Better than Olympic Gold

Feb 23, 2014
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 444;423; LSB 664 (alt. TLH 447)
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord Jesus, I am running the race of my life. It is a marathon, but my strength and endurance are so limited. Be my strength and enable me to do all things that are necessary and beneficial. I am in a daily battle fighting my spiritual enemies. Be my trainer so that I am not merely swinging at air, but rather that I may effectively beat them back with the Word of God. In my frailty be my rock, in my weariness be my encouragement, in my failings be my forgiveness, in my life be my all and my salvation. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 108

First Reading: 

Matthew 19:23-30

Earthly matters and possessions can so easily ensnare us and distract us from running the race of discipleship. This danger includes earthly wealth, but it can also be family and friends if they pull us away from our Savior. Jesus promises rich reward to all who follow Him faithfully and endure to the end.

Second Reading: 

Philippians 3:7-14

The apostle Paul had many reasons to count himself among the rich and powerful on earth. Once brought to faith in Jesus, Paul counted all of these things as rubbish so that he might gain Christ. No thing, no person, no relationship, no accolades, no prestige—nothing earthly at all—is worth losing Christ. Press onward to the goal!