SING “GLORIA PATRI”
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
And to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be:
World without end. Amen.
Ministry Magazine included this story in an article published years ago: “Richard Baxter was one of England’s greatest ministers. In early ministry he pastored a community composed almost entirely of rich, cultured people. But he soon found that the congregation was cold, and all was not as he had expected it to be. Although disappointed he said, ‘The way to save this church and the community is to establish religion in the homes of the people, and to build the family altar.’ Baxter spent three years in visitation, determined to establish a family altar in every home in that community. He succeeded, and as a result found that his church filled to overflowing. Thus began that magnificent ministry and life for which he became famous.”
RECITE: “THE APOSTLES CREED”
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of Heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He was seen alive by Mary Magdalene and the other women, the disciples and over 500 other brethren;
He ascended into Heaven,
and sitteth on the Right Hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy church;
the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.
DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 37:21-33
21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.
28 For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.
30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.
33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary, “The Lord our God requires that we do justly, and render to all their due. It is a great sin for those that are able to deny the payment of just debts; it is a great misery not to be able to pay them. The blessing of God is the spring, sweetness, and security of all earthly enjoyments. And if we are sure of this, we are sure not to lack anything good for us in this world. By his grace and Holy Spirit, God directs the thoughts, affections, and designs of good men. By his providence he overrules events, so as to make their way plain. He does not always show them his way for a distance, but leads them step by step, as children are led. God will keep them from being ruined by their falls, either into sin or into trouble, though such as fall into sin will be sorely hurt. A good man may fall into the hands of a messenger of Satan, and be sorely buffeted, but God will not leave him in his enemy’s hands.”
PRAYER FOR GOVERNMENT LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
President Donald Trump
Vice President Mike Pence
First Lady Melania Trump
Second Lady Karen Pence
Presidential aides: Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Leaders of federal agencies: National Labor Relations Board Chairman Philip Miscimarra
State governors: Florida Governor Rick Scott
City mayors: Atlanta, GA, Mayor Kasim Reed
U.S. Senators: Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer
U.S. Representatives: Arizona Representative Kyrsten Sinema
Police Chiefs: Kansas City, MO, Police Chief David Zimmerman
Sheriffs: Hillsborough County, FL, Sheriff David Gee
Military Leaders: General John W. Nicholson Jr., Commander of Resolute Support and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod: Governance Committee Chairman Christian Preus
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– Strengthen and protect the Christians in the Philippines
– For the families of the 16 people killed in a military plane crash in Mississippi
– For provision and protection for the nearly 20,000 people who have been evacuated from their homes due to wildfires in Canada, California, and 5 other states.
– For the eradication of the cholera virus in Yemen where over 300,000 infections have now been recorded
– For the comfort of the families of 9 people who were killed in a tour bus crash n Peru
– For protection, provision, housing, and clothing for the thousands of migrants who are fleeing the Middle East and North Africa
– For the peace of Jerusalem
– Persecuted Christians around the world
PRAYER FOR THE MEDIA
ABC News Anchor and Managing Editor David Muir
please be with her
please improve, develop, and deepen the relationship between her and Dejan; make them a strong Christian couple and get married soon
Macarena in Argentina
heal her child who has down syndrome and pneumonia
provide Kylie with a feeding tube and personal care; heal her of skin lesions and migraines; provide for them to leave their house and give them direction and financial support
please restore his marriage
help him to grow in You and know You more and more
please save all the non Christians in the world
help him to believe in You; give him power in prayer; fill him with Your Holy Spirit; give him the gifts of Your Grace
bless her son to do well in his degree program in Ukraine; fill her, her family, and her staff with your Holy Spirit; provide financially for their nonprofit; bless her children’s education
please bless his family and church with Bibles and Christian books
please heal her son Jerred Russell
Mahesh Babu Cholleti
help him to get his job back
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “We Are Not Like the Rainbow,” from “Morning and Evening,” by Charles Spurgeon
1 Peter 5:10 says, “After that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”
You have seen the arch of heaven as it spans the plain: glorious are its colours, and rare its hues. It is beautiful, but, alas, it passes away, and lo, it is not. The fair colours give way to the fleecy clouds, and the sky is no longer brilliant with the tints of heaven. It is not established. How can it be? A glorious show made up of transitory sun-beams and passing rain-drops, how can it abide?
The graces of the Christian character must not resemble the rainbow in its transitory beauty, but, on the contrary, must be stablished, settled, abiding. Seek, O believer, that every good thing you have may be an abiding thing. May your character not be a writing upon the sand, but an inscription upon the rock! May your faith be no “baseless fabric of a vision,” but may it be builded of material able to endure that awful fire which shall consume the wood, hay, and stubble of the hypocrite.
May you be rooted and grounded in love. May your convictions be deep, your love real, your desires earnest. May your whole life be so settled and established, that all the blasts of hell, and all the storms of earth shall never be able to remove you.
But notice how this blessing of being “stablished in the faith” is gained. The apostle’s words point us to suffering as the means employed. “After that ye have suffered awhile.” It is of no use to hope that we shall be well rooted if no rough winds pass over us. Those old gnarlings on the root of the oak tree, and those strange twistings of the branches, all tell of the many storms that have swept over it, and they are also indicators of the depth into which the roots have forced their way. So the Christian is made strong, and firmly rooted by all the trials and storms of life. Shrink not then from the tempestuous winds of trial, but take comfort, believing that by their rough discipline God is fulfilling this benediction to you.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!