August 15, 2022     8:06 am
218. Week of Fourth Sunday after Trinity - Sunday
Out of the heart proceeds evil
          Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.   Mathew 15:19
          From original sin, from the depravity of our nature there result what are called actual sins, that is to say, sins that are acted, done, carried into effect. By these actual sins are meant all transgressions of the divine Law, not only such as may be observed by our fellow-men, sinful words and deeds, but also all sinful thoughts, which are known to God and ourselves only, yes, also the sinful desires slumbering within us which we ourselves do not notice, which only the eye of God can detect. Consider the text at the head of this lesson, and see what abominations arise from our heart. And indeed, it cannot be otherwise. From a bad fountain only foul water will issue forth, and a corrupt tree will bring forth nothing but bad fruit. And not only do we do the wicked things forbidden in the Law of God, but we also fail to do the good things which we are commanded to do. We are totally depraved; within us there is a countless brood of sin. The more we are enlightened by the Holy Spirit, the more we realise this. Where there is nothing but darkness, the various shades of darkness, so to speak, are not distinguishable; but the brighter the light, the more pronounced the shadows will be. What an awful delusion, then, to think that by the works of the Law, by the fulfilment of the Law, man might become righteous before God and obtain salvation! No, it is solely through faith in Christ, who fulfilled the Law in our stead and bore its curse for us, that we become free from sin, righteous before God, and obtain life everlasting.
          PRAYER: - Lord, most holy God, I confess that not only am I conceived and born in sin and therefore sinful from the very beginning of my existence, but that also knowingly and unknowingly I have daily and in many ways transgressed Your commandments, and therewith surely have deserved Your wrath and punishment in time and eternity. Nor can I help myself in the least or find ways or means thereto. But since You, O gracious God, have revealed to me in the Gospel that Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, is the propitiation for our sin and our Righteousness, in short, our Saviour, I rely upon this Your Word and pray You to forgive me all my sins, and to give me eternal life through grace in Him. O dear Father in heaven, also grant me, I beseech You, Your Holy Spirit, that henceforth I may resist the sinful desires and be earnestly and sincerely intent upon serving You according to Your Law. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 15, 2022     8:06 am