Posted by: Pauline | September 23, 2013

Scriptures for Sunday September 29

Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

Psalm 91 has long been a source of comfort for people facing dangerous situations. It assures those who trust in God that He will be with them and that He will protect them.

It is no guarantee, however, that suffering will be avoided. God promises to be with us in trouble; He does not promise to keep trouble from touching us.

1 Timothy 6:6-19

We often think that if we just had something, whatever that something may be, that we would be happy. But experience should tell us that we always end up wanting something more.

Contentment comes, not from having more, but from enjoying all that God does give us. With a focus on God’s goodness, we can “take hold of eternal life.” Both rich and poor can do this, but they have to give up trying to “take hold” of things rather than receiving them as gracious gifts from God.

Luke 16:19-31

The rich man in this story is a prime example of someone who took hold only of things and did not take hold of eternal life. Too late he realizes his error and wishes to warn his brothers so they avoid the same fate. But their problem isn’t a lack of knowledge, it is that they have (if they are like their brother) chosen the wrong path.

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