9th Sunday After Pentecost (Series B) July 22, 2018 Gospel: Mark 6:30-44 Epistle: Eph 2:11-22 Lesson: Jer 23:1-6 Psalm: Psalm 23 CLB Commentary: Dr. Gaylan Mathiesen Mark 6:30-34 (Parallel in Luke 9) This passage is a follow-up to Jesus sending out the twelve, two by two, with authority to preach, cast out demons and heal
Bethel Church’s youth have several events and trips planned throughout the summer. May these be opportunities for students to invite their friends into Christian community where they will hear the Gospel.
Pray for our VBS program which begins today. Pray for the staff and the children as God’s Word is shared.
Pray for our Junior Week as we fill the camp with hundreds of 2nd through 6th graders. Pray that God will become real to them through the activities, the music, the speaker and the counselors. Pray that their relationship with Jesus will grow.
We will have our VBS program this week with a community outreach block party on the 11th. Pray for many to become connected to our church through this event.
Pray for our newly formed Vision Council, that God will stir our hearts with fresh vision for the community as a mission field. Pray that God will move our whole congregation in this direction.
Three Clue Thursdays is a popular kid’s ministry and outreach featuring a bit of mystery and lots of activity. Pray that many kids will come and be introduced to Jesus.
Today we are participating in the community Independence Day Parade. Pray that our church will have new contacts as a result of our presence in the parade.
If you have ever played Checkers, then you’ve probably been frustrated by the limited movement of the stones (the pieces). The stones move in one direction. They cannot move to the left or to the right, nor can they turn back. Their only option is straight across the board. Life, apart from Christ, is like
True confession: Driving up Interstate 94 on June 8, I was having second thoughts, or at least a powerful sense of “non-excitement.” As a veteran of nearly thirty Church of the Lutheran Brethren Annual (and now Biennial) Conventions, I wondered whether this was really necessary. Delegates drive or fly great distances to attend. They sacrifice
May I introduce you to Methuselah? Methuselah, the Judean date palm tree? He’s only thirteen years old. The thing is: we thought he didn’t exist. We thought he was extinct. I love this title of an article about Methuselah: “Extinct Tree Resurrected from Ancient Seeds is now a Dad.” Does that not grab your attention?
Not so long ago I wrapped up my devotional reading in the book of Judges. The story of the Judges is preceded by a 400-year span of amazing leadership—Moses, this incredible servant-prophet of God. Then the baton is passed to Joshua, who leads Israel into the Promised Land. But after Joshua dies, there are 400