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Baptism

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The Church of the Nazarene recognizes two sacraments. The first of these is baptism. The second of these is the Eucharist, or Lord's Supper. Today, we will briefly cover the Church of the Nazarene's view on baptism. Our 12th Article of Faith states our view on baptism. Words in brackets are being removed from the language of the Article, and words in italics are being added: We believe that Christian baptism, commanded by our Lord, is a sacrament signifying acceptance of the benefits of the atonement [of Jesus Christ, to be administered to believers and declarative of their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior, and full purpose of obedience in holiness and righteousness. Baptism being a symbol of the new covenant, young children may be baptized, upon request of parents or guardians who shall give assurance for them of necessary Christian training. Baptism may be administered by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion, according to the choice of the applicant.] and incorporatio

The Twelfth Prayer of Christmas

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Dear Jesus, We adore You. We adore You because of the faith that You enable each of us to have in You. We adore You because of Your grace. We adore You because of what You have done. We adore You because of Who You are. On this, the twelfth day of Christmas, we are focused on You alone. Jesus, on this day, we confess the ancient creed that unites all Christians across the world. We confess: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth, In Jesus Christ His only begotten Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, And born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate. He was crucified, dead, and buried. On the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, where He sits at God the Father's right hand. From there, He will come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit. I believe in one holy Church. I believe in the communion of saints, The forgiveness of sins, The resurrection of the body, A

The Eleventh Prayer of Christmas

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Dear Jesus, We adore You. We adore You because You love us so much. Jesus, we know that You love us because You have provided for us in every way. You provide good things for us each and every day. You not only provide for us individually, but corporately as Your Body. You have provided us a firm foundation, with You Yourself as the chief cornerstone. You have also provided us with teaching through Your apostles.We adore You because You took ordinary men and used them to turn the world upside-down. Lord, we confess that we have fallen short of what You have taught us, both Yourself and through Your apostles. Jesus, we have Americanized the message that You have given, and for that, we are sorry. We beg Your forgiveness. Jesus, thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for the teaching that You have provided, both Yourself and through Your apostles.Thank You, Jesus, for the firm foundation that You have provided. We cannot thank You enough for this, Lord. Jesus, lead us as we put Y

The Tenth Prayer of Christmas

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Dear Jesus, We adore You. We adore You because of Your love for us. We adore You because of Your goodness. We adore You because of Your kindness and Your mercy. We adore You, Jesus, because You love us enough to provide instruction for us. Lord, on this, the tenth day of Christmas, we remember the Ten Commandments that You gave to Your servant Moses. Lord, these are the standards that we are to live by, and following them leads to order in society and is pleasing to You. Lord, we confess, again, that we fall short of this standard. So many times, we place other things before You in our lives. So many times, we tell seemingly little white lies when it is convenient for us, knowing that this does not please You. Lord, we often covet the things that You have blessed our neighbors with instead of thanking You for being so gracious to them. Lord, forgive us. Lord, we thank You again for Your commandments that You have given us. We thank You that You provide, day by day, the grace n

The Ninth Prayer of Christmas

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Dear Jesus, We adore You. We adore You for what You do in our lives through the Holy Spirit. We adore You for the fruit of the Spirit that Your Spirit works in our lives. We adore You for love. We adore You for joy. We adore You for peace. We adore You for patience. We adore You for kindness. We adore You for goodness. We adore You for faithfulness. We adore You for gentleness. We adore You for self-control. We adore You because You are the perfect example of all of these, and You are gracious enough to work these qualities in us through Your Holy Spirit. Lord, we confess that we fall short. There are times when we do not love. There are times when we refuse to experience the joy that You offer. There are times when we are impatient and throw a tantrum. There are times when we are not kind, especially to those who have hurt us. There are times when we would rather not do the good things that You have for us to do. Lord, there are times when we are unfaithful. There are times whe

The Eighth Prayer of Christmas

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Dear Jesus, We adore You. On this, the eighth day of Christmas, we remember Your teaching. You have taught us how we should live to honor God, and honor You, and to honor the Holy Spirit. For this, we adore You. We remember especially Your Sermon on the Mount, and especially the Beatitudes.. Lord, in this simple message, You taught us to be humble. You told us to be poor in spirit. You taught us to mourn over our sins. You taught us to be meek. You taught us to hunger and thirst after righteousness. You taught us to be merciful. You taught us to be pure in heart. You taught us to be peacemakers. You reminded us that there is a blessing for those who are persecuted for Your sake. Jesus, this teaching is straightforward. Yet it is perhaps the most difficult teaching to put into practice. Lord, we need a constant reminder of how to apply this to our lives. Jesus, we confess that we fall short of Your teaching. We fail to be poor in spirit. We fail to mourn and be broken over our si

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