I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger. Keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please you. Into your hands I commend my body and soul and all things. Let your holy angel be with me, that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen.
Next, a brief Bible study. The following passages are presented without commentary. Read through each one, and ask yourself three questions:
1) WHAT does this say?
2) What does this MEAN?
3) What does this mean FOR ME?
I’ll be honest, friends. This took me a couple of hours to work through. Take your time. Open up the Word. Let the Spirit speak to you. God bless your meditation upon his Word.
“Now the Bereans were more noble-minded than the Thessalonians. They received the word very eagerly and examined the Scriptures every day to see if these things were so.” (Acts 17:11)
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11 NIV)
“These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31 EHV)
“Be people who do what the word says, not people who only hear it. Such people are deceiving themselves. 23 In fact, if anyone hears the word and does not do what it says, he is like a man who carefully looks at his own natural face in a mirror. 24 Indeed, he carefully looks at himself; then, he goes away and immediately forgets what he looked like. 25 But the one who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of freedom, and continues to do so—since he does not hear and forget but actually does what it says—that person will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:22-25 EHV)
“He has told you, mankind, what is good. What does the Lord require from you, except to carry out justice and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8 EHV)
“Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites. They love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by people. Amen I tell you: They have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your private room, close your door, and pray to your Father who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what others cannot see, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:5,6 EHV)
“6 For at the appointed time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 It is rare indeed that someone will die for a righteous person. Perhaps someone might actually go so far as to die for a person who has been good to him. 8 But God shows his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8 EHV)
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that is in you. But speak with gentleness and respect, while maintaining a clear conscience.” (1 Peter 3:15,16 EHV)
May the Lord strengthen you through the study of his Word,
Pastor Stephen Luchterhand
1) Trinity is again offering in-person worship! We’re grateful for the 193 people who attended last weekend (including an extra service for Confirmation)! Service times are as follows:
- Sunday, 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
- Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Please register for worship attendance ahead of time so that we may keep gatherings within the sanctuary to 50 people or fewer. We are able to accommodate some overflow in the fellowship hall.
2) We’re very understanding of and grateful for those who are choosing to remain at home due to “at risk” circumstances. Thank you for continuing to support Trinity’s ministry with your prayers, encouragement, and offerings. Private communion is available; please contact me. If you are not in an “at risk” category, I look forward to worshiping “in person” with you soon. “I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” (Psalm 122:1)