Thursday after Ash Wednesday February 18, 2021

Prayer Pointers:

For purity of heart

To be wise about brokenness in your life

For those who pursue idolatry

Today’s text: Titus 1:1-16

BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART, for they will see God. Jesus teaches his disciples this and backs up this teaching with clear focus throughout his ministry on how it is from the heart, from the things a person loves, that comes what is Godly or not—or good and evil, we might say. Luther, following the Lord Jesus, insisted that both God and an idol arise from the trust and longing of the human heart. If faith/trust are given to something other than God, then it is not the true God that has you, but rather an idol.

This spiritual truth addresses modern life by being honest that there is no place in life that you or I can go that will be free of sin, corruption, evil, ungodliness, or what have you. Each of us carries the cracking effect of sin in our hearts, and the crack runs right down the center of each of us. Feed that crack, and nothing you or I might pursue, no matter how high and lofty, will end well. Idolatry and death are always the results. But there is also hope: pursuing the things of God leaves room for Godliness to grow within ourselves, among our families and friends, and in our world.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.