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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions

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Leviticus 19:3

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.

Pulling It Together

God’s promise to be a Father to us demonstrates the importance he places on the role of parenting. It is the first commandment on the second tablet—those that focus on our neighbors. It contains a promise, where the other commandments do not. Clearly, this is a very important commandment. As God expects us to honor him as our heavenly Father, he expects and demands that we honor our earthly fathers and mothers too. They are his representatives to us, that we may be brought up well, trained in an orderly and lawful way, honoring and respecting, not only God and parents, but all those in authority.

Prayer: Give me, O Lord, the spirit of obedience, for you are my God. Amen.

Click here for resources to learn the Ten Commandments.

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David: Hero of God is a five-session VBS program that features one of the most famous people in Scripture. The Books of 1 and 2 Samuel tell the story of a young Israelite shepherd named David, who was chosen by God to be king. The biblical story shows how God can work through an ordinary person to do great things, illustrating the themes of faith, courage, compassion, and leadership. 

Sola’s Versatile Budget Series is a simple and flexible educational Vacation Bible School curriculum designed especially for small churches, house churches, and mission congregations. The flexible format works well for groups with limited budgets, or in situations where the ages and number of students may vary from session to session. Unlike more elaborate and expensive VBS kits, this book is meant to serve as an “all-in-one” teacher’s resource. The worksheets and handouts it contains can be reproduced according to local needs. Each book in the Versatile Budget Series focuses on a particular character from the Bible, bringing together several stories on a common theme. Resources and ideas are provided for gathering time, music, activities, games, and refreshments — allowing just a few adult leaders to host a week of Vacation Bible School.

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Leviticus 19:3

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.

Pulling It Together

God’s promise to be a Father to us demonstrates the importance he places on the role of parenting. It is the first commandment on the second tablet—those that focus on our neighbors. It contains a promise, where the other commandments do not. Clearly, this is a very important commandment. As God expects us to honor him as our heavenly Father, he expects and demands that we honor our earthly fathers and mothers too. They are his representatives to us, that we may be brought up well, trained in an orderly and lawful way, honoring and respecting, not only God and parents, but all those in authority.

Prayer: Give me, O Lord, the spirit of obedience, for you are my God. Amen.

Click here for resources to learn the Ten Commandments.

Receive these daily Sola Devotions by email. Write mryman@solapublishing.com with “Subscribe” as your subject. To unsubscribe, send an email to the same address with “Unsubscribe” as your subject.

David: Hero of God is a five-session VBS program that features one of the most famous people in Scripture. The Books of 1 and 2 Samuel tell the story of a young Israelite shepherd named David, who was chosen by God to be king. The biblical story shows how God can work through an ordinary person to do great things, illustrating the themes of faith, courage, compassion, and leadership. 

Sola’s Versatile Budget Series is a simple and flexible educational Vacation Bible School curriculum designed especially for small churches, house churches, and mission congregations. The flexible format works well for groups with limited budgets, or in situations where the ages and number of students may vary from session to session. Unlike more elaborate and expensive VBS kits, this book is meant to serve as an “all-in-one” teacher’s resource. The worksheets and handouts it contains can be reproduced according to local needs. Each book in the Versatile Budget Series focuses on a particular character from the Bible, bringing together several stories on a common theme. Resources and ideas are provided for gathering time, music, activities, games, and refreshments — allowing just a few adult leaders to host a week of Vacation Bible School.

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Ephesians 6:1–3

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.

Pulling It Together

Seems right; if I did not respect my dad, he might have killed me! When he got out that paddle, I had cause to wonder. However, this is hardly what the Fourth Commandment means.

It is curious, even begging our attention, that this is the first commandment that contains a promise. Indeed, it is the only commandment that contains a promise. In order to more fully appreciate that promise, we should look back to the promise that prefaces all of the commandments. It is very precious, and will help us appreciate the value of the Fourth Commandment.

In Exodus, in the verse before the First Commandment, God promises: I am the Lord your God (Exod 20:2). In the statement of fact is the promise as well. What a promise! God promises to be your God. God is God, no matter what. And God is our God, no matter what—you may believe his promise. Bondage, sin, adversity, war, and even death cannot and will not alter the promise. He is our God. 

