Our Devotional Life

For the Week of Oculi, Lent 3 (March 15-20)

Use as much as you are able, or as your family size/ages dictate



Bible Stories for the Home (especially for use with children with a Bible Story Book - [available at bookstore.blc.edu (search: “Bible Story”)

M       The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus

Tu      The First Disciples

Wed.  The Marriage in Cana

Th      Nicodemus

Fr       Jesus and the Samaritans

Sat.    The Healing of the Man at the Pool of Bethesda


Bible Reading For the Week (especially for adults)

Monday                      Luke 18:15–30        Numbers 22:2–41

Tuesday                      Luke 19:1–40         Numbers 23:1–30

Wednesday                Luke 20:1–21:4      Numbers 24:1–13

Thursday                    Luke 21:37–22:38  Numbers 27:12–23 

Friday                         Luke 22:39–71       Deuteronomy 5:1–33

Saturday                     Luke 23:1–25         Deuteronomy 8:1–20


Psalm For This Week: 123

Devotions From Laache’s Book of Family Prayer (available at bookstore.blc.edu [search: “Laache”)

  Devotions #140–147 (pp. 223–235)






Say this as part of your personal or family devotions.

Use these words to form prayers both thanking God and asking for His grace. 


The Meaning of Baptism


What does such baptizing with water mean?

Such baptizing with water means that the old Adam in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts; and that a new man daily come forth and arise, who shall live before God in righteousness and purity forever.


Where is this written?


St. Paul writes, Romans 6:4: “We are buried with Christ by baptism into death; that just as He was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”


What is the old Adam (old man)?

The old Adam is our inherited sinful nature with its evil lusts.


How do we overcome the old Adam?

We overcome the old Adam by drowning him through daily contrition (sorrow over sin) and repentance.


What does “repentance” mean?

Repentance means acknowledging our sins with heartfelt shame and sorrow, confessing them sincerely before God, and seeking by faith His grace in Christ.



(Questions 291, 294 & 295  from the 2001 ELS Catechism)