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Monthly Archives: February 2020

The Sacrament of the Altar

February 23, 2020

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Catechesis Notes for the Week —Psalm 70—A Prayer for Deliverance from Those Who Hate Christians—King David, with all his worldly power and might still confesses, “I am poor and needy; Make haste to me, O God!  You are my help and my deliverer.”  This is the true faith of every Christian.  We are surrounded by those who hate the Gospel of Christ and loathe our confession of faith in Jesus.  They taunt and ridicule Christians and their beliefs.  They seek our lives and desire our hurt.  They treat us with scorn and bitter contempt saying, “Aha, aha!”  Every evil name and accusation is hurled against us because of our faith in Christ. In the face of this, David teaches us to commend ourselves to God. He will come to our aid in suffering and persecution to deliver us according to His will and to further the cause of the Gospel.  Therefore, we commend ourselves to Him with confidence. “Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love Your salvation say continually, ‘Let God be magnified!’”  CP200223

Sacrament of the Altar

February 14, 2020

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Confession and the Office of the Keys

February 9, 2020

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Catechesis Notes for the Week —Psalm 68—Luther on Psalm 68:“The 68th psalm is a beautiful and powerful prophecy of Christ, that He shall rise, ascend to heaven, give His Spirit, send His apostles, let the Gospel be preached, rescue poor sinners from death, comfort the sorrowful, destroy the Jewish kingdom and priesthood and scatter them, and establish a new kingdom in which He will daily be praised and preached, and not the Law of Moses. The psalm calls the apostles kings and lords of armies and leaders in battle because, with the Gospel, they do battle against death, sin, and the devil, against the wisdom and holiness of the world. Likewise, it calls them high fruitful mountains, God’s heirs, and God’s chariots with many hosts. It also calls them singers and choruses among the maidens, dancers, and singers—because they joyfully praise, glorify, and thank God. Thus David sings his song of joy over the holy kingdom of grace and life. He prays at the end that God keep His kingdom, bless it, and establish it to eternity. The psalmist is so completely and joyfully stirred in spirit that he has written this beautiful rich psalm.” From Reading the Psalms with Luther CPH.  CP200209

Confession and the Office of the Keys

February 2, 2020

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Catechesis Notes for the Week —Psalm 67—A Prayer for the Mission of Christ’s Church—In David’s prayer on the mission of the Church, he teaches us that when we receive God’s mercy in Christ it results in His saving name being proclaimed to the nations in the preaching of the Gospel.  The preaching of the Gospel, faith in Christ, and the praise of God are all inextricably linked together as one divine miracle.  When He prays, “Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You” He is praying for the conversion of the nations that results in the confession of faith in Christ and the adoration of His holy name.  LSB 823, “May God Bestow on Us His Grace,” is Luther’s paraphrase on this psalm: “May God bestow on us His grace. / With blessings rich provide us; / And may the brightness of His face / To life eternal guide us, / That we His saving health may know, / His gracious will and pleasure, / And also to the nations show / Christ’s riches without measure / And unto God convert them” (stanza 1).  (See also stanzas 2 and 3) CP200202