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Make the Use of God's Word Your Sunday Exercise!

1 Timothy 4:6-16 New International Version

6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters,[a] you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10 That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.

11 Command and teach these things. 12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Saturday - March 19

[This] is the simple meaning of this commandment: we should use [Sunday] to learn God‘s Word. The real business of this day should be preaching for the benefit [the young and common people]. However, the observance of rest should not be so restrictive as to forbid incidental and unavoidable work. Accordingly… Hallowing the day of rest means to keep it holy. What is meant by, ‘keeping it holy?’ Devoting it to holy words, holy works, and holy living… it becomes holy or unholy on your account, depending on whether you spend it doing something holy or unholy. How does such sanctifying take place? … When we make use of God‘s Word and exercise ourselves in it. (Luther’s Large Catechism)

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