Truths to Consider in Times of Trouble

Jul 24, 2011
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 746; 517; 528
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, my Creator, Redeemer, and Comforter—as I enter into Your presence this day help me to grow in wisdom and understanding, so that I am able to meet the challenges of this life.  Help me to do so with greater hope and confidence as I look to You and learn from You.  I ask this in my precious Savior’s name.  Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 84

First Reading: 

2 Corinthians 8:1-9

Paul was taking a collection for the famine-stricken people of Jerusalem. The people of Macedonia had responded generously in spite of their impoverished condition. Paul encouraged the Corinthians to respond generously as well, recognizing that Jesus had become poor so that they might become rich! This Jesus did for us also!

Second Reading: 

Mark 5:21-24, 35-43

Jairus’ little girl was deathly ill. He came seeking Jesus’ help. On the way to Jairus’ home word reached them that the little girl had already died. Jesus urged Jairus not to despair, but to believe. He then went to Jairus’ home and raised the little girl from the dead! We, too, can trust in Jesus as we face the grave challenges of this life!