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It happens like clockwork every three or four months. I get worn down, overwhelmed, you could even say burned out. I’m not a pastor or church worker, but you couldn’t tell by the bulk of my reading and website visiting. Two years ago I couldn’t have given a rip about Confessional Lutheranism. I was Lutheran but didn’t really understand what that meant. Even today with a deeper understanding of Lutheranism; I still get lost, even dazed with all the information that is out there. That’s when I know I need a reset, I need to get back to the basics and take a break from it all. I have to put away those books I am borrowing from my pastor. I have to quit staring at my Lutheran Facebook Groups and visiting umpteen Lutheran blogs. I can’t go back and listen to every Issues Etc. broadcast, watch every Worldview Everlasting video, or even waste my life away listening to Table Talk Radio trying to earn points. I need to get back to the basics. The only way to do that is to get back into Luther’s Small Catechism.
Everything a Christian needs for their daily devotional life is explained in Luther’s Small Catechism. The Ten Commandments are listed and explained in detail to convict us all of our sin and total corruption. The sacraments (The Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Confession and Absolution, and The Sacrament of the Altar) are explained to strengthen us all in our lives at Christians. The Daily Prayers which when added to The Creed and The Lord’s Prayer are our confession of faith. The Table of Duties explains some common vocations in life and the church. Finally, concluding with “Christian Questions and Their Answers”. These questions and answers can be used during confession, but are great for use in prayer and any instructional setting.
So if you ever feel overwhelmed with everything out there in the world of Lutheranism, get back into Luther’s Small Catechism. Using it daily will keep your grounded in the building blocks of the Christian faith.
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