The Great Fact: All Things Work Together for Good to Those Who Love God!

Jul 28, 2002
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Providence
Hymns: 2; 529; 423; 767
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord God, our dear heavenly Father, we come before You this day to thank You for Your many gifts of love. You have sent Your Son to save us and have promised to protect us in this life and preserve us unto life everlasting. May we ever return Your love by loving You and keeping Your commandments. To that end strengthen us today through the power of Your Word. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 54

First Reading: 

1 Kings 3:5-12

When God asked the young King Solomon what it was that he most desired, Solomon wisely asked for "an understanding heart," so that he might fulfill his calling with faithfulness. God granted Solomon's wish and gave him much more. May we too pray for wisdom from God, so that we too might faithfully fulfill our respective callings.

Second Reading: 

Matthew 13:44-52

Jesus in these parables reminds us of the valuable nature of the gospel of Jesus Christ - that treasure in the field and that pearl of great price. Let us never be hypocrites, pretending to believe, but really despising God and His gospel. Rather, let us listen, learn, and love as faithful children of God!