Glorify God in Your Body and in Your Spirit!

Oct 14, 2012
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 24, LSB 581, 226(1-3,7-9), 764
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, I dwell in a world that is living in rebellion against You.  It denies Your law and defies Your will. It views human sexuality not as a gift from You to be used in accordance with Your will and with Your blessing, but rather as a means to satisfy lust and to bring momentary pleasure.  Give me wisdom, Lord, to acknowledge You and Your will and to use all of Your gifts properly and with due gratitude for Your grace.  Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 119:9-16

First Reading: 

Romans 1:18-28

God has established a code of morality.  This includes moral directives regarding human sexuality.  Here Paul clearly describes homosexual activity not as an acceptable alternative to proper sexual expression within marriage, but rather as vile, unnatural, dishonorable, and shameful.

Second Reading: 

Matthew 5:27-30

The world thinks lightly of sin—especially sins of thought.  Our God, on the other hand, wants us to be chaste in thought, as well as in word and deed.  Sin is so dangerous that Jesus suggests it would be better to lose a limb than to remain impenitent and lose our souls.