Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Memory Work

September 10, 2017  First Day of Sunday School    

September 17, 2017  

Lesson: Man’s Sin and God’s Promise

Memory Work: Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

                         Praise him, all creatures here below;

                         Praise him above, ye heav'nly host;

                         Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

 

September 24, 2017 

Lesson: The Birth of Moses

Memory Work:  In Christ alone my hope is found. He is my light, my strength, my song;

                         This cornerstone, this solid ground, Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

                         What heights of love, what depths of peace, When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
                         My Comforter, my all in all, Here in the love of Christ I stand.

 

October 1, 2017  

Lesson: God Calls Moses to Lead Israel

Memory Work: In Christ alone—who took on flesh, Fullness of God in helpless babe.

                        This gift of love and righteousness, Scorned by the ones he came to save.

                        Till on that cross, as Jesus died, The wrath of God was satisfied;

                         For ev’ry sin on him was laid. Here in the death of Christ I live.


October 8, 2017

Lesson: The Plagues

Memory Work: There in the ground his body lay, Light of the world by darkness slain;

                         Then bursting forth in glorious day Up from the grave he rose again!

                         And as he stands in victory, Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me.

                         For I am his and he is mine—Bought with the precious blood of Christ.


October 15, 2017 

Lesson: The First Passover

Memory Work: No guilt in life, no fear in death, This is the pow’r of Christ in me;

                         From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny.

                         No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man Can ever pluck me from his hand;

                        Till he returns or calls me home, Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.



October 22, 2017

Lesson: God Delivers His People at the Red Sea

Memory Work: A mighty fortress is our God,

                        A trusty shield and weapon;

                        He helps us free from ev'ry need

                        That has us now o'ertaken.

                        The old evil foe Now means deadly woe;

                        Deep guile and great might Are his dread arms in fight;

                        On earth is not his equal.

 

October 29, 2017

Lesson: God Feeds His People in the Desert

Memory Work: With might of ours can naught be done;
                                     Soon were our loss effected.
                                     But for us fights the valiant one
                                     Whom God himself elected.
                                     You ask, "Who is this?" Jesus Christ it is,
                                     The almighty Lord. And there's no other God;
                                     He holds the field forever.


November 5, 2017

Lesson: God Gives His Law to His People

Memory Work: The Word they still shall let remain,

                         Nor any thanks have for it;

                         He's by our side upon the plain

                         With his good gifts and Spirit.

                         And do what they will -- Hate, steal, hurt, or kill --

                         Though all may be gone, Our victory is won;

                         The kingdom's ours forever!

 

November 12, 2017

Lesson: The Golden Calf

Memory Work: Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,

                        The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.

                        The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,

                        The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

November 19, 2017

Lesson: The Twelve Spies

Memory Work: The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,

                         But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.

                         I love you, Lord Jesus; look down from the sky,

                         And stay by my side until morning is nigh.

 

                         Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay

                         Close by me forever and love me, I pray.

                         Bless all the dear children in your tender care,

                         And take us to heaven to live with you there.

November 26, 2017

Lesson: The Bronze Snake

Memory Work: Hark! The herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King;

                         Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!"

                        Joyful, all you nations rise, Join the triumph of the skies;

                        With th' angelic host proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!"

                        Hark! The herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King!"

 

                        Christ, by highest heav'n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord,

                        Late in time behold him come, Offspring of a virgin's womb.

                        Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail th' incarnate Deity!

                        Pleased as man with us to dwell, Jesus, our Immanuel!

                        Hark! The herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King!" 

December 3, 2017

Lesson: Entering the Promised Land

Memory Work: Hail, the heav'nly Prince of Peace! Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!

                         Light and life to all he brings, Ris'n with healing in his wings.

                         Mild he lays his glory by, Born that we no more may die,

                         Born to raise us from the earth, Born to give us second birth.

                         Hark! The herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King!"

December 10, 2017 

Lesson: Work on Children’s Christmas Program

Memory Work: Christmas Program

December 17, 2017

Lesson: Work on Children’s Christmas Program

Memory Work: Christmas Program

December 24, 2017  Christmas Eve

December 31, 2017  New Year's Eve
     
January 7, 2018

Lesson: Jesus and the Centurion

Memory Work: Love in Christ is strong and living,

                        Binding faithful hearts in one;

                        Love in Christ is true and giving --

                        May his will in us be done!

