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.…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // January 27, 2019

REFLECTION AND FOCUS “How many pray the Lord’s Prayer several thousand times in the course of a year, and if they were to keep on doing so for a thousand years they would not have [really prayed or tasted it at all]. In a word, the Lord’s Prayer is the greatest martyr on earth ……

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…