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Thursday, September 27, 2012, Devotion

[Jesus said,] “He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.”
(John 12:25)

We are born with the defect of sin. The sin must go. Christ unites us with Himself that through His death on the cross, we may be resurrected to a new life where the sin is no longer directing. Unless we loose this life of sin, we remain dead. But if we hate the sin, love Christ and follow after Him, there is an entirely new life available.

Lord, help me see that it is no death wish, nor some mental gymnastics that I need to go through, but instead a new life that You have given me by grace through the cross. Help me to live into this new life that You have given me, knowing that the life of this world is doomed. Grant that I would live into the faithfulness You have given me, knowing that only in You may life be found.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for leading the way into a new and perfect life. Gant today, by faith, that I would live into this life You have given me, knowing that it is a gift. Help me share with others what You have shared with me, knowing that in You, there is life. Help me resist the wiles of the devil, knowing that compromise in this truth is not an option. May I be faithful to the salvation You won for us from the cross today. Amen.

 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, Devotion

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”  (John 12:24)

As we are, there is no hope.  Unless we join with Christ in His death on the cross, a death that takes away sin, there can be no cleansing.  Romans 6:1 and following tells us the truth of the matter.  We need to be united with Christ and His death in order to be resurrected into His likeness: that of a perfect child of the most High God.  This is the call to which He calls us through His Word.

Lord, help me to see that in clinging to this life as it is, there is no hope.  Help me to unite with You that I may come into the life that You have always intended that I would live.  Guide me in growing in the truth that You have proclaimed, that I would cling to no false God, knowing that You have given me the Word of eternal life.  Guide me in every action toward this goal.

Thank You, Jesus, for speaking these powerful and difficult words.  Help me, I pray, to live into them this day, that I may live truth and not cling to the lies that are found all around me.  Help me to be true to the calling You have given me, knowing that only in You can any of us find the hope that springs to eternal life.  May my life this day be pleasing to the Father as these things are done in me.  Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Pentecost 18 (September 30, 2012)

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Pentecost 18 (September 30, 2012)

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A      Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus our Lord, and for all people according to their needs.

 

A brief silence

 

A      Let your word go forth in power and renew your Church. Lead all your people to accept their responsibilities as members of the Body of Christ, and pour out your Spirit on all pastors, officers, teachers, and other leaders in the Church. Renew the congregations and church bodies in North America with the fresh winds of your mighty Spirit. Lord, in your mercy,

C.     hear our prayer.

 

A      Empower this congregation to reach out in mission to our unchurched neighbors and to all in need in our community. We pray especially for our pastor/s [name/s], our Bishop/s/President [name/s] and all who serve in our midst. Lord, in your mercy,

C      hear our prayer.

 

A      Guide our country, especially as our election season draws near. Give wisdom to us as we consider how to cast our ballots. Direct all leaders of the nations into your ways of justice and peace, and protect all who serve in the military and as first responders in this and every place. Lord, in your mercy,

C      hear our prayer.

 

A      Remember the sick, the unemployed, the underemployed, the grieving, the discouraged, and those who deal with disabilities or mental illness. Especially we pray for those persons whose needs are known to us, including [names]. Lord in your mercy,

C      hear our prayer.

 

A      Be present in power with the Church in the developing world, especially those who suffer persecution for their faith. Keep them faithful, and open doors for witness and growth. We remember Christians in Muslim lands, in North Korea, and other places where they serve in great danger. Lord, in your mercy,

C      hear our prayer.

 

A      As you have called us to be faithful in this life, so keep our hearts and minds focused on your wonderful promises of eternal life. Remember in mercy all those who offer even a cup of water to support us in our discipleship. Draw us all to Christ, and keep us united with him forever in your glorious presence. Lord, in your mercy,

C      hear our prayer.

 

P       All these things, Father, and whatever else you can see that we need, we ask trusting in your promises through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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 It is good to include in the remembrance of the faithful departed any memorialized by altar flowers, etc.

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Why Lutheran CORE is essential for me…and You: a paper by Robert Benne

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Read Robert Benne’s presentation on Lutheran CORE given at the 2012 Theological Conference sponsored by Lutheran CORE and North American Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

Read Hallmarks of Classical Lutheranism by Carl Braaten!

