God is with us in Word and Sacrament

Believe, Belong, Become (March 6–March 12)

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 . . .

How is God’s name misused? God’s name is misused when people

A. speak God’s name uselessly or carelessly (Exodus 20:7)

B. curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name.

What is cursing? Cursing by God’s name is

A. blaspheming God by speaking evil of Him or mocking Him;

    • Leviticus 24:15
    • Matthew 27:39–43
    • 2 Kings 19:28–35
    • 2 Kings 19:21–22
    • John 8:48–59

B. calling down the anger and punishment of God upon oneself or any other person or thing.

    • James 3:9–10
    • Matthew 27:25
    • Matthew 26:74
    • Luke 9:51–55

Belong . . .

Pray for one another (James 5:16)

  • Dyer Family — Jim, Josh, Jake
  • Ekstrom Family — Cindy
  • Ely Family — Chad, Haley, Hayden, Ember
  • Eversole Family — Jason, Spenser, Breleigh, Marins
  • Fields Family — Corky

Pray for kings and those in authority (1 Timothy 2:2)

  • Local — Craig Hastings (Police Chief)
  • State — Michael Frerichs (State Treasurer)
  • National — Tammy Duckworth (US Senator from Illinois)

Pray for the Gospel to spread among all peoples (Matthew 9:37–38)

Become . . .

The Gospel text for this upcoming Sunday is the account of Jesus being accused of casting out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons. Jesus says, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls” (Luke 11:17). Jesus doesn’t want us to pretend unity when there is none. Nor does he desire that we cover up the truth for the sake of unity. Love does not rejoice in wrong doing but rejoices in the truth (1 Cor 13:6). We overcome evil by doing good (Rom 12:21). This week ask the Lord in prayer what wrongdoing is dividing your household and what truthful and good thing you can begin doing to overcome it.


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