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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.

 

SEPTEMBER 27

 

A Matter of Authority

Mathew 21:23-27

23 When Jesus went into the temple courts, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him while He was teaching and said, “By what authority are you doing these things?” and “Who gave you this authority?” 24Jesus answered them, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer it, I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25The baptism of John, where was it from? From heaven or from men?” They discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say to us, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘From men,’ we are afraid of the crowd, since they all regard John as a prophet.” 27So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” He said to them, “Then I will not tell you by what authority I do these things.”

 

SEPTEMBER 20 

 

Fair or Crazy Good  

Mathew 20:1-16

20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius.11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner.12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

 

SEPTEMBER 13

 

Free to Forgive  

Genesis 50:19-20    

Matthew 15:21-28

19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?  20You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring this to pass and to keep many people alive, as it is this day.

 

21Then Peter came up and asked Jesus, “Lord, how many times must I forgive my brother when he sins against me?  As many as seven times?”  22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but I tell you as many as seventy-seven times.  23For this reason the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.  24When he began to settle them, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him.  25Because the man was not able to pay the debt, his master ordered that he be sold, along with his wife, children, and all that he owned to repay the debt.  26Then the servant fell down on his knees in front of him, saying, ‘Master, be patient with me, and I will pay you everything!’  27The master of that servant had pity on him, released him, and forgave him the debt.  28But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him one hundred denarii.  He grabbed him and began choking him, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’

 

SEPTEMBER 6 

 

Greatness in Littleness  

Matthew 18:1-20

 

1 At that time the disciples approached Jesus and asked, “Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  2Jesus called a little child, had him stand in the middle of them, 3and said, “Amen I tell you: Unless you are turned and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  4Whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  5And whoever receives a little child like this one in My name receives me.  6“But, if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a huge millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.  7Woe to the world because of temptations to sin.  Temptations must come, but woe to that person through whom the temptation comes!  8“If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.  It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than to be thrown into the eternal fire with two hands or two feet.  9If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away from you.  It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to be thrown into hell fire with two eyes.  10See to it that you do not look down on one of these little ones, because I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.  11For the Son of Man came to save what was lost.  12“What do you think?  If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go looking for the one that wandered away?  13If he finds it—Amen I tell you—he rejoices more over that one sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not wander away.  14In the same way, your Father in heaven does not want even one of these little ones to perish.  15“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his sin just between the two of you.  If he listens to you, you have regained your brother.  16But if he will not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church.  And, if he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as an unbeliever or a tax collector.  18Amen I tell you: Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.  19Amen I tell you again: If two of you on earth agree to ask for anything, it will be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.  20In fact where two or three have gathered together in My name, there I am among them.”

 

 

AUGUST 30  Anchored In The Word   Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

4 Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

 

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.

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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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