We Know Love through Our Lord

Aug 1, 1999
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 44; 279; 330; 306; 50
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord God, loving Father, thank You for the great love You have shown to me despite my sins. Forgive my sins and cause true love to grow within me that I may reflect Your love to others. Lead me always to stand in awe of Your grace, always appreciating it with thanksgiving so that I never despise it. Be with us all this morning and bless our worship. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 54

First Reading: 

Psalm 13:1-6

David knew he was hopelessly lost without the LORD on his side for life and for the forgiveness of sins. Sins and struggles within us + struggles and enemies on the outside = a troubled heart. Troubled heart + God’s love and mercy = a reassured heart that rejoices in salvation.

Second Reading: 

Luke 15:11-24

John writes to his readers (sermon text) that if our heart condemns us God is greater than our heart. There is perhaps no greater picture of our heavenly Father’s forgiving love than that of the father in Jesus’ parable. Even though his son was selfish, greedy, and then wasted everything in sinful living, the father stood with open arms and rejoiced to receive him home. If your heart condemns you, remember your Father!