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Thank, Praise, Serve, and Obey
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Piety is not pietism.

Pietism lives by rules. Piety brings freedom.

Pietism worries, “Am I doing enough?” Piety says, “My God has done it all for me.”

Living a pious life simply means cultivating godly habits—not being godly, but becoming godly. We should delight and find joy in being pious, because it means we are daily receiving free gifts from God!

Thank, Praise, Serve, and Obey: Recover the Joys of Piety will provide encouragement and direction as you seek to live a godly life under God’s grace.

This life, therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed.”

—Martin Luther, “Defense and Explanation of All the Articles” (AE 32:24)


Rev. William Weedon is the LCMS Director of Worship, Chaplain of the International Center of the LCMS, host of KFUO’s
Thy Strong Word daily Bible study, and author of Celebrating the Saints.

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