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From the Confessions: The Small Catechism
Place your emphasis on that commandment or other part of the catechism that suffers the greatest neglect among your people. For instance, stress the Seventh Commandment, concerning stealing, among laborers and merchants, and even farmers and servants, for many of them are guilty of dishonesty and theft. Just so, emphasize the Fourth Commandment among the children and the common people so that they may lead orderly, faithful, obedient, and peaceful lives. Offer many examples from the Scriptures to show how God has punished or blessed such persons.
Pulling It Together
You will find different areas of stress in your ministry—whether it be a commandment, article, petition, or Sacrament that needs emphasis in the lives of your flock, or in your own life. Do not ignore where the Holy Spirit is speaking to you. As you teach, you will find that the doors of the catechism swing outward and inward too.
Prayer: Feed me with your word, Lord. Amen.
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Today, the reliability of the Gospel is questioned or denied by many voices, inside and outside the Church. But if we, as Christians, have only "hoped" in Christ, and do not see Him as reliable, then we are "most to be pitied." This series by As We Go Ministries examines the reliability of central claims of the Christian faith, including the truth of Scripture, the promise of the Gospel, and the certainty of Christ's death and resurrection for our sake.
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