In the Midst of Life's Troubles...

Mar 18, 2001
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Christian Life
Hymns: 159; 528(1-3,10,14-15); 424; 767
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, our blessed Savior, we are confronted by many and powerful enemies in this world, all of whom seek to destroy our faith and undermine our hope. You, however, are all-powerful and have through the redemptive work of Your Son defeated those enemies. Sustain us, O Lord, with Your strength and instruct us in the truths of Your Word. Then we shall stand and by grace shall gain the victory. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 25

First Reading: 

Jeremiah 26:1-15

Jeremiah proclaimed God’s judgment upon the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem in view of their sins. He hoped thereby to lead them to repentance and renewed faith. They, however, rejected God’s words and threatened to kill Jeremiah. Christians of all ages must be prepared to face opposition as they proclaim the truths of God’s Word, including His judgment upon sin. Our goal remains the same as that of Jeremiah—leading people to repentance and faith!

Second Reading: 

1 John 1:5-10, Luke 9:51-56

God is light. Sin is darkness. We cannot have fellowship with God while we walk in darkness. Let us freely and frankly confess our sins, knowing as we do, we have the assurance that God will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

When the Samaritans rejected Jesus, James and John wanted to call down God’s immediate judgment upon them. Jesus refused, for His purpose is to save lives, not to destroy them. Our ministry has as its goal the public proclamation of God’s Word for the salvation of souls. May God grant us both faithfulness and success.