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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.

 

AUGUST 29

 

A Soldier of the Crucified

Ephesians 6:10-20

 

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.  11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can stand against the schemes of the Devil.  12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  13For this reason, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to take a stand on the evil day and, after you have done everything, to stand.  14Stand, then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness fastened in place, 15and with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace tied to your feet like sandals.  16At all times hold up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the Evil One.  17Also take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  18At every opportunity, pray in the Spirit with every kind of prayer and petition.  Stay alert for the same reason, always persevering in your intercession for all the saints.  19Pray for me also, that when I open my mouth a message will be given to me that boldly reveals the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains.  Pray that I may speak about it boldly, as it is necessary for me to speak.

 

AUGUST 22

 

"Marriage, God's Way"

Ephesians 5:22-33

 

 

22Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord.  23For the husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the Head of the church, His body, of which He Himself is the Savior.  24Moreover, as the church submits to Christ, so also wives are to submit to their husbands in everything.  25Husbands, love your wives, in the same way as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her 26to make her holy, by cleansing her with the washing of water in connection with the Word.  27He did this so that He could present her to Himself as a glorious church, having no stain or wrinkle or any such thing, but so that she would be holy and blameless.  28In the same way, husbands have an obligation to love their own wives as their own bodies.  He who loves his wife loves himself.  29To be sure, no one has ever hated his own body, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30because we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.  31“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will be one flesh.’  32 This is a great mystery, but I am talking about Christ and the church.  33In any case, each one of you also is to love his wife as himself, and each wife is to respect her husband.

 

AUGUST 15

 

Real Food for Real Life

John 6:51-58

 

 

51I am the Living Bread which came down from heaven.  If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever.  The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”  52At that, the Jews argued among themselves, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”  53So Jesus said to them, “Amen, Amen, I tell you: Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life in yourselves.  54The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the Last Day.  55For My flesh is real food, and My blood is real drink.  56The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him.  57Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me.  58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like your fathers ate and died.  The one who eats this bread will live forever.”

 

AUGUST 1

 

Our Anchor in the Storms

Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 119:105

 

 

8 Grass withers, flowers fade, but the Word of our God endures forever.

 

105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

 

 

JULY 25

 

Walking on Water

Mark 6:45-52

 

 

45Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He Himself dismissed the crowd.  46After He had sent them off, He went up the mountain to pray.  47When it was evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and Jesus was alone on the land.  48He saw them straining at the oars, because the wind was against them.  About the fourth watch of the night, He went to them, walking on the sea.  He was ready to pass by them.  49When they saw Him walking on the sea, they thought He was a ghost, and they cried out.  50They all saw Him and were terrified. Immediately He spoke with them and said, “Take courage!  It is I.  Do not be afraid.”  51Then He climbed up into the boat with them, and the wind stopped.  They were completely amazed, 52because they had not understood about the loaves.  Instead, their hearts were hardened.  53When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there.  54As soon as they stepped out of the boat, people recognized Jesus.  55They ran around that whole region and began to bring sick people on their stretchers to where they heard He was.  56Wherever He entered villages, cities, or the countryside, they were laying sick people in the marketplaces and pleading with Him that they might just touch the edge of His garment.  And all who touched it were made well.

 

JULY 18

 

        Much More with Jesus!

        Mark 6:30-44

30The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to Him all that they had done and taught.  31He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while."  For there were so many people coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat.  32They went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.  33But many people saw them leave and knew where they were going.  They ran there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them.  34When Jesus stepped out of the boat, He saw a large crowd.  His heart went out to them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.  He began to teach them many things.  35It was already late in the day when His disciples came to Him and said, "This is a deserted place and it is already very late.  36Send them away so they can go into the surrounding courty and villages and buy themselves something to eat."  37But He answered them, "You give them something to eat."  They asked Him, "Should we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?"  38He said to them, "How many loaves do you have?  Go see."  When they found out, the said, "Five, and two fish."  39He directed everyone to sit down in froups on the green grass.  40They sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.  41Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up to heaven, and blessed the loaves and broke them.  Then He kept giving pieces to His disciples to set in front of them.  He also divided the two fish among them all.  42They all ate and were satisfied.  43Then they picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.  44There were five thousand men who ate the loaves.


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

ADULT BIBLE CLASS

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THE BOOK OF JONAH

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Jonah 1

Introduction

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THE BOOK OF ROMANS

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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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