August 9, 2022     2:36 pm
242. Week of Seventh Sunday after Trinity - Wednesday
The holy Christian Church is found wherever the Gospel is proclaimed;
          For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my Word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.   Isaiah 55:10,11
          Where on earth is this one holy Christian Church, this congregation and people of God, to be found? Wherever and only where the Gospel of Christ is proclaimed; for according to God's promise His Word never fails to bring forth fruit. See God's own promise at the head of this lesson. If you know of any place where the Word of God is preached, where people gather to hear the Gospel of Christ, then you may and should be altogether certain: here is the Church, here are believers, here is a part of Christendom; here are some who belong to God's people. For though many among those who hear and read the Word of God are hypocrites and ungodly, yet the Word of God never returns void to God; there must be at least a few who believe the Gospel, a few who are converted, and who will be kept steadfast in their faith by means of this Word. God has promised it, and you must believe it. So if you belong to a congregation in which the true Gospel is proclaimed, you should say: I am among people in whose midst there are children of God, in whose midst God begets children and nourishes them unto eternal life. And though you observe much weakness and many abuses there, and though conditions are such as to make you think that there are but very few true believers in that place, you must believe God's promise and say: There surely are children of God in this place. And instead of complaining and grumbling, or even withdrawing and fleeing, you should rather be active; and do your utmost to cure the weakness and to correct every abuse.
          PRAYER: - I thank You O Lord that You have brought me where Your Word is proclaimed pure and unadulterated and the Sacraments are rightly administered, hence, where there is a communion of such as are Your children through faith in Jesus Christ. Let me always remain Your dear child. Grant me grace to be watchful on my part, and strengthen those who are on the point of losing their faith. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 9, 2022     2:36 pm