Teach us to Pray - Forgive us our sins.

Teach us to Pray - Forgive us our sins.

What does this mean? We pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would not look at our sins, or deny our prayer because of them. We are neither worthy of the things for which we pray, nor have we deserved them, but we ask that He would give them all to us by grace, for we daily sin much and surely deserve nothing but punishment. So we too will sincerely forgive and gladly do good to those who sin against us.

Teach us to Pray - Our Daily Bread

Teach us to Pray - Our Daily Bread

What does this mean? Daily bread includes everything that has to do with the support and needs of the body, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money, goods, a devout husband or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.

Kevin and Pastor at the FLGA Convention.

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Kevin and I (Pastor Cris) had the great opportunity to talk with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service at the FLGA convention today. They were telling us of all the ways LIRS is supporting the children who have been in the news lately on our southern border. We were impressed by the care they are bringing in this very difficult situation.

Giving To Jesus Thankfully From The Heart

Giving To Jesus Thankfully From The Heart

MOST BELIEVERS have questions about life. Sometimes there are answers, sometimes there aren’t. When life doesn’t seem to make sense, when we are tempted to rationalize our circumstances or explain our situation according to reason or Christian principles, the lesson from Job reminds us how far God is beyond our understanding. Our life in relationship with Him is more about trust than understanding. Trust is God’s gift that reminds us of our humanity and God’s incredible power, power that loves us and makes us His own.

I Am The Vine

I Am The Vine

Many times in life it can seem like we are uprooted, that we are disconnected and just adrift like a tumbleweed in an old western. Jesus knows His disciples and His followers are going to feel this way. To all of those who feel disconnected, Jesus says that He is the vine, and He has sent the advocate to connect us all.