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A Reading from the Book of Concord
3 year series

July 1, 2007 - Fifth S a Pentecost

Standard LSB C Readings:
First: 1 Kings 19:9b-21
Epistle: Gal 5:1, 13-25
Gospel: Luke 9:51-62
Psalm: Ps 16 (11)

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Gospel, Luke 9:51-62 for the Fifth S a Pentecost, July 1, 2007.

It is from Large Catechism, The Lord's Prayer, paragraphs 63, 65-67, page 442.

Both Jesus and His disciples are willing to accept the suffering that is the natural consequence of following Him who is the way the truth and the life. But many others are not willing to follow on Jesus' terms.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


The world is perverse and wicked. So [the devil] provokes the world against us, fans and stirs the fire, so that he may hinder and drive us back, cause us to fall, and again bring us under his power (2 Corinthians 2:11 ; 1 Timothy 3:6-7).

If we would be Christians, therefore, we must surely expect and count on having the devil with all his angels and the world as our enemies (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:9). They will bring every possible misfortune and grief upon us. For where God's Word is preached, accepted, or believed and produces fruit, there the holy cross cannot be missing (Acts 14:22). And let no one think that he shall have peace (Matthew 10:34). He must risk whatever he has upon earth - possessions, honor, house and estate, wife and children, body and life. Now, this hurts our flesh and the old Adam (Ephesians 4:22). The test is to be steadfast and to suffer with patience (James 5:7-8) in whatever way we are assaulted, and to let go whatever is taken from us (1 Peter 2:20-21).

So there is just as great a need, as in all the other petitions, that we pray without ceasing, "Dear Father, Your will be done, not the devil's will or our enemies' or anything that would persecute and suppress Your holy Word or hinder Your kingdom. Grant that we may bear with patience and overcome whatever is to be endured because of Your word and kingdom, so that our poor flesh may not yield or fall away because of weakness or sluggishness." (paragraphs 63, 65-67)

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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