The Family,Theology

The Importance of Vocation and Marriage…

I get a lot of questions about how to help young men know what their calling may be in life.  Of course I send them to the Book of Proverbs and for younger men I also suggest working their was through Prepare Thy Work which can be purchased at this link.

There are also good sermons that I have suggested over the years.  One is by Pastor Doug Wilson which you can listen to here:

There is also a two part sermon by Pastor Dennis Tuuri that you can listen to with these links…

Part one:

Part two:


In addition to vocation there are always the questions about marriage!  Here I always suggest a series of lectures given by Pastor Steve Wilkins some years ago at the Reformation Covenant Church family camp on the Oregon coast.  It is very thorough and challenging for young people and I also encourage young couples to listen through them together.  And yes, even I have listened to them several times and always learn something new!  I have used these lecture extensively in my pre-marital counseling down through the years.

Sunday Message:  The Mystery of Marriage

First Lecture: Marriage is not for you!

Second Lecture: Marriage is Dying!

Third Lecture: Do You Know Who Your Children Are?

Fourth Lecture: Ten Ways to Destroy Your Children!

Fifth Lecture: Singles in the Church

Sixth Lecture: Preparing Children for Marriage

Seventh Lecture:  Getting Serious About Getting Married

I trust any or all of this will be helpful for those interested in these subject and please feel free to share all of this far and wide!


Sanctity of Life Sunday Worship

As another anniversary of the dreaded Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that “legalized” abortion through the entire nine months of pregnancies approaches, many Churches will participate in what is called the Sanctity of Life Sunday.  We certainly encourage such participation and that Churches stand against the sin of abortion wherever they can.

The Sanctity of Life Sunday provides a good opportunity for a sermon focused on this grave sin in our nation and to lift up some of the imprecatory Psalms that we find in the Scriptures, both as songs or prayers.  Below I have provided links for such a worship service as well as one of the messages I have delivered on this subject.  The order of worship includes Psalms that can be sung and two prayers based on Psalm 10 and the curses of Deuteronomy 27.  They are all very appropriate for the age in which we live!

Sanctity of Life Sunday Worship

Click here for my message on Who is to Blame for Abortion!

This link includes both the audio of the sermon and a .pdf text file for quick reference.

I trust some will find these resources helpful and may God grant us deep repentance and may He have mercy on our nation!

In the Lamb,

Pastor John Stoos