 

                        Love is patient and forbearing,

                        Clothed in Christ's humility,

                        Gentle, selfless, kind, and caring,

                        Reaching out in charity.

 

                        Love in Christ abides forever,

                        Fainting not when ills attend;

                        Love, forgiving and forgiven,

                        Shall endure until life's end.

 

January 14, 2018

Lesson: Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

Memory Work: "Come, follow me," the Savior spoke, "All in my way abiding.

                          Deny yourselves; the world forsake; Obey my call and guiding.

                          Oh, bear the cross, whate'er betide;

                          Take my example for your guide.


January 21, 2018

Lesson: Jesus’ Transfiguration

Memory Work: "I am the light; I light the way, A godly life displaying.

                          I bid you walk as in the day; I keep your feet from straying.

                          I am the way, and well I show

                          How you should journey here below.

 

January 28, 2018

Lesson: The Parable of the Loving Samaritan

Memory Work: Then let us follow Christ our Lord And take the cross appointed

                         And, firmly clinging to his Word, In suff'ring be undaunted.

                         For those who bear the battle's strain

                         The crown of heav'nly life obtain.

February 4, 2018

Lesson: The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Memory Work: Abide, O dearest Jesus, Among us with your grace

                        That Satan may not harm us Nor we to sin give place.

 

                        Abide, O dear Redeemer, Among us with your Word

                        And thus now and hereafter True peace and joy afford.

February 11, 2018  

Lesson: Ten Healed of Leprosy

Memory Work: Abide with your protection Among us, Lord, our Strength,

                         Lest world and Satan fell us And overcome at length.

 

                         Abide, O faithful Savior, Among us with your love;

                         Grant steadfastness and help us To reach our home above.

 

February 18, 2018

Lesson: Mary and Martha

Memory Work: When I survey the wondrous cross

                         On which the Prince of glory died,

                         My richest gain I count but loss

                         And pour contempt on all my pride.

February 25, 2018

Lesson: The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Memory Work: Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast

                        Save in the death of Christ, my God.

                        All the vain things that charm me most,

                        I sacrifice them to his blood.

March 4, 2018

Lesson: The Parable of the Rich Man and Poor Lazarus

Memory Work: Were the whole realm of nature mine,

                        That were a tribute far too small;

                         Love so amazing, so divine,

                         Demands my soul, my life, my all.

March 11, 2018  

Lesson: Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

Memory Work: Hosanna, loud hosanna, The little children sang;

                         Through pillared court and temple The lovely anthem rang.

                         To Jesus, who had blessed them, Close folded to his breast,

                         The children sang their praises, The simplest and the best.

March 18, 2018

Lesson: Zacchaeus

Memory Work: From Olivet they followed Mid an exultant crowd,

                        The victor palm branch waving And chanting clear and loud.

                        The Lord of saints and angels Rode on in lowly state

                         Nor scorned that little children Should on his bidding wait.

March 25, 2018

Lesson: Mary Honors Jesus

Memory Work: "Hosanna in the highest!" That ancient song we sing,

                          For Christ is our Redeemer, The Lord of heav'n, our King.

                          Oh, may we ever praise him With heart and life and voice

                          And in his royal presence Eternally rejoice.

April 1, 2018  Easter

 

April 8, 2018

Lesson: Jesus Rides Into Jerusalem

Memory Work: I know that my Redeemer lives;

                        What comfort this sweet sentence gives!

                        He lives, he lives, who once was dead;

                        He lives, my ever-living Head!

 

                        He lives triumphant from the grave;

                        He lives eternally to save.

                        He lives all-glorious in the sky;

                        He lives exalted there on high.

 

April 15, 2018

Lesson: The Parable of the Bags of Money

Memory Work: He lives and grants me daily breath;

                        He lives, and I shall conquer death.

                        He lives my mansion to prepare;

                        He lives to bring my safely there.

 

                        He lives, all glory to his name!

                        He lives, my Jesus, still the same.

                        Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives:

                        "I know that my Redeemer lives!"

April 22, 2018

Lesson: Paying Taxes to Caesar

Memory Work: I love to tell the story Of unseen things above,

                        Of Jesus and his glory, Of Jesus and his love.

                        I love to tell the story Because I know it's true;

                        It satisfies my longings As nothing else can do.

                        I love to tell the story; 'Twill be my theme in glory

                        To tell the old, old story Of Jesus and his love.

 

April 29, 2018

Lesson: Jesus Before Pilate

Memory Work: I love to tell the story, For those who know it best

                        Seem hungering and thirsting To hear it like the rest.

