We attended with a different Lutheran congregation the other week. In the bulletin was this little quote about the Bible, not attributed to anyone. Martin really wanted to keep it, so now it's here in this post. He can get it whenever he wants. He wants to copy this into a Lutheran Study Bible he has coming for an upcoming confirmation of a god-child.
This book contains: the mind of God, the state of mankind, way of salvation, the fate of sinners, and the happiness of believers.
Its doctrine is holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy.
It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here heaven is open, and the gates of hell disclosed.
Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet.
Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, health to the soul, established forever.
It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and condemn all who trifle with its contents.
I might not have said "practice it to be holy" as we are holy independent of our works and practice; yet it's not wrong because we are called to practice it.
While I was shopping at CPH, I also ordered the recording of the daily orders of prayer CD, which is new. I'm really looking forward to this one coming. Paul McCain has a post about this. Only $10.00.