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for being, not just God but, my God. Amen.

Click here for resources to learn the Ten Commandments.

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The biblical focus in this five session VBS series, Rebekah & Her Family, comes from the Book of Genesis. God’s hand is seen at work throughout the story — from Rebekah’s being chosen as a bride for Isaac, through the birth and lives of their twin sons, Esau and Jacob.  The story illustrates how God remains faithful to his promise, despite our sin, and that God’s power can actually change our lives!

Sola’s Versatile Budget Series is a simple and flexible educational Vacation Bible School curriculum designed especially for small churches, house churches, and mission congregations. The flexible format works well for groups with limited budgets, or in situations where the ages and number of students may vary from session to session. Unlike more elaborate and expensive VBS kits, this book is meant to serve as an “all-in-one” teacher’s resource. The worksheets and handouts it contains can be reproduced according to local needs. Each book in the Versatile Budget Series focuses on a particular character from the Bible, bringing together several stories on a common theme. Resources and ideas are provided for gathering time, music, activities, games, and refreshments — allowing just a few adult leaders to host a week of Vacation Bible School.

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Ephesians 6:1–3

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.

Pulling It Together

Seems right; if I did not respect my dad, he might have killed me! When he got out that paddle, I had cause to wonder. However, this is hardly what the Fourth Commandment means.

It is curious, even begging our attention, that this is the first commandment that contains a promise. Indeed, it is the only commandment that contains a promise. In order to more fully appreciate that promise, we should look back to the promise that prefaces all of the commandments. It is very precious, and will help us appreciate the value of the Fourth Commandment.

In Exodus, in the verse before the First Commandment, God promises: I am the Lord your God (Exod 20:2). In the statement of fact is the promise as well. What a promise! God promises to be your God. God is God, no matter what. And God is our God, no matter what—you may believe his promise. Bondage, sin, adversity, war, and even death cannot and will not alter the promise. He is our God. 

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for being, not just God but, my God. Amen.

Click here for resources to learn the Ten Commandments.

Receive these daily Sola Devotions by email. Write mryman@solapublishing.com with “Subscribe” as your subject. To unsubscribe, send an email to the same address with “Unsubscribe” as your subject.

The biblical focus in this five session VBS series, Rebekah & Her Family, comes from the Book of Genesis. God’s hand is seen at work throughout the story — from Rebekah’s being chosen as a bride for Isaac, through the birth and lives of their twin sons, Esau and Jacob.  The story illustrates how God remains faithful to his promise, despite our sin, and that God’s power can actually change our lives!

Sola’s Versatile Budget Series is a simple and flexible educational Vacation Bible School curriculum designed especially for small churches, house churches, and mission congregations. The flexible format works well for groups with limited budgets, or in situations where the ages and number of students may vary from session to session. Unlike more elaborate and expensive VBS kits, this book is meant to serve as an “all-in-one” teacher’s resource. The worksheets and handouts it contains can be reproduced according to local needs. Each book in the Versatile Budget Series focuses on a particular character from the Bible, bringing together several stories on a common theme. Resources and ideas are provided for gathering time, music, activities, games, and refreshments — allowing just a few adult leaders to host a week of Vacation Bible School.

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1 Kings 2:10

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.

Pulling It Together

We are to honor our parents. One of the ways this is done is by respecting, obeying, serving, and otherwise loving them throughout our shared days. When those days are over, when our parents have died, the honor God commands is not concluded. We must honor our parents even in death. This was especially so in ancient societies when family did not hand over the duties required in preparing and burying the body, then later, gathering the bones of the deceased to “sleep” with their ancestors. Today, we pay someone to prepare and bury the dead, and because land is plentiful, we typically inter in a family lot. Nonetheless, being certain that this is done with dignity and in a manner that glorifies God is another way we ought to honor our fathers and mothers.

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to honor my parents, as well as all the elderly in my congregation, as I would want to be treated. Amen.

Click here for resources to learn the Ten Commandments.

