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APRIL 24

 

Better Than Seeing

John 20:19-31

 

 

19On the evening of that first day of the week, the disciples were together behind locked doors because of their fear of the Jews.  Jesus came, stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be with you!”  20After He said this, He showed them His hands and side.  So the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.  21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you!  Just as the Father has sent Me, I am also sending you.”  22After saying this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  23Whenever you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven.  Whenever you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”  24But Thomas, one of the Twelve, the one called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.  25So the other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord!”  But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in His hands, and put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe.”  26After eight days, His disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them.  Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them.  “Peace be with you,” He said.  27Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at My hands.  Take your hand and put it into My side.  Do not continue to doubt, but believe.”  28Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!”  29Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed.  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  30Jesus, in the presence of His disciples, did many other miraculous signs that are not written in this book.  31But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.

 

APRIL 17

 

Joyous Love

John 19:1-42

 

 

1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb.  She saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.  2So she left and ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved.  “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,” she told them, “and we don’t know where they put Him!”  3So Peter and the other disciple went out, heading for the tomb.  4The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and got to the tomb first.  5Bending over, he saw the linen cloths lying there, yet he did not go in.  6Then Simon Peter, who was following him, arrived and went into the tomb.  He saw the linen cloths lying there.  7The cloth that had been on Jesus’ head was not lying with the linen cloths, but was folded up in a separate place by itself.  8Then the other disciple, who arrived at the tomb first, also entered.  He saw and believed.  9(They still did not yet understand the Scripture that He must rise from the dead.)  10Then the disciples went back to their homes.  11But Mary stood outside facing the tomb, weeping.  As she wept, she bent over, looking into the tomb.  12She saw two angels in white clothes sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and one at the feet.  13They asked her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”  She told them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they have laid Him.”  14After she said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not know it was Jesus.  15Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?  Who are you looking for?”  Supposing He was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you carried Him off, tell me where you laid Him, and I will get Him.”  16Jesus said to her, “Mary.”  She turned and replied in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means, “Teacher”).  17Jesus told her, “Do not continue to cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father.  But go to My brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father—to My God and your God.’”  18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!”  She also told them the things He said to her.

 

APRIL 15

 

Sacrificial Love

 

 

APRIL 14

 

Selfless Love

APRIL 10

 

Saving Love

John 12:12-19

 

 

12The next day, the large crowd that had come for the Festival heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. 13Taking palm branches, they went out to meet Him, shouting “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord—the King of Israel!” 14Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written: 15Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look! Your King is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt. 16At first, His disciples did not understand these things. But when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about Him and that they did these things for Him. 17The crowd that was with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead kept telling what they had seen. 18This is another reason a crowd met Him: They heard He had done this miraculous sign. 19So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see? You are accomplishing nothing. Look! The world has gone after Him.”

 

APRIL 6

 

Holy Love

 

 

APRIL 3

 

Whose Vineyard is it Anyway?

Luke 20:9-20

 

 

9He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, leased it to some tenant farmers, and went away on a journey for a long time. 10When it was the right time, he sent a servant to the tenants to collect his share of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenant farmers beat the servant and sent him away empty-handed. 11The man went ahead and sent yet another servant, but they also beat him, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12He then sent yet a third. They also wounded him and threw him out. 13The owner of the vineyard said, ‘What should I do? I will send my son, whom I love. Perhaps they will respect him.’ 14“But when the tenant farmers saw him, they talked it over with one another. They said, ‘This is the heir. Let’s kill him, so that the inheritance will be ours.’ 15They threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. So what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16He will come and destroy those tenant farmers and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “May it never be!” 17But He looked at them and said, “Then what about this that is written: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone? 18“Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush the one on whom it falls.” 19That very hour the chief priests and the experts in the law began looking for a way to lay hands on Him, because they knew He had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people. 20They watched Him carefully and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, so that they could trap Jesus in something He said, and then deliver Him up to the power and authority of the governor.

 

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

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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.

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