Lent's Connection to Real Life!

Apr 2, 2006
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Christian Life
Hymns: 158; 394; 142; 305; 145
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, our dear heavenly Father, You have called us out of darkness into Your marvelous light by the power of Your Spirit working through Your Word. You have instilled faith within our hearts and imputed to us the righteousness of Your dear Son, Jesus. We now stand before You not as the sinners we are, but the saints You have declared us to be. Help us, O Lord, to worship You this day in Spirit and in truth, to grow in our understanding of Your Word, and finally to increase our desire to serve You always with faithfulness. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 43

First Reading: 

Exodus 5:1-21

When Moses and Aaron asked Pharaoh to let God’s people go, he refused. In fact, he added blasphemy to his refusal by asking, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice?” Pharaoh followed those wicked words with wicked actions—depriving Israel of straw, yet demanding of them the same quota of bricks. This sad situation led Israel to become angry with Moses and Aaron. At times our paths on this earth are not easy. Persevere, however, and you will see the deliverance of the LORD!

Second Reading: 

John 11:32-52

Jesus demonstrated both the extent of His power and His ability to save by raising Lazarus from the dead. We are told that many people came to believe in Jesus because of that miracle, but others—among them the chief priests and Pharisees—were moved to hate Jesus even more. They began to plot His death, but God reveals His greatness by using the message of Jesus’ death and subsequent resurrection as the means of calling people of every nation to faith!