Paul's Instructions to Concerned Christian Citizens!

Oct 3, 2004
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Sanctification
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear heavenly Father, You have bestowed many blessings upon us, which benefit both our bodies and our souls. As we worship this day, we thank You for giving us our country and for making us members of Your eternal kingdom. Grant that we may be faithful citizens of both. Move us to pray regularly for our country, our fellow citizens, and indeed for all people. Grant us peace and prosperity in accordance with Your will. Move us to proclaim Your saving name, so that many will hear, be led to faith, and to rejoice in Your dear Son, Jesus. It is in His name that we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

575:1,3-4; 578; 580; 305; 577

First Reading: 

Amos 8:4-7

The wealthy people of Amos’ day denied their LORD by oppressing the poor in Israel. They used a variety of corrupt business practices to steal their money and ultimately to steal their freedom. God took note and warned the wealthy that He would not forget their sins. May we as citizens of our country be honest in all our doings and show true compassion upon the less fortunate in our midst!

Second Reading: 

Luke 16:1-13

The unbelievers in our world seek their personal advantage, even when that means being dishonest. Jesus here uses the negative example of the unjust steward to teach us an important lesson in Christian stewardship. We are but stewards of all we possess, and Jesus tells us that we ought use the material possessions entrusted to our care in a wise manner to help and befriend others. In this way we will prove to be faithful to our Lord and worthy of His trust!