Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lutheran Schools Week: Day Four

Thanks to Rev. Steve Kieser for today's Lutheran Schools Week idea.  I started each class with a reading and discussion of Luther's Large Catechism explanation to the Third Commandment.  We have chapel each day at Lutheran North and I found paragraphs 93 - 100 very fitting:
  • Now, while we have God's Word, we nevertheless do not correct the abuse; we suffer ourselves to be preached to and admonished, but we listen without seriousness and care.  Know, therefore, that you must be concerned not only about hearing, but also about learning and retaining it in memory, and do not think that it is optional with you or of no great importance, but that it is God's commandment, who will require of you how you have heard, learned, and honored His Word... On the other hand, such is the efficacy of the Word, whenever it is seriously contemplated, heard, and used, that it is bound never to be without fruit, but always awakens new understanding, pleasure, and devoutness, and produces a pure heart and pure thoughts. For these words are not inoperative or dead, but creative, living words.  - M. Luther


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