Treasure God's Gift of Life

Jan 21, 2001
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 26(1,3-4,6); 792; 569; 355; 341(1,4-5)
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord, we live in a depraved age when people think little of taking the life of the unborn or the terminally ill. Preserve us, O Lord, from such a callous disregard for Your gift of life. Grant us, rather, through the instruction of Your Word an increasing appreciation of all Your gifts and an understanding of the value of all human life. Move us, as You give us opportunity, to share Your message of grace and forgiveness for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 139

After the Flood, the LORD promised not to destroy the world again as He had through the flood waters. The LORD emphasized to Noah and his sons that human life was to be treasured and respected, for He had made man in His own image—an image we regain in part when we embrace our Savior Jesus by faith.

St. Paul reminded the Athenians that God “gives to all life, breath, and all things.” Life is a precious gift from God not to be despised. St. Paul also informed the Athenians that God gives us life for a specific purpose—so that we have a time of grace during which we can learn to know and believe in Him!

Second Reading: 

John 3:14-21

In spite of sin, God loves this world of sinners. He sent Jesus to save the world. All who believe in Him will not perish but rather will enjoy eternal life. May we be led by God’s truth to the light of God’s will, which includes a reverence and respect for the gift of life itself.