These confirmation essays were written by the three young ladies who were confirmed on Pentecost Sunday, May 24, 2015.


The Love of God

By Anna


     What does being a Christian mean to you?  Does it mean believing in the true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit?  I believe that being a Christian means a lot more than that.  It means believing in the true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit of course, but it also means a lot more.  It means getting comfort and support from God and always  knowing that He is there to love you.  I decided to write my confirmation essay about how you know God loves you.


     Everything that God the Father does He does for a specific purpose.  He does nothing without cause or meaning.  His effort to everyone is to show His love toward everyone and everything.  John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."  All that He does for people, He loves everyone.  He never loses control and never does anything by chance or in desperation.  He does everything because of his love towards us.


     We know we have a loving God who will always be there because of Jesus.  God sent His son Jesus because He loves us, and Jesus died ob the cross for us, so all of our sins would be forgiven.  Jesus showed us who the true Father is.  He was the one who taught the teachings of the Apostles Creed to us and gave us faith.


     Romans 8:26 says, "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedea for us through wordless groans."  Even if you don't have words for the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit will give you words.  Also, in Romans 5:5 it says,"and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts and through the Holy Spirit which was given to us."  God gave us the Holy Spirit through faith, and without the Holy Spirit we wouldn't have the blessing.


     We are all God's creation; so we can trust in Him and pray to Him, even when we are wordless.  We know He loves us because He always listens to our prayers and callings.  God gave us Jesus, who took all our sins from us and gave us  peace,  As you can see, God has done so much for us, all to show His love toward us.


Prayer:  The Christian's Communication Connection

By Madeleine



      "Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."(1 Thess. 5:16-18)God loves prayer.  Prayer is an act of worship in which we praise God and ask for His help.  Not only are we commanded to pray, but we need to pray because we constantly have troubles of our body and soul.  The Lord's Prayer is one of the best prayers we can pray, both because Jesus gave it to us and because it covers all our needs.


     Prayer is our special communication system with God.  Unlike an answering machine we don't have to wait for God to hear us; He is ready and willing to hear us.  In prayer we can worship our Creator and Sustainer.  Whenever and wherever we pray we can have the assurance that He hears us and will answer.  Sometimes God's answer may be 'yes.' 'no,' or simply 'wait.'  When God says 'no' one important thing to remember is that God has a plan for us individually, and that plan is 'good.'  (Jeremiah 29:11)God always wants to help us.  One way to define prayer is an act of worship in which we praise God and ask for His help.


     There are many reasons we shoud pray, including that Jesus commands us to, we have troubles of the body and soul, and Jesus promises to hear us.  Being Christians, we should want to please and glorify God in all things.(Deut. 6:5).  Obeying is one way we can show respect to those we love.  Continuously, we have troubles of our body.  Because of the fall, sad and bad things happen, but God helps us when we ask him to, even when our perspective is that nothing is quite working out 'right.'  Though bad things happen, countless blessings like family, food, and shelter abound; furthermore, He has granted us eternal life through Jesus, so we should give thanks for everything we have been given.  God is always eager for His children to talk to him.


     The Lord's Prayer is the most special prayer we can pray.  Not only is it given to us by Jesus himself, but it encompasses all needs we might have.  In the introduction we acknowledge God as our merciful Father.  In the first petition, we show reverence toward God.(James 4:10)When we pray the second and third petitions, we acknowledge that everything belongs to God.(Psalm 24:1)In the fourth petition, we ask and trust that God will always care for us.(Matthew 6)In the fifth petition, we admit that we are sinners in need of a savior; Jesus(Romans 3:23)During the sixth petition, we ask for help and for God to keep us safe.  And in the seventh petition, we acknowledge the promise of everlasting life with God(John 3:16)Through the doxolgy we restate that everyhing is the Lord's including the kingdom, the power, and the glory.


     Prayer is the Christian's way of talking with God.  One important reason to pray is that we are imperfect and have troubles of our body and soul.  The Lord's Prayer addresses all needs.  Most significantly, Jesus commands us to pray, and Jesus, being our Lord, wants us to obey Him.  "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.(Matthew 7:7-8).  Prayer enables us to ask, to seek, and to bless the Lord.




By Katelyn

     Acts 2:38 embodies everything that baptism is, "Repent and be baptized everyone one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."  Baptism is water used according to God's word.    When you are baptized you are forgiven of your sins, meaning that you have been cleansed and given the Holy Spirit.  You are granted eternal salvation, meaning that you will forever be a part of God's family and will go to heaven.  Also, you are delivered from death, meaning you will go to heaven to be with God when you die.


      Baptism is a very personal thing for me.  Although as babies, we don't really understand why we are having someone pour water on our heads while everyone watches, we may later realize that it ws a great moment in our life.  It is a large step for someone to become a part of God's family.  1 Corinthians 6:10-11 says, "nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And that is what some of you were.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."  To me this shows how powerful baptism is.  For even people who have lived their entire life in sin can, through baptism and repentance, still become members of God's family, no matter how young or old.


     Being baptized takes effect in daily living because even though we try to live our lives according to God's word, everyone sins.  It is a flaw in humanity that we have brought upon ourselves; yet, through baptism we can be truly forgiven and still be with God through our faith in Christ.  In addition to this, baptism is important and truly a gift that should be appreciated sincerely.  In our daily life, we rely on our baptism for a lot more than we think we do.  If we weren't baptized, none of our sins would be forgiven and we would be forever burdened with all our wrongdoings; we would never be a part of God's family.  In reality, baptism is our life; it is what is keeping us from a life burdened with sin and unrighteousness.  It is one of the only things keeping us from the evil and sinfulness of ourselves, and with the Holy Spirit we are safe in our faith.


     According to God's Word, you should be able to live your life in confidence that through baptism-no matter what happens-God will always forgive those who turn to him.  To be baptized as a Lutheran is such a large part of our lives.  We are blessed to have the opportunity to be eternally cleansed of our sinful behavior by God our savior.  Jesus took the burden of all our sins upon himself on the cross because he loves us.  In baptism, we are personally given what he won for us on the cross; forgiveness and eternal life.  In response to this great gift in baptism, we strive to live by God and to honor His will.  That's a great thing to think about, that baptism means more than water being poured on your head; it shows how much God sacrificed all for us.  Baptism is a great blessing.




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