Originally published at: Daily Devotion for 10 August 2023 (11th Thursday after Pentecost) | Confident.Faith
- Psalm 14
- Psalm 53
- 1 Samuel 25:23–44
- 1 Corinthians 4:1–21
- Apology of the Augsburg Confession, V, 74–81
Today we commemorate Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr. Most likely born in Spain, Lawrence eventually made his way to Rome and became chief of the seven deacons of the Church. Having control over Church property and finances, Lawrence was called before the Roman emperor, who believed the Church possessed valuable items that could be confiscated, and commanded to produce the “treasures of the Church”. In response, Lawrence brought before the emperor the poor who had benefited from Christian charity. The emperor jailed Lawerence and eventually ordered him executed — by gridiron.