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Monthly Archives: December 2019

The Creed — the Third Article

December 29, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — (Christmas Psalm 98 The walk through the psalms resumes after Christmas) “The 98th psalm, like the preceding psalm, is a prophecy of the kingdom of Christ, which extends into all the world. It also calls us to be joyful and to praise God for His salvation, that is, to preach and give thanks for the redemption given us through Christ. Here then is worship—not offerings given in Jerusalem, but preaching and thanksgiving that He is King in righteousness over the entire world, that is, that He has redeemed us from sin and death by Himself alone, without our merits.”—Martin Luther CP191229

Creed — the 2nd Article

December 22, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — (Christmas Psalm 96 The walk through the psalms resumes after Christmas) “The 96th psalm is a prophecy of the kingdom of Christ in the world, in which there will be nothing but joy and praise…In it, all the nations, lands, people, forests, seas, trees are called to worship.  They should praise and thank the Lord because He judges and rules with righteousness and truth.  That is, He delivers us from sins and all that sin brings with it, such as death, hell, the power of the devil, and all that is evil.  This is the new song of the new kingdom from new creatures, from a new people, not born of the Law or works but born of God and Spirit.  These are nothing less than miracles, done in Christ Jesus.” Martin Luther CP191222

Lord’s Prayer — 5th and 6th Petitions

December 15, 2019

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Lord’s Prayer — 4th Petition

December 8, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 62: A Prayer against Those Who Delight in Tearing Others Down—Self-righteousness and pride is the perennial disease of our sinful flesh, because of it, the Old Adam delights in tearing others down and exalting one’s self.  This prayer against such pride and arrogance is also a prayer for every Christian to realize the self-righteousness that lurks within his nature, to confess it, and to abide in the humility of faith.  For the Christian our hope is in God alone.  We rely upon His power.  We trust in His mercy.  We wait silently for Him.  We know that we are but a vapor, a breath that soon dissipates into nothing.  Where there is self-righteousness and pride, there will be the destruction of others.  Where there is faith in the Lord Jesus, who humbled Himself in service to the neighbor, even to the point of death, there will be compassion and concern for others ahead of one’s self.  The way of faith is clear: Christ alone is our salvation and our glory; He alone is the rock of our strength and our refuge.CP191208

The Catechism: The Lord’s Prayer—Second Petition and Third Petition

December 1, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 61: A Prayer for the Assurance of God’s Protection on Earth and for Eternity—Psalm 61 was likely prayed by David before he succeeded Saul as King and began his reign.  He prays for the Lord’s protection.  When his heart is overwhelmed, he prays that the Lord would lead him to the Rock that is higher than he.  That Rock is Christ, his Lord and Savior.  Though Saul was his enemy, David anticipates the teaching of the Apostle Paul who declares that our true enemy is Satan and the forces of darkness (Eph. 6:12). In the end. David prays for his King and desires only what is best for the King: “You will prolong the king’s life, His years as many generations. He shall abide before God forever. Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him!” Luther extols the blessings of a stable government, even though the governing authorities have their flaws.  In the end, God works even through the secular kingdom to maintain order and to provide for people’s well-being.CP191201