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These remarks were given by Dr. Carl E. Braaten at the 2012 Theological Conference sponsored by Lutheran CORE and the North American Lutheran Church held in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012, Devotion

Philip came and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip came and told Jesus.  And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.”  (John 12:22, 23)

The human approach is one of going through others, climbing up the ladder until you reach the level for which you think you’re looking.  But Jesus speaks the truth in saying that God is glorified when people come to Him directly.  When one seeks Jesus, they have reached the top.  You and I are to lead people to seek Jesus.  He’ll take it from there.

Lord, help me see that I am not in the business of saving anyone.  I cannot even save myself.  Help me not go through chains, although I do need to respect leadership, but in all things, let me see that there is a direct connection to You.  Help me to be one who simply brings to You those who ask that they may know eternal life through You, the One who saves.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for cutting through all the hoops so that through You alone may we find what we are looking for.  Grant today that I would live in the hope and promise You give, knowing that You alone do the work of salvation.  May my life this day reflect Your presence and be an invitation to others that they may seek and find You and the eternal life You offer.  Amen.

Monday, September 24, 2012, Devotion

Now there were some Greeks among those who were going up to worship at the feast; these then came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and began to ask him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”   (John 12:20, 21)

That is the question everyone asks, “Can we see Jesus?”  The answer is, “Yes.”  Do you really want to see Jesus, or are you just caught up in sinful hype and curiosity?  In those quiet, still moments, Jesus will come to those who are His own.  Look for Him while He may be found, and He will find you.  Come, Lord Jesus, and be our guest that we may, in your presence, be blessed.

We make things so difficult.  The invisible God has made Himself visible.  Lord, help me get through the hype and see You on the terms You have set.  Remove the blocks from my eyes, that I may see You clearly, knowing that You have come that I may know You.  Help me in my unbelief.

Thank You for revealing Yourself to me this day, Lord Jesus, through all of the encounters that You have set up.  Help me see Your hand as I am served and help me see Your hand upon me as I serve others.  May I be Your hand today for others that they may see You and glorify the Father who is in heaven.  Amen.

Sunday, September 23, 2012, Devotion

So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are not doing any good; look, the world has gone after Him.”  (John 12:19)

Those of the world are often criticizing what God is doing.  “If God were God, He would do thus and such,” they say.  God is God and does what He perfectly well knows needs to be done.  Those in the world who are called to Christ are meant to follow after Him, for He has the words of eternal life that lead to the new life to which all who follow Him are called.  Good is what God does, not what we imagine.

Lord, help me to listen to You and to no other.  Grant that I would follow You, no matter what others say or think, for You alone have the words of eternal life.  Help me, I pray, when I am tempted to follow after things of this world, rather than You, knowing that You are the Creator and know all things.  In You, help me to do and be what is truly good.

Guide me this day, Holy Spirit, in all the ways of truth.  Grant that I would live into this life of faith that You have given me, knowing that there are those who will criticize, chastize and seek to lead me in other directions.  Help me follow You because of the relationship we have and for no other reason, that I may be faithful to You alone above all else.  Amen.

 

Saturday, September 22, 2012, Devotion

For this reason also the people went and met Him, because they heard that He had performed this sign.  (John 12:18)

“Show me Your power, Jesus and then I’ll believe.”  The honest answer comes in realizing who we are, the condition we’re in, and the truth that Jesus has died and rose again.  Sins are forgiven, i.e., we are reconciled with a perfect God through what Christ has done.  There is no greater miracle.  Yet people want performance and a parlor trick instead.  Take the greatest miracle of all and live, rather than settling for just being entertained.

Lord, help me get off of the merry-go round and settle in to see the truth of the situation as it is.  Grant that I would live into the life You have given me because of the cross and live as one who is redeemed and not as one who has found yet one more thing to divert my attention.  Build up in me understanding and truth that I may live this true life You have given me.

Thank You, Jesus, for always pressing on into the truth which has already been revealed and can be known by anyone who is willing to live it.  Help me, I pray, to see that You have given the life, are leading the way and have revealed all truth.  May others see through me the way, truth and life that You have brought so that they may join us in living forward and into eternity.  Amen.