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Who has ever given to God?

Posted on October 8th, 2017 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Worship

God is special simply and profoundly because he is God. He is unsearchable. He turns to no one for help or advice. He is in no one’s debt. No one calls him to account. All things are because he is. He died for the unworthy, the unlovable, the ungrateful. He became sin so that his people would live. He is three persons and one God. It is this special God who sent his Son to die for me because it pleased him to do so. He is my Shepherd. I.. read more

The Dark Shadows

Posted on April 30th, 2017 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Worship

The long, dark shadows of your fears for tomorrow are cast before you. They are like the shadows of the mountains against a setting sun. What is hiding in those shadows? How will you find the help and courage you need to go on and find safety? The hills around you may hide struggles and terrors of all kinds. Where will you find the help you need to keep going? Then your heart remembers that your God made the hills. His sun casts the long, dark shadows before you. His.. read more

Thanksgiving Day is about worship!

Posted on November 24th, 2016 · Posted in Gratitude, Worship

493 years ago, Governor William Bradford proclaimed that Thursday, November 29th, 1623 would be a day of Thanksgiving and corporate worship. This day marked the third year since these pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. Over half of their group died in the brutal first year of their new colony. Why did they make the journey? Why did they endure the hardship? And why did the 33 year old Bradford call them together on that November day? The answer: they came to worship their God in freedom! Would you risk losing.. read more

Thought for the Lord’s Day

Posted on October 15th, 2016 · Posted in Worship

People were designed by God to worship. At the fall man lost his ability to know whom to worship. So, we worship counterfeit gods. This is the worship we were born to as fallen creatures. It is the enemy’s scheme that when we participate in corporate worship we do so to earn God’s favor. But our God is a jealous God. He will not share his glory with counterfeit pretenders. May we see God for who he is, not for what we want him to be. May we say with.. read more

When the universe began

Posted on August 7th, 2016 · Posted in Worldview, Worship

There was a moment when there was no universe to observe. There were no light years to measure because there was no light. There was no way to measure time, because there was no time. There was no gravity, no radiation, no black holes, no stars, no planets, no comets, no asteroids, no moons to be observed. The physical universe did not exist. Or did it? Before there was light, time and galaxies, there was God. This same God asked Job a question whose answer gives the difference between creature.. read more

Worship in the face of terror

Posted on July 17th, 2016 · Posted in Worldview, Worry, Worship

You can have confidence in the face of terror and be an encouragement to your family and to those around you. In Matthew 10 Jesus brings gentle encouragement to his followers. He tells them it is God who has the real power over body and soul. Then he tenderly comforts his followers by reminding them that not even a sparrow falls to the ground apart from their Father’s care. So, don’t fear for you are worth more than many sparrows. The world is not stumbling out of control, even if.. read more

185 words of perspective from the Holy Spirit

Posted on July 10th, 2016 · Posted in Wisdom, Worship

The Bible is a precious gift. It is tells you about life. It provides perspective in troubled times. If your heart is troubled this morning take refuge in these 185 words. Psalm 37:1-11 Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give.. read more

The unseen reality

Posted on July 3rd, 2016 · Posted in Worldview, Worship

If your view of reality is limited to what you can see, your worship will be ill-informed. The power of God is not limited to what you can see. Faith is what expands your vision to see what is really real. There is great comfort in the unseen reality. The unseen armies of God provide hope that you can speak of the gospel with power. You have no need to panic or despair. In order to be salt and light you must first be confident of the reality that you.. read more

Thought for the Lord’s Day

Posted on April 30th, 2016 · Posted in Worship

Why is God Special? God is special simply and profoundly because he is God. He is unsearchable. He turns to no one for help or advice. He is in no one’s debt. No one calls him to account. All things are because he is. He is three persons and one God. It is this special God who sent his Son to die for me because it pleased him to do so. He is my Shepherd. I have no needs. Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge.. read more

Thought for the Lord’s Day

Posted on April 24th, 2016 · Posted in Worship

Does your soul thirst for God? How special is God to you this day? Do your thoughts of God mirror those of David in Psalm 63? Would your children say that you view God as David does in this psalm? These words of David teach us just how deeply we should value the privilege of knowing God. May we all long for God each day, for surely we live in a dry and weary land. O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you,.. read more

Worship: not for the faint of heart

Posted on April 16th, 2016 · Posted in Worship

Biblical worship is about transformation. Christian worship is distinct from anything that our “spiritual” culture has to offer. An encounter with the Living God, whether corporately or individually, should be transformational. Conformity to the world’s idea of worship carries the idea of personal enrichment and fulfillment. Biblical worship is nothing of the sort. Biblical worship requires courage. When you see God for who he is, you cannot remain the same. You are undone, yet you have hope. You must be transformed. Your mind must be renewed so you can embrace.. read more

