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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 52

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 52

127.
Q. What is the sixth petition?
A. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” That is: since we are so weak that we cannot stand by ourselves for one moment, and besides, since our sworn enemies, the devil, the world, and our own sin, ceaselessly assail us, be pleased to preserve and strengthen us through the power of your Holy Spirit so that we may stand firm against them, and not be defeated in this spiritual warfare, until at last we obtain complete victory.

128.
Q. How do you close this prayer?
A. “For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.” That is: we ask all this of you because, as our King, you are willing and able to give us all that is good since you have power over all things, and that by this not we ourselves but your holy name may be glorified forever.

129.
Q. What is the meaning of the little word “Amen”?
A. Amen means: this shall truly and certainly be. For my prayer is much more certainly heard by God than I am persuaded in my heart that I desire such things from him.

And that brings the fifty-two weeks of 2018 to a close.
In 2019 I’ll be following the New City Catechism.
There doesn’t seem to be a New Provincial Town Catechism.


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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 51

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 51

126.
Q. What is the fifth petition?
A. “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” That is: be pleased, for the sake of Christ’s blood, not to charge to us, miserable sinners, our many transgressions, nor the evil which still clings to us. We also find this witness of your grace in us: that it is our sincere intention heartily to forgive our neighbor.


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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 50

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 50

125.
Q. What is the fourth petition?
A. “Give us this day our daily bread.” That is: be pleased to provide for all our bodily needs so that thereby we may acknowledge that you are the only source of all that is good, and that without your blessing neither our care and labor nor your gifts can do us any good. Therefore, may we withdraw our trust from all creatures and place it in you alone.


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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 48

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 48

123.
Q. What is the second petition?
A. “Your kingdom come.” That is: so govern us by your Word and Spirit that we may more and more submit ourselves unto you. Uphold and increase your church. Destroy the works of the devil, every power that raises itself against you, and all wicked schemes thought up against your holy Word, until the full coming of thy kingdom in which you shall be all in all.


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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 47

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 47

122.
Q. What is the first petition?
A. “Hallowed be your name.” That is: help us first of all to know you rightly, and to hallow, glorify, and praise you in all your works through which there shine your almighty power, wisdom, goodness, righteousness, mercy, and truth. And so order our whole life in thought, word, and deed that your name may never be blasphemed on our account, but may always be honored and praised.


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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 46

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 46

120.
Q. Why has Christ commanded us to address God: “Our Father”?
A. That at the very beginning of our prayer he may awaken in us the childlike reverence and trust toward God which should be the motivation of our prayer, which is that God has become our Father through Christ and will much less deny us what we ask him in faith than our human fathers will refuse us earthly things.

121.
Q. Why is there added: “in heaven”?
A. That we may have no earthly conception of the heavenly majesty of God, but that we may expect from his almighty power all things that are needed for body and soul.


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Clint Eastwood Reading Modern Praise Song Lyrics (via Lutheran Satire)

This video revisits the old ground of modern versus classic expressions in song lyrics, but how can you pass up the idea of Clint Eastwood in full curmudgeon mode reading modern praise lyrics.
It had me at ‘oh I feel like dancing, it’s foolishness I know’.
And before you think that I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever is too old, a couple of newer ones get a run too.
Sadly, no sloppy wet kiss.
That would just be beyond satire.