1. This great victory, the true defeat of death, I receive not by my thinking, willing, or working, but simply by believing.
  2. Luther actually expected the Catechism to be taught in the home.
  3. Only by faith in Christ are we truly awake.
  4. Take heart: God is near and he is here for you.
  5. In the place of God, Marx sets the material, autonomous, self-creating man.
  6. The list of things our kids need to know when they leave the house is much simpler than we might believe.
  7. God’s gifts, in turn, conform our minds to the mind of Christ, and catechize our imagination in the image of God’s Son.
  8. What Luther is doing in his Catechism is teaching how the gospel is an action of the whole Trinity, not just one of the persons.
  9. The Holy Spirit does what his name implies. He makes us holy. We believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, and come to him only by the Holy Spirit who calls us with the gospel.
  10. In a year in which every day seems to blur together, Luther's orders of daily prayer help order our daily lives.
  11. The scope of catechesis from the Reformation was broad and included not only instruction at church but in the home and in schools.
  12. When we try to create meaning for our lives or transform Jesus into a mere example, the Holy Spirit comes to us, with a preacher in hand, ready to unleash a sermon like Louis Armstrong blasting out "When The Saints Go Marching In" on his trumpet.
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