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A Bundle of Myrrh

"My beloved is unto me as a bundle of myrrh." Song of Solomon 1:13

Listening to Luther

October 24th, 2014 by Aubri

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The Devil Hates the Word of God

The ones on the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts so that they may not believe and be saved. Luke 8:12
“This is the true black – or rather the white – appearance of the devil. For he is a bright and brilliant devil, who does not tempt us with gross sins but with unbelief. For when he has our faith he has won. We must have God’s Word and cling to it by faith. As soon as we allow ourselves to be separated from the Word, we are lost and there is no help for us.

Therefore mark how the devil works, for he attacks nothing but faith. Pagans, the unbelieving, the non-Christians he does not tempt. They cling to him like scales to a fish. But when he sees those who have the Word of God, faith, and the Holy Spirit, he cannot get at them. He well knows that he can never win the victory over them, though they may stumble.

He well perceives that even if one falls into gross sin, that person is not lost thereby but can always rise again. Therefore he realizes that he must try a different method and take away their greatest good. If he can the game is won.

For God can work all things for good, however often we may stumble, only if we abide by the pure, true Word of God, which says: This is right and this is wrong. The devil knows this; therefore he first sneaks in a this point. Once faith is torn away, no one can of oneself resist the devil. He or she inevitably falls into all kinds of vice.” Martin Luther Sermon on Genesis 3

Holding Forth the Word of Life

October 24th, 2014 by Aubri

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Since Lily is 6 and has learned how to read I thought it a great time to further introduce her to Luther’s Small Catechism by getting her her very own beginners version. And what better time to gift it to her than on Reformation Sunday? I told her she’ll be getting a special surprise on that day and she’s so excited and yes, she knows it’s a BOOK. No delusions of a Katie Luther Barbie doll there so don’t worry!

Phil has made it a priority to teach the babies from our Catechism at an early age. We are currently working on the Ten Commandments and what they mean.

And their learning it greatly benefits me too. The Christian shouldn’t put the catechism aside after Confirmation. God’s Word and the teachings of our faith need to be something we continually put before us; hear, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest on a regular basis all our life. And to be honest that’s really hard most of the time isn’t it? Another reason this tired, busy, lazy, sinful mama is thankful for a church where I hear (even if it’s just in snippets) what I need to each week! And why I’m glad Phil recites the catechism with our babies so I can learn along with them.

I like what Martin Luther writes:

“I am often aware of temptation, and even today I cannot guard and cross myself against it too carefully. I confess this freely as an example to anyone; for here am I, an old doctor of theology and a preacher, and certainly as competent in Scripture as such smart alecks. At least I ought to be. Yet even I must become a child; and early each day I recite aloud whatever lovely psalms and verses I may choose, just as we teach and train children to do. Besides, I must seal with Scripture and fight with the devil every day. I dare not say in my heart, “The Lord’s Prayer is worn out; you know the Ten Commandments; you can recite the Creed.” I study daily and remain a pupil of the Catechism. I feel too, that this helps me a lot, and I am convinced by experience that God’s Word can never be entirely mastered, but that Psalm 147 speaks truly, “His understanding is beyond measure.”

Kelly at Fearfully and Wonderfully Made has started a series on her blog on learning the Large Catechism. I thought that was a great idea for her to commit to as a big grown up lady and a child of God. Reading through the Large Catechism has been something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Another resource I’d recommend that breaks down readings into daily small amounts is The Lord Will Answer A Daily Prayer Catechism.

The devil, our own flesh, our busy lives, our godless culture are always pulling us away from where God’s Word is taught and preached and tempting us with false doctrine. May God help us to always remain pupils of His Word.

 

 

 

 

Ephraim’s Pumpkin Party

October 23rd, 2014 by Aubri

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With an October birthday, Ephraim will most likely be subject all his life to his Mama’s love of Fall and have Fall themed birthday parties. To be fair I did attempt to throw a Peter and the Wolf party. I was so excited about this idea until I struck out all over the place, the internet and the stores, looking for affordable ideas and supplies. It was not meant to be. Maybe next year though?!

I ditched the Peter and the Wolf plans and went with what I had around the house…Pumpkins!

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Two Years Old

October 23rd, 2014 by Aubri

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Funny wild Ephraim, what a boy!  Here are the facts:

Two years old.
Finally finally almost pretty much “potty trained” after Mama almost pretty much gave up.
Will eat just about anything.
Nicknames: EphraimNator, Nator, Ephy, Ephy Job, Eph Jeph, Ephy JoJo, Joby Job
Big Words – “jouohfhlekrm, jfuodfjglj” really sayin’ something, Mama, Dada, No, Mo, Mih (milk), Eye, Eye (fly), Ow (mouth), Ow (hurt), Bye, Hi, Shh (fish)

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