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OCTOBER 10

 

What Must I Do?

Mark 10:17-22

 

 

17As Jesus was setting out on a journey, one man ran up to Him and knelt in front of Him.   He asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good?  No one is good except One—God.  19You know the commandments. ‘You shall not murder.  You shall not commit adultery.  You shall not steal.  You shall not give false testimony.  You shall not defraud.  Honor your father and mother.’”  20The man replied, “Teacher, I have kept all these since I was a child.”  21Jesus looked at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack.  Go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow Me.”  22When he heard this, he looked sad and went away grieving, because he had great wealth.

 

OCTOBER 3

 

Is Jesus a Liberal or Conservative?

Mark 10:2-16

 

 

2Some Pharisees came to test Him and asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”  3He replied, “What did Moses command you?”  4They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”  5 But Jesus told them, “He wrote this command for you because of your hard hearts.  6But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.  7For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two will become one flesh.  So they are no longer two but one flesh.  9Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.”  10In the house His disciples asked Him about this again.  11He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her.  12If she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”  13Some people began bringing little children to Jesus so that He would touch them.  But the disciples rebuked them.  14When Jesus saw this, He was indignant.  He said, “Let the little children come to Me!  Do not hinder them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  15Amen I tell you: Whoever will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  16And He took the little children in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.

 

SEPTEMBER 26

 

Well-Seasoned Disciples

Mark 9:38-50

 

 

38John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in Your name.  We tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”  39 But Jesus said, “Do not try to stop him, because no one who does a miracle in My name will be able soon afterward to speak evil about me.  40Whoever is not against us is for us.  41Amen I tell you: Whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, will certainly not lose his reward.  42“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to fall into sin, it would be better for him if he were thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around his neck.  43If your hand causes you to fall into sin, cut it off.  It is better for you to enter life maimed, than to have two hands and go into hell, into the unquenchable fire, 44‘where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’  45If your foot causes you to fall into sin, cut it off.  It is better for you to enter life lame, than to have two feet and be thrown into hell, 46 ‘where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’  47If your eye causes you to fall into sin, pluck it out.  It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48‘where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’  49For everyone will be salted with fire.  50Salt is good.  But if the salt loses its flavor, how will you make it salty again?  Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

 

SEPTEMBER 19

 

Losing to Win

Mark 9:30-37

 

30They went on from there and passed through Galilee.  He did not want anyone to know this, 31because He was teaching His disciples.  He told them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him.  But three days after He is killed, He will rise.”  32But they did not understand the statement and were afraid to ask Him about it.  33They came to Capernaum.  When He was in the house, He asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”  34But they remained silent, because on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.  35Jesus sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he will be the last of all and the servant of all.”  36Then He took a little child and placed him in their midst.  Taking the child in His arms, He said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in My name welcomes Me.  And whoever welcomes Me, welcomes not just Me but also Him who sent Me.”

 

SEPTEMBER 12

 

Taming the Tongue 

James 3:1-12 

Isaiah 50:4-10

 

 

 

 

1Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.  2To be sure, we all stumble in many ways.  If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a fully mature man, able to bridle his whole body as well.  3If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they will obey us, we also guide the whole animal.  4And consider ships: Although they are very big and are driven by fierce winds, yet they are guided by a very small rudder, wherever the pilot wants to go.  5So also the tongue is a small part of the body, yet it also boasts great things.  Consider how a little flame can set a large forest on fire!  6And the tongue is a fire.  It is set among the parts of our body as a world of unrighteousness that stains the whole body, sets the whole course of life on fire, and is set on fire by hell.  7Indeed, every kind of animal, bird, reptile, and sea creature is being tamed and has been tamed by mankind.  8But no one is able to tame the human tongue.  It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  9With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people, who are made in the likeness of God.  10Blessing and cursing come out of the same mouth.  My brothers, these things should not be this way.  11A spring does not pour out both fresh and bitter water from the same opening, does it?  12Can a fig tree bear olives, my brothers, or can a grapevine produce figs?  A salt spring cannot produce fresh water either.

 

4The Lord God gave Me a tongue like the learned, an instructed tongue, so I know how to sustain the weary with a word.  He wakes Me up morning by morning.  He wakes up My ears so that I listen like the learned.  5The Lord God opened My ear, and I Myself was not rebellious.  I did not turn back.  6I submitted My back to those who beat Me, and My cheeks to those who pulled out My beard.  I did not hide My face from disgrace and from spit.  7The Lord God will help Me, so I will not be disgraced.  Therefore I have made My face hard like flint.  I know that I will not be put to shame.  8The One who will acquit Me is near!  Who can accuse Me?  Let us take our stand.  Who can pass judgment on Me?  Let him approach Me.  9Look, the Lord God will help Me.  Who then can declare Me guilty?  Look, all of them will wear out like a garment.  A moth will consume them.  10Who among you worships the Lord and listens to the voice of His servant?  Anyone who walks in darkness and who has no bright light—let him trust in the name of the Lord, and let him lean on his God.

SEPTEMBER 5

 

Putting Faith Into Action

James 2: 1-10, 14-18

 

 

1My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.  2Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in.  3If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?  5Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom He promised those who love Him?  6But you have dishonored the poor.  Is it not the rich who are exploiting you?  Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court?  7Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of Him to whom you belong?  8If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.  9But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.  10For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it…14What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?  Can such faith save them?  15Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  16If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  18But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

 

All Scripture verses are New International Version (NIV)®, courtesy of Zondervan Corporation, L.L.C.

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Romans 16

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NEW MEMBER CLASS

GodConnects is a video-based adult confirmation course developed by Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM). It has been doctrinally reviewed by the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod (LCMS) and covers Christian doctrine in 12 topics. Each topic begins with a short video and is supported with a downloadable discussion guide and PowerPoint presentation.

 

Watch the introduction video for each session and then print off the corresponding lesson to read.  Each adult member of your family who is interested in membership at Ascension should do this.  Read and study each of the lessons.  Feel free to underline or highlight those parts which prove to be most helpful.

 

When you have completed all 12 lessons, please notify the Church Office at (915) 833-1009.  An upcoming, short orientation meeting will be held soon to complete the process of your membership to this wonderful family of believers.  During this orientation session, you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions or to seek further clarification on the GodConnects course.  We will also give you a quick overview of our congregation's history and our mission, vision and goals.

We look forward to walking together with you in Christ.

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1. Why Jesus? 

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2. Why the Bible?

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3. God's Law

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4. Nature of God

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5. Who is Jesus Christ?

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6. Who is the Holy Spirit?

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7. Prayer

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8. Baptism

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9. Confession and Absolution

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10. Communion

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11. End of Time

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12. Christian Life

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