Monthly Archives: June 2014

Preparing for Worship – June 29, 2014

NOTE: For the next couple of weeks, we will be looking at a section of Paul’s second letter to Timothy.

Many of us don’t want to admit it, but we are often easily influenced by the people and things around us. If we aren’t diligent to be in relationships with people who will influence us for the sake of the gospel, we will often give in to the temptation of sin too easily. If we aren’t diligent to be in the scriptures, we will often give in to unbelief and falsehood too easily.

So, it’s a good practice to ask yourself these questions:

  1. Who is my influence?
  2. What is my influence?

Join us this Sunday as we study 2 Timothy 3:10-17 where we see how Paul exhorted Timothy about these things. Come prepared to allow the word to penetrate your heart and mind.

Also, come prepared to sing together. To that end, check out these helpful links:

Praise To The Lord (Listen | Purchase)

Made Alive (Listen | Purchase)

Before the Throne (Listen | Purchase)

In Tenderness (Listen | Purchase)

We Are Listening (Listen | Purchase)

Grace Alone (Listen | Purchase)

 

See you on Sunday.

 

 

Preparing for Worship – June 22, 2014

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Here we are. At the end of Ecclesiastes.

The writer has wrestled with all sorts of confusing, joyful and painful aspects to life. Now he gets to the conclusion. He states:

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. – Ecclesiastes 12:13

That’s all we have to do in this life. Keep God’s commandments out of fear and reverence for him. Easy right? Not so fast. We know from Romans that none of us is righteous on our own:

None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. – Romans 3:10

But thanks be to God that Jesus perfectly obeyed all of God’s commandments in our place. He gave us HIS righteousness.

For our sake he (God) made him (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him (Jesus) we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21

That indeed is good news. The gospel.

Join us on Sunday to rejoice in the gospel. To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:

Jesus! (Listen | Purchase)

Alas! (Listen | Purchase)

Mediator (Listen | Purchase)

Rock of Ages (Listen | Purchase)

God Undefeatable (Listen | Purchase)

 

See you on Sunday.

 

 

Preparing for Worship – June 15, 2014

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As we near the end of Ecclesiastes, we see that the writer is instructing us to REJOICE and REMEMBER.

We are to REJOICE in each and every day that God gives us. We are to rejoice in a God who gives us the sun for warmth and eyes to see the beauty of His creation.

We are to REMEMBER that each and every blessing comes from our Creator. He is the giver of all good gifts – the simple gifts and the extravagant ones.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. – James 1:17

Join us on Sunday to rejoice in God and remember His works. To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:

10,000 Reasons (Listen | Purchase)

Come Thou Fount (Purchase)

Beautiful Lord (Listen | Purchase)

I Stand Amazed (Listen | Purchase)

My One Comfort (Listen | Purchase)

 

See you on Sunday.

 

 

Preparing for Worship – June 8, 2014

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Here’s an uncomfortable reality: WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT.

We may often think we know. We may even boast that we know what’s going to happen next, but we can never truly be certain. To most of us, that is uncomfortable for all kinds of reasons. Maybe for you, the uncertainty of the future is frightening. Maybe you don’t like to be out of control. Or perhaps you just like to hang on for the ride with your eyes shut.

The book of James gives us some instruction here:

Come now, you who say “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will and do this or that.” – James 4:13-15

That sounds a lot like the writer of Ecclesiastes, doesn’t it?

This week, we will sing a familiar hymn titled Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus. In it, there is a chorus that is powerful and speaks to our fears over the uncertainty of life:

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him! / How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er / Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus / O for grace to trust him more

That lyric is not saying that WE prove Jesus as trustworthy in the midst of life’s uncertainties. Instead, it is that Jesus has proven himself as trustworthy over and over in our uncertain lives.

Join us on Sunday to worship the God who is certain. He is the God who holds all of life in his hands. He is the God who has sent his Son as the only acceptable, perfect and trustworthy Savior.

To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:

Oh! Great Is Our God! (Listen | Purchase)

Psalm 18 (Listen | Purchase)

Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus (Listen | Purchase)

Jude Doxology (Listen | Purchase)

God Is Good (Listen | Purchase)

See you on Sunday.