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The Large Catechism – part 9

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From the Word: And in this we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. (1 John 2:3)

From the Confessions: The Large Catechism, Introduction

As for myself, I too am a doctor and preacher, as learned and experienced as all the cheeky and proud. Yet I do as a child who is being taught the Catechism. Every morning and whenever I have time, I read and say, word for word, the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Psalms, etc. I must still read and study daily, and yet I cannot master it as I wish, but must remain a child and pupil of the Catechism, and am glad to remain so.

Pulling It Together: When I was a boy, I would walk down to Jeff’s house and he would join me on the walk to school. We would stop a few houses down the street to get Chris. Many mornings we had to wait on him to finish writing out the 50 states and their capital cities, before we could walk on together. Chris could rattle off those capitals to us on the way to school. He knew them by heart, but he still practiced every day.

Many churches close committee meetings by praying the Lord’s Prayer together. There used to be churches who began services by reciting the Ten Commandments. Luther encouraged all Christians to begin every day with both. Beyond that, we are to put them in to practice, not just be able to recite them.

Prayer: I want to know you, Lord. Amen.

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