“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.” (Luke 16:10)
Lord, help me to be faithful in the little things — give me steadiness in doing the daily round of tasks that I might (and so often do) put off to another day.
“Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” (Luke 16:11)
Holy Spirit, please guide me in the use of money. Show me daily how to lay up treasure in heaven.
“And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?” (Luke 16:12)
Father, help me to be a faithful steward of all that you put in my hands. Thank you.
“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Luke 16:13)
Jesus, please help me to be faithful in serving you. Forgive me when I turn aside to serve mammon and bring back into your sheepfold.
A word received: Pray for my wandering sheep that they will return to the flock.
Sunday: 93, 96; * 34; Esther 3:1-4:3; James 1:19-27; Matthew 6:1-6,16-18
HC: 138; Amos 8:4-7(8-12); 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13
Monday: 80; * 77, ; Esther 4:4-17; Acts 18:1-11; Luke (1:1-4),3:1-14
Notes from the Front Line
***** Words received for Lectionary lesson for today:
Gospel: Luke 16:1-15 [The word translated "Manager" in the NIV is really "Steward".]
A word received: I AM calling my people and my church to give an account of your stewardship. Are you being faithful in using the gifts and talents I have given you for my (underline my) service?
Epistle: 1 Timothy 2:1-15
A word received: I desire that you lift up holy hands to me and pray for the just and the unjust. If you had known the unjust steward and what he had done, would you have prayed for him? You are exhorted to pray for kings and others in authority. Many of those in authority in Paul’s life-time were cruel and unjust, such as Nero. Would you have prayed for Nero knowing what he was doing to your fellow Christians?
A word received: I make my rain fall on the just and the unjust — I want you to pray for the just and the unjust.
Old Testament: Amos 8:4-12
A word received: My judgment may be slow in coming so that people have time to repent, but come it does. “Behold the days are coming,” says the Lord GOD, “that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.” You know the way to end the famine: “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Psalm: Psalm 138
A word received: “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will revive me.” (Psalm 138:1a) I AM the one who can revive you and make you whole — return to me and let me heal you and heal this land.
A word received: Yes, I AM on high, but I know and love those who are lowly — those who look to me for justification and not to themselves and their accomplishments.