November 2015

Pastor’s Corner                

Tracks in the Brain

    “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5).

    This verse is cited in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The Luke passage includes loving the Lord with our mind. Deuteronomy 6 vs. 6-9 continues,     

    And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

May loving the Lord with our all we have be well-engrained in our brains.

    One of my Creole language books has encouragement to pursue having information engrained in our brains. The following is the first paragraph:

    Each time you do a thing, it leaves, as it were, a track in your brain. When you do the same thing many times, the track becomes deeper. It is for that reason everything you are accustomed to do, you do it more easily because that thing has its road all traced in your mind.

The second and third paragraphs expound upon our minds having tracks in order to walk. When we begin to walk, we are obliged to give orders for every part of the movement. Eventually, we proceed to walk with little conscious thought. In physical training this is called “muscle memory.” Athletics amplifies this training in order that the body responds quickly and efficiently for a variety of actions; hence, the numerous hours of practice.

    Yet we all have unique things for which we have tracks in our brains. I sat down at a lady’s desk and watched her zip around on a computer program with rapid keyboarding.  I commented, “I take it that this is not your first time working in this program.” She responded, “Oh, no, I have done this many times. This is what I do!”

    As Christians, let us have tracks in our brain with the things of God. The front of our weekly bulletin has a memory verse. This verse is expounded upon in the sermon.  As I put that verse to memory, a track is engrained like “frontlets between (my) eyes.” The concepts of the sermon can then be thought about with greater consistency and applied in that week’s activities. Please pursue having tracks in you mind of God’s Word.

    Our weekly bulletin also has other memory work to strengthen and secure Christians in the true faith. We are presently working on the books of the Bible.  Having them memorized allows us to be comfortable in Scripture and talking about Scripture.

After we complete the books of the Bible, we will be memorizing Luther’s Small Catechism. This little book contains pure doctrine to be like the Berean’s (Acts 17:10-11). Having this doctrine memorized gives us a theological radar to detect teachings that go further than Scripture or not far enough. Enjoy your time in developing tracks in your brain for the Word of God and for teachings that explain “What does this mean?”     

The Lord be with you,

Pastor Sam Wiseman