Posts with the tag “lent”
Conclusion of the Lord\'s Prayer
by Dana S on April 15th, 2022
Amen What does this mean? This means that I should be certain that these petitions are pleasing to our Father in heaven and are heard by Him; for He Himself has commanded us to pray in this way and has promised to hear us. Amen, amen means “yes, yes, it shall be so.”
Seventh Petition Prayer
by Dana S on April 14th, 2022
Father in Heaven, you delivered your Son over into death. While Judas was working to hand you over to your enemies, you were handed over to deliver us from sin, death, and hell.
Seventh Petition of the Lord\'s Prayer
by Dana S on April 13th, 2022
But deliver us from evil. What does this mean? We pray in this petition, in summary, that our Father in heaven would rescue us from every evil of body and soul, possessions and reputation, and finally, when our last hour comes, give us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to Himself in heaven.
Sixth Petition Prayer
by Dana S on April 12th, 2022
O Lord, God our Father in Heaven, look with mercy on us! We are so often dragged away into our vices and sin which cause us great shame and pain. It is almost impossible to endure, and we feel compelled to hide our faces from before you in hopes that you may not look at us or our shame.
Sixth Petition of the Lord\'s Prayer
by Dana S on April 11th, 2022
And lead us not into temptation. What does this mean? God tempts no one. We pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice. Although we are attacked by these things, we pray that we may finally overcome them and win the victory.
Fifth Petition Prayer
by Dana S on April 8th, 2022
Dear Lord Jesus Christ. You have forgiven us of all our sins. You have set us free from our bondage and slavery. The price came at your blood and not ours. We praise and thank you for this precious gift.
by Dana S on April 7th, 2022
How many times should you forgive your brother? Jesus had just finished telling them what to do when a brother sins against them. Peter probably thinks he is being pious by offering to forgive his brother up to seven times.
by Dana S on April 6th, 2022
What has happened to Jesus has now happened to me. As Paul noted in 2:12, we were buried and raised with Jesus by baptism. There is a break with the old and there is a new life that has begun with us.
by Dana S on April 5th, 2022
Our text today takes place at the end of a major section in Genesis that starts way back in chapter 37. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers because they were jealous of him (after first planning to kill him). He is brought to Egypt and, through a series of events, rises to a position of prominence.
Fifth Petition of the Lord\'s Prayer
by Dana S on April 4th, 2022
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. What does this mean? We pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would not look at our sins, or deny our prayer because of them.
Fourth Petition Prayer
by Dana S on April 1st, 2022
Wonderful Father. You cause rain to fall on the righteous and the wicked. You give food to the good and evil alike. You preserve your whole creation by the power of your Word and all have their eyes on you so that you may feed them in the right time.
by Dana S on March 31st, 2022
“Do not worry about tomorrow.” Don’t worry? We all worry. About money, our jobs, our children, the state of the country, getting sick, the car breaking down, the roads being slippery…. the list goes on.
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
by Dana S on March 30th, 2022
Paul is raising funds throughout the churches of the Mediterranean Area in order to support the needs of the saints back in Jerusalem, who are going through hardship and pestilence. His goal is on the way back to Jerusalem to stop by and collect the gifts that he will take to the Church there.
by Dana S on March 29th, 2022
“Give me neither poverty nor riches….” What a thing to ask for. Most of us would probably ask for riches. There are whole branches of heretical Christianity that promote a prosperity Gospel that basically says that God will give you all sorts of riches… if your faith is strong enough.
Fourth Petition of the Lord\'s Prayer
by Dana S on March 28th, 2022
Give us this day our daily bread. What does this mean? God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all evil people, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.
Third Petition Prayer
by Dana S on March 25th, 2022
Good and gracious Father. Your mercies are great and the love has no end. Your will is that all be saved and come to the knowledge of that truth. Grant me to know your will so that I may embrace your kingdom and keep your name holy in my midst.
by Dana S on March 24th, 2022
Jesus didn’t want to die. This may sound shocking to some people, but Jesus is fully human as well as fully God. The experience of death is not natural and Jesus knows that. With His humanity comes the desire to avoid suffering and death. Jesus could feel pain just as much as you and me.
by Dana S on March 23rd, 2022
Now that Christ has done his work to us and for us we are now made pure and holy before God. And because we are holy we now can live our lives devoted to God. Our lives come from God and now we bring them back to God.
by Dana S on March 22nd, 2022
The book of Revelation is often considered a frightening book. Weird creatures, plagues, battles…. It's unsettling. But it’s not meant to be. Revelation was given to the Church as a sort of behind the scenes to show us that God is in control. Which is illustrated in today’s reading.
Third Petition of the Lord\'s Prayer
by Dana S on March 21st, 2022
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. What does this mean? The good and gracious will of God is done even without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.
Second Petition Prayer
by Dana S on March 18th, 2022
Merciful Father. You are sending forth your kingdom in your Son Jesus Christ. Upon the cross, you have given a sign to all mankind that you rule through grace and mercy.
by Dana S on March 17th, 2022
Jesus is not just a king, he is THE King. This is made very obvious in the Gospels. From the Magi seeking the King of the Jews, to John the Baptist proclaiming “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” to the question and response given in today’s reading.
by Dana S on March 16th, 2022
What is the essential part of our fellowship? Do we find agreement in what we eat and drink and what days we observe as special and holy? Or is there something more to our fellowship?
1 Samuel 8:1-22
by Dana S on March 15th, 2022
We want to be just like the nations around us!” This is what the Israelites are demanding Samuel give to them. They want a king just like the kings they see everyone else has. It’s a bit of “the grass is greener on the other side” coveting. They want someone who is going to fight their battles and protect them.
Second Petition of the Lord\'s Prayer
by Dana S on March 14th, 2022
Thy kingdom come. What does this mean? The kingdom of God certainly comes by itself without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may come to us also.
First Petition Prayer
by Dana S on March 11th, 2022
Father! You are holy. You are enthroned above all things. You need nothing and need no petition asking that you be holy.
by Dana S on March 10th, 2022
Not everyone who uses God’s name will enter the kingdom of heaven. This idea can give us pause. What is Jesus talking about? If someone is casting out demons in His name, doesn’t that make them a Christian?
by Dana S on March 9th, 2022
This could be summarized as easily as saying, “practice what you preach.”
by Dana S on March 8th, 2022
In order to keep God’s name holy, we have to know what God’s name is. Moses is worried in our reading today about the Israelites asking him what God’s name is. So what is God’s name?
First Petition of the Lord\'s Prayer
by Dana S on March 7th, 2022
Hallowed be Thy name. What does this mean? God’s name is certainly holy in itself, but we pray in this petition that it may be kept holy among us also.
by Dana S on March 4th, 2022
Merciful Father, by the blood of your Son, Jesus Christ, you have made me your child.
by Dana S on March 3rd, 2022
These verses make up the center of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. This means these words form the central thought which hangs Christ’s entire sermon. And at the center of this passage is the Lord’s Prayer. Bracketed before the Lord’s Prayer is the admonition to give to the poor. Bracketed after the Lord’s Prayer is the teaching on how to fast.
Lord\'s Prayer Introduction
by Dana S on March 2nd, 2022
Our Father who art in heaven. What does this mean? With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear father.
February 2022 Newsletter Article
by Dana S on February 16th, 2022
“Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” Jude 3
Eyes on Jesus
by Dana S on February 23rd, 2020
Oh, how there are misunderstandings! Once a pastor (Lutheran, of course) was preaching on the Sacraments. His topic was their “for-you-ness.” After the service was over, one of the parishioners asked the pastor, “So, who is Eunice?”
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