Prayer: May we do your will, God, each and every day. Amen.
Reading: Romans 8:1-11 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: With the Fourth of July this past week, I’ve heard many people talk about freedom and the opportunities we enjoy in this country because of our freedoms. This passage also reminds us of freedom, the freedom that comes living a life for Christ.
This winter, I led mid-week Lenten services at my church. We looked at the Small Catechism, in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. While I was preparing, I read a quote by Martin Luther who was also talking about our freedom that we have when we believe in Christ. But, he said that with that freedom, we should be compelled to go forth and do good in God’s name.
What are you doing today to “celebrate” your freedom in Christ? What should you be doing? --Chad Hershberger
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