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Lord, Help Me to End Well

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

In our Old Testament lesson (find 2 Chronicles 25-26 here), we read of two kings of Judah who both started out well, but ended poorly. In humility, let us pray, “LORD, protect me from myself! Keep me connected to you."
 
The story of Uzziah (called Azariah in 2 Kings 15) also illustrates the difference between the books of Kings and Chronicles. From 2 Kings, we know that Uzziah had leprosy. The Chronicler adds that the leprosy was God’s judgment on a powerful king who became proud. The Chronicler’s goal is to show how the LORD rewards faithfulness and punishes unfaithfulness.
 
Attached is a list of the kings of Judah and Israel with dates and the names of the prophets who lived during their reigns. This will help you as you read Old Testament history. I’ve also found the map below helpful to follow Old Testament history. It gives approximate dates for the world powers that threatened God’s people. For example, Syria or Aram is the world power at this time, so an approximate date for our reading today is 800 BC.

Our New Testament lesson (find 1 Timothy 2:8-3:16 here) is Paul’s instructions to Timothy whom he left behind in Ephesus on the third missionary journey. God has given us different roles in the church as he does in the home (compare Ephesians 5:21-27). He holds leaders to a higher standard. God grant us humility as we seek to apply these truths in our lives as God’s children.
 
Online Worship

Beginning Sunday, September 13, we will live stream the 9:15 traditional service as well as The Bridge at 10:15. This will allow those online to join the in-person congregation in worship for both of these worship languages. The Traditional service will not be available until that 9:15 service, but will be available for replay immediately afterward. Click here to subscribe to our YouTube channel where you will be able to view the services and our daily devotion videos.
 
Bible Study
 
Pastor Nate is beginning a new Following the Promise study on Zoom on Tuesday, September 29 at 7 pm. Email him for more information at .
 
Pastor Pete will use the GroupWork (included in the attached worship folder) for a Zoom study on Thursday, September 10 at 7 pm. 
 
Outdoor Worship
 
We are planning an outdoor worship service on Sunday, September 20 at 10:30 am that will take the place of The Bridge and 10:45 services that day.
 
Pastor Pete

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