August 15, 2022     7:13 am
219. Week of Fourth Sunday after Trinity - Monday
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
          In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.   Genesis 1:1
          Every child in Christendom knows these very first words of the Bible. And the truth they contain, namely, that there is a great, eternal, omnipotent God, who has created heaven and earth, and all that in them is, is a knowledge which every man has by nature. Of all, I repeat it, of all men, St. Paul says: "That which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has shown it to them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse." (Rom. 1:19,20) And still brazen fools and scoffers, wilfully hardening their hearts, deny the existence of this almighty Maker of heaven and earth, and speak of an eternal matter which of itself, by eternal revolutions developed and formed itself into what now is. They have no excuse for their ungodly foolishness. To "create" means to produce something out of nothing by a mere word. This God did in the beginning. (Hebr. 11:3) How immeasurably great is God! We confess in unison with all Christendom of all times: "I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth." Yes, and we believe and may and should believe that through Jesus Christ this almighty God and Creator is our Father, and that we are His dear children. O faith, faith, how highly you exalt us! And how small we make our faith through our own fault! If the almighty God is our Father and we are His dear children, should we not then exult and sing, and always be full of courage, and joyful, and undismayed, and boldly glory in Him though the world and even hell assail us? And should we not then adorn ourselves with holiness and righteousness well pleasing to our God and Father, and befitting us, His children? But - oh, how weak in faith we are!
          PRAYER: - O Lord God, whose greatness and might are incomprehensible, who by Your Word created heaven and earth out of nothing, what a tiny grain of dust I am in Your sight, and what is more, ruined by sin and death. And still I am to be Your dear child through Jesus Christ. O Lord, give me Your Spirit, that He may lift me up to You! Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 15, 2022     7:13 am