For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:40 ESV)
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17 ESV)
Stir up the hearts of all in our schools, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming they may be found faithful and abide with You forever; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Read Matthew 25:1-13
ead Luther's Small Catechism with Explanation Questions 150 Parts A&B
Memorize The Second Article of the Apostles' Creed and the Explanation
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
"Catechesis at St. James" is the new catch phrase that I have been using and I hope you begin to learn and use as well. Last month in one of my “Random Thoughts” I pointed out that Catechesis is the life-long hearing/learning of the Word of God and prayer which begins when a child receives the Sacrament of Holy Baptism and reaches fulfillment at death. This means that every time we study the Bible, we are involved in Catechesis.
Here are my random thoughts for October:Read More
Stewardship: It's More Than Giving
Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again. If you believe this gospel, if you stand upon it, and cling to it, you are saved. Trust in this is the dividing line. It defines, either positively or negatively, all men. It separates and divides Cain from Abel, Job from his so-called friends, Abraham from Abimelech, Isaac from Ishmael, Jacob from Esau, David from Saul, Daniel from Belshazzar, Joseph from Herod, Lazarus from the rich man, and the tax collector from the Pharisee. What defines men is not whether they are good or bad, but whether or not they believe in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.Read More