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September 22, 2013 - Pentecost 18, Proper 20, series C

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Old Testament, Amos 8:4-7 for the Pentecost 18, Proper 20, series C, September 22, 2013.

It is from Small Catechism, Preface, pages 313-314.

The Lord is well aware of the many ways people deceive one another is business dealing and He says, "Surely I will never forget any of their deeds."

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDPENTECOST 18, PROPER 20, SERIES C
SMALL CATECHISMPREFACE BY DR. MARTIN LUTHER

I beg you all for God's sake, my dear sirs and brethren, who are pastors or preachers, to devote yourselves heartily to your office. Have pity on the people who are entrusted to you and help us teach the catechism to the people, and especially to the young. And let those of you who cannot do better take these tables and forms and impress them, word for word, on the people…

Although we cannot and should not force anyone to believe, we should insist and encourage the people. That way they will know what is right and wrong for those among whom they dwell and wish to make their living. For whoever desires to live in a town must know and observe the town laws, because he wishes to enjoy the protection offered by the laws…

After they have learned the text well, teach them the meaning also, so that they know what it means. In particular, urge the commandment or part that most suffers the greatest neglect among your people. For example, the Seventh Commandment, about stealing, must be strongly urged among mechanics and merchants, and even farmers and servants. For among these people many kinds of dishonesty and stealing prevail. You must always offer many examples from the Scriptures to show how God has punished or blessed such persons. (paragraphs 6, 13, 17-18)



Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005,2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of CONCORDIA, call 800-325-3040.

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