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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Large Catechism – part 7

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From the Word: “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their mind, and I will write it in their heart. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Jeremiah 31:33)

From the Confessions: The Large Catechism, Introduction

Sadly, our people regard the gospel altogether too lightly, and we accomplish nothing extraordinary even though we use all diligence. What then, will be achieved if we are negligent and lazy as we were under the papacy?

Added to this is a shameful and dangerous contagion of security and satisfaction. Many regard the Catechism as a mediocre, simple teaching, which they can read through once, immediately understand it, and then throw the book into a corner as if they were ashamed to read it again.

Pulling It Together: When my wife and I were dating, we would spend hours on the telephone. We did not have anything to say to each other for long stretches of time, but we would not hang up. We just wanted to be together, if only silently.

The Christian is that person who wants to spend time with God. This is a sure sign of faith. She may not have read The Dogmatics or the latest commentary or journal. She is content with her Bible and the Catechism. She cannot help herself, for God has put this in her mind and heart. Faith compels her to sit in silence before God, listening in his Word.

Prayer: Help me to read your Book, Lord, with an ear to the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Creed. Amen.

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