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MAY 12  The Heart of Our Shepherd   Psalm23:1

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

 

 

MAY 5  Jesus Changes Lives - Sauls, Yours, Others!   1 Timothy 1:12-17

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

 

 

APRIL 28  Doubting Thomas   John 20:19-31

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  20 After He said this, He showed them His hands and side.  The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.  21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you!  As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you.”  22 And with that He breathed on them and said, “Receivethe Holy Spirit.  23 If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”  24 Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.  25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”  But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe it.”  26A week later His disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  27Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see My hands.  Reach out your hand and put it into My side.  Stop doubting and believe.”  28Thomas said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”  29Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  30Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not recorded 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 21  Treasures in Heaven   Matthew 6:19-21

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

 

 

APRIL 14  Ask, Seek, Knock   Matthew 7:7-11  

7“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.  

9Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!”

 

 

 

APRIL 7  What Will The Owner Of The Vineyard Do?   Luke 20:9-20

9He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time.  10At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard.  But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed.  11He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed.  12He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out. 13Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do?  I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’  14But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’  15So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.  16What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them?  He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”  When the people heard this, they said, “May this never be!”  17Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: ‘The Stone the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone’?  18Everyone who falls on that Stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.”  19The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest Him immediately, because they knew He had spoken this parable against them.  But they were afraid of the people. 20Keeping a close watch on Him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest.  They hoped to catch Jesus in something He said so that they might hand Him over to the power and authority of the governor.

 

 

 

MARCH 31  The Lost Boys   Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

1Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear Him.  2But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”  3Then Jesus told them this parable: . . . 11b“There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’  So he divided his property between them.  13Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.  17When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.”‘  20So he got up and went to his father.  But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.  21The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick!  Bring the best robe and put it on him.  Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  23Bring the fattened calf and kill it.  Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’  So they began to celebrate.  25Meanwhile, the older son was in the field.  When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.  26So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.  27’Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’  28The older brother became angry and refused to go in.  So his father went out and pleaded with him.  29But he answered his father, ‘Look!  All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders.  Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.  30But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ 31’My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.  32But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

 

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

ADULT BIBLE CLASS

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



CURRENT SERIES

THE BOOK OF ACTS

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MAY 12

Acts chapter 16 - Paul and the man from Macedonia

 

APRIL 28

Acts chapter 15 - Disagreement between Paul and Barnabas

 

APRIL 14

Acts chapter 15 - The Council's letter to Gentile believers

 

APRIL 7

Acts chapter 15 - Do Gentiles need to be circumcised?

 

MARCH 31

Acts chapter 15 - Paul and Barnabas go to Jerusalem for a church meeting

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MARCH 24

Acts chapter 14 - Paul and Barnabas conclude their first missionary trip

 

MARCH 17

Acts chapter 14 - Paul and Barnabas in Iconium


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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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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