FEBRUARY 9   The Deaf Shall Hear   Mark 7:31-37

31 Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.[a] 32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.

33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). 35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.

36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”



FEBRUARY 2  Matthew 5:1-12   Your Blest Life Now & Not Yet

1 When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up onto a mountain.  When He sat down, His disciples came to Him.  2He opened His mouth and began to teach them.  He said these things: 3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, because theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  4Blessed are those who mourn, because they will be comforted.  5Blessed are the gentle, because they will inherit the earth.  6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be filled.  7Blessed are the merciful, because they will receive mercy.  8Blessed are the pure in heart, because they will see God.  9Blessed are the peacemakers, because they will be called sons of God.  10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, because theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  11Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.  12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.  In fact, that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”




JANUARY 26  The Light Has Dawned  Matthew 4:12-15 

12 When Jesus heard that John was put in prison, He withdrew into Galilee.  13He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali.  14He did this to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: 15Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, along the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, 16the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and on those dwelling in the region and the shadow of death a light has dawned.  17From that time, Jesus began to preach: “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven is near.”  18As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew.  They were casting a net into the sea, since they were fishermen.  19He said to them, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  20They immediately left their nets and followed Him.  21Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and his brother John.  They were in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.  Jesus called them.  22Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.  23Jesus traveled throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.  24News about Him spread throughout all Syria.  People brought to Him all who were ill with various diseases and suffering severe pains, the demon-possessed, those who experienced seizures, and the paralyzed.  Then He healed them.  25Large crowds followed Him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.




DECEMBER 8  Wake Up Calls   Ephesians 4:14

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.



NOVEMBER 24  Christ the King Comes into His Kingdom   Luke 23:27-43

27 A large crowd of people was following Him, including women who were mourning and wailing for Him.  28Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.  29Be sure of this: The days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never gave birth, and the breasts that never nursed.’  30Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’  31For if they do these things to the green wood, what will happen to the dry?”  32Two other men, who were criminals, were led away with Jesus to be executed.  33When they came to the place called The Skull, they crucified Him there with the criminals, one on His right and the other on His left.  34Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  They cast lots to divide His garments among them.  35The people stood watching.  The rulers were ridiculing Him, saying, “He saved others.  Let Him save Himself, if this is the Christ of God, the Chosen One!”  36The soldiers also made fun of Him.  Coming up to Him, they offered Him sour wine, 37saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!”  38There was also an inscription written above Him: “This is the King of the Jews.”  39One of the criminals hanging there was blaspheming Him, saying, “Aren’t You the Christ?  Save Yourself and us!”  40But the other criminal rebuked him.  “Don’t you fear God, since you are under the same condemnation?  41We are punished justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for what we have done, but this man has done nothing wrong.”  42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom.”  43Jesus said to him, “Amen I tell you: Today you will be with Me in paradise.”


NOVEMBER 17  Your Redemption Is Near  Luke 21:5-28

5.As some were talking about the temple, how it was decorated with beautiful stones and offerings, Jesus said, 6“These things that you see here—the days will come when there will not be one stone left on another—every one will be thrown down.”  7They asked Him, “Teacher, when will these things happen?  And what is the sign that these things are about to happen?”  8He said, “Watch out so that you are not deceived!  For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and ‘The time is near.’  Do not follow them. 9Whenever you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be terrified, for these things must happen first, but the end will not be right then.”  10Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  11There will be great earthquakes, famines, and plagues in various places.  There will be horrifying sights and great signs from heaven.  12But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, handing you over to synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake.  13It will turn out to be your opportunity to testify. 14So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand how to defend yourselves, 15for I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.  16You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends.  They will put some of you to death.  17You will be hated by all people for My name’s sake.  18But not a hair of your head will perish.  19By patient endurance you will gain your lives.  20When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.  21Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  Let those who are inside the city get out.  Let those who are in the country not enter the city.  22For these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that has been written.  23How terrible it will be for those who are pregnant and nursing infants in those days!  For there will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people.  24They will fall by the edge of the sword and be taken captive to all nations.  Jerusalem will be trampled on by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.  25There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars.  And on the earth nations will be in anguish, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the surging waves, 26people fainting from fear and expectation of the things coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  27And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  28But when these things begin to happen, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near.”




NOVEMBER 10  God of the Living & Sons of the Resurrection

27 Some of the Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Him.  28They asked Him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies leaving a wife but no children, his brother should take the wife and raise up children for his brother.  29So there were seven brothers.  The first took a wife and died childless.  30The second took her as a wife, 31and so did the third, and in the same way the seven died and left no children.  32Finally the woman died too.  33So in the resurrection, whose wife will she be?  For the seven had her as a wife.”  34Jesus said to them, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage.  35But those who are considered worthy to experience that age and the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.  36In fact, they cannot die any more, for they are like the angels.  They are sons of God, because they are sons of the resurrection.  37Even Moses showed in the account about the burning bush that the dead are raised, when he called the Lord: ‘The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’  38He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all are alive to Him.”  39Some of the experts in the law answered, “Teacher, You have spoken well.”  40Then they no longer dared to ask Him anything.


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


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






Acts chapter 24 - Paul is accused before the governer in Caesarea




Acts chapter 21 - Travelling on to Jerusalem




Acts chapter 20 - Insight into early church worship practices




Acts chapter 20 - Eutychus falls asleep during the sermon




Acts chapter 19 - The riot in Ephesus



Acts chapter 19 - Miracles in Ephesus



Acts chapter 19 - Paul arrives at Ephesus



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.


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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