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OCTOBER 13  Moving Mulberry Trees   Luke 17:1-10

1 Jesus said to His disciples: “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come.  2It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.  3So watch yourselves. “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.  4If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”  5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  6He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.  7“Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep.  Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’?  8Would he not rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’?  9Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?  10So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”

 

   

 

OCTOBER 6  Mercy for the Marginalized   Luke 17:11-19

11 Now on His way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.  12As He was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met Him.  They stood at a distance 13and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”  14When He saw them, He said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”  And as they went, they were cleansed.  15One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.  16He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him—and he was a Samaritan.  17Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed?  Where are the other nine?  18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”  19Then He said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

 

 

SEPTEMBER 29  Are You Rich Or Poor?  Luke 16:19-31

19“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.  20At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table.  Even the dogs came and licked his sores.  22The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side.  The rich man also died and was buried.  23In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.  24So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’  25But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.  26And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’  27He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, 28for I have five brothers.  Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’  29Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’  30‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’  31He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

 

 

SEPTEMBER 22  Faithful Stewards.  Luke 16:1-15

1 Jesus told His disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.  2So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you?  Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’   3“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now?  My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg—4I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’  5“So he called in each one of his master’s debtors.  He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’  6“‘Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.’  7“Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ “‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. “He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’  8“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly.  For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.  9I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.  10“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.  11So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?  12And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?  13“No servant can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and Money.”  14The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.  15He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts.  What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.

 



SEPTEMBER 15  Lost and Found   Luke 15:1-10

1 Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear Him.  2But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”  3Then Jesus told them this parable: 4“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them.  Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?  5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home.  Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’  7I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.  8Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one.  Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?  9And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’  10In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

 

 

SEPTEMBER 8  Count The Cost   Luke 14:25-35

25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them He said: 26“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be My disciple.  27And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.  28“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower.  Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?  29For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, 30saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’  31“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king.  Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?  32If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.  33In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be My disciple.  34“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?  35It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

 

 

SEPTEMBER 1  The Great Reversal  Luke 14:1-14

1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, He was being carefully watched.  2There in front of Him was a man suffering from dropsy.  3Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?”  4But they remained silent.  So taking hold of the man, He healed him and sent him away.  5Then He asked them, “If one of you has a son or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull him out?”  6And they had nothing to say.  7When He noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, He told them this parable: 8“When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited.  9If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your seat.’  Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place.  10But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’  Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests.  11For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  12Then Jesus said to His host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.  13But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14and you will be blessed.  Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

 

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

ADULT BIBLE CLASS

Adult Bible Class meets every Sunday from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.



CURRENT SERIES

THE BOOK OF ACTS

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OCTOBER 13

Acts chapter 18 - Priscilla, Aquila and Apollos

 

OCTOBER 6

Acts chapter 18 - The Jews take Paul before the Roman Proconsul

 

SEPTEMBER 29

Acts chapter 18 - Paul, Silas and Timothy get back together in Corinth

 

SEPTEMBER 22

Acts chapter 17 - Paul talks to the philosphers in Athens

 

SEPTEMBER 15

Acts chapter 17 - The believers in Thessalonica send Paul and Silas to Berea

 

SEPTEMBER 8

Acts chapter 17 - Paul and Silas go to Thessalonica

 

SEPTEMBER 1

Acts chapter 16 - Paul and Silas are Roman citizens

 

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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