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Open Minds: Proportionate Giving

Today's Focus:  Open Minds: Proportionate Giving   Today is the second of our three-part stewardship emphasis. A steward is someone who manages resources that belong to someone else. The Bible teaches that everything we own belongs to God. Psalm 24 tells us, "The earth is the LORD's and everything in it."  Part of our faithful use of God's resources is giving a portion of our resources back to him in offerings. May God give us grace to grow in the practice of proportionate giving.

Open Hearts: Firstfruits Giving

Today's Focus: Open Hearts: Firstfruits Giving   Today we begin a three-Sunday worship series focusing on Christian stewardship. Stewardship is the godly care and management of the blessings God has given us. Christian stewardship starts with the heart. How we use our resources is often determined by the priorities of our hearts. When God is first in our hearts, then good stewardship of his gifts will naturally follow. May God work in us a heart which puts Him first.

Reformation Sunday

Today's Focus:    The Truth Will Set You Free  Today we celebrate the Lutheran Reformation. Martin Luther wanted to be set free from the guilt of his sin. He knew the truth expressed by Jesus in today's Gospel lesson: "Everyone who sins is a slave to sin." How can a person be set free from sin?  Martin Luther struggled with this question. But then he discovered the truth, and the truth set him free. The truth is that "righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe" (Second Lesson). We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone. By his atoning death, Jesus has set us free from sin. And "if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (Gospel).

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Today's Focus:    Christians Do Their Duty  We were slaves to sin. But Jesus bought us with his own blood. He saved us from sin and death. Now we serve him. Sometimes the things he asks of us might be difficult. But it is a provilege to serve him who loved us and gave himself up for us. Christians do their duty.