Keep Your Eye on the Prize!

Nov 19, 2006
Pastor Paul D Nolting
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Hymns: 244; 613; 614; 616
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, my dear heavenly Father, You have promised that the history of this world will come to an end—that this heaven and this earth will be replaced by a new heaven and earth in which righteousness will dwell. O Lord, keep these truths ever before my eyes as I make my plans for this life. Do not allow my temporal goals to over-shadow Your eternal goals for me and for others. Help me to walk with faithfulness all the days of my life, so that I may by Your grace through faith in Jesus enjoy the gift of everlasting life. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 45

First Reading: 

Malachi 3:1-5

Malachi speaks of the coming of the Savior—both His first coming and His second coming. He came to the temple as God’s Messenger during His earthly ministry, but He will come again in judgment at the end of time. Let us ever be prepared for His arrival!

Second Reading: 

Matthew 25:31-46

Jesus will come to judge the living and the dead. He will welcome God’s believing children into the bliss of heaven, while sentencing all unbelievers to the fires of hell. The good works of believers will be a testimony to their saving faith, while the absence of those works will demonstrate the just judgment of God upon unbelief.