A testimony given by the leader of a Lay Witness Mission team held the congregation spellbound. As he finished speaking, people were invited to come forward and commit their lives to Jesus. Many of the congregation came to the altar rail to receive the offer of salvation in Jesus or to renew their commitment to follow our Lord.

The first letter to Timothy calls us to hope and pray that all people will come to know the truth in Jesus—the salvation from sin Jesus offers. The writer of this letter reminds its readers that there is one God, and the way to God is through Jesus Christ. Jesus gives his life on the cross so that all people may find freedom from their sin and freedom to worship the one true God revealed in Jesus.

As followers of Jesus we know that we find life and the truth about salvation in Jesus. Together with the early followers of Jesus, we are called to offer to the world the message of freedom from sin and freedom to worship God. This is not an easy task; some people resist and others remain apathetic. Yet we continue to pray faithfully for all people and to proclaim our witness with others as we share the love of God in Jesus Christ.

God of salvation and life, thank you for setting us free from our sin and giving us the freedom to worship you. Help us, in the name of Jesus, to worship you and to witness to the freedom that comes from you alone. We pray in the name of Jesus, the one true mediator between you and us. Amen.

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Read Luke 16:1-13

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Lectionary Week
September 16–22, 2019
Scripture Overview

The “weeping prophet” grieves for the plight of his people. They have provoked God’s judgment by following foreign gods, and now there is no comfort to be found. The psalmist cries out to God from a similar situation of despair. Foreign nations have overrun the land, destroyed Jerusalem, and killed many of its people. The psalmist cries out to God for compassion and restoration. The author of First Timothy gives his readers two commands. They should pray for and honor their leaders, and they should be faithful to the one true God, with whom they have a relationship through Christ Jesus. Jesus in Luke tells a strange parable about a dishonest manager who is commended for his shrewd business sense, but Jesus turns his story to a teaching about good stewardship.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Jeremiah 8:18–9:1. When have you called out to God in your distress?
Read Psalm 79:1-9. As you search after a solution to life’s problems, how do you demonstrate God’s call to love and to justice?
Read 1 Timothy 2:1-7. How do you pray for your local, state or province, and national leaders with whom you agree? with whom you disagree?
Read Luke 16:1-13. How do you negotiate the complexities of Jesus’ call to be a good steward of your resources as you seek to serve God rather than money?

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