Strive for the Best--a Marriage Relationship Patterned after Your Relationship with Jesus Christ

Jan 16, 2005
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 17; "A Marriage Hymn"; 626; 409
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Lord, our good and gracious heavenly Father, we come before You this day to worship in Your presence. We humbly acknowledge our sins and pray that You would forgive us in accordance with Your mercy. We joyously thank You for the blessings You have showered upon us in spite of our unworthiness and ask that You would give us kind and generous hearts. Move us this day with messages from Your word, so that we might properly glorify You in our lives each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 66

First Reading: 

Psalm 104:24-35

“Bless the LORD, O my soul” proclaims the Psalmist as he considers God’s creation! God’s glory is certainly evident everywhere we look in this world. His mercy is evident in the way He cares for every creature. May we be moved to sing His praises all the days of our lives, as we meditate upon His power and love!

Second Reading: 

Matthew 12:46-50

“Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” Jesus once asked the multitudes listening to Him preach. He did not point to Mary and His half-brothers who were waiting for Him, but rather stated, “Whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” May we not only listen to Jesus but also “do” His Father’s will!