Stuff. Just to keep myself honest. The month of August saw 4,200 pushups; 260 pullups; 400 KB swings; and four sprint sessions and just some other running sessions for the fun of it. Ended up buying an Apple Watch with blow money this month, and was delighted to find out it reads VO2Max. According to that, during my sprint running, I ended up with 43.4 VO2Max, which according to the charts I consulted on the internet puts my oxygen capacity at average for an 18 year old, but top of the line for a nearly 60 year old. Love this workout routine and am so glad I finally found it, after floundering a bit when I started working from home.
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Hallowed be Thy name.
For God’s name was given to us when we became Christians and were baptized. LC III:37
Since we call God our Father in this prayer, it is our duty to act and behave ourselves as godly children, that He may not receive shame, but honor and praise through us. LC III:39
God’s name is profaned when people preach, teach, and say in God’s name what is false and misleading. LC III:41
God’s name is profaned by an openly wicked life and works. LC III:43
In this petition we pray for exactly what God demands in the Second Commandment. LC III:45
To hallow means the same as to praise, magnify, and honor both in word and deed. LC III:46
24 August 2020
But “two masters” means two that are opposed to each other and that issue contradictory orders, the way God and the devil do. God says: “You shall not be greedy, and you shall not have any other gods.” But the devil contradicts this and says: “You may be greedy and serve Mammon.”—Martin Luther, AE 21:186.
Surely God saves different souls in different ways? To preach instantaneous conversion and eternal security as if they must be the experiences of all who are saved, seems to me very dangerous: the very way to drive some into presumption and others into despair.—C. S. Lewis, Business of Heaven, p. 216.
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Then why does He tell us to ask for these things? The reason He commands it is, of course, not in order to have us make our prayers an instruction to Him as to what He ought to give us, but in order to have us acknowledge and confess that He is already bestowing many blessings upon us and confess that He can and will give us still more. By our praying, therefore, we are instructing ourselves more than we are Him.—Martin Luther, Sermon on the Mount, AE 21:144.
They are trying to inoculate the child with the preposterous view that one’s mother is simply a fellow citizen like anyone else, to make it ignorant of what all men know and insensible to what all men feel. They are trying to drag the featureless repetitions of the collective into the fuller and more concrete world of the family. A convict has a number instead of a name. That is the collective idea carried to its extreme.—C. S. Lewis, Business of Heaven, p. 211
For here in all three articles God has revealed Himself and opened to us the deepest abyss of His fatherly heart and His pure, inexpressible love. He has created us for this very reason, that He might redeem and sanctify us. LC II:64
Jesus is the mirror of the fatherly heart, outside of whom we see nothing but an angry and terrible Judge. But we couldn’t know anything about Christ either, unless it had been revealed by the Holy Spirit. LC II:65
The Creed tells us what God does for us and gives to us. LC II:67
The Creed brings pure grace and makes us godly and acceptable to God. For by this knowledge we love and delight in all God’s commandments. Here we see that God gives Himself to us completely.... The Father gives all creatures. The Son gives His entire work. The Holy Spirit bestows all His gifts. LC II: 68
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[On Matt. 6:1-4] On first glance it seems as if the same thing were being repeated, but if you were carefully to pay attention, you will note a careful distinction. Almost may be given in the presence of others to be seen by them, or they may be given in the presence of others but not to be seen.... He is not focusing simply on the outward act, but on the intent of the heart.—St. John Chrysostom, Homily 19 on St. Matthew
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But if we entangle ourselves in things present, and plunge ourselves in them more and more, how will it be possible for them to be persuaded that we are hastening to another sojourn?—St. John Chrys. Hom 15 on Matt.
Let this, then, be the sum of this article: the little word Lord means simply the same as Redeemer. It means the one who has brought us from Satan to God, from death to life, from sin to righteousness, and who preserves us in the same.—LC II:31
Further, it explains that He suffered, died, and was buried so that He might make satisfaction for me nad pay what I owe not with silver or gold, but with His own precious blood.—LC II:31
To explain all these individual points does not belong to brief sermons for children. That belongs to fuller sermons that extend throughout the entire year, especially at those times that are appointed for the purpose of treating each article at length—for Christ’s birth, sufferings, resurrection, ascension and so on.—LC II:32
Yes, the entire Gospel that we preach is based on this point, that we properly understand this article as that upon which our salvation and all our happiness rests.—LC II:33
13 August 2020
And listening to the Scriptures. Revelation XVIII:23 on the destruction of Babylon: And the light of a candle shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee.