                        And when in scenes of glory I sing the new, new song,

                        'Twill be the old, old story That I have loved so long.

                         I love to tell the story; 'Twill be my theme in glory

                        To tell the old, old story Of Jesus and his love.

 

May 6, 2018

Lesson: Our Savior Dies

Memory Work: Let us ever walk with Jesus, Follow his example pure,

                        Flee the world which would deceive us And to sin our souls allure.

                        Ever in his footsteps treading, Body here, yet soul above,

                        Full of faith and hope and love, Let us do the Father's bidding.

                        Faithful Lord, abide with me. Savior, lead; I follow thee.

 

May 13, 2018

Lesson: The Enemies Guard the Tomb

Memory Work: Let us suffer here with Jesus, To his image e'er conform;

                         Heaven's glory soon will please us, Sunshine follow on the storm.

                        Though we sow in tears of sorrow, We shall reap in heav'nly joy,

                         And the fears that now annoy Shall be laughter on the morrow.

                         Christ, I suffer here with thee; There, oh, share thy joy with me.

 

May 20, 2018

Lesson: Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

Memory Work: Let us gladly live with Jesus; Since he's risen from the dead,

                        Death and grave must soon release us. Jesus, thou art now our head.

                        We are truly thine own members; Where thou livest, there live we.

                        Take and own us constantly, Faithful Friend, as thy dear brethren.

                        Jesus, here I live to thee, Also there eternally.

September 25 –
John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
Books of Bible
OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation
Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
October 2 –
Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 
What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.
October 9 –
               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 
What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.
October 16 –
               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost
Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 
What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.
October 23 –
4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 
What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 
Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—
Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established
Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
October 30 –
               5th Commandment You shall not murder.
What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.
               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.
               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 
What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.
November 6 –
               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 
What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.
               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,
Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it
November 13 –
               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 
What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.
               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other
Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
November 20 –
               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 
What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.
10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.
               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain
Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
November 27 –
               Conclusion
What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 
What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
December 4 –
               The First Article (Creation)
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.
Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
December 11 –
               Christmas Recitation
December 18 –
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
January 8 –
               The Second Article (Redemption)
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 
What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.
1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
January 15 –
               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.
January 22 –
               The Third Article (Sanctification)
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 
What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.
1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
 
September 25 –
John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
Books of Bible
OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation
Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
October 2 –
Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 
What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.
October 9 –
               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 
What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.
October 16 –
               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost
Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 
What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.
October 23 –
4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 
What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 
Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—
Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established
Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
October 30 –
               5th Commandment You shall not murder.
What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.
               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.
               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 
What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.
November 6 –
               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 
What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.
               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,
Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it
November 13 –
               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 
What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.
               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other
Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
November 20 –
               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 
What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.
10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.
               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain
Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
November 27 –
               Conclusion
What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 
What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
December 4 –
               The First Article (Creation)
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.
Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
December 11 –
               Christmas Recitation
December 18 –
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
January 8 –
               The Second Article (Redemption)
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 
What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.
1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
January 15 –
               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.
January 22 –
               The Third Article (Sanctification)
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 
What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.
1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
 

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

               Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

               Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

               Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

               Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

             Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

             Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

             Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

             Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

             Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

             Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

             Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

             Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

September 25 –

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Books of Bible

OT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Easter, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

NT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

October 2 –

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

             Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1st Commandment - You shall have no other gods. 

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

October 9 –

             Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

             Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

2nd Commandment - You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

October 16 –

             Seasons of the Church Year Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Matthew 11:28,29 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

October 23 –

4th Commandment Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established

Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

October 30 –

               5th Commandment You shall not murder.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

               Psalm 31:15 My times are in God’s hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
               from those who pursue me.

               Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

               6th Commandment You shall not commit adultery. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

November 6 –

               7th Commandment You shall not steal. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

               1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality,

Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

               Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it

November 13

               8th Commandment You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

               1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

               Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

November 20 –

               9th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get out neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show or right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

10th Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor’s spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

               1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

               Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

November 27 –

               Conclusion

What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

What does this mean?  God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.  But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him and gladly obey what he commands.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

December 4 –

               The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all that exists, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life.  God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it.  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.   This is most certainly true.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

December 11 –

               Christmas Recitation

December 18 –

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

John 1:1,2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

January 8 –

               The Second Article (Redemption)

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

January 15 –

               1 Timothy 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

               1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

January 22 –

               The Third Article (Sanctification)

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.   But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.