Christian Education Is Vitally Important

Aug 5, 2012
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 746:1,3-4; LSB 867 (alt. TLH 629); 444:1-2,4; 293; LSB 636 (alt. TLH 305); CW 516 (alt. TLH 630)
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, please instill within my heart the wisdom which comes from above—that wisdom, which acknowledges my own sin and weakness and understands my need for the righteousness and the presence of Jesus Christ in my life. As I enter into Your presence for worship this day, fill me with joy and confidence, with strength and hope, so that I might serve You with faithfulness all my days. I ask these petitions in the name of Jesus, Your Son and my precious Savior. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 78:1-8

First Reading: 

Proverbs 2:1-9

God’s Word reveals divine wisdom. Solomon urges us to seek it as a treasure. God promises to bless His saints (believers) as they do so and then apply that wisdom in their daily lives!

Second Reading: 

Mark 8:34-38

Jesus urges us to deny ourselves, to take up our crosses, and confessing His name to follow Him! If we were to gain the whole world and lose our souls, what would it ultimately profit us?