It occurred to me that this may refer to the horrid situation when the judgment of God visits a place and the light of the candle of God’s word is removed from it; and thus there the voice of the Bridegroom is no longer heard, nor does the Bride, the Church lift up her voice in praise and thanksgiving to her Bridegroom. A place where the Word is silenced and the Church dies. And how much of a wasteland have our cities indeed become where this has taken place?
Every Thursday in the Treasury of Daily Prayer, we beg our Lord: “Pardon all our arrogance and do not come to us in wrath to remove the lamp of Your Word from before our eyes! O Lord, we pray You: visit this vine which You once established for Yourself and renew us with the sun of Your mercy and the water of eternal life.” O Lord, our sins are many and great, but let not the lamp of Your Word be extinguished among us so that we no longer hear our Bridegroom’s sweet voice, nor the songs of Your Bride ever vanish from among us. Amen!
God has created one being and one unity with this intent, that each one in fulfilling his ministry shall do the work allotted to him as his state demands, performing it with that humility which regards all states and persons as equal before God, as being all created equal and having the one as much favour with Him as the other, so that no one may pride himself before God and his neighbor, thinking highly of himself because his state is high, but may perceive that unless he preserves, in his higher state, the spirit of true humility, he sins much more shamefully and will be condemned much more severely than any man of lower degree.—Martin Luther, Sermon, 1531
Novelty may fix our attention not even on the service but on the celebrant. You know what I mean. Try as one may to exclude it, the question, ‘What on earth is he up to now?’ will intrude. It lays one’s devotion waste. There is really some excuse for the man who said, ‘I wish they’d remember that the charge to Peter was Feed my sheep, not Try experiments on my rats, or even, Teach my performing dogs new tricks.’ Thus my whole liturgiological position really boils down to an entreaty for permanence and uniformity.—C. S. Lewis, Business of Heaven, p. 206.
We emphasize the words “Creator of heaven and earth.”...This is what I mean and believe, that I am God’s creature. I mean that He has given and constantly preserves for me my body, soul, and life, my members great and small, all my senses, reason, and understanding, and so on.—LC II:13
We confess that He does all this out of pure love and goodness, without our merit, as a kind Father. He cares for us that no evil falls upon us.—LC II:18
Therefore, it is clearly concluded that it our duty to love, praise, and thank Him for these things without ceasing.—LC II:19
For here we see how the Father has given Himself to us, together with all creatures, and has most richly provided for us in this life. We see that He has overwhelmed us with unspeakable, eternal treasures by His Son and the Holy Spirit, as we shall hear.—LC II:24
12 August 2020
God is the giver of all good gifts; but your must fall to, and take the bull by the horns, which means you must work to give God an occasion and a mask.—Martin Luther, Exposition Ps. cxlvii
To judge from their practice, very few Anglican clergy-men take this view. It looks as if they believed people can be lured to go to church by incessant brightenings, lightenings, lengthenings, abridgements, simplifications, and complications of the service. And it is probably true that a new, keen vicar will usually be able to form within his parish a minority who are in favour of his innovations. The majority, I believe, never are. Those who remain—many give up churchgoing altogether—merely endure. Is it simply because the majority are hidebound? I think not. They have a good reason for their conservatism. Novelty, simply as such, can only have an entertainment value. And they don’t go to church to be entertained. —C. S. Lewis, Business of Heaven, p. 205.
For if those who grieve for children, or wife, or any other relation gone from them, have no fondness for gain or pleasure during that period of their sorrow; if they aim not at glory, are not provoked by insults, nor led captive by envy, nor beset by any other passion, their grief alone wholly possessing them; much more will they who mourn for their own sins, as they ought to mourn, show forth a self-denial greater than this.—St. Jn Chrys., Homily 15 on St. Matthew
11 August 2020
For this reason we should make righteous Mammon out of unrighteous Mammon, and use it properly and in God-pleasing manner. Whoever does that will on Judgment Day have many friends and testimonies to his faith.—Martin Luther, HP II:364
The modern habit of doing ceremonial things unceremoniously is no proof of humility; rather it proves the offender’s inability to forget himself in the rite, and his readiness to spoil for everyone else the proper pleasure of ritual.—C. S. Lewis, Business of Heaven, p. 204.
