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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Large Catechism – part 24

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From the Word: 18 And I hated all my work in which I toiled under the sun, for I must leave it to a person who will be after me. 19 And who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will manage all for which I labored and shown myself wise under the sun. This too, is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 2:18–19)

From the Confessions: The Large Catechism, Preface

Therefore, it is the responsibility of every parent to question and examine one’s household at least once a week and to discover what they know and have learned of the Catechism, and if they do not know it, to keep them faithfully at it.

Pulling It Together: One may find much to do, if staying busy is the plan. Or, if making money is the idea, again, there is no end to work. At the end of a life, what will be said of such people? “He sure was tired all the time,” or, “He made a lot of money but he didn’t take it with him.” It is hollow and conceited to make life into a contest to see who worked hardest or made the most money.

There are much better things to do with your time. If you are working so much that you do not have the time or energy to be with your family at the dinner table, talking a little while about the Word, then you are almost certainly going to leave the fruit of your labors to fools.

Prayer: Help me live at your pace, Lord. Amen.

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Genesis "Old Places, New Faces" Series    Places have to do with geography. In the Bible we find God's people in many different places, both physically and spiritually, in their relationship to the Creator and Savior. We, like them, journey through many lands in our Christian walk. We move from chaos to order, from Ur to Canaan, and from obedience to disobedience. As we become more acquainted with our spiritual geography, we will better discern where God would have us go or what changes we need to make in order to serve him better.


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