Behold, the Judge Is Standing at the Door!

Oct 19, 2008
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 3; 434; 604; 608; 764
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, my dear heavenly Father, as I enter Your presence for worship this day, please send Your Spirit to direct my thoughts, to instruct my mind, and to inspire my praise. Help me to apply the truths that I learn to my life each day, bearing any burdens You place upon me with patience, and striving to love You and my neighbors with persistence. I ask for these blessings in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 27

First Reading: 

Zephaniah 3:14-20, 1 Thessalonians 5:14-23

The people of Zephaniah’s day faced the challenge of devastation by war and deportation to Babylon in view of their rebellion against God. Zephaniah, after announcing God’s judgment upon sin, encouraged the people to place their faith in the LORD who would ultimately restore them!

Paul concludes this first letter to the Thessalonians with a series of admonitions regarding how they were to live their lives and interact with one another as they awaited the second coming of Jesus Christ. We would do well to heed these admonitions as we await our Savior’s return!

Second Reading: 

Luke 10:17-22

Seventy of Jesus’ followers returned from a mission trip overjoyed that they had cast out demons in Jesus’ name. Jesus cautioned them against getting overly excited about external power. He urged them, even as He urges us, to rejoice because our names “are written in heaven!”