We BELIEVE that Jesus Christ purchased and won us from sin, death, and the devil with His own blood. Therefore, we BELONG to Him and in Him we belong to one another, so that we BECOME like Him as we mature in faith toward God and fervent love toward one another.
Believe . . .
The Second Commandment: Why do we say in this and in the following Commandments, “We should fear and love God”? The fulfillment of all commandments must flow from the fear and love of God.
- Psalm 111:10
- John 14:23
What is God’s name? God, as He has revealed Himself to us, His essence and His attributes.
- Exodus 3:14
- Isaiah 9:6
- Jeremiah 23:6
- Matthew 1:21
- Matthew 18:20
- Matthew 28:19
- John 1:1
What does God forbid in the Second Commandment? In the Second Commandment God forbids us to misuse His name.
- Exodus 20:7
Belong . . .
Pray for one another (James 5:16)
- Czerwonka Family — Scott, Whitney
- Dallas Family — Jeremy
- Dallas Family — Scott
- Dean Family — Pam
- DeWitt Family — Andy, Rachel, Zechariah
Pray for kings and those in authority (1 Timothy 2:2)
- Local — Andrew Bequette (City Attorney)
- State — Chris Miller (State Representative)
- National — Richard Durbin (US Senator from Illinois)
Pray for the Gospel to spread among all peoples (Matthew 9:37–38)
- South Asia Lutheran Mission — Rev. and Mrs. Edward Naumann
- Romania — Rev. and Mrs. David Preus
- Japan — Rev. and Mrs. Daniel Jastram
Become . . .
The Gospel text for this upcoming Sunday is the account of the Canaanite woman. She comes to Jesus, the Son of David, for mercy because her daughter is oppressed by a demon. It appears that our Lord, who abounds in compassion, ignores her. He doesn’t respond simply because she uses the right words, as a formula for incantation. But he presses to reveal her faith. She doesn’t give up or give in. She doesn’t want to take away from the children’s table. She doesn’t want Jesus to choose between her and the people of Israel. She doesn’t want the children’s bread. She wants to be fed by the master himself. She is content with crumbs that fall from Him. And He is willing to forego eating (Matthew 4:1–11) so that she will be satisfied. Be content then with what the Lord has given you and do not give up on your prayers to Him who is willing to give you more than you either ask or desire (Eph 3:20).