Receive these daily Sola Devotions by email. Write mryman@solapublishing.com with “Subscribe” as your subject. To unsubscribe, send an email to the same address with “Unsubscribe” as your subject.

The biblical focus of Mary, Martha & Many Faithful Women, a five-session VBS book is found in the gospels. Through the eyes of sisters, Mary and Martha, we get a look at the ministry of Jesus. We see him as both human and as God. Along with some of Jesus’ other female friends, we follow Jesus to the cross where he suffered a horrendous death to pay the price for our sins. From the darkness of the cross, we join the women at the tomb with Mary Magdalene as the mystery and victory of Easter morning unfold.

Sola’s Versatile Budget Series is a simple and flexible educational Vacation Bible School curriculum designed especially for small churches, house churches, and mission congregations. The flexible format works well for groups with limited budgets, or in situations where the ages and number of students may vary from session to session. Unlike more elaborate and expensive VBS kits, this book is meant to serve as an “all-in-one” teacher’s resource. The worksheets and handouts it contains can be reproduced according to local needs. Each book in the Versatile Budget Series focuses on a particular character from the Bible, bringing together several stories on a common theme. Resources and ideas are provided for gathering time, music, activities, games, and refreshments — allowing just a few adult leaders to host a week of Vacation Bible School.

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1 Kings 2:10

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.

Pulling It Together

We are to honor our parents. One of the ways this is done is by respecting, obeying, serving, and otherwise loving them throughout our shared days. When those days are over, when our parents have died, the honor God commands is not concluded. We must honor our parents even in death. This was especially so in ancient societies when family did not hand over the duties required in preparing and burying the body, then later, gathering the bones of the deceased to “sleep” with their ancestors. Today, we pay someone to prepare and bury the dead, and because land is plentiful, we typically inter in a family lot. Nonetheless, being certain that this is done with dignity and in a manner that glorifies God is another way we ought to honor our fathers and mothers.

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to honor my parents, as well as all the elderly in my congregation, as I would want to be treated. Amen.

Click here for resources to learn the Ten Commandments.

Receive these daily Sola Devotions by email. Write mryman@solapublishing.com with “Subscribe” as your subject. To unsubscribe, send an email to the same address with “Unsubscribe” as your subject.

The biblical focus of Mary, Martha & Many Faithful Women, a five-session VBS book is found in the gospels. Through the eyes of sisters, Mary and Martha, we get a look at the ministry of Jesus. We see him as both human and as God. Along with some of Jesus’ other female friends, we follow Jesus to the cross where he suffered a horrendous death to pay the price for our sins. From the darkness of the cross, we join the women at the tomb with Mary Magdalene as the mystery and victory of Easter morning unfold.

Sola’s Versatile Budget Series is a simple and flexible educational Vacation Bible School curriculum designed especially for small churches, house churches, and mission congregations. The flexible format works well for groups with limited budgets, or in situations where the ages and number of students may vary from session to session. Unlike more elaborate and expensive VBS kits, this book is meant to serve as an “all-in-one” teacher’s resource. The worksheets and handouts it contains can be reproduced according to local needs. Each book in the Versatile Budget Series focuses on a particular character from the Bible, bringing together several stories on a common theme. Resources and ideas are provided for gathering time, music, activities, games, and refreshments — allowing just a few adult leaders to host a week of Vacation Bible School.

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Matthew 22:37–40

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.

Pulling It Together

The commandment to love our neighbor begins at home. We are to love others as we love ourselves—not just loving those closest to us. Still, we cannot truly love our neighbor unless we love our own family. This, of course, begins with our parents. God has not given us parents only for the purposes of them feeding, clothing, sheltering, and protecting us. For these alone, we ought to respect and love them. Yet God does not command us to obey our parents (Col 3:20) because of the things they provide. We are to obey them as though they are his own representatives to us—as though it were God himself telling us to clean our rooms, take out the trash, do our homework, and so forth. It is God’s will and command that we do so.

Prayer: Help me to respect all those you have placed in authority over me, Lord. Amen.

Click here for resources to learn the Ten Commandments.

