Don't Make Money Your God!

Oct 10, 2004
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Sanctification
Hymns: 742; 430:1-5; 430:6-8; 400
Pre-Service Prayer:

O LORD God, You are the Creator and Preserver of all things. You have given us life and every blessing. Move us by Your grace to love You above all things. May we never place our trust in the things of this world, but rather ever look to the power, mercy, and guidance of Your dear Son, Jesus Christ. Bless us as we worship this day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 122

First Reading: 

Amos 6:1-8

The unbelieving members of the northern kingdom of Israel are here condemned by God for their idolatry and ungodliness. Money and all that it could buy had become their god. They were ruthless and uncaring in their pursuit of luxury. God here announces that He would cause them to be taken into captivity in judgment of their sin.

Second Reading: 

1 Timothy 6:6-16

Paul encourages us to strive after “godliness and contentment” which are “great gain,” while avoiding “greediness” which only and ultimately leads to “many sorrows.” He urges us “to fight the good fight of faith” until that time that Jesus returns as the “King of kings, and Lord of lords!”