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Leadership Model

Lk 9:18-27Peter’s Declaration about JesusOnce when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ They answered, ‘John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered, ‘The Messiah of God.’ Jesus Foretells His Death and ResurrectionHe sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, ‘The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.’ Then he said to them all, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words, …

A bunch of Bonhoeffer devotions

It's been crazy lately with school. I've ready so much good stuff lately that I've wanted to share it all. But though a bit behind, I'm going to post some recent Bonhoeffer devotions that are powerful. Enjoy!

Community Prayer
The prayer of the Psalms teaches us to pray as a community. The body of Christ is praying, and I as an
individual recognize that my prayer is only a tiny fraction of the whole prayer of the church. I learn to
join the body of Christ in its prayer. That lifts me above my personal concerns and allows me to pray
selflessly. Many of the Psalms were very probably prayed antiphonally by the Old Testament
congregation. The so-called parallelism of the verses, that remarkable repetition of the same idea in
different words in the second line of the verse, is not merely a literary form. It also has meaning for the
church and theology....One night read, as a particularly clear example, Psalm 5. Repeatedly there are
two voices, bringing the same prayer request to G…

Being Molded

This is a powerful illustration of God's work in our lives. Follow this link to a profound message.
http://www.nesynod.org/publications/2007_TheLink/link-may-2007.pdf