The Spiritual Facts of Life

Feb 15, 2004
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Salvation
Hymns: 5; 26; 414; 391
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord, our precious God and Savior, we come before You this day in worship and praise. Lead us to genuine repentance over our sins. Instill within us a firm belief in your forgiving love. Help us to listen attentively to Your words of instruction. Move us to live our lives with confidence both in Your presence and Your protection. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 1

First Reading: 

Exodus 18:13-26, 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Moses followed Jethro’s advice and appointed trustworthy men to help with the work of guiding God’s Old Testament people of Israel. Down through the ages God’s people have done the same thing-choosing trustworthy individuals to help carry on all of the different aspects of the Kingdom work.

In Paul’s day, as in our own, there were many people who denied the teaching of the physical resurrection of the dead. Paul explained that if the dead do not rise, then Christ did not rise. To claim such a thing is to undermine the entire Christian faith. Christ, however, did arise from the dead, and that means we, too, will one day arise!

Second Reading: 

Luke 6:17-26

After healing those who were sick and demon-possessed, Jesus pronounced His blessings and His woes during His Sermon on the Mount. To believe in Jesus will bring God’s ultimate blessing. To trust in oneself and to seek the favor of men will only lead ultimately to God’s judgment.