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…