Preparing To Rejoice In Him // January 13, 2019

REFLECTION AND FOCUS “If you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him…Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.” ~C.S. Lewis…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // December 23, 2018

The Fourth Sunday In Advent   REFLECTION AND FOCUS We celebrate the fourth and final Sunday in the season of Advent by lighting the Angel candle. The angel candle, or purple candle, we will be lighted as we gather and is a reminder of the good news made by the proclamation of the angels.  …

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // December 16, 2018

The Third Sunday in Advent   THE SHEPHERDS’ CANDLE This Sunday we celebrate the 3rd Sunday in Advent and we light the pink candle also know as the Shepherds’ candle. The Shepherds’ candle reminds us of how God sent the angels to proclaim His arrival to common man and that the Savior and King of…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // December 9, 2018

The Second Sunday in Advent   REFLECTION This coming Lord’s Day will be the second Sunday in Advent. The season of Advent doesn’t actually include Christmas Day, but leads us to it and so Advent is an entire season of waiting. As the expectation and anticipation of Advent builds, each Sunday we will light candles…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // December 2, 2018

The First Sunday in Advent   REFLECTION This coming Lord’s Day will be the first Sunday in Advent. The season of Advent doesn’t actually include Christmas Day but leads us to it and so Advent is an entire season of waiting. As the expectation and anticipation of Advent builds, each Sunday we will light candles…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // November 11, 2018

PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR WORSHIP ON November 11, 2018   REFLECTION “All of our problems (unless they are medically caused) grow out of the struggle to relate well, with God, others, and ourselves…We do not want to believe that we are relational. It is so much easier to assume that beneath our desires for relating…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // November 4, 2018

PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR WORSHIP ON November 4, 2018   REFLECTION “At it’s heart, this debate isn’t about a debate. It’s about people: precious people made in the image of God who are hurting, who are confused, who are angry, who are scared, who may have been told by their family that they are unwelcome…What…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // October 28, 2018

PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR WORSHIP ON OCTOBER 28, 2018   REFLECTION “The church is just beginning to learn about the pain of living with unwanted same-sex attraction. For a growing number of Christians it is part of their cross to bear. And it should not be carried alone. Singleness – and that will be the…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // October 7, 2018

PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR WORSHIP ON OCTOBER 7, 2018   REFLECTION 93% of boys and 62% of girls are exposed to pornography before age 18 50% of Christian men and 20% of Christian women are addicted to pornography 66% of men in their 20s and 30s also report being regular users of pornography 56% of…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // September 30, 2018

PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR WORSHIP ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2018   REFLECTION “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what he is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // September 23, 2018

PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR WORSHIP ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2018   REFLECTION “(After man loses faith in God he) still need(s) to feel heroic, to know that his life matter(s) in the scheme of things… If he no long ha(s) God, how (is) he to do this? One of the first ways that occurred to him……

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // September 9, 2018

PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR WORSHIP ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2018   REFLECTION “The self-denial (found) in the Gospels is always the surrender of a lesser, dying self for a greater eternal one – the person God intended in creating you… Jesus does not deny us personal fulfillment, but shows us the only true way to it.…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // August 26, 2018

PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR WORSHIP ON AUGUST 26, 2018   REFLECTION “When you think your job is to change your child (or parents or spouse) and you’ve been given the power to do it, your parenting will tend to be demanding, aggressive, threatening, and focused on rules and punishments. In this kind of parenting you…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // August 19, 2018

PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR WORSHIP ON AUGUST 19, 2018   REFLECTION “I never work better than when I am inspired by anger; for when I am angry, I can write, pray, and preach well, for then my whole temperament is quickened, my understanding sharpened, and all mundane vexations and temptations depart.” ~Martin Luther   “God…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // August 12, 2018

PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR WORSHIP ON AUGUST 12, 2018   REFLECTION “Anger is the result of love. It is energy for defense of something you love when it is threatened. If you don’t love something at all, you are not angry when it is threatened. If you love something a little, you get a little angry when…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // August 5, 2018

PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR WORSHIP ON AUGUST 5, 2018   REFLECTION We will come to the Table this Sunday to feast with our Lord; Christ, himself, invites us to come and sit with him. What makes this time so special from any other day in worship? It’s special because even though we are sinners, beggars,…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // July 29, 2018

PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR WORSHIP ON JULY 29, 2018   REFLECTION “There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // July 15, 2018

PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR WORSHIP ON JULY 15, 2018   REFLECTION “The poor have a right to a portion of your estate, as well as your natural children, though not as great a portion. In which respect the Spirit of God calls that part of the rich man’s estate which he can spare the poor man’s due…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // June 24, 2018

PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR WORSHIP ON JUNE 24, 2018   REFLECTION “There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which everyone in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves… The vice I…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // June 17, 2018

PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR WORSHIP ON JUNE 17, 2018   REFLECTION “Men will never worship God with a sincere heart, or be roused to fear and obey Him with sufficient zeal, until they properly understand how much they are indebted to His mercy.” ~John Calvin   “To gather with God’s people in united adoration of…