Dear Brethren--Let Us Walk Freely in the Spirit!

Jul 11, 2004
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Santification
Hymns: 240; 399:1-3; 233; 417:1,4-5,7; 54
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, how barren would be our lives without You and Your saving love. Yet we must confess that all too often we wander into the parched wilderness of our own thoughts and desires, rather than heeding the wisdom of Your Word. Forgive us, O Lord, our many sins. As we worship this day, send Your Spirit to fill our hearts and lives with hope and joy. Cause us, O Lord, to live our lives in faithful service and joyous anticipation of heaven. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 27

First Reading: 

1 Kings 19:14-21

Shortly after Elijah’s great victory against the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, Jezebel threatened to kill Elijah. He fled into the wilderness in despair, praying that God would simply allow him to die and go to heaven. God sent Elijah on his way, for he had much kingdom work left to do. He would not do it alone, however, for God had him call Elisha to become his assistant and successor.

Second Reading: 

Luke 9:51-62

As Jesus and His disciples traveled through Samaria towards Jerusalem, they were not well received. James and John wanted to call down God’s judgment upon the Samaritans, but Jesus said, “No!” He had come to save the lost, not destroy them. Jesus then spoke about the difficulties that would face all those who embrace Him by faith. May we ever follow Jesus with faithfulness!