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Saturday, September 9, 2023

Back to School

While teachers prepare curriculum and students attend orientation and gather school supplies, it is always a reminder that after a restful summer, it is time to go back to school. As we were at back to school night, the teachers gave us an overview of the syllabus, grading scale, homework, etc. and I realized that as they spoke of their expectations throughout the school year, it was all about forming good habits.

As parents we encourage good habits. Of course, good hygiene, time management, academics, sports etc... yet in regards to other habits in our life such as the Word of God, it can be quite a struggle for all of us. Attending service on Sunday, reading the bible on a daily basis, consistently being engaged in our weekly bible studies are great opportunities where habits are faithfully formed and shaped by the Word of God. Of course, the evil foe, in regards to the Word, will tempt you with a habit of inconsistency. Veiled with what seems to be justifiable excuses, “I’m too busy”, “I’m too tired”, “The Word does not fit into my schedule” etc... we find ourselves in this spiritual struggle.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” Colossians 3:16-17.

The center and chief content of the Word is Christ. And thus, St Paul encourages the faithful at Colossae to dwell in the Word. As you have noticed, I continuously mark the importance of attending our weekly bible studies. It is not simply attending bible study but rather it is where faithful habits are formed as we read and study the Scriptures together. Indeed, it is a very important time to meditate upon God and His Word.

Here are some faithful habits that are beneficial for you...

  • Consistent church attendance
  • Being engaged in our Sunday and midweek bible studies.
  • Having your child attend Sunday School
  • Daily reading of Holy Scripture (if you need a reading schedule, let me know)
  • Daily prayers (Lord’s Prayer, personal prayers, Luther’s morning and evening prayers)
  • Daily recitation of the Apostles Creed
  • Daily reading of Luther’s Small Catechism
  • Following FLC YouTube devotions every week
  • Utilizing the children’s reading calendar as a daily family devotion

As you can see, there are many opportunities that will greatly benefit your life of faith. I pray that the Word may dwell within you richly as the Lord continues to root you in His Word.

Have a blessed September!

✝️ Pastor Jeong

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