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The Institute of Lutheran theology not only provides programs to train pastors and teachers, but it also provides educational and devotional resources for individuals and congregations. These resources are provided free of charge and made available through our web page. Please subscribe to and use any of these resources.

The Institute of Lutheran theology not only provides programs to train pastors and teachers, but it also provides educational and devotional resources for individuals and congregations. These resources are provided free of charge and made available through our web page. Please subscribe to and use any of these resources.

The Day of Pentecost A

The Day of Pentecost A

Jesus promises to quench your thirst.  Jesus promises to satisfy your hunger (cf. John 6:35).  Aside from thirst and hunger in this passing-away, sin-broken world, there is the hunger and thirst for righteousness (cf. Mt. 5:6).  Jesus promises those that covet righteousness as if it were a thirst for water or a hunger for bread that they will be satisfied… they will be blessed.  Jesus himself will provide that satisfaction and blessing.  Aside from Jesus Christ, no way exists for you to satisfy your thirst for righteousness.  Aside from Jesus Christ, no way exists between you and eternal life.  Your thirst for righteousness can only be quenched… your way to eternal life can only be established… in Jesus Christ… the Bread of Life… the Water of Life.  This living water flows unstoppable out of the font… out from the pulpit… and off from the altar.  Show up, get fed, have a drink, and be satisfied!

Prayers from one who is hardly satisfied with a mere sip of wine, a morsel of bread, or a cupful of bath water…

Holy Father, out of your Son’s heart flow rivers of living waters, grant that I may be so caught up in this thirst-quenching flow that I am washed right through death and into eternal life.  Father of mercies have mercy on me.

Holy Father, out of your Son’s heart flow rivers of living waters, grant that this life-giving flood be so irresistible that I cannot turn back against its current and am taken by it into the New Creation.  Father of mercies have mercy on me.

Holy Father, out of your Son’s heart flow rivers of living waters, grant me to be so soaked by this flood of baptismal waters that no part of me remains dry to seek its own righteousness.  Father of mercies have mercy on me.

Holy Father, out of your Son’s heart flow rivers of living waters, grant this flood of living water to sweep across my community, my nation, my entire world such that all people are drawn to Jesus Christ.  Father of mercies have mercy on me.

Holy Father, out of your Son’s heart flow rivers of living water, grant this living water deliver life unto all those who are dead in their sin.  Father of mercies have mercy on me.

Holy Father, out of your Son’s heart flow rivers of living waters, grant this flood of living water to sweep over the Institute of Lutheran Theology and keep it in the very heart of Christ its Lord.  Father of mercies have mercy on me.

Holy Father, out of your Son’s heart flow rivers of living waters, grant this flood to carry me through the days of my baptism, washing me ever anew and again, until it deposits me in that river which flows straight from the throne of God.  Father of mercies have mercy on me.  Amen

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