April 22, 2016
Immanuel Lutheran, Seymour IN
April 23, 2016
Holy Cross Lutheran, Fort Wayne IN
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Thursday, November 26
Friday, November 27
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February 5-7, 2016
A Mary Heart in a Martha World
On Thanksgiving Day I'm usually inclined to give thanks to God for the blessings He imparts for life in this world. I call them “Fourth Petition blessings” – “Give us this day our daily bread” – as Martin Luther wrote, “all that we need to support this body and life.” It's good to thank God for the blessings of life in this world. It's also important to remember that there are three petitions that precede the petition for daily bread. Before we pray for daily bread, we are taught by our Lord to pray that God's name will be honored among us, that His kingdom will grow and be enlarged, and that His will would be done among us and through us. These spiritual matters are the things that our Lord teaches us to give first place in our prayers.
In Ephesians 1:3 we praise God who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Let's think about some of those spiritual blessings and give thanks for them.
Let's thank God for:
His Word. He comes to us in words we can hear, read and understand. He didn't have to do that. He could have said, “I'm God and you're not, so you figure out who I am, and when you get it right, I'll let you know.” Instead He speaks to us, He gives us people who can translate His Word into our own languages, and in this country He gives us freedom to read and study His Word without fear.
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May we pray for you?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil.4:6
As God's people, we have the privilege and responsibility to bring all things before the Lord in prayer. Please let us know what to pray for you!
"The presence of the Spirit of grace grants us the privilege and creates in us the ability, nay, the necessity, to begin to pray." - Luther (W45,540-E49,113-SL8,3610)
Serving the Lord with you,
Rev.Daniel P. May, Indiana District President (LCMS)