Preparing To Rejoice In Him // July 7th, 2019

Reflection “When a broken neck ambushed my life and left me a quadriplegic, I felt as though God had smashed me underfoot like a cigarette. At night, I would thrash my head on the pillow, hoping to break my neck at a higher level and thereby end my misery. After I left the hospital, I…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // June 30th, 2019

Reflection “What Is the Motive for Evangelizing? There are, in fact, two motives that should spur us constantly to evangelize. The first is love of God and concern for his glory; the second is love of man and concern for his welfare.” ~J.I. Packer, Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God   “Missions is not the…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // June 23rd, 2019

Reflection “Resurrection means that the worst thing is never the last thing.” ~Frederick Buechner   “The worst isn’t the last thing about the world. It’s the next to the last thing. The last thing is the best. It’s the power from on high that comes down into the world, that wells up from the rock-bottom…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // June 16th, 2019

Reflection “Jesus tilted His head back, pulled up one last time to draw breath and cried, “Tetelestai!” It’s meaning…”paid in full.” With Jesus’ last breath on the cross, He declared the debt of sin cancelled, completely satisfied. Nothing else required. Not good deeds. Not generous donations. Not penance or confession or baptism or…or…or…nothing. The penalty…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // June 9th, 2019

Reflection “Having become with us the Son of Man, He has made us with Himself sons of God. By His own descent to the earth He has prepared our ascent to heaven. Having received our mortality, He has bestowed on us His immortality. Having undertaken our weakness, He has made us strong in His strength.…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // June 2nd, 2019

Reflection “The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” ~G. K. Chesterton   “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God,…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // May 26th, 2019

Reflection “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” ~Elie Wiesel   “Even the excruciating pain could not silence his repeated entreaties: ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’… Meanwhile, the rulers sneered at him, shouting: ‘He saved others, but he can’t save himself!’ Their words, spoken as an…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // May 19, 2019

Reflection “Now, what happens if you eliminate anything from the Bible that offends your sensibility and crosses your will? If you pick and choose what you want to believe and reject the rest, how will you ever have a God who can contradict you? You won’t! You’ll have …A God, essentially, of your own making,…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // May 12, 2019

Reflection “The person who knows that he received mercy while an undeserving enemy of God will have a heart of love for even (and especially) the most ungrateful and difficult persons. When a Christian sees prostitutes, alcoholics, prisoners, drug addicts, unwed mothers, the homeless, the refugees, he knows that he is looking in a mirror.”…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // May 5, 2019

Reflection “Modern man still needed to feel heroic, to know that his life mattered in the scheme of things, he had to be specially ‘good’ for something truly special. He still had to merge himself with some higher, self-absorbing meaning, in trust and gratitude. If he no longer had God how was he to do…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // April 28th, 2019

Reflection “Forgiveness flounders because I exclude the enemy from the community of humans and I exclude myself from the community of sinners.” ~Miroslav Volf, The Spacious Heart   “When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // April 14th, 2019

Communion Sunday 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, idolaters and rebels a King sets the table and…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // March 31, 2019

Reflection “The principle runs through life from top to bottom. Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end: submit with every fiber of your…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // March 24, 2019

REFLECTION “Every one of us is, even from his mother’s womb, a master craftsman of idols.” ~John Calvin   GOD CALLS US TO WORSHIP :: Matthew 11:28 [28] Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (ESV)   WORSHIP IN SONG :: Jesus I Come (Out Of…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // March 17, 2019

GOD CALLS US TO WORSHIP :: Romans 15:13 [13] May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (ESV)   WORSHIP IN SONG :: Yet Not I, But Through Christ In Me What gift of grace…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // March 10, 2019

GOD CALLS US TO WORSHIP :: 1 Chronicles 16:33-34 [33] Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. [34] Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (ESV)   WORSHIP IN SONG :: Yet Not…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // February 24, 2019

REFLECTION AND FOCUS “If you have a God great and transcendent enough to be mad at because he hasn’t stopped evil and suffering in the world, then you have (at the same time) a God great and transcendent enough to have good reasons for allowing it to continue that you can’t know. Indeed you can’t…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // February 17, 2019

REFLECTION AND FOCUS “No one has been chosen to be just a recipient of the redemptive work of Christ’s kingdom. No, everyone who has been chosen to be a recipient has also been commissioned to be an instrument of the work of that kingdom as well. Part of our problem is that we tend to…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // February 10, 2019

REFLECTION AND FOCUS “There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.” ~Blaise Pascal   GOD CALLS US TO WORSHIP :: Hebrews 4:16 [16] Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // February 3, 2019

REFLECTION AND FOCUS “You and I like to think that no one has a clearer, more accurate view of us than we do. We all tend to be way too trusting of our view of ourselves. We do this because we do not take seriously what the Bible says about the dynamic of spiritual blindness.…