“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you; therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. Yea, O people in Zion who dwell at Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you.” –Isaiah 30:18-19
The 1950’s is often considered a wonderful decade in the United States of America. It was a time of significant prosperity in our country. Across the country suburbs began to spring up as people built homes at an unprecedented rate. The television made its way into the living room of the suburban homes. Rock and Roll was broadcasted across the air. NASA launches the first satellite into orbit. It was an unprecedented decade for sure.
It was 15 years ago that St. Luke’s started its first after-school ministry, Studio 222! Since then, we have added two additional after-school programs, El Sistema and Rancho Village. After-school programs have proven to be successful across the country and it’s so rewarding to see the lives that are being touched on a daily basis. […]
St. Luke’s member, Linda Proctor-Moore retired last November from a career of 46 years as a teacher, school administrator, coast to coast consultant in reading and math, and a six-year stint as an accreditation officer checking on compliance of public schools in south central and eastern part of Oklahoma. Parents, here are some words of […]
I must admit this has always been one of my favorite passages of scripture. In one brief story, Luke offers the church a beautiful visual of the love we are called to have for our neighbors. The story begins with Jesus teaching the experts and ends with everyone bewildered by what they have witnessed.
Did you know there are 650 prayers listed in the Bible, and approximately 450 recorded answers to prayer? The Bible records 25 times that Jesus prayed during his ministry here on earth. Have you ever wondered why Jesus prayed? After all, he was God’s Son! The answer lies in WHY Jesus was praying. He wasn’t praying to let God know His thoughts and feelings; God already knew them! Neither was He praying to gain something from God; even Jesus was denied the request to “let this cup pass from me” (Matt. 26:39). Jesus was praying because it drew Him near to His Father. It brought Him close to the One who created Him and loved Him more than anyone. Prayer can do the same thing for us, if we realize it’s not only for God-it’s for US!
“But I say to you that hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again. And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.” –Luke 6:27-31
Bible Point: God wants us to hope in Him.
Key Verse: But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31
We can hope in God no matter what the circumstances might look like (Exodus 5:1–6:1). Strengthen your family’s faith learning and growth at home with this easy idea:
When the soldiers had crucified Jesus they took his garments and made four parts, one for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was without seam, woven from top to bottom; so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfil the scripture, “They parted my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” So the soldiers did this.
“Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech that cannot be censured; then any opponent will be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us.” – Titus 2:7-8