Wednesday, 2nd Week after Pentecost

Text: Matthew 12:43-50

Prayer Pointers:

For help in cultivating good spiritual habits

For those afflicted by mental illness

For those trying to start new

You may have heard a saying from earlier generations: empty houses never stay that way. A house that is empty, that has no life and light in it, will eventually attract dust, cobwebs, mice, and insects. If it stands lonely long enough, it will attract occupants happy to take advantage of an available shelter.

The warning Jesus gives about “the empty house” is particularly poignant in our day. We do not take seriously his warning that there are such things as unclean spirits. We think that any spiritual habit, or no habit at all, is as good as any other. We think that the activities of our bodies, while they may “lift our mood” or “improve our outlook” have no bearing on the state of our souls—for we are as indifferent to the idea of souls as we are to the idea of evil spirits or God himself.

But Paul declares that we are temples filled with the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 3:16). For such a guest, we make the house ready, maintain and care for it with the habits we cultivate. Prayer, study of Scripture, deeds of love—all these ensure that our house is full of light and life.

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


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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824 North Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 | 919-682-6030  |

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.