Growing In Faith Together

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A Daily devotion written for the families of Divine Shepherd

A devotional formed around Luther’s Small Catechism

Each day when you begin you may make the sign of the Holy Cross and say:

In the Name of +Jesus+ amen.

 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Plate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Next meditate on the reading for the day and the discussion questions.    

 

Inspiration of Scripture.      2nd Timothy 3:10-17

Memory work: vs 16-17

All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God

10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Family Questions. 

  1. What does persecutions and persecuted mean from vs 11 and 12? 

 

  1. Why do we need to be in God’s Word every day?  vs 12.

 

  1. Why does St. Paul use the word continue in vs. 14? 

Law and Gospel                                      John 1:1-18

Memory Work: vs. 17-18

The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people[c] did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.

Family Questions.

  1. Who is the Word from vs. 1 (hint, its who John the Baptist preached about)?

 

  1. Vs 17.   What is the purpose of God’s Law? LSC (Luther’s Small Catechism) Q 10 & 11

 

  1. Vs 17.  What is the purpose of God’s Gospel? 

 

  1. All Scripture point to __________?   

Law and Gospel                             Romans 3:9-24

Memory work:   Vs 22b - 24

No One Is Righteous

What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;
11     no one understands;   no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” 13 “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14     “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16     in their paths are ruin and misery, 17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18     “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” 19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.  But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 

  1. What does it mean to be under the law?  vs 19

 

  1. How does Jesus justify us? 

 

Vocabulary for the week.  Please define these words. 

Scripture

Justified

Righteousness

Redemption


 

1st Commandment:


You shall have no other gods.
What does this mean?
We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

 


The Temptation of Jesus

Memory verse. Matthew 4:10

Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”

4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

1. Who is the tempter in vs 3?

 

2. The tempter starts out his question to Jesus saying this. “If you are the Son of God”. How is this statement the tempter makes to Jesus and the statement the tempter makes to Eve in the Garden of Eden the same? Gen. 3:1

 

3. What would happen if Jesus would turn the stones into bread? Would He be trusting in His Father for daily bread?

 

4. How would this be breaking the 1st Commandment?

 

5. The tempter said ““All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Does the tempter have the authority to do the things he promises?

 

6. What does Jesus say in vs 4 that man should live by?

 

7. Where do we find this Word of God? 1. ______________

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 2nd Timothy 3:16

2. _______________

17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17

 

The Great Commandment

Matthew 22:34-40 Memory work

22:37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

1. Who were the Pharisees and the Sadducees?

 

2. Why did they gather together against Jesus?

 

3. When do people have “other gods?” LSC question 21 (not page 21)

 

4. What are some false gods you have?

 

5. What are some false gods you (parents) have?

 

6. What does it mean to fear God? LSC question 22

 

7. What does it mean to love God? LSC question 22

 

8. What does it mean to trust God? LSC 22

 

Daniel 3

Because of the length of this reading please use your Bible or click here

Memory work. Daniel 3: 16-17

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.

1. What will happen if Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego do not bow down and worship the golden image?

1. What will happen if Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego do not bow down and worship the golden image?

 

2. How did they answer the king? Vs 17

 

3. Who was walking around in the fire with Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego?

 

4. When the men came out of the fire they did not even smell like smoke!! Vs 27 How did this happen?

 

5. Vs 16 and 17 Where was their trust?

 

6. What false gods does the world tell us to bow down and worship?

 

7. What are some of the consequences if we do not fall down and worship the false gods the world holds up?

 

The Second Commandment

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

Memory Work Isaiah 9:vs 6

6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon[d] his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:1-7 English Standard Version (ESV)

For to Us a Child Is Born

9 [a] But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.[b] 2 [c] The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. 3 You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. 4 For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. 5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon[d] his shoulder, and his name shall be called[e] Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

  1. List all these Names of God.
    1. Exodus 3:14
    2. Jeremiah 23:6
    3. Matthew 1:21
    4. Matthew 18:20
    5. Matthew 28:19
    6. John 1:1
       
  2. Who is the light verse 2 talks about?
     
  3. Why is Jesus called the Prince of Peace?
     
  4. What kind of peace does Jesus give to us?

 

Memory work. Luke 23: 42-43

42 And he (the thief) said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

 

1. Why was one thief saved and the other not?

 

2. The second thief said to Jesus “Remember me when you come into your kingdom”. What was he asking Jesus?

 

3. What was Jesus answer to Him?

 

4. What does Jesus answer mean to this man?

 

When you are finished, say a prayer for yourself and others. Pray the Lord’s Prayer and or Luther’s Morning or Evening prayer. 

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.

 Luther’s Morning Prayer 

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Luther’s Evening Prayer  

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

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