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FADE, FADE, EACH EARTHLY JOY

September 25


FADE, FADE, EACH EARTHLY JOY
Jane C. Bonar, 1821–1884
Love the Lord, all His saints! The Lord preserves the faithful, but the proud He pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:23, 24)
Each of us was created for the purpose of enjoying the fellowship of Almighty God. Our souls were made for eternity, not for this brief earthly pilgrimage alone. The Christian life should be lived each day as though we were already enjoying the blessings of heaven. We deprive ourselves of one of life’s greatest treasures when we lose this perspective and become bogged down with the trivialities of earthly living.
An intimate fellowship with our Lord should produce at least three basic differences in our living:
• More humility—a greater realization of our finiteness and the need for dependence upon God.
• More happiness—a realization that this life has purpose and dignity as we represent God. And then a promised eternity in heaven with ou…

No One Can Separate Us From God’s Love

No One Can Separate Us From God’s Love

Key Verse: Romans 8:31




I. Is God for us?
A. Sometimes we may think that a certain influential person would be willing to help us anytime, but then in a time of need we discover this is not true.
B. Our assurance of God’s love, on the other hand, is dependent upon our relationship with Him and knowledge of His faithfulness. If we are strangers to Him, then we will resent any interference in our lives. But if He is our Father, we will desire to be close to Him. If God seems to be far away, it is because we have moved away from Him and not vice versa. We must remain in fellowship with God in order to realize His faithfulness to us.
C. In Romans 8:31 the phrase “If God be for us” is poorly translated. The particle ei does not provide for a supposition, but for a certainty. It is not a condition, but a conclusion. It should really read, “since God is for us.” Because it is certain that God is for us, the conclusio…

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2011 | PENTECOST
PROPER 21
YEAR A

Old Testament Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25–32
Psalm Psalm 25:1–10
Epistle Philippians 2:1–4 (5–13) 14–18
Gospel Matthew 21:23–27 (28–32)


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 21, SUNDAY
YEAR 1

Psalms (Morning) Psalm 66, 67
Psalms (Evening) Psalm 19, 46
Old Testament 2 Kings 17:1–18
New Testament Acts 9:36–43
Gospel Luke 5:1–11


The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2010).