Thought for the Lord’s day

Posted on April 10th, 2016 · Posted in Worldview, Worship

Why Christ came to earth, in his own words Luke’s Gospel, written to gentiles, tells us why Jesus came to earth. His words are a mixture of joy and sobriety. Joy, because Jesus is my only hope. Sobriety, because Jesus describes exactly who I am without his mercy. If you do not think of yourself as a poor, blind slave apart from the grace of Christ, you think too much of yourself and too little of Christ. In these verses Christ tells us why he came. Praise be to the.. read more

Thought for the Lord’s Day

Posted on April 2nd, 2016 · Posted in Wisdom, Worship

Are you all in for God? Proverbs 2 provides a window of understanding for one reason why you have periods of spiritual apathy. If you ever have a question about why God seems distant at times, here is an explanation. Solomon says to find the knowledge of God, you must be passionately committed to your search, you must be all in. Suppose I told you that you could find millions of dollars in your back yard, all you have to do is go find it. Would your response be passive?.. read more

The praise of man, not worth living for

Posted on March 19th, 2016 · Posted in Worldview, Worship

I grew up in Miami, the land of palm trees. On the Saturday before Palm Sunday we went out to the back yard and collected as many palm fronds as we could carry and took them to church. On Sunday, when we arrived at church, the center aisle and the side aisles of the sanctuary were lined with palm fronds. As a child it was thrilling to think that Jesus also rode on green palm fronds as he entered Jerusalem to shouts of the crowds singing Hosanna. It was not.. read more

Freedom through fear

Posted on March 12th, 2016 · Posted in Gospel, Worship

The Bible is the story of the gospel. The Lord made the first promise of the gospel to Eve. Abraham’s faith, not his performance, is the model for our faith And like us, he looked forward to the reality of the city whose builder was God. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Psalm 130 anticipates the heart of the gospel message: Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. Like the.. read more

An idol called Oscar

Posted on February 27th, 2016 · Posted in Culture, Wisdom, Worship

2,800 years ago, the Prophet Isaiah described the idol worshippers of his day with language that perfectly describes the moral mess of Hollywood. Those in the film industry live and die for a statue, an idol called Oscar. The name on the statue could just as easily be Baal, or Molech. Lives and moral virtue are sacrificed to earn Oscar’s favor. As in the worship of Baal, sex is part of the ritual. A lifetime commitment to marriage is cast aside in the pursuit of fame. Millions more worship those.. read more

Your God keeps his word!

Posted on February 20th, 2016 · Posted in Wisdom, Worldview, Worship

Five simple words that should dominate your life. People can disappoint and be hurtful. Your God keeps his word. You feel alone and are tempted to think no one understands. Your God keeps his word. You know you need courage to the wife or husband God wants you to be. Your God keeps his word. You need strength to be consistent as a parent. Your God keeps his word. You are treated unfairly at work and no one notices. Your God keeps his word. You are discouraged about the political.. read more

Let all the earth fear the Lord

Posted on February 7th, 2016 · Posted in Authority, Worldview, Worship

God’s message to the nations in Psalm 33 is a simple one: all of the earth is to fear the Lord. He is to be honored and revered because he spoke the world into existence. There was nothing and then there was the universe! That is awesome power! So, as the psalmist looks at the activities and plans of men and nations, he knows that they are subject to God’s plan and purpose. No nation can deter the plan of God. No leader can succeed against the purpose of God… read more

Worship is not for spectators!

Posted on January 9th, 2016 · Posted in Worldview, Worship

Worship is not for spectators. Worship is for combatants. Christian combat is not like the combat of the world; our weapons are spiritual.  Apathy in worship leads to destruction. The fiery darts of the evil one are always aimed and ready to fire. Being in corporate worship in no way lessens the danger. There are no pacifists in worship, only winners and losers. Are you a spectator or a combatant? You must be skilled at wisely and lovingly using the sword of the Spirit in the battles of worship. You.. read more

The Savior Reigns

Posted on December 19th, 2015 · Posted in Worldview, Worship

All that is good, noble, and excellent in life stems from the glory and goodness of God, not from any other source. If Jesus reigns, the only fitting response is one of joy. This flies in the face of conventional religion and wisdom, in which various circumstances determine our sense of well-being. This is the theme of the second verse of Joy to the World: Joy to the World, the Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy… God has.. read more