Devotion for Oct 3, 2017
A Simple Family Devotion for October 3, 2017
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit
Resurrections Speak Loudly
There are some obvious parallels from the account of Elijah raising the widow’s son to the ministry of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The death of the widow’s son as a result of the sins of another (her words) and his resurrection is certainly not the least of these. In fact, it may be the most significant aspect as it demonstrates the that the word of the Lord in the mouth of His prophet is truth. We have all kinds of words spoken by Jesus; words of teaching; words of healing; words of liberation from oppression; words of forgiveness. Somebody may doubt the veracity of some of those words. There might be some that doubt that any of them are of divine origin. But who can doubt those words when they are backed up by a resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus proves that the word of the Lord in his mouth is truth. It is the kind that obliterates the consequences of sin and defangs death. His truth is that the devil has no power over you and can no longer accuse you, for as you are united to Jesus in a death like his, so too will you be united to him in a resurrection like his.
The Explanation to the Second Article of the Apostles’ Creed
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord. Who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Collect of the Week
O Lord, we pray that Your grace may always go before and follow after us, that we may continually be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Prayers for Self and Others
A Chronological Reading through Scripture