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NOVEMBER 15

 

Talent on Loan from God

Mathew 25:14-30

14“You see, the kingdom of heaven is like a man going on a journey.  He called his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.  15To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to still another one talent, each according to his own ability.  Then he went on his journey.  16The servant who had received the five talents immediately put them to work and gained five more talents.  17In the same way, the servant who had received the two talents gained two more.  18But the servant who had received one talent went away, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money.  19“After a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.  20The servant who received the five talents came and brought five more talents.  He said, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me.  See, I have gained five more talents.’  21“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!  You were faithful with a few things.  I will put you in charge of many things.  Enter into the joy of your master.’  22“The servant who received the two talents came and said, ‘Master, you entrusted me with two talents.  See, I have gained two more talents.’  23“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!  You were faithful with a few things.  I will put you in charge of many things.  Enter into the joy of your master.’  24“Then the servant who received one talent came and said, ‘Master, I knew that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter seed.  25Since I was afraid, I went away and hid your talent in the ground.  See, you have what is yours.’  26“His master answered him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant!  You knew that I reap where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter seed?  27Well then, you should have deposited my money with the bankers so that when I came I would get my money back with interest.  28Take the talent away from him and give it to the servant who has the ten talents.  29Because everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.  But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.  30Throw that worthless servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

 

NOVEMBER 8

 

The Wise And The Foolish

Matthew 25:1-13

1“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and

went out to meet the bridegroom.  2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.  3When

the foolish ones took their lamps, they did not take any oil with them; 4but the wise took oil in their containers with their lamps.  5While the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.  6But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom!  Come out to meet him!’  7Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.  8The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’  9But the wise answered, ‘No, there may not be enough for us and for you.  Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’  10But while they were away buying oil, the bridegroom came.  Those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut.  11Later, the other virgins also came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, let us in.’  12But he answered, ‘Amen I tell you: I do not know you.’  13Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

 

NOVEMBER 1

 

The Church Militant And The Church Triumphant

Revelation 7:9-17

9After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.  They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.  10And they cried out in a loud voice:  “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”  11All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures.  They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12saying:  “Amen!  Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever!  Amen!”  13Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”  14I answered, “Sir, you know.”  And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  15Therefore, they are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tent over them.  16Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.  The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat.  17For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their Shepherd; He will lead them to springs of living water.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

 

OCTOBER 25

 

An Eternal Gospel To Proclaim

Revelation 14:6-7

6 Then I saw another angel flying in the middle of the sky.  He had the everlasting gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth, to every nation, tribe, language, and people.  7He said with a loud voice: Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come.  Worship Him who made the sky, the earth, the sea, and the springs of water.

 

OCTOBER 18

 

A Divine Gotcha!

Matthew 22:15-22

15Then the Pharisees went out and plotted together how to trap Him in His words.  16They sent their disciples to Him along with the Herodians.  “Teacher,” they said, “we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in accord with the truth.  You are not concerned about gaining anyone’s approval because You are not swayed by appearances.  17So tell us, what do You think?  Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”  18But Jesus knew their evil purpose and said, “Why are you testing Me, hypocrites?  19Show Me the coin used for the tax.”  They brought Him a denarius.  20He asked them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”  21“Caesar’s,” they replied to Him.  Then He said to them, “Therefore give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”  22When they heard this, they were amazed.  Then they left Him and went away.

 

OCTOBER 11

 

The Feast is Ready, Will You Come? 

Matthew 22:1-14

1Jesus spoke to them again in parables.  He said, 2“The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.  3He sent out his servants to summon those who were invited to the wedding banquet, but they did not want to come.  4Then he sent out other servants and said, ‘Tell those who are invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner.  My oxen and my fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready.  Come to the wedding banquet!’  5But those who were invited paid no attention and went off, one to his own farm, another to his business.  6The rest seized the king’s servants, mistreated them, and killed them.  7As a result, the king was very angry.  He sent his army and killed those murderers and burned their town.  8Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.  9So go to the main crossroads and invite as many as you find to the wedding banquet.’  10Those servants went out to the roads and gathered together everyone they found, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.  11But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.  12He said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wearing wedding clothes?’  The man was speechless.  13Then the king told the servants, ‘Tie him hand and foot and throw him into the outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’  14For many are called, but few are chosen.”

 

OCTOBER 4 

 

Kingdom People

Produce Kingdom Fruit  

Matthew 21:43

43That is why I tell you the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces its fruit.

 

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

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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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