our side, and He is, there is NO enemy that can possibly harm or destroy us.  This is the confidence upon which Psalm 46 is based.  The image of the River of Life and the calm serenity of the city of God reminds us of the hope that we have as Christians in eternal life with Christ in which no enemy will ever touch us.  Psalm 46 calls us to the quiet confidence of faith in Christ our Savior: “Be still, and know that I am God…the Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” CP190818

The Lord’s Prayer— Seventh Petition and Explanation

August 11, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 45: A Confession of Faith in Christ and His Messianic Kingdom—Psalm 45 is a confession of faith in Jesus Christ as the true Son of David and the fulfiller of every messianic expectation. He is the true and eternal king, the Son of God the Father, the faithful bridegroom for His bride the Church.  His kingdom, the Church, will endure forever.  Luther writes, “It portrays Christ as a king—with all kingly splendor, very handsome, well-spoken, well-adorned, well-armored, successful in war, righteous, gentle, gracious, having likewise a fine castle, a grand host of ladies-in-waiting, a beautiful queen, and children forever.  This is nothing else than a spiritual picture of the Gospel of Christ, His Spirit, grace, Church, and eternal life, of war against sin, death, Law, devil, flesh, world, and all evil” (CPH, Reading the Psalms with Luther, © 2007).  Psalm 45 encourages us to rejoice in all that Christ is for His Church, even though the visible appearance of the church in this world is so often one of persecution, suffering, poverty, and weakness.  In reality, faith sees a glorious Church and a King whose kingdom of grace, mercy, and salvation will never end.  CP190811

The Sacrament of the Altar

August 4, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 44: The Church Is Called to Remember God’s Faithfulness in Her Unfaithfulness —Psalm 44 is a corporate prayer for the Church.  It calls upon the Church to remember how God had been faithful to her throughout her history.  He kept His promises.  He saved.  He redeemed.  But now the Church experiences dishonor because of her backsliding away from the Lord.  By experiencing the consequences of her rebellion, the Lord calls the Church to return to the Lord in repentance, to claim again His promises, and to call upon Him for salvation.  The psalmist expresses a great truth: Though the Church and Christians may falter in faithlessness, the Lord will not abandon us.  This does not mean that we will not suffer because of our wayward ways, but God promises to work through the suffering that we have brought upon ourselves to turn us back to Him.  This is source of great comfort.  When we cry out to God at these times of distress, we want Him to reveal our sin, to correct our ways, and to restore us to His love and mercy.  This is precisely what He promises to do!CP190804