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Recommended Reading

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The first Bible in English developed with notes that are distinctly Lutheran, The Lutheran Study Bible provides Christians with deep and meaningful perspective as they read and study God’s Word. Prepared by Lutheran contributors from over twenty church bodies, this Bible features Lutheran scholarship, insights from key Church Fathers, and rich devotional commentary to help Christians grow in faith and apply God’s Word to their daily lives.

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Martin Luther wrote the catechism as a teaching tool of Christian doctrine and faith for individuals and families. It is a powerful tool for the Christian life because of its brief, clear summary of God's Word on the essentials of the Christian faith. 

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"The Book of Concord should be in every Lutheran home. If a person isn't familiar with this book, he'll think, 'That old book is just for pastors. I don't have to preach. After working all day, I can't sit down and study in the evening. If I read my morning and evening devotions, that's enough.' No, that is not enough! The Lord doesn't want us to remain children, blown to and fro by every wind of doctrine; instead of that, He wants us to grow in knowledge so that we can teach others."

— Dr. C.F.W. Walther

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Every believer—regardless of gender, ethnicity, economic class, political party, or education level—is part of the Church. Membership is a crucial aspect of Christianity.

Being a member of a church isn’t just about tithing and having your name on a roster. It’s about supporting your brothers and sisters, holding them accountable, and regularly receiving God’s Word and Sacraments with them.

You are a part of the body of Christ. You matter. Membership matters.

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Piety has fallen on hard times.

Some associate it with its evil twin, pietism, and reject piety based on the incorrect assumption that the two are one and the same. Pietism is inwardly focused, obsessed with carefully following spiritual to-do lists and rules. Piety, rather, fights against that inward focus, turning our attention out toward God and His promises and toward our neighbor in love and care. Piety is simply the cultivation of godly habits—habits that befit the household of God, the family of our heavenly Father.

In Thank, Praise, Serve, and Obey: Recover the Joys of Piety, Martin Luther’s small catechism and the Book of Concord serve as our trusty roadmaps as we explore how to properly hear in the Scriptures our heavenly Father summoning us to the joy and freedom of living and growing as His beloved children through Jesus Christ.

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