Pick Up the Closest Book
I don’t much go for "tagging" people, but…well, every once in a while, there is a tag that seems interesting and fun. The reason I don’t do this much is because you always are supposed to invite a select few others. I’m ignoring that and inviting everyone to have some fun and join along.
Pastor Weedon tagged me to do this one. I just noticed it.
Here is the challenge:
Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. (No cheating!)
Find Page 123.
Find the first 5 sentences.
Post the next 3 sentences.
Tag 5 people.
He will be deeply suspicious that I’m cheating, but …. here is a photo to prove it.
If you look at the first book on the right of the books on the credenza, it jus so happens to be the Book of Concord. Next to it is my Bible, then Wather’s "God Grant It" and then the Catechism, the Pastoral Care Companion, Visitation, and the Lutheran Service Book. Those are the books closest to me here in the office.
So…here’s what I found.
"Through Him we have also obtained access to God" (Romans 5:2, not by works without Christ as Mediator. Therefore, when it is said in Matthew 19:17, "If you would enter life, kep the commandments," we must believe that without Christ the commandments are not kept and cannot please. So in the Decalogue itself, in the First Commandment, the most liberal promise of the Law is added, "But showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love Me and keep my commandments" (Exodus 20:6)."
Article V(III): Love and the Fulfilling of the Law
Apology to the Augsburg Confession
Concordia, p. 123
Everyone and anyone who reads this and wants to participate by way of a comment.