Preparing To Rejoice In Him // July 21st, 2019


“Therefore, no matter what precautions we take, no matter how well we have put together a good life, no matter how hard we have worked to be healthy, wealthy, comfortable with friends and family, and successful with our career – something will inevitably ruin it. No amount of money, power, and planning can prevent bereavement, dire illness, relationship betrayal, financial disaster, or a host of other troubles from entering your life. Human life is fatally fragile and subject to forces beyond our power to manage. Life is tragic.”
~Tim Keller, Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering 


“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
~C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


“Rather than depressing you, all of the death and impermanence around you is meant to open your eyes and inform your heart. It is meant to call you away from the delusion that this life is all there is and that you can find your identity, meaning, and purpose and your deepest inner sense of well-being from things that so quickly die.”
~Paul David Tripp, Forever



God Calls Us To Worship :: Philippians 2:5-11

[5] Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, [6] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, [7] but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. [8] And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. [9] Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, [10] so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, [11] and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (ESV)



Worship In Song :: All Things Together

He’s the image of the invisible God
The firstborn of creation
And by him all things were created
In heaven and earth seen and unseen
Rulers dominions and powers and kings

(He holds) all things all things all things together
He holds all things all things all things together

He’s the head of the body the church
The firstborn from the dead
So in ev’rything he is the head
And the fullness of God was pleased to dwell in him
To reconcile to himself all things
All things all things together

Through him and for him all things remain
Through him and for him all things remain
He is before all things
In Him all things hold together

He made peace he made peace he made peace
By the blood of his cross
He made peace he made peace he made peace
By the blood of his cross

He holds all things all things together
He holds all things all things all things together
He holds all things all things all things together
He holds all things all things all things together



Confession Of Faith :: Heidelberg Catechism, 31

Q. Why is he called “Christ,” meaning “anointed”?

A. Because he has been ordained by God the Father and has been anointed with the Holy Spirit to be our chief prophet and  teacher who fully reveals to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our deliverance; our only high priest who has delivered us by the one sacrifice of his body, and who continually pleads our cause with the Father; and our eternal king who governs us by his Word and Spirit, and who guards us and keeps us in the freedom he has won for us.



God’s Word Preached :: Colossians 1:15-23

The Preeminence of Christ

[15] He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. [16] For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. [17] And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. [18] And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. [19] For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, [20] and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

[21] And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, [22] he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, [23] if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. (ESV)



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