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The biblical focus of The Adventures of Paul, a five-session VBS book, is the life of the Apostle Paul, using lessons from the Book of Acts. Here Scripture tells the story of serious man named Saul who worked to silence Christianity—until the risen Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus and changed his life. With his new name Paul, this one who had persecuted the Church went on to become one of the greatest apostles. 

The price of the book includes permission to reproduce the worksheets and handouts for local use. For smaller churches in a “one-room schoolhouse” setting, only one book is necessary. For churches with multiple grade levels and individual classes, we suggest that each teacher have a copy of the curriculum book.

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1 Timothy 5:8

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.

Pulling It Together

The penultimate way one honors parents is to care for them in their old age, when they cannot take care of themselves anymore. This was expected in ancient societies, and in many modern societies too. It may be today, that this kind of specialized care is delegated to nursing homes. That is attention to the physical, but aging parents also need mental and spiritual care. Again, pastors and social workers may do a good deal of this care. Still, God expects children to care for their parents, for no one can provide the kind of care that parents desire more than their children are able—if they will do so. This commandment was so important that one’s own life—let alone the lives of one’s parents—depended upon it (Exod 21:17; Prov 20:20). May it also be of great magnitude for us today.

Prayer: Help me honor you with my actions, Lord, not just my lips. Amen.

Click here for resources to learn the Ten Commandments.

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Connections is a magazine for Lutherans. It is filled with meaty articles, as well as lighter spiritual fare and inspiring graphics. Articles are contributed by individuals and ministries of AALC, CALC, LCMC, NALC, Lutheran Core, and other evangelical Lutherans from across North America. Click here for subscription information.

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1 Timothy 5:8

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.

Pulling It Together

The penultimate way one honors parents is to care for them in their old age, when they cannot take care of themselves anymore. This was expected in ancient societies, and in many modern societies too. It may be today, that this kind of specialized care is delegated to nursing homes. That is attention to the physical, but aging parents also need mental and spiritual care. Again, pastors and social workers may do a good deal of this care. Still, God expects children to care for their parents, for no one can provide the kind of care that parents desire more than their children are able—if they will do so. This commandment was so important that one’s own life—let alone the lives of one’s parents—depended upon it (Exod 21:17; Prov 20:20). May it also be of great magnitude for us today.

Prayer: Help me honor you with my actions, Lord, not just my lips. Amen.

Click here for resources to learn the Ten Commandments.

Receive these daily Sola Devotions by email. Write mryman@solapublishing.com with “Subscribe” as your subject. To unsubscribe, send an email to the same address with “Unsubscribe” as your subject.

Connections is a magazine for Lutherans. It is filled with meaty articles, as well as lighter spiritual fare and inspiring graphics. Articles are contributed by individuals and ministries of AALC, CALC, LCMC, NALC, Lutheran Core, and other evangelical Lutherans from across North America. Click here for subscription information.

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Romans 6:3–5

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Third Commandment

Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not despise his Word and the preaching of it, but acknowledge it as holy, and gladly hear and learn it.

Pulling It Together

The Sabbath of the old covenant observed God’s completion of creation. The Sabbath of the new covenant celebrates recreation—that people are recreated, or born again, through faith in Christ. This new life is the beginning of our inheritance of the imperishable life (1 Pet 1:3–4). We worship him who has provided us with a living hope of resurrection from the dead. The Holy Spirit stirs up this hope in us through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This is what we celebrate on the Lord’s Day, the day Christ Jesus rose from the dead. And that is why we observe the first day instead of the last day. We are celebrating a new beginning, eternal life through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  

Prayer: Help me remember your resurrection every day, Lord, and have an ever-living hope in you. Amen.

Click here for resources to learn the Ten Commandments.

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The Wise & The Foolish is a Bible study that focuses entirely on Jesus’ “people parables”—or what might better be described as discipleship parables. These are the character stories that focus on the nature of discipleship and what it means to be a wise and faithful follower of Jesus.

This nine-session Bible study is intended for use by women’s and men’s groups, or for other small group fellowships gathering around the Word of God.

Click HERE to see the table of contents and a sample session of this study.

To view the Leader Guide click HERE.

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