October 29

Discipleship Point from Communion

From Luther’s Small Catechism: Sacrament of the Altar: 
What is the benefit of eating and drinking this sacrament?

These words, "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins," show us that in the Sacrament forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given us through these words. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.

What is the benefit offered in this sacrament? The chief blessing of the Sacrament is the forgiveness of sins which Christ's body and blood have won for us on the cross, showing the Lord's Supper to be a means of grace as seen in Matthew 26:28: This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins and in 1 Peter 1:18-19: You know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Discipleship Prayer

Jesus, thank You for the forgiveness of sins that You have won for me and all people on the cross. Fill my life with meaning as a disciple of Yours. Amen.

Micro-Meditation Scripture

Psalm 1:1-6

  1. Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
    or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
  2. but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
  3. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
    and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.
  4. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
  5. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
  6. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Teaching or Command of God

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Hosea 14:9

Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them. 

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Proverbs 15:3

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

Micro-Meditation Pondering Point

As you look at your ways, are they aligned with God (and being watched over) or contrary to God ways (and therefore destructive from God’s perspective)?