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.…

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…