Everything that is to be a good work must arise and flow from this true fountain and channel. So apart from the Ten Commandments no work or thing can be good or pleasing to God.—LC I:311
The miserable blind people do not see that no person can go far enough to keep one of the Ten Commandments as it should be kept. Both the Apostles’ Creed and the Lord’s Prayer must come to our aid (as we shall hear). By them power and strength to keep the commandments is sought and prayed for and received continually. —LC I:316
Everything is to flow from the First Commandment’s power.... But note what God would have you do, what He will quite surely demand of you. If you skip that, you have an angry Judge. But if you do the work, you have a gracious Father.—LC I:327
We should have them always in our memory. Then we might do them in all our actions and ways.—LC I:331
10 August 2020
Therefore, although a man’s state may be lower than your own, you must not forget that it is likewise created and ordained by God. And again you must know, that you have been given your state that you may humble yourself and serve others.—Martin Luther, Sermons, 1544
The advantage of a fixed form of service is that we know what is coming... In a fixed form we ought to have ‘gone through the motions’ before in our private prayers; the rigid form really sets our devotions free. I also find the more rigid it is, the easier to keep one’s thoughts from straying. Also it prevents getting too completely eaten up by whatever happens to be the preoccupation of the moment [i.e., war, an election, or what not]. The permanent shape of Christianity shows through.—C. S. Lewis, Business of Heaven, p. 203 And can I just add a very loud sung: Amen! Amen! Amen!?
God has added these two commandments in order that it be considered sinful and forbidden to desire or in any way to aim at getting our neighbor’s wife or possessions.—LC I:293
Layers and jurists assist in this who twist and stretch the law to suit it to their cause. They stress words and use them for a trick, despite fairness or their neighbor’s need.—LC I:299
In the New Testament, those who are married are forbidden to get divorced.—LC I:306
It is commanded, first, that we do not desire our neighbor’s harm, nor even assist, nor give opportunity for it. But we must gladly wish and leave him what he has. Also, we must advance and preserve for him what may be for his profit and service, just as we wish to be treated. So these commandments are especially directed against envy and miserable greed. God wants to remove all causes and sources from which arises everything by which we harm our neighbor.—LC I:309, 310
08 August 2020
To be a judge requires above all things a godly man, and not only a godly man, but also a wise, modest, indeed, a brave and bold man.—LC I:259
Next this commandment extends very much further, if we apply it to the spiritual jurisdiction or administration. Here is a common occurrence that everyone bears false witness against his neighbor. For wherever there are godly preachers and Christians, they must bear the sentence before the world that calls them heretics, apostates, and indeed, instigators and desperately wicked unbelievers. Besides, God’s Word must suffer in the most shameful and hateful manner, being persecuted, blasphemed, contradicted, perverted, and falsely quoted and interpreted.—LC I: 262
Here belongs the particularly detestable device, shameful vice of speaking behind a person’s back and slandering, to which the devil spurs us on, and of which much could be said. For it is a common plague that everyone prefers hearing evil more than hearing good about his neighbor.—LC I:264
You may indeed know about a sin, but you are not to judge it.—LC I:266
Therefore, if you meet an idle tongue that betrays and slanders someone, contradict such a person promptly to his face, so he may blush.—LC I 273
Let this, then, be your rule, that you do not too quickly spread evil about your neighbor and slander him to others. Instead, admonish him privately that he may amen his life.—LC I 276
All this has been said about secret sins. But where the sin is quite public, so that the judge and everybody knows about it, you can without any sin shun and the offender and let him go his own way, because he has brought himself into disgrace. You can also publicly testify about him.—LC I 284
For He means here them who are awestruck, and tremble at the commandments of God. Whom also by His prophet Isaiah God earnestly accepting said, “To whom will I look, but to him who is meek and quiet, and trembles at My words?” —St. Jn Chrys., Homily 15 on St. Matthew
06 August 2020
Because He tells His Christians to guard against false teachers and thus makes them into judges—yes, gives them power and command to pass sentence on all teachings—He also requires them to be wise and sensible Christians who know what the true teaching is and can distinguish between it and other, false teachings.—Martin Luther, Sermon on Trinity 8, AE 78:293
One rather curious detail [of the Transfiguration observed this day by most Christians] is that this shining or whiteness affected His clothes as much as His body.—C. S. Lewis, Business of Heaven, p. 200.
Not only is the outward act of adultery forbidden, but also every kind of cause, motive, and means of adultery. LC I:203
Everyone must live chastely himself and help his neighbor to do the same. LC I:205
He created man and woman separately, as is clear. This was not for lewdness, but so that they might live together in marriage, be fruitful, bear children, and nourish and train them to honor God. LC I:297
For where nature has its course—since it is given by God—it is not possible to remain chaste without marriage....Yet God’s grace is also required in order that the heart may be pure. LC I:212
Therefore, all vows of chastity outside of the married state are condemned by this commandment. LC I:216
For harmony is one of the principal points that enkindles love and desire for chastity, so that, where this is found, chastity will follow without any command. LC I:219