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The Easter season remains a special time for recommitment to the Lord. For Christian stewards, it’s a time to re-evaluate how faith in the Risen Lord informs every aspect of our lives … how we labor, how we play, the way we pray, how we allocate our resources, where we spend our time, how we love, how we extend our compassion to others

 
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Stewardship Thoughts

April 2018

God’s Almighty Power

Jesus hangs on the cross. People stand watching and jeering: “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the chosen one” (Luke 23:35). They didn’t know that God’s power in Christ was working their salvation and ours. “He was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him to serve you” (2 Corinthians 13:4).

Prayer: Our gracious heavenly Father, we thank you for the atoning blood of Jesus so that we can enjoy peace with you. Help us to be the ambassadors that you want us to be. Through Christ we pray. Amen.

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The Holy Spirit Equips and Powers Us

“When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. ‘Why are you sleeping?’ he asked them” (Luke 22:45-46). Jesus was exhausted too. After all, he was human. He got hungry and tired, just as his disciples did. We are prone to shake our heads at those lazy, disloyal disciples, but how often do we say we’re too tired to serve, too poor to give, too inadequate to help? Like the disciples who were transformed on Pentecost, we have received the Holy Spirit who equips, enables, and energizes us to be God’s stewards.

Prayer: Our gracious heavenly Father, you have given us the message and the power to proclaim the Gospel. Give us joy and courage in our task. Forgive us when we fail our responsibility. Thank you for your Son who has lived the perfect life of stewardship for us. Through him we ask these things. Amen.


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Jesus Is the Son of God

Which of Jesus’ words from the cross are your favorites? Perhaps these: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). For whom was he making this request? For the Jewish hierarchy who brought the Crucifixion about; for the Romans who used this method of execution; for the centurion who “saw how he died [and] said, ‘Surely this man was the Son of God!’ ” (Mark 15:39). And for us, for it is our sin that put Jesus on the cross. And it is Jesus whom we praise and tell the world, “Surely this man is the Son of God!” 

Prayer: Dear Father thank you for the gift of your Son who has removed the sin that barred me from you. Thank you for encouraging me through Word and Sacrament to be your witness. Help me to follow your will and be obedient to your Word. Through Christ I pray. Amen.

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He Is Risen!

The women went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body. Confused and distressed at finding an empty tomb, they were further bewildered to hear the words of “a young man dressed in a white robe. . . ‘[Jesus] has risen! He is not here . . . Go, tell his disciples and Peter . . .” (Mark 16:5-7). Easter is the celebration of the Empty Tomb. Every Sunday we are reminded, “Go, tell!” Like the women, we may be “trembling and bewildered” (Mark 16:8), but, we, too, are emboldened by God’s Spirit to carry out his command. Go tell. He is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! 

Prayer: Lord, there is no way I can repay you for your kindness to me, especially the gift of salvation through your Son. I pray that you will change and transform me into person that seeks to glorify you in all that I say and do. Grant me a loving and giving heart. Through Christ, the suffering Servant, I pray. Amen.


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