Praise God from Whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, all creatures here below
Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Kenneth H. Hershey said, “Private devotions by any member of the family are commendable, and that should be encouraged, but it will never produce the benefits and the need that is realized when the family worships together. The family altar must first be established in the hearts of the parents; they must provide the leadership needed in this major project in the life of the family. This is a major project because the most important church is the church in your house.”
RECITE: THE NICENE CREED
We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic [universal] and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.
DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 40:1-5
1 I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
4 Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
5 Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary, “Doubts and fears about the eternal state are a horrible pit and miry clay, and have been so to many a dear child of God. There is power enough in God to help the weakest, and grace enough to help the unworthiest of all that trust in him. The psalmist waited patiently; he continued believing, hoping, and praying. Christ is the Rock on which a poor soul can alone stand fast. Where God has given stedfast hope, he expects there should be a steady, regular walk and conduct. God filled the psalmist with joy, as well as peace in believing. Multitudes, by faith beholding the sufferings and glory of Christ, have learned to fear the justice and trust in the mercy of God through Him. Many are the benefits with which we are daily loaded, both by the providence and by the grace of God.”
PRAYER FOR GOVERNMENT LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
President Donald Trump
Vice President Mike Pence
First Lady Melania Trump
Second Lady Karen Pence
Presidential aides: Assistant for Legislative Affairs Marc Short
Leaders of federal agencies: National Credit Union Administration Chairman Rick Metsger
State governors: Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds
City mayors: Minneapolis, MN, Mayor Betsy Hodges
U.S. Senators: New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez
U.S. Representatives: California Representative Jared Huffman
Police Chiefs: Raleigh, NC, Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown
Sheriffs: Fairfax County, VA, Sheriff Stacey A. Kincaid
Military Leaders: Gustave F. Perna, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Materiel Command
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Croatia’s President Kolinda Gra-bar-Kit-a-ro-vić and Prime Minister Andrej Plen-ko-vić
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ: Coordinator for Church Planting Dan Clites
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– For the relatives of the 9 family members in Arizona who were swept away and killed in a flash flood
– For the families of the police officers who were shot and killed in Dallas, TX, and Baton Rouge, LA, last year around this time
– For the families of the 3 people killed in a fire at a Hawaii skyscraper
– For the families of the 2 Israeli police officers killed in Jerusalem
– For the peace of Jerusalem
– Persecuted Christians around the world
PRAYER FOR THE MEDIA
ABC News co-anchor Dan Harris
please give him divine guidance, resolve of all his health issues, and bless his finances; give him the right lady to marry
please give him spiritual health and bless his job; help him to continue to preach the Gospel
please bless her husband’s work at St. Jude; save the souls of Janice and Susan and help them to be nicer and fair to everyone
please bless them with a good reply from the Canadian High Commission regarding their move from India to Canada
please heal her of her tumor without having to get an operation and please protect her unborn baby
please have the company he works for to pay him his salary; please bless his wife with the job You want her to have; please save his wife, his bosses, and his coworkers
please provide them with enough money so a boy in his church will be able to walk again
please bless him to do well in school and bless his graduation this year
please strengthen and guide her in her prayer life; bless her financially
please bless and protect them, please provide them with education and enough money and give them the right house; please save them and help them to act right
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “The Miracle of Belief” by Oswald Chambers
1 Corinthians 2:4 says, “My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom…”
Paul was a scholar and an orator of the highest degree; he was not speaking here out of a deep sense of humility, but was saying that when he preached the gospel, he would veil the power of God if he impressed people with the excellency of his speech. Belief in Jesus is a miracle produced only by the effectiveness of redemption, not by impressive speech, nor by wooing and persuading, but only by the sheer unaided power of God. The creative power of redemption comes through the preaching of the gospel, but never because of the personality of the preacher.
Real and effective fasting by a preacher is not fasting from food, but fasting from eloquence, from impressive diction, and from everything else that might hinder the gospel of God being presented. The preacher is there as the representative of God — “…as though God were pleading through us…” He is there to present the gospel of God. If it is only because of my preaching that people desire to be better, they will never get close to Jesus Christ. Anything that flatters me in my preaching of the gospel will result in making me a traitor to Jesus, and I prevent the creative power of His redemption from doing its work.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!