Beware of Mere Religiosity! Rather Strive to Practice True Religion!

Jul 23, 2006
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 3; 767; 394; 788; 51
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, our dear heavenly Father–You know and understand the thoughts of our hearts. You desire that we come before You with sincere repentance and with a hearty desire to receive Your absolution and instruction. Please assure us of Your forgiveness and instill within us an understanding of Your Word. Move us to live our lives in godly service to others, for in so doing we will also be serving You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 28

First Reading: 

Ruth 1:1-17

Our heavenly Father desires children who in love will follow Him wherever He wants them to go. He wants children who will serve Him by serving others. Ruth was willing to leave her family and country behind to go with Naomi to Bethlehem, where she would then serve Him by serving Naomi.

Second Reading: 

Acts 4:32-37, Acts 5:1-11

The members of the early church strove to live lives of love and service to each other. Many of them gave liberally of their substance to help others. Among them was a man named Barnabas, who was moved by the Spirit to sell certain property and give the proceeds to the congregation. Ananias and Sapphira thought they would do the same, but their desire to keep a portion of the proceeds while coveting the possibility of praise for giving all led them into a scheme which ended with their deaths.